The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Monday, March 19, 2012

Love and Death

It's hard to believe that the willow trees are showing their color and the daffodils are in full bloom! The early spring has been screaming to all my cycling buddies, "Let's Ride!" and the cyclists have answered. The club ride board has rides for every level and people are coming out to ride and to....... PARTY! All it took was a suggestion and a St. Patrick's Day tailgate was in the works for Saturday. There were 5 or 6 rides, all starting from the same place and all scheduled to (hopefully) finish at the same time. About 100 people showed up because there is nothing we love more than riding on a beautiful day with our friends, except maybe tailgating on a beautiful day with our friends. I did an easy ride because right now, that's all I can do. I was happy to be with my slower friends, including Liz. Mike and Liz are another cycling couple. LIke DH and I, we love these "multi-level" events because we each ride at different levels/different speeds, but then we all come together for the festivities. Liz rode with my group and Mike went with the faster/longer group out to Greenwich Point Park. It was one of his favorites rides, one that Mike's ridden many times. No one ever dreamed it would be his last. On the last climb of the ride, Mike had a massive heart attack. The medics weren't able to bring him back. When Liz got to the hospital, he was gone.

Liz has lost the love of her life, her husband of 33 years, her childhood sweetheart. The only consolation (if there is any) is that he died doing what he loved, riding his bike on a beautiful day with his friends. Our hearts are heavy, everyone who knew Mike knows we have lost a gentle soul, a soft spoken man of great love and passion. Rest in peace, Mike, we will all miss you very much.


Shelley said...

Oh my gosh, what a sad story. I'm so sorry for the loss...I imagine it does help, even a tiny bit, to know he was doing what he loved when he died, but still. Tragic.

RockStarTri said...

RIP Mike.