Don't Just Ride, Bike MS!
or. . .
That Time I Biked 65 Miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah that one probably has more of an impact! Now that I've spilled the beans let me tell you about Ride The Vineyard that was this past Saturday.
Vineyard Harbor Motel which was only a 5 minute walk from the ferry. It is nothing fancy but it was clean, the staff was wonderful, it was reasonable priced and it was on the water. You can see our view in the photos below (including The Black Dog Tall Ship).
Sharky's for the Welcome Party. We picked up our numbers, shirts and got dinner. I joked that I was "carbo loading" with Mexican food and margaritas. Whatever works right!?
Ride the Vineyard has 3 routes - 20 miles, 30 miles and 60 miles. My team members were doing the 60 miles and my plan was to start out with them, get a ride in the middle to a spot toward the end, and then finish with them. As you already know that "get a ride in the middle" part didn't happen and I actually rode the entire way with them! Since we also had to ride from our motel to the start point I ended up doing a total of 65 miles! This would be 40 more miles than I had ever biked!!!!!! The map above shows the route we rode which is basically a loop around the entire island!
We finally made it to Gay Head Lighthouse and Doug and Katelyn were waiting for us while taking a break! I must admit I was a little disappointed in Gay Head Light. It was under construction and not as beautiful as I had made it out to be in my head. Maybe I was just delirious at this point!
We had gone about 20 miles and since we would then be circling back around to the previous rest stop my plan was to jump in a crew car and get a ride there to wait for my team. Well that was my plan but unfortunately there was no crew there when I looked. Once we started riding again I guess there was but somehow I didn't see it (my team did but didn't say anything b/c they just assumed I wanted to keep riding)! It was really beautiful riding along the coast so I'm glad I saw it but boy was I tired!
East Chop Lighthouse and it was SO pretty! Our cheerleaders Michelle and Gretchen met us there and gave us some much needed support and encouragement. I think they were as shocked as I was that I had biked this far! We were now around 55 miles and I was told the rest of the route was flat. . . of course I knew I could finish at this point I just didn't know how fast I would be able to go. I felt exhausted and as great as it was to stop and rest it also meant I had to not only lift my leg back over the bike (my legs felt like cement) but also start biking again!
The Lookout. It was really good! After dinner we made our way to The Ritz which is a little bar that had a live band. We had fun but looking at these photos you can tell just how exhausted I was by this point! Katelyn and I grabbed a cab home around 10:30 PM and were in bed shortly after!
Wow this post is really long! If you made it this far thank you! I'm sure most of you will skim this post and that is fine. I get it. But I want to remember this weekend b/c it was pretty amazing. I still can't believe that I rode 65 miles in one day! I'm so proud of myself for finishing despite wanting to quit many times. It is amazing what our bodies can do when we let them lead the way. Don't ever let anyone (or yourself) convince you that you can't do something. Even with MS we can all do amazing things!
Thank you to Katelyn, Doug and John. My teammates who got me through 65 miles with their support, encouragement and patience. Thank you to my cheerleaders Michelle and Gretchen!
So will The Bean Team be back for Ride the Vineyard 2016? I'm not sure. I heard many "next year" references throughout the weekend so it is a definite possibly. Will I do 60 miles again. . . I don't know but if I do I will train for hills!
The Bean Team has already raised over $1,000 for this event. Once we have our final amount I will let you know.
P.S. There are so many funny stories, one liners and inappropriate jokes I could share from this weekend but this post is already way too long. Just know there were a lot of laughs and new friends became good friends quickly. One thing I know is that to be a member on this Bean Team you better be able to take a joke! Nobody was spared.