This April, I will be riding in this year’s BP MS 150. It’s a two day bicycle ride from
Houston to .
Despite the name, it’s actually a 180
mile ride. I’ve ridden a number of
times. I’ve also ridden some of the other
MS 150 rides in Austin . There was the ride from Texas San
that was pretty much entirely into a headwind the entire way to the coast. Then there was the Frisco to Corpus Christi ride that
included a lap around the track at Texas Motor Speedway. Fort Worth
Houston to is the biggest of
the rides, with 13,000 riders, and something I look forward to every year. I look forward to it for the personal
challenge as well as doing my part to help the National MS Society fund
research, advocate for change, and help people with MS and their families lead
powerful lives. I believe in the work they do and like being an active part of
Multiple sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease that affects people in many different ways. It could be paralysis one day, loss of vision the next or impaired memory the day after that. There is no cure. Many people in this country is newly diagnosed with MS every single day. The research that has been funded through the National MS Society has led to recent breakthroughs in treating the symptoms. It’s so fulfilling to see results from the fundraising efforts.
The experience is such an empowering one. The ride itself is fulfilling. I did my first century on day one of my first MS 150. The training, preparation, and accomplishment of crossing the finish line after two days and 180 miles is extremely rewarding. More than all of that, I am honored and humbled to be part of something bigger. I am humbled to see 13,000 riders with orange bandannas that represent someone with MS that the rider is honoring. I am humbled by the number of people who cheer all of the riders on. I am humbled by the people living with MS, thanking us at the breakpoints. I am humbled every time I see a rider wearing a jersey that reads “I have MS, that’s why I ride!”
The ride is fun, rewarding and extremely fulfilling. It’s also hard, painful, and tiring. It’s a reminder of what people who live with MS experience every day. And that is why I ride. This year I’ve organized a team at my company, Bazaarvoice. where generosity is one of our core values. I can use your support, both moral and financial, in this endeavor. You can send me some words of encouragement or sponsor me here.