In 2015 I completed my first MS150 and I’m looking forward to the bike ride this year (2020). The MS150 is a two-day bike ride from Houston to Austin, roughly a 150-180 mile journey through the Texas Hill Country. This ride raises more money than any other cycling event, with people from all walks of life united in passion and with one mission and that is to end Multiple Sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is an auto-immune disease that affects the central nervous system. The immune system of someone with MS attacks the Myelin surrounding nerve fibers and even nerves themselves, this damage may cause an extensive number of symptoms. These symptoms range from numbness or slowed cognitive processing, to the more severe like blindness or paralysis, with many others in between. There’s currently no cure for MS and no known cause for it either, reasons why the BP MS 150 and other fundraising initiatives are so very important.
In order to prepare for this event I participated in many training rides leading up to the MS150. These rides would vary in distance and terrain but that is what I needed in order to endure the MS150. As stated above, this is a 2 day event but the first day was canceled due to weather concerns. We received the all clear to ride the second day late in the night. The morning of the ride I was nervous and excited all at the same time. I won’t say that it was easy because it wasn’t but it was definitely rewarding. Cycling in Texas weather is no joke! The sun literally rides your back and you really have to be hydrated and have your nutrition in check. Once I crossed the finish line I couldn’t help but to let a few tears roll down my cheek. The rolling hills, heat, humidity, road debris, and exhaustion were worth it. I made it but more importantly I rode for somebody who couldn’t.