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mo-ti-va-tion August 6, 2010

Posted by Pam in Leadership.
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I’ve been reflecting on what motivates people to do certain things.  How can I get them motivated to join the team, come out to training rides, raise funds, get more involved, etc, etc, etc.?

Over the 10 years of riding in the BikeMS (MS150 not so long ago), I’ve been motivated by various things.  The personal challenge was my very first motivator.  I was going through a rough time and not only needed the distraction, but the feeling of accomplishment…the self esteem booster.  I was on the inward track focusing solely on my own personal experience.  I was out there training…a lot!  After not having been on a bike since high school years, I needed that training!  My first attempt took me all of 2 blocks, had me huffing and puffing and sitting on the curb to catch my breath before taking the walk of shame back to the car.  Yes, I said WALK!  There was no way I was going to get back on that bike at that time or that day or even that week for that matter!  Before long though I was up to a mile, then 5 miles, then after a couple of sizing adjustments to my bike, 10 miles and it was on after that.

The next few years, my motivation stemmed from raising enough funds to win a prize.  Nothing major, but nice tokens as well as bike shop certificates to keep my tubes well supplied and upgrade my hydration equipment and some other nice upgrades along the way.  I definitely wasn’t as motivated to train.  Saturday mornings were met with one too many hits of the Snooze button and then “oops!  Missed the ride start! Oh well…zzzzzzzzzzzz.”  Weekday evening rides were met with successful convincing that it was way too hot outside or too rainy or the cool and dry movie theater was just calling my name.  More fundraising had been done so mission accomplished!  I also gained quite a bit more awareness of the disease and found more and more people with MS connections.

These past few years have been the most glorious, if you will.  I was thrust into the Team Captain role in 2008.  Yes, thrust…or pushed, shoved, tricked, suckered…take your pick.  However, it was the right thing at the right time.  My focus turned outward.  My motivation was not only towards the team’s needs, but also towards the MS cause as well.  Not only did I attend training rides, but I actually had to plan them and encourage others to come out and fundraise and raise awareness.  

These past few years have led me down a different path indeed.  One of service and commitment…being a Club 100 member for 2 years helped as well as serving as a committee member and not to mention all of the wonderful and dynamic people I’ve met along the way…some involved with the cause and some with the disease and some are both.  There’s a greater sense of community…of belonging.

So now I’m back to reflecting on what motivates others.  For some it may be the personal achievement, others the prizes and yet, others may be at a higher level of motivation…that of providing a service.  Hopefully, all feel welcomed and appreciated.  Now to tap into all of those different levels of motivation to create a successful team.  Maybe I should just make them ALL Team Captains…it worked for me!

Team Training vs Club 100 Ride July 19, 2010

Posted by Pam in Training Rides.
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Deciding what to do when it comes down to scheduling a team training ride versus a ride with other Club 100 members is a tough one.  I bit the bullet this weekend…LITERALLY…and scheduled both.  Not being an avid cyclist this was not an easy decision as I have yet to do back to back days of riding this season.  Now, 20 and 26 miles may not seem like a lot to some people, but I could really feel it the second day.  All of this was compounded by the fact that just Thursday I was wafting away in la-la land to the sound of a drill as a wayward tooth was “canalled” (yes, I’m sure that’s a word). 

Saturday’s event with the Club 100 was wonderful.  We had quite a few riders show up for about a 26 mile ride depending on who you asked.  This route had me reminiscing about the former Bike to the Beach Day 2 route – flat and windy – I could almost smell the ocean!

As a "newbie" - Start of my first MS ride ever - 2001

  We had wonderful support by the Club 100 Committee and the MS Staff complete with Starbucks, great signage, rest stops and the illustrious BikeMS Toyota truck as SAG.  If you’re not part of the Club 100 now, I encourage all to make it a priority for this coming year.  All you have to do is be one of the Top 100 fundraisers and you’re in!  Of course, those last few days waiting for the final tally can be a nailbiter and tends to take on characteristics of waiting for an online auction to end to declare you the WINNER!  This year I proudly wear #95.  🙂

Feeling guilty for ditching my team on Saturday to be coffee’d and taco’d (similar to wining and dining) by Club 100, I scheduled a Sunday “short” ride for the team.  In anticipation of some “newbies” showing up I was really hoping for a 10 miler.  Alas, the newbies seem to be in hiding this year and the good riders showed up, so we were up for a 20 mile ride and my legs really felt it…and so did my tooth!  Despite it all, we had a great ride with wonderful company and a nice breakfast and time for socializing afterwards. 

…..still wondering where all the newbies are!  They should be here by now….