In 2008 and 2009, I donned Spandex and made the 183-mile April ride from Houston to Austin as a participant in the BP MS 150, raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
After those two endurance rides, I said, "never again," sold the bicycle and took up sailing. However, I have served as team captain and a volunteer at the event for the past three years.
I don't know what got into me this year. Maybe it was just knowing I need to do something to force myself to get back into shape or maybe I just don't want to accept the fact that I'm rapidly moving through my mid-30s, but I will be not only the Technip team captain again this year, but I will also be riding.
Let me get the begging out of the way now: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/ffacker
I'm attempting to raise at least $1,000 for the National MS Society by April. If you would like to donate, any amount helps.
I recently attended the first captains meeting at St. Arnold's brewery.
The volunteers and vendors brought us up to speed on all the logistics and safety requirements for the 2013 ride.
I also met several women living with MS who are participating in the ride -- very inspirational ladies.
And although St. Arnolds ended the event by graciously offering us free beer, I declined and went home to work out.
I'm currently spending an hour every other evening on a spin trainer, but I haven't even been on a bicycle since 2009, so this is going to take some work.
Thank you to anyone who wants to contribute. I appreciate it, but those living with MS really appreciate it.