The Tour de Ford event concluded last Sunday on a glorious late summer afternoon.
I want to personally thank the organizers, the volunteers, the sponsors, and the riders from all parts of the System and community for making this such an incredible event.
In the third year of the Tour, we had over 500 riders and raised over $50,000 for the Tom Groth Patient Medical Needs Fund, which provides health care, medication, medical supplies and social services to underinsured patients at Henry Ford.
My wife and I rode the “35-mile” route, which according to my GPS was 38.45 miles.
We had a great ride through Eastern Market, down the Dequindre Cut, over to the Riverfront, east to the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle, a quick spin around the island, back to Jefferson, Indian Village, The Pointes and a welcome rest stop at our Cottage facility.
Did a banana, orange slice and water ever taste better?
Back on the bike, westward to Midtown and finally the Henry Ford Hospital Campus, where our great friends from Subway provided the lunch, and drinks, including some great Michigan ale from Rochester Mills Brewery, were a plenty.
Lots of celebration of the ride, the day and each other.
- 3 hours in the saddle
- 2,048 calories burned
- average heart rate of 129, and
- average moving speed of 12.0 mph
I would have gone a lot faster if I were 40 years younger and 25 pounds lighter. Training wheels didn’t help. Nor did the inner thigh cramp at mile 36 (what muscle is that anyway?).
It is impressive to have what looks like a permanent imprint of the bicycle seat on the back side. Goes well with the road rash abrasion on the left knee gained during training when my brain couldn’t disconnect from the pedal cleats.
Man versus pavement, even at 0.1 mph, is no fun. Fortunately, being a physical klutz is not a major impediment to hospital leadership (please no editorial comments on any of these self revelations!).
Incredibly impressive for a grass-roots-employee event.
Dr Ronny Otero, one of the founders of the event, is planning a 100-mile ride for our 2015 Centennial!
We hope future events attract all of our employees to a celebration of our giving spirit our commitment to health and wellness, and the joy of being part of each other’s lives within our Henry Ford family.