Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My first bike

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few."

We were all cyclists at some point in our lives.  I'm sure most of us still remember the thrill of of receiving our first bike as a kid and the joy, independence and challenge that came with it.  Ill never forget the first time I got to ride my bike around the block on my own, the trips over to my friend Nate's house, and making the trek up the "big" hill on the way to the pool at the country club in the summer.  It's this enthusiasm and passion for cycling we held early in our lives as cyclists that I hope inspires me through the tough days in the saddle on our trip.  I had some custom graphics added to my new bike to remind me of the excitement I felt when I received my first bike and when I first heard about the Ride for World Health four years ago as a first year medical student.  I know the graphic on my top tube will be what I look at every time I put my head down and push forward through the wind, rain, mountains and thousands of miles we will cover during April & May. I truly look forward to this challenge of  "Never forgetting my beginner's spirit" along the way.  No Chain!