Why am I riding?
As many of us do, I have several reasons why I want to submit myself to the task of raising funds and training over the period of several months to sit on a bike seat for 100 miles. First and foremost, I am riding because Alzheimer’s and associated dementias take the minds of otherwise healthy people and subject them to a life of lost memories and loved ones. Although I have not been affected personally by this insidious disease one never knows what the future brings. As an medical professional, throughout my career I have dealt with the difficulties the patients exhibit and the heartbreak the family endures. One of my good friends from high school, who is also riding, has lost three precious loved ones. In fact, it was his passion and commitment to this cause that convinced me to raise funds for research to find a cure. His zeal was contagious. My second reason which has to do with riding 100 miles is that I desperately needed a mental and physical goal that was achievable and that would move me forward. Having gone through some serious medical issues over the past 18 months, one that almost took my life, I needed an objective, one that would help me continue forward. I am excited to pursue both goals, one of fundraising to help defeat a sinister and sneaky disease and one of training and riding to help me continue a positive path forward.