There was the early morning wake up call, the fact that I had another event to cover in the evening, and the issue that I didn’t train for one second, but none of these things could keep me from participating in the Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge.
In the wee hours of the morning I got up, put my gear on, threw my bike in the car, and headed over to Sun Life Stadium to participate in the charity bike ride. I had no idea what to expect, but I knew I was excited to take part in the event. At the stadium, hundreds of people were decked out in their Dolphins cycling jerseys, and getting warmed up on their bikes. Once I was all set, I joined the participants as we talked about the ride we were about to embark on and fueled up on breakfast. Tons of people who were not participating even came out to support including the Dolphin Bandits.
Once it was time for us to line up I felt a rush of adrenaline, and could not wait to get started. It was an awesome feeling to be lined up with everyone getting ready to take off on the ride. I remember thinking how great it felt to be surrounded by so many people who all united to raise money for such a great cause, the UM Sylvester Cancer Center. After a few speeches were made, and the National Anthem was sung…we were off!
The route took us from Sun Life to Monty’s in the grove. Throughout the entire ride everyone kept each other pumped up, joking, laughing, and just enjoying the experience. It was beautiful riding as the sun came up and even more touching was when we passed the UM Sylvester Cancer Center with people outside supporting us and cheering us on. It really makes you remember why you are participating in the first place.
When we reached Monty’s we fueled up again, and watched as a sign was dedicated in Jim Mandich’s honor. Then, it was off again for the next leg of the ride. It was an incredible experience I will never forget, and I look forward to participating again next year. –Tristin Jones