A year ago, biking 50 minutes would have been impossible. Today I biked 50 miles-in the rain,sleet,
Sunday, April 26, 2009
It was in January 2008, that I began my journey to health. I am 52 years old. I went to the doctor about a sore wrist and, of course, they weighed me--and it was the highest ever. Then they told me my blood pressure was up. So I started this journey. I began with 5 minutes on the eliptical and counting calories. The next day it was a 6 minutes, and by the end of the week, it was 10. And entering each minute on Sparkpoints helped to keep me going.
Then in May, the sun came out and I started biking. It was 30 minutes the first day, but the minutes went up fast. At the end of June, in the sunshine, I joined a ride and went 50 miles. I started biking to my parents house, 14 miles away regularly--who needed a car. In July I biked 60 miles in a ride for Habitat for humanity. In September I rode 50 for kids and another 50 to end pancreatic cancer. (I raised more than $900.) In October I rode 25 to fight breast cancer. I even rode 50 miles Saturdays, just because I loved riding.
But then winter hit, and I live in Minnesota. I did either the elliptical or bike trainer or walked to work at least 4 times a week, but the joy was not there. But I still did it. And in March I biked a total of 100 miles.
In Minnesota, we have the Minnesota Bicycling Ironman. It is held the last Sunday in April, and it's the Ironman because the weather keeps us from training as much as we'd like and the weather the day of the ride is unpredictable. I signed up.
And today, with the temperature at about 44, and the windchill at about 34, with wind and sleet, I rode 50 miles. I rode 50 miles, when a year ago, I didn't bike. My feet and hands were numb when I stopped, but my heart was full. Thank you Sparkpeople, thank you all.