Congratulations to Damien for winning the jersey last Friday, and a 37 mile entry for his wife. His wish to get his wife into cycling and return the inspiration that she provided for running is a great story. Thanks, Damien! And thanks to everyone else who posted their inspirational stories, what a great way to see new cyclists joining the ranks!
Damien won a 2012 San Diego Century bike jersey in the 4/20 edition with the judges selecting his entry for the question, “Which friend would you like to try the 37 mi bike ride?”
Here is Damien’s post:
Its payback time. My wife was a runner for as long as Ive know her. She tried and tried to get me to run but I was just never interested in getting in shape. In 2008, after 14 years of trying to convince me to run with her, she decided to step up her game and train for a full marathon, the San Diego, Rock N Roll. She had only run a few 5ks prior to that but nothing close to 26.2 miles. Well… it worked. Seeing her finish that race was amazing and I wanted in. I began running in June 2008 and together we ran our first half marathon 3 months later. Unfortunately , during that 2008 span, the years of running caught up to her. After our one and only race together she was not able to continue running because she developed plantar fasciitis. Now our roles are reversed. She is stuck on the sidelines while I go out for jogs. A few months ago I discovered the sport of cycling and thought maybe….just maybe…I had discovered a sport that would get my wife back in the game. So a few months ago I took the plunge, in hopes of inspiring her to try something new and I purchased a bike. The San Diego Century will be my first ever cycling event…how amazing would it be if it was a fresh start for my wife as well…
-DamienSee all your fellow rider posts here>> Stay tuned for the next contest ending 4/27 where we will be giving away another jersey!