Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What A Ride

Shocking..and without warning we lost a dear friend this week. He was only 46 years old. Over the past few years this man has been such a positive mentor for me on the bike. This past year I had the pleasure of training and sharing in this experience with Perry during the ride to Austin, TX, Challenge to Conquer Cancer.

It is in these times that I can clearly see how we have all formed a family, a bond that is unexplainable, and that in part the bike is only a small tool that unites us. We are a family that shares in the tears and all of the laughter that life brings our way.

This week I have wanted to do nothing. Just be sad in this news. My dad often says that life is for living. We must continue to move forward even in the saddest times.

So I will move forward. Embrace all that Perry shared with me. Remember the lessons of riding, positive words, and love that he had for riding and all that came with it.

As I approach 3 days filled with Team Training this weekend I will ride my ride for Perry. I will smile and know that he gave us all a gift that even now I am realizing more and more.

As he would say.... What A RIDE!

Robin


13 comments:

Marlene said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. It sounds like he was quite a guy.

Dave said...

The people in the Endurance world are some of the best people in the world....REALLY they are...we go into a race...and boil down life in just a few short hours...most people, that takes years to accomplish...but not people like Perry...Ride On...it's really your only choice...It's in your soul...

Wes said...

A very nice tribute, Robin. You honor Perry...

Runner Mom said...

He and his family would so appreciate that! Hope you're doing ok. Sending you hugs!

Love ya!
Susan

Slomohusky said...

Very well said or written. Sorry for you loss. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie Gehrsitz said...

You are lucky to have met and shared with your friend. Think about his strength and yes, ride on.

Judi said...

i'm so sorry about your friend. so young, that's just horrible. XO.

Grey Beard said...

In such times I am reminded of a famous saying "Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy day"

Obviously, Perry knew.

Honor him by giving him the grief he is due - even while moving forward for those who can move forward no longer.

D10 said...

Robin, I am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words to say. Perry sounded liked a great guys. Prayers to you and his family.

Mary Eggers said...

Beautiful and touching tribute. Ride on friend!

Lily on the Road said...

Oh Robin, I am so very sad to read this post. As your father said, Life is for living...easier said than done.

What a loving tribute you wrote for your friend. Take care of yourself and as Dave says "Ride On".

Cheri said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. He was quite an inspiration for you. Prayers are with you and his family.

ShirleyPerly said...

Wow, I'm so sorry! What a great guy. But he obviously lives on in you and everyone else he touched.