Guest Blog: JoyRider Anne Waldron
At first the convenience of JoyRide's Darien location brought me in the door, but the friendly staff and amazing spin instructors kept me coming back for more!
Exercise has been a part of my life forever. When I was young, I played many competitive sports (lacrosse, field hockey, basketball). After business school, I moved to NYC and started running in Central Park. All those many beautiful mornings running in Central Park gave me the running bug, which lead to me running many half-marathons and four marathons (two of which I ran for MSK's Fred's Team). When we moved out to Connecticut, I started to cycle, both inside and out.
My running days may be waning, but I feel as though my cycling days have just begun.
My drive to be better, my drive to be a good example to my children -- and show them that working out is fun, and my drive to stay healthy. This motivates me on a daily basis and JoyRide helps me achieve or move closer to my goals. JoyRide is a fun and energetic spin environment that welcomes all levels. The instructors are amazing, inspiring, creative and athletic. JoyRide makes it so easy to just walk through the door and join the community.
On Saturday, August 5, I will be riding 84 very long miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) to help raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Research and I am using JoyRide to supplement my outside training! It’s fun to ride my bike to JoyRide, join a class, then ride home.
You may be thinking I'm insane. You may be rolling your eyes and saying, "Jeez, Anne can never sit still." You may be saying, "Awesome Anne. You go girl!" Whatever is going through your mind, let me tell you why I am riding.
I am riding because cancer touches everyone. I am riding because it is trying to kick my Mother-In-Law's ass, but she isn't letting it. Go Mary! I am riding because it beat my Father-In-Law. I am riding because it has probably touched your family. I am riding because I want it to stop. I am riding because I can. Who knows what tomorrow brings, but today, this year, I can ride to try to make a small difference in this world.
Please support me in my first (of many, no doubt) Pan-Mass Challenge. By supporting my ride, we support one another. We will be helping researchers get one step closer to finding treatments and cures. Seriously, no donation is too small. Every cent counts when it comes to winning the war against cancer. Last year 100% of rider-raised revenue went directly to support the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's tireless commitment to finding a cure.
Click here to support Anne through her PMC fundraising page: http://profile.pmc.org/AW0186.