The Great Cycle Challenge

75km completed, and $705.98 raised for the SickKids Foundation as of today!
There’s still time to donate!

I signed up for this challenge on June 21, and to be honest, for many days leading up to its start I was nervous. I’ve never done anything like this before. In a way I guess it is competitive sport, though you’re competing just against yourself and your doubts.

After the first three rides I knew I could succeed, and each ride I challenged myself to do a little better than before. At the same time, if I wasn’t feeling the best, I didn’t push either. And I think that’s why I was able to complete it. I went at my own pace, and didn’t feel like I had to rush to keep up to other people. If it’s one thing I’m good at, it’s comparing my accomplishments to others and feeling shame if I don’t measure up.

But I did it. I biked the last 9km this morning in the pouring rain, and I think for the last km it was more tears that wet my cheeks than anything.

My welcoming committee as I got home from the very last (very wet) ride.

I’d like to thank all of my family and friends who lent me an encouraging word, and donated to this wonderful cause.

I’m happy because my body let me do this, and nothing compares to the hardship that little kids face when fighting Cancer. Sending love to everyone being healed by the SickKids Hospital, and the miracle workers that fight the good fight.

Love,
M.

A sweaty selfie (lol) for each of the 11 rides it took to complete this…