Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: Bike MS is in TWO DAYS!

September 8, 2016

How is it almost ride time? I feel like the summer FLEW by. The Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic kicks off on Saturday, and I am so ready to ride for this incredible organization for a cause that is VERY near and dear to my heart.

 

Most of you probably know that my mom lives with Multiple Sclerosis. She was diagnosed 7 years ago, and it has been a very crazy ride. The struggles she has faced have been very frustrating to watch. But my mom never let's it break her. Since she and my dad are now retired and on an independent insurance plan, their provider has denied coverage for the suggested medications and treatments, mobility devices, and everything else under the sun. It's been a BATTLE. Furthermore, her most recent medication depleted her white blood cell count to a terrifyingly low level, to the point where her neurologist called her after reviewing recent test results WAY after hours, telling her to stop taking the medication immediately. Again, all very frustrating to watch. But all the more reason to fight back, because it's the only thing I know how to do. 

 

Today was my last big ride before Saturday's event! First off, shout out to Arlington Velo Sport for the KICK ASS tune up and new accessories (LOVE the shoes). My bike (I named her Eleanor) was turning heads today! :) 

Back to the ride...

I was feeling really tired about halfway through my long ride on Centennial Trail. My legs were pretty wobbly, my knees were sore, and I wanted to quit. I felt like it was a good time to just turn around and go back to the car. But then I started thinking about my mom's battle. It's been ALL uphill. And she's never quit. Not even once. She rarely complains about what she's feeling or experiencing, and here I was considering giving up on the ride because my knees hurt. That thought was all I needed to pedal harder and stronger and faster. Then the tears started coming. I cried for a good part of the ride after that. Not sad tears, happy tears. I'm happy that my mom inspires me to do things to help others. I'm happy that I have an opportunity to share her story. I'm happy that I am raising funds and awareness to one day find a cure for the disease my mom battles every single day. 

 

Enough about me crying! I am SO ready to ride the big ride this weekend. You can still register with Team KISW if you want to join us and you can still make a donation to support this worthy cause that is very dear to me, my family, and millions of others whose lives are impacted by Multiple Sclerosis:

 

Join Team KISW

 

Donate To The Cause

 

Thank you Rockaholics for all of the support along the way! 

 

Happy Adventuring,

 

Taryn Daly

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