It has been a while since I last made a post so here goes one now.
On October 17th, I did a 50-mile bike ride for the MS Society to help raise money for Multiple Sclerosis Society so it can fund research for MS.
This is the first time that I have done the Breakaway to the Beach ride since 2007. That was when I had to quit doing them because of my handicap. So now it been 10 years since my leg injury back in 2005. In that charity ride, I rode my bike hard to get from Columbian to Darlington Motor Speedway a distance of 75 miles. in approx 4 hours averaging about 18 MPH. That was my best and fastest MS bike ride back then.
Fast forward to October 17th, 2015 I once again did another MS bike ride. It wasn't the same route but never the less it was a flat ride as it was then. For the first time since then I felt really good so I expected to do well for the ride this year. Conditions were not nearly as favorable for me as it was in 2005 so I knew that I probably could not go as fast. The weather was very cold and windy. The first 30 miles I had to fight and head the wind which slow me down but I was still going faster than a lot of other cyclists was going. Once we made the turn going downwind I really pick up speed going at 20 to 24 MPH. My average speed was getting faster and faster. However, I came to the finish before I was able to get my average speed as high I was hoping for.
The good news was my ability to ride fast was better than at any time since my injury and I think it was as good as it was in 2005. That makes me feel good.