Saturday, January 9, 2010

MS bike ride, getting involved

One of the incentives of trying to get in better shape, is that M is determined that we participate in the MS Bike Ride this year.  She wants us to form a team, the two of us, her dad, her sister and her partner would be members (least at the moment).  The ride near us is June 24 & 25 from Paradise and back. For more info see: bike MS: To Paradise and Back 2010.  Sounds ambititious.  When M first looked at it, she wanted to plan to do 150 miles - 75 each day and go for broke.  Considering we just got back on a bike this past summer that seems a little over the top to me. 

After checking into it finding out more details, we discovered that in ordre to register you have to pledge to raise at least $150 if you ride 1 day, or $250 if you ride both days.  Both days they have 25, 50 and 75 mile loops that you can ride.  If you form a team, then each team member still has to meet that minimum individually.  I'm not sure we will have a team.  But I do want to do the ride.  Right now we are talking about just doing 1 day, and we can wait to decide how far.  M is now thinking maybe going for 50.  I'm thinking I'm shooting for 25 to start with.  The money raised goes to local programs and services for the local chapter(s) of the NMSS (National Multiple Sclerosis Society) and to research.  I think last year the Paradise ride was co-sponsored by Central PA and the Greater Delaware chapters.  I didn't know anything about it last year.  But then I didn't really know anything about MS last year.

Once we have registered and I can figure out how to link that to here, I will post where someone can go in and pledge to sponsor me or my team.

Right now I'm working on trying to get in better shape so as to survive 25 miles on a bike at the end of June.  I only went a couple times out around locally before winter and we averaged about 10-12 miles so I think 25 is do-able.  I'm hoping that if I have the surgery (or for that matter if I don't) on my right knee that it won't effect the plan for us to ride.


Diane J Standiford said...

Wow, good luck! Livestrong. AHHHH, those little fish just freaked my freak!! I thought they were on MY computer.

MS Day Dreamer said...

Sorry if the fish freaked you out. they sometimes seem to have a mind of their own. Perhaps I should replace them.

ANd thanks for the well wishes.

Shauna said...

Hey Stacy!

As long as your knees hold out, you can do the ride. I was a couch potato until a few years ago, went to the gym for a few months to get into better shape and then started biking.

good luck!


MS Day Dreamer said...

thanks for the encouragement shauna, I continuously fight the tendancy to be a couch potato, but I have learned that exercise does help with the arthritis in my knees. I've been using an exercise bike, but just recently started with actual biking. I enjoy it. Other than the falling (see my other post), and hope to be back out there on my bike again soon.
Good luck to you too!