One of the most lovely aspects of Obliteride was the constant reminder of how cancer has touched all of our lives. From identifying survivors riding, to dedicating the ride to those in the midst of their battle or who lost the fight, cancer’s ghost was everywhere.
The ride itself was a challenging but doable loop that took us from Fred Hutch, around Lake Washington, around Mercer Island, and finally, around the bottom of Lake Union and in to Gas Works Park.
As we headed out from Fred Hutch wheel to wheel with hundreds of other riders, the energy was incredible. While I was still nursing my rib injury, and felt a little under trained, I also felt like I was on a mission.
As the day wore on, I was getting tired and while heading up one hill told Paul I wasn’t sure I could do it. Yes you can he said, yes you can, and I did.
Riding alongside my hero, my champion, my love, my partner, my Paul, was incredible. As we headed to the finish ahead of our five-hour goal, he reached for me and with his hand on my shoulder, we crossed the finish line together.
My sincerest thanks to my donors, who helped me raise $2,000 for life-saving cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Adrienne, Amanda, Barbara, Chris, Dan, David, Derek, Fred, Greg, Janna, Jenn, Jill, Kathy, Laura, Marc, Paul (2), Paula, Peter, PJ, Scott, Sujay, Tammy, Tom, and Yvonne.