A couple of weeks ago when I completed the grueling 100 Miles of Nowhere trainer ride my parents took a bet up with each other on whether I could really ride the entire 100 miles or not. Since my parents are really high stakes gamblers the bet was an entire dollar. At the time it kind of bugged me that one of my parents was actually betting against me but that eventually served to just motivate me.
After I finished the ride the first thing I did was to call my parents and proudly tell my dad that he owed my mom a buck. Honestly, it felt pretty darn good to make that phone call. It was like taking a step up on the podium at the end of a stage race minus the cute girls and stuffed lion.
Well, last week I got a letter in the mail from my parents with a short note stating that they were proud of me for completing the ride and that I deserved the winnings from the betting pool. As I looked inside the envelope it contained the two dollars that were bet on my ride. That put quite the grin on my face.
Now that I've accepted this money for riding in the 100 Miles of Nowhere challenge I'm left to wonder if this will affect my amateur status as a cyclist. If I ever enter a real race will I have to ride in the professional classification? What if I were ever to run for office, would I be accused of taking gambling money for sporting events or even worse throwing a charity ride?
The other thing that has come across my mind is if I got this huge sum of money for doing a charity event maybe I should donate it to LAF. Well, in the final analysis I'm going to use my two dollars as my own personal economic stimulus package. I plan on using it to buy a Gatorade for the training ride I'm planning for Saturday morning. I'm sure after I make my purchase on Saturday using my economic stimulus money that the economy will snap right back in line and the world will have my parents to thank.
Thanks Mom and Dad.