When Michelle Wheeler rolled across the finish line at Sunday’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run, you could see the determination etched on her face, her arms pumping like pistons as she turned the wheels of her racing wheelchair. That gutsy determination paid off with a win in the women’s wheelchair division.
Wheeler, 29, a member of the MossRehab/Global Abilities wheelchair team, accomplished what she had set out to do—but then, so do a lot of athletes. Winning was no sure thing, and she knew it. Under the best of conditions, rolling 10 miles down Broad Street at breakneck speed is no easy feat. On Sunday, with temperatures in the low 50s and in the driving rain, it was draining.
“My gloves kept slipping off the wheels, I kept hitting a lot of potholes and mud, and I had a lot of rain in my face, but I kept pushing myself through it,” she said in an interview following the awards ceremony. “I have been preparing myself for years to get better and better, and I feel like this year is my year, so I think I did great on this race considering it was raining and slipping. I think I did pretty well.”Read More