Monday, August 19, 2013

Fundraising and Gratitude

I have a lovely pile of Thank You cards to send out in the mail today. Each expresses my sincerest gratitude for the support you gave us as we tackled this year's Pan Mass Challenge -- as well as for your support on the Undefeated EOD Ride. I knew going into this it was going to be difficult raising money for two different charities, and I can't begin to express how much it means to me that you've had my back. Supporting us in one of these two events has really been support for both, and I'm so grateful.

I'm riding a ton, and getting in my miles, eating healthy and hitting the gym when the weather is bad. It's been a big commitment! But at the end of the day, the PMC and the EOD rides are not about me, but about the people who benefit from the two charities I'm fundraising for. Will and I had a fantastic time on the PMC -- and there were a lot of crazy moments that we shared together -- but neither of us forgot WHY we were riding. The signs on the side of the road, the ribbons I wore on my back, and the photos of the young patients at the Dana Farber were constant reminders. Thank you for being a part of it.

I'm now refocusing my efforts on fundraising for the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation. The 200 mile ride has been on my mind throughout the summer, but sometimes not at the forefront. My coach is getting married in the next week, so he's paid less attention to my workouts and I've been slacking a bit. Ethan and Joe have been amazingly helpful as they encourage me to push a little bit more. They are taller, stronger, and faster than me. (Joe is 6 foot a million, and his cadence is a fraction of mine. I'm spinning my legs at 90 rpm just to keep up to his 60.) I'm doing well, though, and can hold my own. My speed is inching up slowly, my endurance is spot on, and I'm not dying on the hills. (Thanks, Shayne.)

I've raised just shy of $3,000 for the EODWF, which was my initial goal... but you know I'm never content with just the minimum. I'm hoping we can go above and beyond that. Thank you so sincerely for your donations on behalf of our wounded warriors. I know you share my sentiment that they deserve nothing less than our support.

I have a SpiderOne Racing ride tonight... no more slacking.