Today’s ride (day 5 of 6), is in honor of Liz, my wife. After yesterday’s exhausting ride, today’s ride into Winter Park was a “cake walk”. 31 miles with an average speed of 17.8 mph, (thanks to a tailwind and relatively flat ride climbing only 1,700 feet). Tomorrow’s final leg is a 87 mile, 5,228 climb back to Breckenridge. My cadence, stamina and speed for tomorrow will be critical in order to catch my bus and flight back to Seattle.
While I pedal around the world promoting research, care and funding for Alzheimer’s, I realize I am fortunate to have a “partner” who is so supportive. Often leaving the house for an 6 hour ride or in the case of this ride of 10 days, I am often asked if she feels being “abandoned” and how she deals with me being gone so much. I think it is summed up that she realizes cycling is one of my passions and my “cycling for a cause” is important. We both share the view we have responsibility of giving back to community and helping others.
Liz leads our Temple’s “Caring Community”, helping congregants who are in need of a meal or need a ride to a doctor’s appointment. She is the first to drop everything from being a compassionate listener to helping with everyday chores. This is the same support we need to lend to those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. The emotional and physical toll can be overwhelming. I encourage you to consider a donation or offer to help a friend who is an Alzheimer’s caregiver. Make a meal, do their laundry or offer to drop in and provide them a chance to leave the home, knowing a trusted friend is with their loved one. Respite care provide caregivers a temporary rest and chance to catch a breath without feeling guilty. Your small efforts can make a big difference. Act today.