What’s next?!

Dayle and I have been talking about other topics in life that we wanted to share with our followers. We threw ideas around this weekend while the adrenaline was at its highest. But now that that’s gone (until it kicks back in on Friday) we decided we wanted to ask you all!

Of course the point of this journey is to become the best activists for MS. Our journey was not planned for bikeMS in every state, it’s riding FOR MS in every state. It’s making new friends along the way, those that live with MS, volunteer or ride for MS. The memories we are making are what matter most. We met some pretty awesome people this weekend, especially in PA (shout out to Team OX!)

Our journey is also to use our platform to talk about topics that are so important around life in general! We have our lineup of things to talk about, but we want to hear from you all! What do you want us to talk about? Let us know!

Year 8 CCG in the books

This is going to be a long one – we each are going to write our own blog for CCG

It’s hard to believe a week ago today I was sitting down to get my annual mani with MaryBeth up in Hopkinton. This marks 4years! And every year I do a little something different

This year I’d have to say was by far the best year for CCG. There definitely people missing, there were new people on the team, and we had some veterans come back. But the part that made it the best was exactly what others were saying, people came together more. Especially on TVR! (Makes me that much more excited for the years to come).

Our bright new blue kits popped! thanks Stephen and Carolyn from Primal custom! You sure came through with Michael’s vision and were by far the easiest custom team to work with! Not to mention your giveback program. And thanks to Paige for coming through with our team T-shirt and color choice Bc we popped on the ferry too! (They always take our picture first which means half the team isn’t there yet!)

Another thank you to Pallas and the massage team, especially my girl Cherie! Spoiling me from head to toe and bringing your cups! Love me my suction marks πŸ™‚

Saturday was incredibly hot, even at 450am when it was time to head to BCBS. We all were hanging out in the VIP area and coming together which was the start of why the weekend was just so amazing. It was for sure reunion! (I hope the start is at the same next year).

Opening ceremonies etc we complete and we were the 3rd team to pedal out… about 10 pedals in and I started having shifting problems. Thankfully we have a bike mechanic/bike shop owner on our team! Jon pulled over, we fixed my bike, and caught back up to the group and off we went. I knew with the heat though my left calf was going to give me a hard time. Creeping in at almost 100 degrees at mile 28 I knew i wasn’t going to make it. Chris was pedaling back with me but the heat was sucking all the hydration out of me and the calf knee it was over. I hydrated all week, and was sucking down fluids every few minutes or so, but having a real medical condition no hydration will help. At the lunch stop (mike 37) I made the first smart decision I’ve ever made on a ride and hopped in the Jeep with MaryBeth straight to the last rest stop. Sucked so much doing this but I wasn’t going to hold the team back and was going to keep my leg!

When MB and I got to the last rest stop no one was there volunteering so MB and I took over! I had to warm up before the crew reached me so I pedaled the parking lot over and over and over… to hit almost 4 miles. I pulled the team into the MMA with my fresh legs! Mom and dad were waiting, as always!

Sunday I woke up feeling great and knew the hills would be tough but I would be able to handle the day. But I was also going to play it mile by mile. We will keep out the tears, from rest stop 1-2, and then straight to lunch at mile 42. I was feeling good. Wasn’t sure if I was going to continue if I rode alone, but the crew stepped up and held onto me. We rode our ride! I am so thankful for the group I ride with. We added on this year, and were missing Jeremy, but these 3 are my rock. We became a solid crew last year, and it’s just known that we stick together. Love them!

Dayle and I completed state 4! 46 to go!

has to have Lany in our clink pic!

Here are photos from the weekend won’t bore you with any more, more so I am still lost with words from the weekend being it was the best one to date!

Thank you HDI for a second year!!

Ohio is next the first weekend in August!

5 days

in 5 days we ride… in 6 days we celebrate the finish of state #4, 150 miles with the best team out there and take a matching pic to this one!

get ready for a lot of pictures of the 4 of us! (This was last year).

Taking care of your body

When we think of taking care of our body, we think of rest, rehydrate and recover. Get out the foam roller, trigger point balls and any other object to release those tight muscles and relax the body.

Two weeks tomorrow will be 7 years since I had my right ankle operated on. I created so much damage of the years of playing soccer that it was finally time to repair my years of fun. I pedaled 150 miles in my very first bikeMS ride from from Quincy to Provincetown, with my ankle taped for support, and many tears in my eyes! But I did what I set out to do, then let my body recover after. But my recovery post surgery was cut short due to job transfer and I wasn’t able to continue with my physical therapist.

Fast forward to 2 weeks ago Monday. I was picking my dad up at PT to do some things with him and I was chatting it up with one of my therapists from 7 years ago (PTSMC all love the Bubbs family!). Emily started talking to me about dry needling (if it was anything like a tattoo I’ve got this). That Thursday the needling began. We tested out 6 points. I had state 3 with Dayle that weekend and I definitely could feel the start of a difference.

Last week, Emily went to town on my entire right leg. Monday I couldn’t walk when she was finished. I felt like I had a completely dead leg. No strength, tight muscles, a very uncomfortable feeling. It actually made me feel pretty sick to my stomach the pain I was feeling. I woke up Tuesday and still felt the pain so went for a lot of walks to just move those muscles around. Wednesday morning I headed back to Tyler English Fitness to train as my leg had all of its mobility back and the muscles finally had movement in them again!

