The Rider

August 28, 2010

My Ride: Doreen Agnese

Filed under: My Ride — The Blog @ 6:01 AM

Here’s how the Pelotonia ride went for Doreen Agnese, a cancer survivor – and a surgeon specializing in breast cancer and melanomas and also a geneticist at the Ohio State Medical Center.

Doreen and her crew: (L to R) Becky Nagy, Heather Hampel Doll, Tiffany Hampel, Doreen and Ilene Comeras minutes before the start of the ride

This weekend was a very emotional one for me. I accomplished my goal of riding 43 miles in Pelotonia – although my odometer said 45.6! – which is the  furthest I have ever cycled.

The opening ceremony, combined with Survivor’s Day, was a joyous occasion. It was very inspiring to be there, and I was happy to celebrate with some of my patients who were attending and the many other riders and guests.

I was pretty nervous Saturday morning, but excited. The ride was amazing.  I walked up a few hills (who told me there were no hills in the first 50 miles?), but I also successfully rode up some, with thoughts of patients who had lost their fight powering me along.

Having people cheering along the way and at the finish line in Amanda was overwhelming and brought tears to my eyes.  I was exhausted but elated. I look forward to riding again next year, but I’m not sure I’m ready for the 100- or 180-mile rides just yet. I think I need to do some more hill training and will probably do the 50 again! But who knows, when I registered this year, I only planned to do the 23!

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