I must have lost my ever lovin’ mind!

January 6, 2015

Why? Because this past Saturday I signed up for the National MS Society Upper Midwest Chapters MS 150.  150, as in one hundred and fifty miles.  Why did I think that was a good idea?

The Upper Midwest Chapter covers Minnesota, the Dakotas and Iowa and puts on three bike events in Minnesota alone. One is the Trek and is a week long (5 days I believe) trip that’s usually across Minnesota.  The other, the one I was really considering and probably should have signed up for, is around the Twin Cities.  That one offers three different mileage options; 15, 25 and 50. I really should have signed up for that one. Instead I decided to try the 150.  After all, this is Minnesota and not Florida, it should be easier, right?

Why do I think it’d be easier? Well for one, it takes place in Minnesota in June. The Mid-Florida Citrus Tour takes place in April or May and by then it’s already incredibly hot. Minnesota in June usually is pretty decent and not too hot. Also the Minnesota MS 150 goes from Duluth to the Twin Cities; that’s mostly downhill (I hope!) so there shouldn’t be a whole lot of hills for me to worry about.  And Minnesota is full of amazing bike/walking/hiking trails. The MS 150 is supposed to be on one of those trails for the majority of the ride. So hopefully the scenery will be much prettier than orange trees that don’t provide any shade.

While I’m a bit apprehensive, I’m also looking forward to this. I enjoy participating in Bike MS in any way I can. Now I just have to get ready for this. Last month I signed back up at the gym; I decided that currently I’m NOT an outdoor runner in the winter. Nope, I just can’t convince myself to do that. So back to the gym I went. And while it’s not ideal, the gym at least has stationary bikes so I can use those to train while waiting on it to warm up and the snow to melt some.  In the meantime, I also need to work on fundraising. The minimum to participate is $300; I set my goal at $500, but honestly I would love to actually raise $1,000. I want the jersey that comes with being a VIP fundraiser.  Go here to help me meet my goal.

Pain is temporary.

January 4, 2013

It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place.  If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

– Lance Armstrong

I know he’s no longer considered the “golden boy” by many.  But despite what he did or did not do (honestly, I’m very eh about that whole thing), what he said is true.  Yes my legs may hurt from doing lunges or squats and the simple act of sitting down leaves me whimpering.  Yes my arms may hurt and I keep forgetting to not do this, or that and let them rest.  But if I didn’t have that pain, it would mean I’m not doing something good for my body.  And it would mean I’m not doing what I can to counter the MS and make sureI stay as mobile as possible if that’s a situation I face in the future. 

With that being said, remind me of this when I have to face a long run this weekend and I don’t want to because my feet still hurt from the blisters I have developing after the last couple of runs.  Don’t worry, I’m going to do it.  I already plan on making a trip to get moleskin, or whatever it is that is needed for blisters.  And new shoes are in the plan for the weekend.

Massive Suckiness

July 1, 2012

Today we’re taking a break from your irregularly scheduled somewhat happy, upbeat posts. Today, I’m whining. You’ve been warned, so feel free to skip 🙂

Why am I whining? Because I hurt, and I’m tired, and it’s hot. Heat is definitely not something unusual. I live in Central Florida, we’re hot 9-10 months of the year. And I know the rest of the country is experiencing heat waves too. But it’s hot here too. And it’s making my head hurt. I walk outside and my head starts throbbing. Go inside and it dials back down. 

Also, my feet hurt. I’m whining about my MS this weekend. My feet hurt. It’s not bad when I’m sitting, but standing and walking. Ugh. Pain. Thankfully it’s a low level pain; but it is enough pain that I’m not going running today. Hopefully it’ll be done in a few days. I have my second 5k in 2 days! 

Another MS whine is fatigue. This honestly isn’t anything new for me. I’m always tired and I take meds to help combat the fatigue. But some days are worse than others and the constant desire to nap/sleep gets really old after awhile. It really makes me not want to do stuff at times. And other times I battle through the fatigue to do simple things. I’m over it!

Man, what a weekend!

