This is our fundraising week for The Texas MS 150! I'm committing to donating half of my $15,000 Goal through my Company, Gordiance. I'm a featured Rider this year (MS Champion). I do not know what that means yet, besides being able to sign the Bandana all the riders will be wearing on the ride. But I'll be sure to post it when it's apparent!
Yesterday was tough. Lots of Hills and Wind. After 30 of 42 miles, I decided to pull out my Secret Weapon. I played THE SYMBOL REMAINS for the last 12 miles. When you are delirious near the end, nothing like an Internalized Masterpiece to help you finish. TSR is just a great cycling album. Because you can't wear anything in ear on the rides (the Traffic is so dangerous), The Guitar and Jules Rule The Ride!
I am on track with my training but Lynn is behind. I feel so good about my readiness for the ride, I'm skipping next weeks training to Oyster Bake with The Oyster Boys in San Antonio next week. YAY!
I had to do a thumbnail sketch for my Storybook as part of the MS Champion program. It was written a few months ago, but reading Chris' story confirms some of it :-) #AgressiveActivity
I thought it was a Brain Tumor…
I was diagnosed in 2003, after a battle with Optic Neuritis. Relapsing-Remitting MS was the verdict. I had classic RRMS for the first decade, with defined attacks. Each Subsequent Relapse left a Residual Disability, with each Recovery taking longer.
I may have slipped into Secondary Progressive MS, with my current Menu of Goodies from The MonSter. These include continued Eye problems (Never Fully Recovered from ON, I have zero depth), Cognitive Issues, Fatigue, Balance Issues, Slurred Speech. My Favorite Present from The MonSter is when I can be looking at an Orange shirt and confidently see Blue.
I have been supporting riders in The Texas MS 150 since 2004. I thought I would never be well enough to participate. Then in 2018, I decided 30 days before the ride, to give it a try. I trained those 30 days on a Schwinn Jalopy.
Luckily, the last week of Training I got a proper bike and a ConocoPhillips riding kit. ConocoPhillips adopted me at The Packet Pick up.
I didn’t know I would end up working at ConocoPhillips in 2019, Mapping the Eagle Ford Shale Play while being their MS Ambassador.
And now, I get to sign the ConocoPhillips Bandana. Pretty Cool!
I have ridden the entire 150 Mile route 2 Times, making Club 300 twice 60,212).
If I would have known MS Riders could ride less miles, I may have tried sooner!
I also rode in The Great Lake Escape Buffalo, NY bikeMS event, being the No. 2 fundraiser 2 years in a row.
The bikeMS program has been a True Blessing to me In my Battle with The MonSter.
Some days I feel like I’m in the best shape in 30 years. Sometimes it seems I don’t even Suffer from MS anymore. (My wife suffers from my MS:-)
Mentally dealing with the MonSter Is still the hardest thing. It’s a constant Head Game…trying to keep your Glass Half Full.
Some days, I feel like my glass has a hole in it.
BikeMS, as well as cycling in general, has been Miraculous at keeping my glass Half Full.
It has been a Positive, Life Changing Experience.
I said in The ConocoPhillips 2019 “Why We Ride” video, “I’ll ride because I can, for those that can’t, for as long as I can”
I had my first Bandana signing yesterday at Sterling McCall Lexus. My buddy, Lance, helped me write MORE COWBELL on the bandanas. I don't think the Society knows what to do with me. It was a riot!
Our training series, Ready2Roll, always has Helen Palmer, who has really bad MS, ringing her Cowbell every Saturday. Both to send the riders off at 8AM and ALL DAY to greet the riders as they finish. I love finishing a 45 mile ride and I can hear her cowbell 1/2 mile away, well before I approach her in her wheelchair and yell MORE COWBELL, Helen!
You and Sandy are so kind to me. This weekend, I did 53 miles of hills and 30 MPH winds. Most gave up after 42 miles. On Sunday, I did 31 miles of hills and 40 mph winds. FORTY. It was downright dangerous.
But I’m Ready2Rock this ride. I don’t know if I’d would do this weekend again, but I owe y’all!