A Ride Of A Life Time

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Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 MD594797

Mission accomplished. Goal crushed. Heart & mind happy (body... well, that's a different story). 

On Saturday I participated in a Ride of a Life Time at my local Life Time Fitness in Columbia, MD. I had signed up as a challenge rider, agreeing to ride all  four cycling classes offered that day and then some. In an effort to exceed my fundraising goal, I boldly challenged my peeps to bet $10 against me being able to ride four hours non-stop. 240 minutes. Zero breaks. 

I did it. I got on the bike just before 8 AM and got off at noon. At the end of the four hours, I had a full heart, an empty belly and two sore legs... and much gratitude and love for all who supported my effort, my team member's efforts and the entire event. I proudly pedaled for a purpose and sweated for a great cause, and had a blast doing so! 

Ride of a Life Time Life Time Fitness Columbia MD

The LTF crew was phenomenal! The instructors at the Columbia gym are amazeballs and one of the biggest reasons why I've been a faithful member and agreed to take on this challenge. So, here's a shout-out to the team for fueling me, keeping me motivated and hydrated, and for coming to my rescue with an extra hair tie (sweat and long ponytails are not a winning combination, just FYI.)

A Ride of a Life Time was a fundraising event to benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (nationally), the Johns Hopkins Children's Center (locally) and the Life Time Foundation. Last I heard, the event raised ~ $600,000. 

Please take a moment to watch this short clip and meet Ruth. A patient at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital and one of the thousands of reasons I chose to participate in this epic challenge of a ride. 

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ANDREA BEDARD, M.A. ~ THOMPSON COMPANY, REALTORS ~ 

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Comments (21)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Andrea - Kudos to you.  That is such a wonderful cause.  I can never say no to kids.

Sep 27, 2021 12:46 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wow, Wow, WOW!  

You deserve a triple wow, and good for you. and the children's cause is a wonderful one!  A

Sep 27, 2021 02:36 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate and German * M.A. ABR ASP

Thank you for stopping by and for comment Will Hamm

Sep 27, 2021 05:50 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate and German * M.A. ABR ASP

Thank you Grant Schneider! Me neither.. that's why I had to sign up for the challenge ride instead of 1 or 2 classes/hours. I'm so glad I did and will probably do it again another year.  

Sep 27, 2021 05:52 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate and German * M.A. ABR ASP

A triple thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel 😊 I was happy to sweat for such a great cause and am proud of the fundraising results! Just watched Ruth's story again.. makes my heart so happy knowing we were able to make a contribution and help other kids on their journey. 

Sep 27, 2021 05:55 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Andrea- I am in awe of your efforts!! You definitely are an inspiration!   And what a good cause to ride for!

Sep 27, 2021 07:11 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate and German * M.A. ABR ASP

Thank you Kathy Streib! I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I am signed up for the next challenge in December. This time on a trail and to benefit Parkinson's Research (a cause that hits home for me) I will be sharing details soon. 

Sep 28, 2021 05:13 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, you rode for 4 straight hours, that is amazing!  Such a great cause and I hope plenty of money was raised.

Sep 28, 2021 05:17 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

First of all, I am in awe of you! What an accomplishment - four hours without stopping, and what a great cause. The video made me tear up. I'm so happy there are organizations who can make such a difference. And people (you).

Sep 28, 2021 06:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, I haven't riden my bike for years, so KUDIS to you for this huge accomplishment.

Sep 28, 2021 04:04 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate and German * M.A. ABR ASP

I heard the event raised 600K but that was a few days prior to the end of the fundraiser (which is today 9/30). Thanks Brian England

Sep 30, 2021 07:49 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate and German * M.A. ABR ASP

Thank you very much Kat Palmiotti  for your lovely comment! It made my day yesterday, I just didn't get around to letting you know sooner! 

The video is heartwarming and brought me to tears, too. Ruth is a remarkable little girl!

Sep 30, 2021 07:51 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate and German * M.A. ABR ASP

Thank you Joan Cox! I planned one quick break to use the restroom if needed, but during the 3rd hour I decided to just power through 🙃.  

Sep 30, 2021 07:54 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations. You are setting a good example for all of us.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding weekend.

Oct 02, 2021 08:14 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - knocking out ones personal goals is amazing.  When it also helps others,  it is incredible.  Congratulations.  

Oct 03, 2021 04:24 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great job, Andrea and a great cause that you are helping as well

Oct 03, 2021 09:26 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

So Proud- Andrea Bedard 

Beyond proud of your amazing accomplishment. Four hours straight is fantastic and seemingly impossible! And you look so beautiful! Great cause...I watched the video and could see your inspiration.

And you trained for and completed this while still raising two beautiful girls and being a fabulous REALTOR®  You get a huge congratulation from me!

Carol Williams, please consider for SCS. 

Oct 08, 2021 09:42 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate and German * M.A. ABR ASP

Thank you Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400. I just couldn't say "no" when I saw the video and I'm so glad I was able pedal for a great cause. Hitting the 4 hour mark was a very special moment.  

Oct 08, 2021 02:38 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Congratulations and Kudos, Andrea!  I was so glad we got a chance to meet and crack crab together!  😁

Oct 09, 2021 04:39 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate and German * M.A. ABR ASP

I so enjoyed meeting you Carol Williams and had the best time at our Baltimore-style lunch! Wishing you many more wonderful get-togethers as you continue on your journey. 

Oct 10, 2021 06:06 PM