Thursday, September 16, 2010
Mtn Bike Ride that Almost wasn't
I woke up feeling pretty rough with a really bad side stitch and figured running this morning wasn't in the cards, so I got my stuff together to go mountain biking after work. Of course, as the day progressed it became quite apparent that the weather was turning sour. I had a decision to make, go anyway, or call it off; I decided to go anyway. Good decision, never got more than an easy drizzle, and had my best mountain bike ride ever! Finished just under 11 mph for the course, with my previous best being 10.7 mph. Felt strong the whole way, losing just a bit of what I had the final mile or so...
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!