I started as a volunteer many years ago, then took the plunge of riding the 100 miles to Gambier and it was AMAZING. One of the best experiences of my life; 7 hours in the saddle, struggling, laughing, crying, and just being in the moment. The following year I took the plunge again: 100 miles strong. Then came a long hiatus. Life has changed a lot since I took those 100 mile rides almost 8 years ago. But the draw and the energy of all that Pelotonia stands for has me back on the bike and back in the game.
As always, the ride falls so close to my dad's birthday. I ride in memory of him and to make him proud of his daughter. Riding with all the others out there fighting for #OneGoal, I feel so connected to him. 11 years ago I lost him to cancer; it was because of the James Cancer Center that I was able to spend the length of time with my dad that I did. They gave him stellar treatment and I am honored to help raise funds on their behalf. He was an amazing man, and I know my training, fundraising, and completion of the 45 miles would have made him smile.
I am riding this year with a new riding partner: my future wife! This experience is going to be just one of many in our life, but I am excited to have a riding partner for life. This year, like all the years before, I will have the best SAG support a rider could ask for: my mother! Pelotonia 2020---HERE WE GO!