Challenge accepted! Sweating for a good cause: Ride of a Life Time!

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

Challenge accepted. In 2011 Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD and I cycled for a few hours to save the tatas. This Spinning marathon was not only a lot of fun but also a very successful fundraiser for the Susan B. Komen foundation. 

In my prior life I was a certified Spinning® instructor and although I now only ride among the crowd vs. upfront, I still very much enjoy a good AMP'd up workout. When the chance presents itself to sweat for a good cause, even better! Sign me up!

This Saturday I will be participating in RIDE of a Life Time at my local Life Time Fitness gym in Columbia, MD. Of course I had to sign up as a challenge rider and will be riding all 4 classes from 8 am until noon.

This cycling event is a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network (nationally) and the Johns Hopkins Children Center (locally) as well as the Life Time Foundation. Donations fund critical life-saving treatments, research, vital medical equipment... and a mission "toward a future in which every K-12 student in the United States is nourished with minimally processed and scratch cooked school meals."

Ride of a Life Time, Columbia MD

If you feel this as much as I do, I challenge you, too, to join me and team Ben's Ruff Riders at LTF Columbia, or a Life Time Fitness near you.

You can also ride outside or participate virtually from home - there's still time to sign up! - or simply make a donation, tax deductible of course. 

Sweating for a good cause: RIDE of a Life Time. Challenge accepted!   

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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 17+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, is fluent in Real Estate & German, pro preservation, passion and coffee fueled. 

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Comments (9)

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /

Not up for this challenge, I love LTF.  Been a member for 15 years. . Its Taco Tuesday, so.... soft or hard?  Thanks again for the post.  Make it a productive day.  Bill Salvatore 

Sep 21, 2021 06:18 AM
Andrea Bedard

I've been a member for a few years as well, started because I loved the child care/summer camp options and took full advantage of all. My kids don't need supervision anymore but enjoy the rest of the amenities. Needless to say, the cycling studio would be my favorite place.

As long as it's fish and dairy free, I'll take either!  

Sep 21, 2021 05:53 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - good for you and good luck with this very good cause.  

Sep 21, 2021 06:26 AM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you Michael! 

Sep 21, 2021 05:53 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, what a great cause, and very good exercise.   Good luck, and hope the donations pour in!  

Sep 21, 2021 06:41 AM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you Joan! I am happy to support the Children's Miracle Network and will power through for a great cause. 

Sep 21, 2021 05:54 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Good for a woderful cause and good for you also. Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday.  A

Sep 21, 2021 07:04 AM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you Alexandra! It's been quite a day with a great Zoom meeting, a 5 mile hike with my four-legged assistant and a chance encounter on the trail. 

Sep 21, 2021 05:55 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Andrea Bedard I have to had it to you, 4 hours of bike riding is more than I could handle.  ☺️☺️☺️

Sep 21, 2021 01:23 PM
Andrea Bedard

Thank you George! I am sure I'll be feeling it on Sunday - and may have skip runday! I'm happy to suffer for a great cause 😃

Sep 21, 2021 05:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Andrea- I've never attended a spin class but I loved riding the recumbent bike at Planet Fitness and a real one outdoors!!!!   Good luck to you!!

Sep 21, 2021 06:29 PM
Andrea Bedard

It is SO much fun Kathy Streib. Music plays a huge role and gets you dancing on the bike. You do control your settings and can ease into it. The most important part is setting up the bike right, and posture. 

Sep 22, 2021 07:54 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great job Andrea! Go raise that money for a very worthy cause!

Sep 21, 2021 07:22 PM
Andrea Bedard

Thanks Rocky!

Sep 22, 2021 07:54 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I participated in a spin class once and it was certainly a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I hope that plenty of money is raised for this very worthy cause.

Sep 22, 2021 05:31 AM
Andrea Bedard

Brian England, it definitely gets your blood pumping and your heart rate up! There are different formats - endurance, sculpting and more - and no two classes are ever alike. I got certified in the late 90s when it first became popular - and here I am, still riding! 

Sep 22, 2021 07:57 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate and German * M.A. ABR ASP

Pedal for a Cause: Children's Miracle Network Fundraiser

Any contribution will make a difference for children like Olivia! 

You can also bet against me being able to ride for 4 hours straight. You'll loose the bet of course, but still help me help kids with cancer! It's a win-win-win!

Thank you for your consideration!

Help Make Miracles Fundraiser

Sep 22, 2021 07:00 PM