Thursday May 12th, 6:00am: While you were most likely laying in bed dreading that looming alarm clock sounding off another day at the office, the Motivated Fitness/MarkStrong Crew set off for Florida via their bicycles (and RV)! All of the planning has been done; the fundraiser at Amrheins on Derby Day was a HUGE success, the cyclists have put their training in with countless spin classes and as many rides out in the saddle that they could, the route was set, now there's nothing left to it but to do it!
The Goal: to get all the way from Boston to Florida on their bikes.
An iron man? No they've done that.. A half Iron Man in Hawaii? Nah, too easy and too nice of weather for these rugged men.. A Bike Ride equivalent of half way across the country with a ridiculous goal of 14 days? "YUP, That's what we'll do to celebrate our 60th birthdays Mike," says Tom Regan to Michael Kineavy sometime this January.
This daunting and demanding task is not one that this team has taken upon lightly. In fact, they made sure that this feat was not something easily accomplished when they set out to do it in the first place. They wanted to do something rigorous and challenging so as to reap the benefits of an overwhelming reward upon completion. They Also wanted to choose something challenging and rewarding because they wanted it to represent the progress and enthusiasm of Mark Delamere of West Roxbury! Mark is the epitome of Motivated Fitness and he shows that each and every time he comes into our gym. When the guys hit one of the many walls (hopefully metaphorically speaking) on this trip, I know they will be thinking of the strength and resilience of young Mark to break right through those walls and continue on! .
Tom Regan: Captain of the riders, he is the Ferdinand Magellan of modern day Cycling. Name a location anywhere in the continental United States and chances are Tom Regan's bike tires have passed through that exact spot!
Michael Kineavy: In the bible Samson's strength came from his hair; on a bicycle Kineavy's strength comes from his beard. Michael's resilience and leg strength are sure to carry him and his teammates through some tough stretches of their ride!
Tim Connolly: Tim is another Cycling pro that has more miles under his belt than Tom Regan has inspirational quotes. "Hockey has Gordy Howe and Bobby Orr, South Boston Cycling has Tom Regan and Tim Connolly." That's a quote from Michael Kineavy on the two cycling greats that round out this threesome. If that's the case Michael then I'll give you the Mark Recchi of cycling; not the prettiest skater, but when it comes to being a team player and winning there's not many who do it better!
Joe Atkinson: Skipper of the RV, and Mark Delamere Sr.: the man who makes sure Joe doesn't take the RV to the West Coast on a whim because he heard there was a good deal on Kale and fresh bananas. The RV will be a sanctuary for the riders and the whole trip would not be possible without the crew inside it leading and setting up checkpoints and rest stops along the way.
This whole endeavor is and will be a true test of teamwork, resilience, and at times willpower but it is all worth it when we look back at why they are doing it. The team set their goal, did their training and are doing what they set out for to shed light on this awesome young man from West Roxbury. Mark has been hit with a tough test and challenge these past few years but he has answered his call by dealing with his challenge with dignity and strength. "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny." Out of his accident Mark's destiny is something very special. I'm honored to worth with Mark a few times a week and he is an inspiration to me personally and obviously to these three men who have decided to do this ride in his name. The outpouring of support we have received with this ride and fundraiser is a testament to the Delamere family itself. Mark, Sheila, and Mark have become like a second family to me over the past few years and anyone who knows them should know how lucky that makes me!
As Tom, Mike, Tim, Joe and Mark make their way down the Eastern seaboard of the United States I will be trying my best to keep you followers in the loop with daily updates, some more chances for raffle prizes, and maybe even some trivial along the way!
P.S. Not every day will be as wordy of an update I Promise!
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