So, first I would like to say that bicycling is a great joy in my life, but I find that I really cannot tell you that. I am aging, and it is killing my body. Nonetheless, let’s get this blog thing going.
Besides being a middle-aged Welsh myeloma doctor from London, now living for almost three years in Little Rock (please no overused sheep jokes), I have been cycling for about five years. I used to run, but now I am old and arthritic. And I like to wear spandex.
So, this year I’ve decided to ride in the Big Dam Bridge 100 in September—the full 100 miles. It will be good for me. The training is challenging, but finishing the ride is well worth it. It’s similar to what patients go through when they undergo chemotherapy or other treatment. It can be difficult, but having a good team, good equipment, and a good attitude makes all the difference.
We’ve formed a team here at the Myeloma Institute, and Faith (Dr. Davies), Brian, and others have joined me in training for the 100 miles. We hope that by riding as a team for our patients, we can increase awareness about myeloma in the community and raise funding to support our research at the Myeloma Institute.
It should be quite awesome actually. Seriously. So whether you would like to join me this year on the 100-mile ride, or just want to check out what all the bike hype is about, you should sign up and plan on joining us. There is a 10-mile route for the beginners, and there are other routes ranging up to the 100-mile motherload that I like to think of as my Tour de France. Well, that’s it for now. I’m hungry and plan to have curry.
Gareth Morgan, MD.