When Sandy approached me he did it in true Sandy Student persuasion. He wanted my story and I wasn’t to say no. My initial reaction was I don’t have a story to tell. But after thinking about it maybe I do?
How did I become to love riding my bike? How did I end up riding with Team Evesham?
After the birth of my second son I found myself in a pretty dark place. I didn’t like myself, how I looked or how I felt and more importantly was not enjoying my two wonderful sons. It took me a little while to realize I was suffering from Postpartum Depression on top of years of body images issues.
After trying therapy and medication for a short time I decided I needed a different outlet. I borrowed a steel frame bike from my cousin. (You know, the type of bike with the gear levers are on the bottom of the frame. It weighed like 50 pounds!) I signed up for my first triathlon and began to ride. Out of the three events biking was my favorite. I have since completed several triathlons, a few century rides for various charities and have come to love getting up at the crack of dawn to ride my bike. I have also learned how to like myself, love my boys for who they are and enjoy life again. Riding my bike allows me time to be nowhere else but present. It is my “me time”.
When we decided to move to New Jersey I explored riding options in the area. I found Team Evesham and showed up for a Sunday morning ride at Indian Springs. It is there I met this man with a mega phone we call Sandy! I was scared to death. I had been on a few small group rides with my triclub ladies but never in a coed group or a group of this size. There were so many people there. I knew no one but was soon to know it didn’t matter. I remember thinking on those Sunday morning rides how great these rides were!
I must tell you that my schedule is jammed pack with sports for the kids, work, household “stuff” and 4th and 5th grade school “stuff”. Most likely no different than most of you. I am able to manage all of this and have time to ride my bike whenever I want because of having a supportive husband. He has been with me all of the way. He is the keeper of the alarm for those early morning rides knowing I like the snooze button! He also knows how important it is for me to get my rides in.
Today I am stronger than ever before and more confident than ever before. It is amazing what a simple bike ride can do!