Meet the MTeam: Steve & Linda Lowy
Meet Steve and Linda Lowy, returning MTeamers who are ready to travel from their home in London to Hyannis Port, MA to tackle another Best Buddies Challenge with us in 2019! Steve is also the CEO of Anglo Educational Services in London, who are one of the MTeam’s corporate sponsors. We thank them for their incredibly generous $5,000 donation to our campaign this year.
Below, Steve and Linda talk about why they joined the MTeam, what keeps them motivated both mentally and physically and how they are training now to take the challenge in June.
MTEAM: When and why did you decide to join the MTeam?
STEVE & LINDA LOWY: The team captain John is both persuasive and inspirational in equal measures. We did the Best Buddies Challenge race two years ago on a tandem which was a challenge, but very rewarding. We have been following the progress and the team since and just felt we should do it to support the wonderful cause.
MTEAM: Why is the MTeam and the Best Buddies mission important to you?
S&LL: Coming from the UK and Sweden, we are very lucky to have national health systems that try to support kids with various conditions such as those experienced by the people supported by Best Buddies. We both feel the charity does so many good things to help to make their lives more fulfilling and enjoyable. It is a no-brainer to support them.
MTEAM: What’s one thing you’ve learned from being part of the MTeam community?
S&LL: It is a team that is very passionate about their cause!
MTEAM: What makes the MTeam special? What would inspire people to join you?
S&LL: It genuinely feels like a team of people who are all working together, no matter what physical capacity, to support the charity.
MTEAM: Did you walk, run or ride in the last Best Buddies Challenge? Describe the atmosphere of the event for us!
S&LL: We did 100 miles on a tandem in 2017 that was both a challenge physically and for our marriage ;-) but the atmosphere was amazing!
MTEAM: Tell us about your training regime and how you prepare yourself for the physical challenge.
S&LL: Since we live in London, we don’t cycle here but we are both doing 3/4 spin classes a week combined with HIIT training and 5/10k runs to keep stamina going. Linda is a regular in the yoga studio and Steve plays tennis and football regularly too.
MTEAM: Mentally, what helps you reach the finish line and keep pushing yourself toward your goals?
S&LL: The fact we are helping others.
MTEAM: How did you feel when you crossed the finish line last year?
S&LL: Relieved, rewarded and happy we could contribute to a great cause.
MTEAM: What’s your best piece of advice for MTeam newbies and one piece of advice for returning MTeamers?
S&LL: Just go for it. Stretch yourselves and make sure you remember you are doing it for a wonderful cause.
MTEAM: Share an MTeam memory that has been the most powerful and inspiring for you so far.
S&LL: Being treated to the smiles of the young people we were helping throughout the route of the cycle ride.