Why I ride: Brit’s story
Interview with Brit P., Human Resources Manager at MHM and MHvsMS team member
Editor's note: We are thankful for Brit's candor as she shared some personal thoughts with us about her participation in the Bike MS: Valero Ride to the River event as part of the MHvsMS team. She had some very helpful words of wisdom for new team members or riders who may be thinking about joining the team, "Just do it!"
Question: Why do you ride with MHvsMS?
Answer: I ride to support the people who battle Multiple Sclerosis (MS) every day.
It is my nature, I am always hungry for a new challenge. For years I had heard of the Bike MS event, but I wasn't brave enough to do it on my own. When I learned about the MHvsMS team, it was an exciting opportunity to join a bunch of crazy cyclists like myself wanting to better themselves, enjoy the outdoors and also be part of the wonderful camaraderie of the group. It has been so much fun getting to know new friends.
Question: How long have you been cycling?
Answer: I've been active all my life. As a teenager, I would ride frequently. Within the last ten years, I have become more serious about my health and improving my cardio. I've been cycling mostly in a controlled environment. I love indoor cycling classes! I resumed my outdoor cycling life about three years ago.
Question: What are some of your favorite memories from the Bike MS: Valero Ride to the River?
Answer: The trainings, friendships, laughter, pains and fun we have make the event really memorable. Even day is exciting, but to me, it is the preview to the main event that makes it all worthwhile.
Question: Do you have any tips for new riders?
Answer: Just do it! Don't be afraid! You would be amazed at what your body can do. When riding those tough hills, your mind might be telling you, this can't be done," but if you leave all those negative thoughts behind you and just let your machine work, you will be surprised. In the end, you will be proud of yourself for achieving the highest levels of performance that you first thought you wouldn't be able to do.
Question: Do you have any additional comments?
Answer: Being part of the MHvsMS team is a win-win opportunity. Your fitness will improve, you will be raising funds for a worthwhile cause and you will meet new friends. What else can anyone ask for?