This past weekend the @carleysangels team took part in the 2018 @ontarioride and I am very proud of the team for many reasons. Here are a few:
The multi-year riders: Riley, Sammy, Mark, May, Dan, Andrew, Stephanie, Erin, Min, Taylor, Natalie, Vahid, Emily, and I know there are others I just can't recall names...but it is HARD WORK to not only raise $2,500 year after year but to also push yourself to your limits to complete the 220km trek. To do it once is an amazing feat; but these people constantly make the effort to continue to raise money, continue to train, and this year they absolutely flew through the ride! I know because I barely saw them. They are all inspiring examples for everyone to strive towards.
Angus and Jason- I am still blown away by what Angus and Jason achieved. Angus, if you've seen my previous post, is a cycling coach at Power Watts and he rode for the first year on a tandem bike with his friend Jason, who is visually impaired. Jason reached out to Angus because he wanted to be part of the ride. Cycling for 220km is hard enough, but to do it without being able to see?! Jason is as brave as anyone I know and Angus- well, he once again validated the extremely high opinion I have of him because not only did he help guide Jason on the tandem bike, which requires tremendous energy and focus, he also took the time to remain by Jason's side and guide him around off the bike as well- such as through the camp and at the team dinner. They were the right choice to lead the team through the finish line.
The first year riders: Katherine, Lauren, Jamie, the Webster brothers (I know I'm missing people and I'm sorry) Its very daunting to sign up for something like this without having any idea of what to expect. Being able to raise $2,500 for the first time is just as if not more challenging than doing the ride; and then to conquer the ride the way they did. No complaining, no quitting; all smiles and all heart- they all exemplified Carley's motto to "Always Smile" and they should realize that they can do anything they set their minds to.
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