|Catherine and Gary|
My daughter-in-law, Catherine, rode 25 miles last Saturday, in Pelotonia, a grass roots bike tour with one goal…to end cancer. Over 6200 cyclists rode in the event held in Columbus, Ohio, and raised over $10,000,000. Catherine enjoyed the experience so much that she says she’s ready to do 100 miles next year. I couldn’t be more proud of her.
Catherine started training for her ride well after I began riding again back in May. It was, after all, her simple suggestion that I ride in lieu of running after I hurt my Achilles tendon. And it was her inspiration that got me into running. She also gets the credit for getting me to a nail salon to have my first pedicure just a few years ago which in turn has turned into a regular social event for me and my friends who every 6 weeks or so go out for lunch and then have our toes done en masse. But I digress. As much as I love cycling, I was absolutely thrilled to learn that she decided to take it up so she could ride in Pelotonia. She got a bike, began training, and even though she only had a few weeks of riding behind her she finished the ride. That she’s eager to ride 75 miles more next time is just too cool for words.
So please excuse me for boasting about Catherine. She is an amazing, wonderful person who has been an inspiration to me and I just couldn’t help myself.