What a day!! This whole event was so much fun, from the planning to the actual pedaling. I had a blast! And it was all possible thanks to these lovely ladies and gents below.
For my first official fundraising event, I hosted a charity ride at B/SPOKE Studios in their Downtown location. The studio is sick, I highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a new cycle spot. And I also highly recommend taking a class with our instructor Lindsay Bucci if you can. Seriously, 10/10 for music, much-needed motivation throughout the class, and her infectious sense of energy. I don’t know how she does it!
Throughout the class, Lindsay kept encouraging us to dig deep and push ourselves to keep going. “We’re doing this for a cause that’s greater than ourselves. We’re doing this for people who can’t.” That’s been my mantra for this whole training process, so it was a really incredible moment to have everyone in class join in with me. I have to admit I shed a few tears thinking about it (thankfully it was dark in the room and I was sweating so damn much so everything blended together anyway lol). Really though, that room was made up of people I’ve known for years, but the majority were people I’ve only known since I’ve lived in Boston and some I just met that day. In the year and half I’ve been here, I’m so thankful to have met such amazing people that will support me and endure a grueling cycling class for a cause that is so close to my heart.
One of my favorite songs that Lindsay played during the class was Carrie Underwood’s new single, “The Champion.” I recently added it to my running playlist because it just pumps me the hell up. “I am invincible, unbreakable, unstoppable, unshakeable. They knock me down, I get up again, I am the champion.” I was relating it to my own personal struggle during this training process with my injuries, but I was also thinking of how it relates to people suffering from ALS. As the disease progresses, it continues to knock down patients and their families with every ability it strips away – swallowing, eating, talking, walking, etc. But for those of us that still have these basic abilities, it’s time for us to be their champion and find a cure to make them invincible against this disease.
After the class we got to chow down on some brunchy bites, hydrate with mimosas, and test our luck with a couple raffle giveaways. All menu deets/recipes and some pictures from the event below!
Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Mimosas – aka mimosas with blueberries
Waffles and Fresh Fruit
Mini Cupcakes from Sweet Bakery
Special thanks to all the girls at B/SPOKE that made this possible, Hannah Gagnon for hooking me up with the studio and serving up some hilarious & helpful beauty tips, my mom for dealing with the 50 phone calls I made to her throughout this whole thing (especially the morning of when I was cooking), to Matt for being the best bf and event assistant, and to all my charity riders that came out to support. With your help I raised just about $800 from the event and it got me past the halfway mark of my overall fundraising goal. $7,500 is getting closer and closer!
Check out my Crowdrise page to donate & help me get even closer to that goal: http://bit.ly/BostonBeginnings262