Monday, June 04, 2007

Just keep swimming

At least that's how it felt yesterday but instead of swimming we pedaled. Yesterday we participated in the Ride for Heart and what a time we had. Before we headed out, Lucas had to be roused from his sleep, so to get him going, Isabel told him that we would be riding for grandma. He took this to mean that he was going to see her so he raced down the stairs, convinced that she was in the car waiting for us. I started crying at that, even though he hasn't seen her in over 7 months and he's not even three he still remembers her.




We started our day bright and early as the ride started at 8:15 am. We all had our tshirts with mom's picture on it, even Lucas. Shawn had a rider ask him what happened, who it was etc. Turns out his own father-in-law was still in the hospital as a result of a stroke. We weren't the only ones who were riding for someone.

The ride itself was perfect. The weather was great, it wasn't hot the way it was on Saturday and the rain held off until late afternoon. Riding on the highway without threat of being mowed down is very exhilarating. I'm a very slow rider, I don't like going to fast because I'm always scared of falling and breaking something (I'm really getting old). Even though Shawn is an avid biker he stayed beside me during the whole thing, I know I really held him back but I love him so much for sticking beside me. There are three hills that I've never been able to conquer in the past but this year I beat my Goliath! I can't remember who it was but somebody told me to only look a little bit ahead not at the end of the hill. That advise along with Shawn's guidance about my gears allowed me to conquer those hills. I also kept hearing my mom telling me "Of course you can do it. Who say's you can't." Just like she always use to.

Isabel, Mark and Lucas reached the finished line before we did but they waited for us so we could all cross it together. I crossed the finish line crying and crying. Crying because we finished in one piece, crying because of mom, crying because of the love I felt for my family. I've never been prouder of any of them. We even had a "Go Team" rah, rah moment after we finished.








Now it would be nice to finish our story there but unfortunately it is not to be. In order to get to the ride, we had to mount a bike rack onto the back of the car. Not a problem, we've done it before and there's never been a problem...until yesterday. As we were coming home, I closed my eyes to get some rest when all of a sudden I heard a huge thud and Shawn yelled out "Oh sh*t". The clips on the bike rack broke and for about 5-10 seconds we were dragging our bikes on the highway going 100 km/hr! We were in the worst spot too, right where the highway goes from being six lanes to four and we sere in the median there. So we're stranded with all these cars and trucks passing by and we're trying to get our bikes into the trunk/backseat. Luckily, Isabel and Mark passed by and were able to help us. Their bike rack was able to hold three bikes so they took mine and we were able to dismantle Shawn's enough to get it into the car. Needless to say, we got off the highway as soon as we were able to.

Luckily as well, nobody was tailgating us and the bikes stayed attached to the car, it could've been a whole lot worse. I think I know who our guardian angel was.

19 comments:

redmaryjanes said...

I'm glad that you got your bikes back into/onto the car!
Congratulations on the race. Great job. That took a lot of heart.

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

Congrats on finishing the race. Looks like you had a great time!
Great cause.

Kathy and Joel said...

You are such an inspiration, Dolores. Great job yesterday and what an adventure!

LIZ said...

Congrats on finishing the ride and being able to conquor those hills! Your mom would be so proud of you.
Glad to hear the episode with the bikes turned out OK!

Rhonda said...

I'm so glad that everything turned out ok for the race. Congratulations on being able to finish it. Your mom would be proud.

jaj said...

Congratulations on conquering your Goliath and finishing!

Doris & Dan said...

Congratulations! Your recount of the even brought tears to my eyes. What a great way to honour a special lady.

Keep smilin!

Mark & Michelle said...

Way to go on completing the race.

How wonderful that you all crossed the finish line at the same time.

C.J. said...

Holy Moly - glad all came out okay with those bikes.

Good for you! I am inpsired.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic- Dolores I am so happy for you in conquering those three hills, I missed riding with you this year. Reading about about the ride brought tears to my eyes, well worth the tears.
Real freaky with the bikes, thank goodness you did not loose them.

Amazing job by all of you in the ride.

A..

Kristine and Shawn said...

Woohoo!!! What a wonderful family you have and so glad to hear that you made it!! We were thinking of you on Sunday and wondering how you felt yesterday :) Hope that you bikes are ok to ride another day!!
PS: That little nephew of yours is such a cutie!!

Beth said...

WELL DONE girl.

Glad the car trouble wasn't as bad as it could have been. Must have been a rude awakening.

Donna Paonessa said...

I had tears in my eyes reading your description of crossing the finish line. Way to go!

Roy and Lori said...

Great job on completing the race!
We are so happy for you!

A Special Family said...

Oh I am so glad you and everyone else is OK...you certainly did have a guardian angel...

Janet said...

I am so glad everything went well for you in the ride. Now the bikes....that's another story....:-)

Good job!!!!

Stacy said...

Sounds like it was a wonderful day! I am so happy you were able to tackly your Goliath! You brought me to tears when you wrote about the finish. What a special moment that must have been.

I'm glad nobody was hurt on the way home. That must have been an awful few moments.

What a Day!

Tracey & Mike said...

Congratulations! We're very proud of you! (and you know your angel is too!)

Jill and Jaap said...

WAy to go on the big accomplishment! It would have been very emotional! Be very proud of yourself!