I have to thank all of my sponsors who donated over $2,000.00 for Chai Lifeline. Seriously, you’re amazing! What, feeling guilty that you didn’t sponsor me? Don’t fret, you still have time by clicking here.
I have read that a common motto in exercise is, “Feel the pain”. After Sunday’s bike ride with Chai Lifeline, I totally understand what this means. “Biking the forest” pushed me to the limit. Biking 54 miles last year on Lake Shore Drive was a piece of fat-free cake compared with Sunday’s 34 mile bike ride at Linne Woods. I found the hills to be much more challenging than I expected and to say that I pushed myself, is not an exaggeration. Of course, it was for a great cause and if I am a little sore and sunburned, then so be it. It was TOTALLY worth it!
Our ride started at a picnic grove where Chai Lifeline had fruit, Granola Bars, and water waiting for us. The trail we took went north for 10 miles to the beautiful Chicago Botanical Gardens, at which point, people could turn around and return to the picnic grove. However, I wanted to get in my 34 miles, so once I got the the Botanical Gardens, I then went back 7 miles and returned to Gardens. All along the way Chai Lifeline had volunteers stationed with nice cold bottles of water for everyone. After refilling my water and catching my breath, I biked back to join the group. For those that wanted, a nice brunch was served, sponsored by Bagel Country after the event. I was simply happy to drink some water in the shade.
When I got home I was greeted with hugs, high-fives, and a cold drink and something to eat. Seeing how proud my wife and kids were of what I accomplished in memory of my father a”h, made it all worth it. As I wrote above, this was quite a challenge, but it was also a opportunity to really push myself and see the effort pay off! I am pleased that I not only biked the furthest of anyone on Sunday, but I also brought in the second highest amount of sponsorship this year. To know that I was able to help Chai Lifeline with your support and encouragement is a great feeling and I am so glad you were able to help me.
For the first 3 hours of my 3.5 hour bike ride I listened to some amazing shiurim from Rav Reuven Leuchter, who is a very close student of Rav Shlomo Wolbe zt’l. Two of the shiurim were about “Chinuch on Gadlus Ha’Adom” and the third was about the first few lines of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter’s Iggeres HaMussar (totally blew my mind how he he explains R Yisrael Salanter’s view of imagination/dimyon). His understanding of Gadlus Ha’Adom (as being conscious that we are involved in a higher madrega of avodah than just mitzvah observance, but serving Hashem) fits so nicely with the concept of D’veykus (attachment to God) as brought down in the Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh seforim. The 30 minutes of my ride was spent listening to Yosef Karduner, Piamaneta, Diaspora, Yitzhak HaLevi, Even Sh’shiya, Bob Mould, and a Russian band called Selo N Ludy and their cover of Bon Jovi’s “It’s my life” (funniest thing ever).
Chai Lifeline is still excepting your sponsorship of my ride. That’s right, you have until Thursday morning to still make a donation. Any amount would be great. I’ll be honest, for the past three years I have raised more for Chai Lifeline’s bike event in Chicago than anyone else. This year I am only short $591.00 of keeping that record.
Please feel free to forward this page to anyone that can help. Every little bit helps.
You can sponsor me by going here. Seriously, this is for Chai Lifeline, they do great work. Thanks!!!
Impressive amount, kol hakavod!