I always return from these rides feeling incredibly humbled. The families that we meet are so grateful that we raise money and ride. I can tell you, though, that it is little compared to what these families experience. We meet families that are cancer survivors and families who have to carry on with one less member because of this horrible, wretched disease that plays no favourites.
I am humbled in the face of the grace that these families display, day in and day out, when I am sure they feel like giving up and giving in. But they don’t and that is an example for all of us.
When I feel beaten down by things that happen in my life, I think about the experience this ride gives me. I can do better, I tell myself, because relatively speaking, I have it easy. Balancing my life is easier because the demands are so, so different.
In this, the lead up to my ride, I make sure I tell as many people as possible that I am training for this ride, and tell them a bit about it. I put everything I can on hold for those three days and concentrate on the moment. For those three days, what I am doing is more important that just about anything else going on in my life at the time.
Sometimes I feel my life is lacking balance but for three days this year, I will be balancing it, on two wheels.