Archive for May, 2007

The first is a 100 mile ride benefiting the Pediatric Oncology group at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. It’s the Tristates 100 on August 25, 2007. If you are interested, you can visit the website: http://www.tristates100.com/index.html

The other ride I plan to ride is the 2007 John N Whitaker Memorial MS Bike Ride on September 29 and 30th in Orange Beach Alabama. You can visit the website for more information:

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Bike_ALC_homepage

A picture of my new bike:

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I had two firsts yesterday. I rode my first Century ride and I also completed my first Ride of Love. The weather could not have been more perfect. Before the ride started, I had set a goal to ride the first 50 miles, and then ride the last 50 miles for a total 100 miles. Well, I far surpassed that. I was able to ride the first 100 miles, before cramping in my left calve. I had just tackled the hardest climb of the day and was feeling good. While going up a smaller hill, my left calve just gave out. I got off and the pain went away, so I got back on my bike to continue. As soon as I applied pressure, it cramped again. I was only 5 miles from the next rest stop, a stop that my father, mother and aunt were at waiting on me. I really wanted to make that ride in, but couldn’t make it due to the cramping. I think my fatal mistake was made at our 30 minute lunch break at mile 75. I only ate 3 inches of a 6 inch subway sandwhich. Lesson learned. I also learned another lesson, to put sun screen on your head! I now have an interesting sun burn design on the top of my forehead that looks just like the vents of my helmet. My total miles rode was right at 122 miles, which is 52 miles further than I have ever road on a bike. I want to thank all of the riders who supported me throughout the ride and Stephanie for putting this ride together for the children of camp. I also want to thank Mark and Gina S. Without them, this ride would have been very difficult for me. Thanks for the support and the shoes, they did make a difference! We had 73 cyclists and raised $112,000 plus for the children of Camp Smile A Mile!!! What a day. I can’t wait till next year when I put my 2nd Ride of Love down and complete the entire ride! I’ll post more about this ride when I have time reflect on what I have accomplished.

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I was able to raise $1767.00 for my ride today. Not too bad. I’ll update about the ride tomorrow!!!

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The ride is coming up in less than 48 hours. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I came up short of my goal, but I did raise $1700.00 for Camp Smile A Mile. I can’t wait to ride into camp Saturday! Thanks to all who supported me!

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I rode a pretty good distance today. Details can be found here:

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/invitation/email/accept.mb?senderPk.pkValue=100289&unitSystemPkValue=2&episodePk.pkValue=2689244

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I have been so busy lately. I haven’t had time to even consider updating this site. Training for the ride has taken up some time. I have had to juggle training with Taylor and Logan’s baseball and my new responsibilities at work. I’m now managing a larger group of people. Going from a group of 6 to 18 is a large jump, so I have been really focused on work the last month. The training is going well, but I feel I’m not prepared to tackle the entire ride this year. I have it in my mind to ride 100 miles, riding the first 50 miles, then taking a break and tackling the last 50 miles for a total of 100. I figure it will give me a break during the hottest part of the day. I’m really trying to focus my training on endurance and tackling hills at a better pace. I rode 27 miles yesterday during the hottest part of the day and felt really good after the ride. Of course, I had to fit this in between Logan and Taylor’s ball games, but I did the ride in 1 hour 40 minutes. I’m also trying to build my average speed so that I can keep up with the group. A 15-16 mile per hour average is needed to keep pace and not slow the entire ride down. Luckily, my father has graciously volunteered his time to be my personal sag support in the event I cannot continue or I fall victim to injury. Thanks Dad! Who knows, I may start the ride off and do well and ride as far as I can that morning. We shall see. My fundraising efforts have been affected by my busy schedule, but at last count I’m close to 1200.00 dollars raised so far. I know its well below my goal of $5000.00 but I’m very proud to have raised as much as I have. I know in my heart this money will make some very deserving children happy this year and years to come! More next time, and I promise it will be sooner than later… 

 

 

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