I broke my back, for the second time, last October. And while I am doing so much better now, it only just dawned on how much of a set back this has been physically.
Being laid up for several weeks led to a weight gain I can ill-afford. Because of the previous damage to my spine, my legs are only strong enough to enable me to walk very slowly for very short distances. Every pound added means greater difficulty.
Lately I've been preparing for our annual ride to raise money for BORP 's program for kids with disabilities. It's a challenging 25 mile ride and I've had some success lately in trimming down and cycling more. So, am I ready? My answer, as always, is "I will be."
Every once in a while I need reminding, that despite the setbacks, I've come a long, long way.
Today, I found this blog post from a previous year which we might have written today.
When I was still in the hospital recovering from my fall-- barely able to sit up, walking a distant hope-- I heard about BORP. They could keep me active. They sponsored field trips and sporting events. They had adaptive bikes and could get almost anybody cycling.
Without BORP, I would never have tried that first trike. Or the second. Or the third one, either. Without that program I would never have figured out that cycling was something I can do.
And now, with about 4,000 miles of pedaling behind me, I think I can say that I would never have the energy and good health I enjoy today if i hadn't tried out that first trike.
So, it's that time of the year again. Time to say thank you.
We've been putting off making the decision but last night we finally committed and ...
OH, CRAP! WE'RE DOING THE BORP FUNDRAISING RIDE AGAIN THIS YEAR!! IT'S 25 MILES!!!
AND WE HAVE ONLY NINE DAYS TO GET READY!!!
and so-- without much by way of preparation, training or time-- here we go!
Please, please please. Help us raise $1,000 in the next NINE DAYS. Every little bit helps.
Just click on the banner at the top and then select "Robb Bauer" or "Lisa Lazar" from the pull-down list. After that you can contribute via credit card or Paypal.