Taking Chances – Ride to Conquer Cancer 2012 is complete!
I love this image. The line is attributed to Wayne Gretzky – the famous CAD hockey player who every kid admired in the 80s/ early 90s.
I survived the Ride to Conquer Cancer this past weekend and I am feeling this slight ‘void’ feeling post-event. You know when you achieve a MASSIVE goal and suddenly you are feeling suspended/ in limbo and think NOW WHAT??
The first time I heard about this ride was in 2008 and I remember thinking how badly I wanted to take part in this event – but I couldn’t. I didn’t think I would be able to raise the $2500, since I had just moved to Vancouver and knew no one. I also didn’t think I’d be able to train my body to be fit enough to ride that long of a distance.
Later on I came across people who were doing it – and I always thought of them as these super-cool, super-human, super-achievers…. I WISHED I could be like them and do it too. But it was too scary. I wasn’t ready.
When I FINALLY decided (and shook hands on it) to do the ride with my friend Jason in Fall 2011, I was at the same time seriously doubting whether this was even possible. It was a little terrifying and there were moments throughout the months of training and fundraising when I thought I wouldn’t/ couldn’t/ shouldn’t make it.
But I did. I was part of the amazing group of 3,011 riders who cycled to Seattle in the name of Cancer Research.
I am so happy & proud of myself for doing the RTCC 2012 this year – IT WAS SO WORTH IT!!
After all that adrenaline, endorphins, nerves, relief, pain, exhilaration, fatigue, amazement, etc…. I feel as though I am going through an emotional withdrawal right now! I need to find a new challenge!! hehe
So my take-away thought for anyone reading this is: NEVER DOUBT WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF!