I signed up for my first ride in 2012. For years, I had promised my brother Jay I would do this with him. He was my little brother and if he was doing it sick with Crohn’s, then I could do it too…Right?
But I kept putting it off. “My kids are too young”, “I don’t have time to train”, “I cant fundraise”…. Reality was, I am NOT a bike rider and this was just way out of my league.
Then in 2011, he was so sick a few days before the ride, and had such low energy, that he couldn’t pack his bags and could barely make it up and down the stairs in his house. But he insisted he could do it.
He came to my house the night before the ride. I remember telling him “You couldn’t go up the stairs a few days ago but you’re going to ride 210 miles?!” But he didn’t complain once. He never said “I don’t think I can do this.” He just got up the next morning and rode every mile of that ride, supported 100% of the way by his fellow riders and crew. Needless to say, I signed up the next year.
Fundraising was no longer an excuse, and I knew my kids would survive without me for a weekend. I’d spin in the gym for practice. Whatever it takes… If he could do it with his disease, I could too.
In 2012 we became a team. We fundraised together. We told his story. You wouldn’t believe how far a little honesty can go. Love is everywhere.
Forget your excuses. We did it, and you can too!
For more information about Jenna and her story, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org