Went back that Wednesday after training in the am for more. Not really sure why I voluntarily just go back! Except each time parts of my muscles just keep getting better. My leg was so tight and jacked up feeling from years of cycling and continuing to train that it was time to take care of it. This time after I went for some baby walks to keep the muscles going, I got in some Epsom salt and soaked to help heal those muscles with some heat. Smartest idea I had! Thursday went to TEF and had an amazing workout!

And then came yesterday! Kristen had the privilege of working on me. First, every therapist no matter what has different techniques. What Emily was doing clearly had been working for me. But I truly believe the combo of the way these two work I’m going to be a completely new woman. Well my leg will be new feeling! I tread water in the pool after. Walked back and forth, did anything to keep my leg completely going under water. I was in too much pain out of water, but submerged πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

Here I am sitting on a foam roller writing this post, and thinking πŸ€” where was needling before now?! It hurts I’m not going to lie. It’s an uncomfortable awkward weird feeling you get. But you know when you get that feeling that they hit the right spot and are treating it. My leg is still very tight, but think about it, it’s an entire leg they are treating, not just one localized spot. Most people don’t get “attacked” in this many locations at one time! But I highly highly recommend dry needling as a treatment.

Dayle and I promised ourselves that after every ride, we would spend time stretching and foam rolling. Now for CCG, it’s get back, down our protein, shower, and hit the massage table right away… and sign up for VIP massages this year too since we deserve it! But I want it to be known how excited I am to have Cherie working on me in less than 2 weeks. Once a year I get this! I’m having another needling session next Wednesday and Cherie at the end of day 1! That combo is perfect.

Take care of your body no matter what sport you are participating in. I put off this treatment for too many years and created more work for my therapists on it. It’s a process especially with certain muscles in the leg. Treat your body with respect. Drink lots of water, take time to do nothing for 30 minutes here and there a day, soak if you can once a week, and get massages, especially if you are doing endurance sports! There’s no one to blame but yourself. I take the blame for my leg, but with the miles ahead I need to do something now to feel stronger in the long run!

check out how many different muscles our legs actually have! And they all work together

Hey kids, want some candy πŸ€£πŸ€ͺ

State #3 completed! Rhode Island βœ”οΈ

We showed up at University of Rhode Island prompt at 4pm for check in. It’s always great showing up to a ride within your own chapter and seeing all the familiar faces. Robin and her crew always make you feel like you are home and taken care of that’s for sure.

We finally found our way to the dorm, headed to the 5 floor, walked around the entire floor and got to the corner “apartment”, 520. We walked in, and there we were standing in our eating area/kitchen. Dayle and I scored a suite for the weekend living college life! Thanks Lauren! We each had our own bathroom/shower and own room!

We were starving so we headed up to the hill to the restaurant and stores. Had Thai food, grabbed a bubble tea (and some big straws for me to replace the ones I grabbed last year with the Mills!) and went into CVS to get us breakfast foods and water. Unfortunately now we were on a hunt for bananas! We stopped in ever store in the center then headed out to a market for last resort!

Saturday morning, day 1. Both of us woke up extra early, but we’re both still not feeling it. But we were here and going to ride. Options were 35,75,100… we rode 50! We crossed the finish line and no one was around. Don’t think they assumed that people would be back that fast πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ so we headed to room, showered and came back down for massage, pictures, lunch and head out.

We headed to Warwick to check out bike shops and yummies on the water! Even got to test ride an electric bike the one thing I was mostly looking forward to at Ride the Rhode was the candlelight ceremony. I was so happy to have Dayle there with me, and looking forward to have her and more teammates together up in Maine in August for it! It truly makes you remember why you are there. It reminded us just 3 states in why we are being activists on this journey for MS. then I got a great surprise! A childhood friend from home, well one of my brothers friends, came by to visit us. I haven’t seen Stefanie in forever. But thanks to Facebook we have never fell out of touch! There’s something really special with having someone visit while you are traveling. Lauren in Texas, and Stefanie in RI. (My parents at finish line in CT – and they will be there in MA at the CCG and Dayle’s parents are riding with us).

Sunday morning rolled around and it was day 2 ride time… 40 miles, shower and get out of there. That was the game plan. sorry this post is boring! I didn’t want to forget another day, but I had my leg needled today and I’m so out of it!

Of course Dayle and I celebrated state 3!

we are going to start talking about a lot more than just what happens on a weekend. Like nutrition throughout the week, clothing, training, life stigmas etc. if there’s something you want us to talk about let us know!

Ps! Pre order opens on June 22!

State #2…. Connecticut

the bandana completed its 2 state… and the names are growing. Please send us your champion so we can carry them with us.

CT ride was lots of fun. We got to ride with Adam Noga and Jon Steppic (Road Dawgs) it was great to have our Sponsor there with us, owner of Southbridge Bicycles. Never thought we’d actually get to pedal 50 miles with them! And let me tell you, Jon’s slingshot was kind of amazing! Michael you’ll have to do that for me at CCG ok!

post ride we had quite the adventure the 4 of us. Piled in to the Southbridge van with 3 tents, 4 tables, 4 bikes, 2 people and lots of beer, wine and food… well…. sums it up right there!

Made it back to my place and we celebrated at the pool. It was a perfect end to the day. Confirmed, we will be having a team ride and pool party before the summer is over (well Jon decided!)

3 days and we head to Rhode Island for Ride the Rhode – state #3! Looking forward to seeing the water on this ride!!

Xo D and R