Just Push It…

My Monday ended on a more positive note then it started, and my Tuesday was splendid. I was able to pinpoint some of the reasons for my Monday funk, which was good. Hopefully I can work towards resolving them soon. The nice weather with all the sunshine has held, which is always good for the spirit.

However, it is quite possible that I have lost my mind. You see, for the past 20 years there has been a MS 150 Bike Tour from Houston to Austin. Approximately 180 miles or so (depending on which route you take) on a bike. Pumping pedals. Two days worth of riding. Back in 1986 or 1987, I thought it would be a cool thing to sign up for. I’ve always wanted to do it.

However, wanting to do something does not equate to doing it until you actually get up and make it happen.

So I did just that. I’m now officially registered for the MS 150 ride to Austin. I’m also reading up on to understand how to better take care of my body. I can no longer say, “I’ve always wanted to do that…” Now I have to say, “I am in training for the ride.”

The training is a big part of why I am doing it. I know I need to exercise more, but without a goal or accountability it is too easy to slack off. I can’t slack off on this. I have to be ready to ride through the Texas Hill Country. A long, long hilly ride. I know if I train, I *can* do it. (I am also reassured that the race is so well run that they have vans to scoop you up if you just can’t make it, but we won’t focus on those, ok?)

There is just one hiccup right now in my plan. I don’t own a bike. Guess I need to do something about that, huh?

So, who wants to ride with me? Come on … you know you want to do it!

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

13 replies on “Just Push It…”

Just reading the details of that ride gave me cramps. But I’m the kind of person who prides herself on her laziness – I once sprained my wrist lifting a twelve-pack of soda.

Good luck training for the ride – I have the utmost faith that you can pull it off.

Biking that kind of distance is verboten for me for medical reasons, but I can put you intouch with a friend of mine who does AIDS rides if you’d like. She’s in the Northeast, but used to live down here, and would have some valuable tips for a newbie, I’m sure.

I think it could be really cool. Alas, I don’t own a bike either. When is it. Oh I guess I’ll go read the site. Maybe I’ll do it with you. We can train by riding our bikes back and forth from Angleton to Houston. Well either die from the pollution and traffic or get in really good shape 😉

You can do this! I think it is wonderful!! My Mom has MS and I would love to do something like this. You have my support 100%. I wish I had a bike for you, but I don’t own one myself. Good luck. And thanks for doing this from someone whose life has been affected by MS!

that’s awesome, Christine! i haven’t had a bike since i was in high school. but i so want one now. now that i’ve gotten in the groove of exercising every day, i’m just going about it slowly… don’t want to overexert myself. 180 miles is a lot to begin with. but you can do it… anyone can do it!

You know Jim bikes a lot, right? And I’m primarily a runner, but I’ll be happy to do training rides with you! Just email me and we’ll hook up. Your timing couldn’t have been better. I was just now looking to add one day a week of cross-training.

Good for you! Buy a good, light bike. Train well.

Me, I tried to do the Alamo Challenge once. I couldn’t get past the second training ride. I decided that sixty miles was as far as I ever wanted to ride in one day.

You can do it, though. You probably have more motivation than I did.

Good for you! My dad has done the MS-150 several times. From what he says it’s a great, fun time. And, yes, if you can’t do it there will be plenty of people there to scoop you up. You should join a training group and ride with them. That’ll be a great motivator!

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