Push harder, ride further!

Push harder, ride further…

My motto these days, if one were to ask, would be, push harder, ride further. Every time I ride, I try to push myself to go further, faster, harder. It’s a personal quest to set and achieve new heights.

The question I get asked all the time as an amputee…

Why do you ride bikes, isn’t it difficult for you?

No, actually biking is an excellent cardio exercise, and is “low impact.” Not to mention, I breathe better, easier and oh yeah, it helps me lose weight (slowly) and keep it off. Walking is more difficult for me than riding. It’s true! I might be able to walk a mile. But, I can ride 30, 40 or even more miles in a few hours!

It has it’s downfalls as well, like having my leg fall off during the ride! LOL

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It’s easier to push myself while riding. I just keep saying to myself, “you can go a little farther” “you’re not tired yet” and “I wonder where that road goes?” Yet, all the time I am riding, I know that when I arrive at my destination, I still have to turn around and go home! 10 miles turns into 20, and so on!

Why not just go to the gym?

Well, to be honest, I get bored at a gym and when I get bored, I lose focus. And, quite frankly, it’s just too easy to get up and walk out. On a ride, you commit to not only going but coming back!

It’s not just for me, it’s for the Kids’!

This month I draw my inspiration from the Great Cycle Challenge to Help Fight Kid’s Cancer.  Sometimes we need a little motivation, especially when it’s so hot and humid out, sitting in the A/C would be easier. So, I vowed to ride 250 miles during the month of June to help heighten awareness of Kids’ Cancer and to help raise money to fund the research! 

You can help too, click here to donate today!

In 3 years, our community of riders from all 50 states have ridden a total of 7,516,295 miles, and together we’ve raised $9,219,511 in support of research to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.

Why? Because over 15,700 American children are diagnosed with cancer every year, and sadly, 38 children die every week.

We’re riding to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve, and we believe that any one individual can make their personal impact to fight cancer and save little lives…

So we’re calling on all Americans to get on their bikes this June and join our movement to kick cancer’s butt!

Great Cycle Challenge USA is a national Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) fundraising initiative held throughout June.

Is it easy?

No, it’s hot, sweaty work! But, it’s worth it! I don’t go out for a joyride, I’m out there to push my limits and do things I never thought I could do! Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a casual “joyride” once and awhile. 

The first mile and a half are sometimes quite painful actually. But, if you push through you can go further. Don’t surrender to the voices telling you to go home! Challenge yourself!

What keeps me going?

The scenery. Yep! The scenery. I love to see new things, love to see animals in their natural habitat, the rolling hills, hear the lapping water on the shoreline.  These are the things that take exercise and elevate it so you don’t mind going further! 

Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered.  Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others!  Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!

All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler.

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