Cycling Tips for BP MS 150 Riders

Team Memorial Hermann members David Bradshaw, Memorial Hermann EVP & Chief Strategy & Information Officer, Greg Johnston and Robert Weeks, Memorial Hermann Director of ISD Business Solutions

If you’re one of the 13,000 cyclists riding in the BP MS 150 on Saturday, do you know why this is not the weekend to try new foods?  Are you aware of how eating foods that are off-temperature can play havoc with your digestive system?  And what can the color of your urine tell you about how well you are hydrated?

Whether you’re a first-time rider or a veteran, we’ve got helpful tips to keep you well-fueled and healthy from the experts at Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute. 6 Nutrition Tips for the BP MS 150

“The nutrition needs of each cyclist can differ greatly. Knowing the general guidelines of hydration and fueling for the BP MS 150 can allow each cyclist to determine what works best for him or her,” says Brett Singer, RD, LD, a sports dietitian at the Institute. “Finding the right nutrition plan can make for a much more enjoyable ride.”

The two-day 160-180 mile bike ride organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is the largest event of its kind in North America and raised a record-breaking $20.3 million dollars in 2015. Event website »

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Team Memorial Hermann Marks 18th Consecutive Year

For 18 consecutive years, Memorial Hermann Health System has supported a team of riders. Team Memorial Hermann is made up Memorial Hermann employees, affiliated physicians as well as spouses and children over age 12. Top overall fund-raiser for Team Memorial Hermann is Matt Feehery, CEO of Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center and SVP of Memorial Hermann Behavioral Health Services.  In 2015, Matt was inducted into the National MS Society Hall of Fame honoring Top Fundraisers who’ve raised more than $100,000.  Over the years, Matt has raised a total of $103,000 for MS.

Matt Feehery, CEO of Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center and SVP of Memorial Hermann Behavioral Health Services

This year, the father and son team of Frank and Lucas Hall, will be riding with the Memorial Hermann team for the first time.  Since 1988, Frank has completed 11 BP MS 150 rides. This will be Lucas’ second ride.

Lucas Hall and Frank Hall

“Last year’s ride was terrifying and exhilarating,” says Lucas Hall, video consultant for Memorial Hermann.  “This year, we’ve been working on fuel management, pace management and lots of hill work by riding around the Conroe area.”

Although the father and son are separated by 30 years, the ride times they’ve clocked are only minutes apart. “We’ve got our ride pretty well planned out,” adds Lucas. “So that we can get to the finish line in a good time and not fall off the bikes in exhaustion.”

Paul O'Sullivan, Oran Pierse, Keelan Pierse, Paul Pierse, Ted O'Sullivan.
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center CEO Paul O’Sullivan and his family members Oran Pierse, Keelan Pierse, Paul Pierse and Ted O’Sullivan

What started as a way for Lucas to spend time with his father has turned into a challenging and enjoyable way to spread awareness about MS and do something for the people affected by the disease.  “Several people have confided in me that they are dealing with MS and what it means to them that we are riding,” says Lucas.

We wish all the riders a safe and enjoyable ride!

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