5. There are millions of people suffering all over the world. They struggle to find food, adequate medical care and a safe place to rest. This is one day of discomfort (minus months of training…but whose counting, right?) that will remind you of just how cushy your life is now. The money you raise for our team will help
refugees new Americans from Darfur, Sudan that live in Grand Rapids.
You probably thought this would be number one. Sucker. I am way more original than that.
4.. I am a mother of three boys that have lived inside of and totally ruined my body. I have never exercised to do more than allow myself to eat whatever I want. Exercise is all about making that ooey gooey pizza at 10pm justifiable. I do, however, expect that my ass will be as tight as a toddlers’ race to the toilet by October. It will be a short lived victory but I’m okay with that. I am already wondering where we should go for drinks after the ride of a lifetime.
3. Cool points. Stand around the water cooler and tell your office peeps that you are training for a 60 mile bike ride. It doesn’t matter if you make it the entire way. The important thing is that look of
WTF! awe in their eyes. After they pick their chins up off the floor, drop the whole charity thing on them and they will be nominating you for sainthood by September. Boo-yah! Instant karma.
2. Training sounds really awful unless you are
a triathlon crazy person dedicated to healthy living. If you happen to be a mother of young children, do you know what the word “training” means? Hours of solitude. You, your bike, a helmet and your favorite playlist or podcast on your iPod. You will have time to plan your day, listen to a sermon or just sing along to your favorite Alicia Keys song.
1. I am going to fall off of my bike. It is going to happen. Maybe not today. Maybe not in two weeks, but someday. Where do you want to be when that happens? Do you want to be at home reading about in my blog three days later? Or do you want to be standing over me with your iPhone capturing an embarrasing moment to share with all of your Facebook friends? You and I both know the answer to this one.
Again, here is the link.
If I still haven’t convinced you to ride, consider making a little (or super duper big) donation to help support my peeps from Darfur by visiting our team page. To read more about how the MDC helps
refugees new Americans from Darfur, in the United States and Africa, check out our website.
You should also check out the Ride For Refuge Blog for more information about whose lives they intend to change by organizing this event all over the world year after year.