Today, I Rode In The Wish 100 Ride Benefitting The Make-A-Wish Foundation
As I sat at my office desk yesterday morning, a client – one who happens to be on the Park Place cycling team – came to my desk and asked if I’d like to join them for the Wish 100 Bike Rally. Unfortunately, he didn’t give me much time to decide, since the ride was the following day – this morning. Admittedly, my first reaction was decline because of several things that ran through my mind:
1) My wife usually plans things for us to do on the weekends, so sneaking out for a few hours for a bike ride would be a bit selfish.
2) Although I really enjoy doing charity bike rides, I was unfamiliar with the expectation of this one.
3) The fact that there is a “Team” involved, usually implies some sort of ‘sport-type’ riding, which brought me to a few sub-concerns:
– a) Would this require an extremely long distance ride at incredible speeds?
– b) I really don’t have a nice bike for long distance, fast rides.
– c) Would I be required to wear spandex bike shorts to fit in with the rest of the team?
Of course, I gave him my standard answer: I’ll think about it.
After doing a bit of research, I discovered that the ride benefitted the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. Knowing that it’s such a great cause, my wife was most insistent that I do it – concern 1 addressed. I read a little more about the ride and discovered that it was a family event with multiple routes for all skill levels – concern 2 addressed. I noticed that one of the routes was 30 miles, which is the amount that I do on my bike commute – concern 3a addressed. I’ve done the Richardson Wild Ride twice with my old clunker, steel mountain bike commuter-conversion. It’s heavy with crappy, low-end gearing, but it worked – concern 3b somewhat addressed. I also opted to bring my baggy bike shorts to wear over my spandex – concern 3c addressed.
With all of my concerns addressed, I decided to do the ride – and I’m glad I did. On top of it benefitting a really good cause, it was an amazing day to ride with some cool people on a great route. Obviously, doing only the 30 mile route, I wasn’t able to ride with team the whole way. Even if I was able to do the 62, I wouldn’t have been able to keep up with them anyway.
Here are some pics from the ride. Click here to see the entire set.