#planksgiving day seven (Bike the US for MS)

Today I am thankful for Bike the US for MS.  My friend Liz is the one responsible for introducing me to this wonderful organization.  I rode the Bike MS:  Waves to Wine ride in San Francisco in 2014 and 2015 and Liz was the organizer for this ride.  A champion fighter for MS research and funding, Liz told me all about the amazing things they do while riding across the country, so in 2015 I joined them for 5 days of riding.  I was instantly hooked.

In 2016 I rode about half of the TransAm and in 2017 I did a self-contained tour in Italy, under the umbrella of the Bike the US for MS organization.  Through these wonderful people, we were able to raise money to transform Aunt Alba’s bathroom, making her shower wheelchair accessible.

Not only were the rides challenging and the service projects rewarding, but I also met some of the most amazing people in my life.

Can’t thank Bike the US for MS enough!!

#planksgiving day six (podcasts)

I started listening to podcasts when I starting riding my bike long distances.  Sometimes when I’m riding the struggle bus (that’s when it’s a really difficult or hot ride) it helps to have something to distract myself and that thing for me has become podcasts.  I enjoy Joe Rogan’s podcast very much, but each episode is pretty long — like three hours.  So, whether driving into the city, riding my bike or running, there’s always time to listen to a good podcast.  There are so many to choose from!!   If you don’t listen to podcasts, I invite you to check them out and find one that interests you!

Thank you podcasts!!

#planksgiving day three (experiences)

My experiences made me who I am today.  I’ve been through some crappy things and I’ve done some crappy things.  These bad times have taught me so much and forced me to change my ways and allowed me to get closer to people that were there for me.

I’ve written some blogs about this already, so I’ll just say now that at the time I didn’t think some of these experiences were very good but looking back — I am so grateful!

#planksgiving day two (technology)


This makes me realize that our technology these days is amazing.  I was able to watch clips throughout the game while I was teaching lessons because I was streaming the game live to my cell phone!  There is not a moment of my day when I’m not enjoying the latest technology.  Our computers at work, my fitness watch when I swim, the endless apps on my phone… you name it!  I have an app called “Marco Polo” that I use to video chat with friends and family members which allows for one way communication using videos.  It’s another awesome way of communicating.

Technology.  You rule.  What a time to be alive!

#planksgiving day one (shanon)

Here we go!  Day one and I’m thankful for Shannon.  She is the one that brought this amazing challenge to me and I’m so excited to take part in this.  Planking for 3 minutes is not going to be easy by any means, but I’m excited to take some time out of every day to think about some of the things that I am most thankful for.  I’m so grateful to have everything I need (and more) in life and sometimes I let life’s challenges distract me from realizing all the good that makes up my life.  I know this will bring me back down and give me some perspective!

Back to Shanon….. I met her last summer when we rode our bikes on the TransAm route across the United States.  I was a segment rider, meaning I rode parts of the route, but Shanon was part of the team that rode the entire way.  She’s a fellow dog lover and is one of the most positive person I have ever met.  She’s just amazing.  She’s a strong rider and a kind soul.  I just love her to pieces!!  This summer, she rode as a segment rider for the Northern Tier and as a route leader for the Southern Tier.  If you’d like to get to know Shanon a little bit, check out her blog (warning:  it’s entertaining and addictive!).

Thank you Shanon!  I love Planksgiving!!!


Matt, Debbie and Shanon