April 23, 2012

It was the 25th anniversary of the National MS Society Mid-Florida Chapters Bike MS. And my 5th year of participation! The last 3 years I’ve volunteered, the first two years were as a SAG (Support and Gear) driver and this year I coordinated the SAG Drivers along with Dad. Going into the weekend everyone was performing an anti-rain dance, sun dances, doing anything they could in hopes that the rain would hold off until AFTER the ride. The weather forecast was calling for rain at the least and we were hoping that was all we would get. Thankfully on Saturday we didn’t get any rain. It was overcast and then breezy, which helped a lot at keeping the heat down. We also didn’t have any medical emergencies this year; part of that was due to the cooler temperatures. The century route was closed as a precaution, although we did have a rider get confused and end up on the century route, even though he meant to take the 50 mile route. Oops 🙂

Because the century route was closed, Saturday was the earliest the ride as finished in years. Dad and I were in Orlando by 3pm! It was a little too breezy to go swimming, plus I was the only one who brought a suit in hopes of possibly making it into the beautiful pool at the Caribe Royale. Sunday was forecast for more rain, a 60% chance by noon. But the morning was decent, we didn’t have to delay the start of the ride this year thankfully. My SAG drivers got out on the course and I headed back to Lake Wales to direct them all. The first riders made it back to Bok Tower at 9:15, a mere 2 hours after the start of the ride!!! We did get some brief rain showers late morning, but they were thankfully very brief. I would say that the ride this year was a definite success. Sadly we had less volunteers this year than in years past, but we were able to make the ride go as smoothly as possible for all participants. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Hotpads for Hope – Currently Available

March 4, 2012

The following are currently available for $5 each plus shipping. Remember, proceeds are going to the National MS Society Mid-Florida Chapter. If you see one you would like or would like one in a different color, email me at ridetoerasems@gmail.com.


Step by step

January 18, 2012

On March 24th I’m participating in the National MS Society Mid-Florida Chapters Walk MS that is being held at Lowry Park Zoo.  The funds raised via the Walk (and Bike event) are used to help those living with Multiple Sclerosis here in the Mid-Florida area.  Funds raised help people afford durable medical equipment to make living their lives easier, it helps people afford disease modifying medications that they may not otherwise be able to afford.  Funds go to research to help find better medications, why MS happens and hopefully, one day soon, a cure. 

MS is something that has been a part of my life since the late ’80s when my dad was diagnosed.  In 2006 I received my own diagnosis.  The symptoms vary greatly and it affects each person differently.  I walk so I can help people who are affected worse than I am, I walk so that one day someone does not have to hear “You have MS”; and I walk so that my own version of this stays just as it is and does not get any worse.  Please help me. You can help by donating here.  Every dollar helps, so even if all you can do is $1, that’s ok. It helps.  Thank you.

Oblahdee, oblahda, life goes on

August 25, 2010

La la la life goes on.  This is actually a better title than my original one of 10 little itty bitty minutes. Why? Mostly because it’s just an update about life and how it goes on.  I know I’ve been MIA, and I haven’t meant to be. We had the bike MS Citrus Tour in May, Grandpa got sick, Mom got sick, Mom got sick again and house hunting has continued.

This year for the Citrus Tour J and I were SAG drivers and next year I’ll be riding again. My friend Super K’s daughter decided she would rather ride than volunteer. As she’s only going to be 16 she needs to have someone 21 or older with her at all times. So I’m all registered for next year and even have my team set up, Cruisin’ For a Cure. I have a brand new to me road bike that will hopefully make the hills easier for me to manage. I found it on Craig’s List for $175, considering that these are usually at least $600+, I’m happy with the price. I’ve even started riding, although given the weather lately I haven’t been riding as much as I want to be/should be. Interested in a challenge? Come join my team!

Grandpa ended up having to have a pacemaker put in earlier this summer. He wasn’t out of the hospital and in rehab a week when Mom’s Crohn’s flared up landing her in the hospital. She wasn’t out a week and landed back in. Poor Mom has been through the ringer this summer. But they did manage a trip out west to visit my brother and some friends in California. Mom said it was nice being able to drink water directly from the tap. Our water here in FL has a seriously funky taste to it, so everything we drink has to be filtered.

The house hunting continues. In March J put in an offer on one that we really liked. It’s a short sale and was perfect, it only needed cosmetic work and a few minor repairs/updates. Sadly Chase was being stupid and decided they didn’t want to order a new BPO (the stuff they do to determine the price/value of the short sale home) to meet J’s asking price. So back to the drawing board we go. In the meantime, I’m still living at my 2 steps above ghetto apartment. And I currently have only 1 neighbor out of 3! The pain in the butt one moved several months ago and the one I liked just moved the past weekend 😦 Thankfully she’s not going far.

On the exercise front I’ve been trying to get more of that in. There’s been the bike rides, which I really need to improve on.  I also did something I’ve never done before today. I ran on the treadmill in the gym for 10 minutes straight! It was at a slower speed, 4.5 and 4.4, but there was no walking until the cooldown period. I was pretty proud of myself for that. My goal for that is to keep running that 10 minutes but increase my speed. I think I can manage that.

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