January 27, 2012
It was less than a year ago that our amazing cycling trainer Jer Kruse was standing around an empty parking lot watching me try desperately not to fall off my bike. Today I'm thrilled to be a beginner/intermediate cyclist who can safely ride in traffic, pedal 40+ miles or surmount 2000+ ft of climbing during a ride.
My style can best be described as "happily touring about until a bit of elevation turns me into a hill slug, then happily touring about again"
My grandmother has been living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (an auto-immune form of arthritis) since the 1950s. She was diagnosed during a time when there was only a handful of medications that could keep the the pain somewhat at bay but none that could prevent permanent joint damage and deformation. Today, thanks to the Arthritis Foundation and dedicated researchers they support, there are dozens of medications including new classes that have the ability to slow or even prevent the progression of the +120 forms of arthritis. I ride for my grandmother and for the 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with arthritis in our community.
I hope to become a stronger, more confident cyclist and to meet wonderful new people who share my passion for cycling and raising vital funds and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation. Together we can win the fight against Arthritis - the #1 cause of disability!
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