8,644 miles on my bike for U.S. Olympian Brooke Crain
Organized by: J Daniel Gawrys
J Daniel Gawrys via Crowdrise
August 24, 2015
EVENT DATE Aug 24, 2015
I want to thank you for considering supporting the reason on July 24th I left San Diego and rode 8,644 miles on a solo cross country motorcycle fundrasier to support Brooke Crain. As an U.S. Olympian, Brooke Crain does more than represent the United States in sports biggest stage, she inspires achievement in all Americans. Through stories of trial and triumph, athletes like Brooke, show us what's possible and exemplify what it means to not only imagine a dream but to also to pursue it. While your support for an individual athlete like Brooke will keep her on track for success, it also helps build a greater movement that inspires all Americans in an extraordinary way.
For U.S. Olympic athletes such as Brooke, the games do not happen just every four years, it's a part of her everyday life. As an athlete, she has sacrificed years of training and hundreds of thousands of dollars just to have the chance to represent us, the United States on the world stage. Your support is invaluable as she works to manage the costs associated with this grandiose endeavor.
What inspired me:
A day before the 2012 London Olympics, Brooke Crain was selected as U.S. team's designated alternate for teammate Arielle Martin-Verhaaren. "I'm here representing her... I'm riding for her," Brooke said. At the starting gate of the women's Olympic BMX final, the camera panned to Brooke as she raised her left glove to show three letters: "A-M-V" as a dedication to her fellow rider. At that final, Brooke suffered her own crash that hit the world stage at the 2012 London Olympics, she got back up and finished the race. Now a top three performer, Brooke is training for her come back to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics.
I am inspired by Brooke's come back story because of coming back from my own personal set back. I was laid off from work a few years ago. I was losing my home and emotional stress was getting the best of me. To manage my stress, I worked out like crazy. One day on a solo mountain bike ride at the U.S. National Whitewater Center mountain bike trails, I hit some protruding rocks going down hill and flipped over the handle bars rolling down the hill several times cracking my helmet and separating my right shoulder. My physician told me I wouldn't be able to use my shoulder for at least a year and a half and that I would likely need surgery. I didn't like what I heard so I dug in deep and worked really hard to come back from my injury. Six weeks later my physician was shocked that I had fully recovered. To this day that crash has been one of my greatest life lessons. The pain, suffering, and healing inspired me to get back up in my life and live my passion by working to support people to find personal value, meaning, and success.
Brooke exemplifies to the world the dedication and commitment of what it takes to continually "get back up". She is inspiring to all of us who get knocked down, feel beat up, crash and burn. I got back on my bike and rode from San Diego, CA to NYC to Boston, to Niagara Falls, to Seattle, and back to San Diego, a total of 8,644 miles ... the miles Olympian Brooke Crain is training to be ready for Rio 2016 Olympics.
Please join me in supporting Brooke's training costs for her come back on her journey to the podium for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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