Forty-five minutes into a two-hour cycle ride for breast cancer, I thought, "Why did I do this?". After a 21 mile run yesterday, one too many glasses of wine last night, and already completing two cycle classes earlier in the day, I was ready to give up.
Then, a thought entered my mind. "You think this is tough? Try chemo. You're sore? Try radiation. As a mother and wife, I didn't have the option of giving up when I discovered I have stage three breast cancer. I fought, so get on it!"
I let that thought stay front of mind. When I started to focus on my pain and fatigue, I thought about my best friend's mom who lost the battle, my boyfriend's mom who won the battle, and the thousands of women who are currently facing the battle.
I did finish the ride; however, the race for the cure isn't over yet.
In 2011, about 39,520 women in the U.S. are expected to die from breast cancer. So as the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, find one thing you can do in your community to help find a cure.
I was holding back to conserve when I should have been picking up my pace. I was so close to the end but didn't realize. I finished four minutes slower than my last race – 1 hour 38 minutes – because I didn't have time left to meet my goal.More >>