6.29.2009

the bike tour



we did it again! and when i say "we" i mostly mean "my team excluding me." my team rocks-saturday was the MS bike tour up in logan and team iron myelin rode the century!



justin gets the award for riding with the least amount of training (1 ride?) and NO sleep and the strength to ride on a flat for 10 miles until his wise teamate noticed the problem. i think the ride marshalls dubbed him "that idiot without a tube or pump," but iron myelin would like to fight that bearded jerk of a marshall on that one (who wants to carry extra weight when we know the marshalls are doing it for us?!).



gina bina gets the award for being the only girl on the team to finish it. okay, that's kind of lame-her only competition for this award was her patch-wearing, vertigo-fighting teamate. but seriously-i'm so proud of her! 100 miles! she's my inspiration.

bd gets the award for being the best team mechanic and motivator. this guy is mr. super-seratonin, and mr. super-mechanical genius. we're lucky to have such an over-qualified team member! if only he'd been riding alongside justin when he got his flat...



stevie gets style points, of course-who else can sport bibs and get away with it? (he wouldn't take his jersey off for the photo, but you can reference last year's photo here.) he also wins the award for most offensive language used on the tour toward a ride marshall. the very same ride marshall we'd like to fight.



i was just glad to be able to get on my bike without tipping over. let's just say my balance has been slightly askew-especially with the one eye thing going on. but i managed to ride somewhere between fourteen and sixteen miles. i know, those of you who ride are scoffing at this number. i was feeling so defeated that i didn't even cross the finish line and instead went straight to my car. i then spent the remainder of my day sunbathing at the pool feeling dejected and wussy and wishing i'd gone farther. i don't know why i beat myself up over things like this-i mean, i could barely walk two weeks ago. SO i'm going to be happy with my little bike ride and shoot for the century next year. who's with us?

thanks for another great year, iron myelin!

12 comments:

Jewels said...

Way to go!! You should be so proud, what an amazing fete. And your team did awesome! I so would have rather been sunbathing at the pool that running that hard first leg of my race. Bravo!!

Two Wheeler said...

Way to go Team! We had a great time, glad we could be a part of it.

Laurie said...

You did awesome! I doubt I could ride a bike for 1 mile much less 11.

stevie bevie said...

Actually, the ride marshall dubbed Justin "that dumb ass."

+L said...

remind me that alongside your punch to the eye, you also need a knock upside the head. you are champ for even getting on the freaking bike.

Alifinale said...

I love the pics and can't believe you even rode! I mean I have no ailments and 16 miles sounds impossible to me. Way to go Team!

gina bina said...

It was such a great ride, and I was so glad that you were able to ride part of the way with us. I have never felt so tired in all my life. When I went to sleep that night I didn't move an inch until I woke up the next day. Surprisingly, my legs were not sore at all. Next year we'll do it together!

naomi said...

Talk to me when you have trouble riding one mile. Then we'll be on the same page.

Munchkin said...

I am so proud of you. I believe that I am constantly in awe of your constant courage and strength to carry on. I admire your determination to move forward. What a great woman you are!!!!!!

bulkleybunch said...

congrats iron myelin. lizzy you won't be able to ride next year, you'll be about ready to pop! :) please!?!?!?!?!?

jarv said...

Way to go Team Iron Myelon!!! I'm impressed you even got on a bike with vertigo. I'm such a slacker i kept meaning to donate and never did. Next year you'll be seeing a double donation from my direction. And if I get a new road bike maybe you could even welcome me to the team.

Melissa said...

Liz, I'm proud of you and impressed you did it. You're a strong woman.