What was the situation
Last year my wife and I were talked into doing the MS150, the two-day 150 mile charity ride for Multiple Sclerosis. Having only been a modest riders, we realized that we needed to get our bodies (and butts!) into shape for the big ride. We had about 4 months to do it.
What did you experience
The completion of the MS150 one of the most satisfying goals I've recently set and achieved, but that's not the best part. My wife and I spent some wonderful evenings and weekends this summer doing our training rides. I saw new parts of the city I have lived in for 20+ years. I met other great people who are passionate about riding. I learned much more about the bevy of great riding trails near our home, and got in much better shape in the process!
I now am a regular (albeit fair-weather) commuter on my bike to work, my wife and I are much more committed riders, and we've joined several riding groups. We're planning some longer rides in 2010.
- Cycling can be good for your marriage
- Cycling is a great way to get to know your city even better
- Cyclists are a great group of people
- There are a lot of fun events (charity and otherwise) that are designed to bring riders together.
- Even if you do regular training rides, your butt is still sore after riding 150 miles in 2 days.
Most Positive Effect You Experienced
I fell in love with riding. It's become a part of my life.
Advice for Others in the Same Position As You Were
Start small and build. The goal of the 150 was great to expand my horizons.