Will I Do It Again?

I rode The Ride to Conquer Cancer over the weekend.  Two days, 157 miles, and no flats!

I’d like to thank everyone who donated to this cause.  I’m glad I could do my part in the fight against cancer.

The ride itself was a wonderful experience.  It was better organized that I thought it would be.  It was well supported.  They had the right foods, and the stops were spaced well.

I had been riding less in recent months, and almost sold my recumbent bike recently after thinking I couldn’t do hills on it any more.  I was a bit worried about my ability to finish this ride.

Self Confidence Renewed

I rode the entire course.  I never walked a hill.  I was far from fast.  I rode 82 miles on Saturday in 7 hours and 40 minutes.  The fastest riders arrived in about 4 hours.  The climb out of Frankfort was pretty brutal.

On Sunday, I took a slower pace, as I still hadn’t fully recovered.  I also met up with Mark, another recumbent rider on his Rans V-Rex.  Mark and I seemed to be riding the only recumbents in the ride.  We rode together for the full 75 miles on Sunday.  We finished in about 8 hours.

Next Year?

I don’t know if I’ll ride again next year.  The fundraising is hard and I usually feel uncomfortable asking for money.  My daughter is expressing interest in riding with me next year.  I think that’s great, but would mean raising $5000 for the two of us.  I think I’m going to gauge “pledges” this time before signing up.

Overnight in Lexington

We were provided tents, but in my rush to get ready at the last minute I forgot to bring a sleeping bag, towel, or flashlight.

I took a shower on Saturday evening and used an extra shirt as a towel.  I managed to get a crew member to drive and buy a sleeping bag for me (which I paid for).  I fumbled around in the dark to get ready on Sunday morning.

It rained overnight, and the tent leaked a little, but the weather during the ride was pretty good on both days.

All things considered, I slept reasonably well, and enjoyed the experience at camp.


It’s Here

I’m riding The Ride to Conquer Cancer.  I have enough offline donations to bring with to get up to the minimum.  Any additional donations would be greatly appreciated.

I’d like to extend a big thank you to those who donated to this worthy cause, and to Bluegrass Bicycle for getting my recumbent bike ready in time.

This ride will be a bit more of a challenge than I originally bargained for.  I’ve slacked off on my riding, and I’m not quite in the shape that I was a few months ago.

I’ll post again after the ride with some pictures.

I Will Ride to Conquer Cancer

I announced back in February that I was going to participate in The Ride to Conquer Cancer.  It’s a 150-mile two-day bike ride from Louisville to Lexington and back.

The ride is this weekend.  I’m behind on the fund raising.  My goal is $3200, but the minimum is $2500.  I have raised just over $1700 so far, so I really need some more donations in the next few days.

If you can donate something, please do!  This is a great cause that will help cancer patients in the community.

Chances are, cancer has affected someone you care about.  That certainly is the case with me.  Please donate now.

The deadline for mailed-in donations has already passed.  Please donate online, or see me personally for donations in cash or check.

Please Help the Cancer Patients

I’ve written before that I’m participating in The Ride to Conquer Cancer this September.  I’m trying to raise $3200 to benefit people in this community who need cancer treatment. 

When you donate, The Norton Cancer Institute can use the money immediately to help treat cancer patients.  Please be generous, and donate!

This fundraising project is a 150-mile 2-day bike ride from Louisville to Lexington and back.  I’m honored to be a part of it, but your donations are what really matters.

Tour de Cure

I rode the 60-mile Tour de Cure today to benefit the American Diabetes Association.  This is the first charity ride I’ve ever done.

I finished the ride despite not having the use of my smallest chainring.  Apparently I had lost all of the bolts for the chainring, and the chainring came loose.  This was on Oria, my ‘bent.  She’s fixed now, but I had to finish the hilly ride without my lowest gears.

At the beginning of the ride, there were many riders bunched up.  Only some people were riding the 60-mile course.  Others were riding the 40 and 20-mile courses.  My bike problems started 15 miles into the ride, and I considered dropping out.  However, I’m a stubborn old fool, and I rode on.

By the time I made the halfway point, I rarely saw another cyclist.  I was far behind everyone else.  I walked some hills.  I’m grateful to the volunteers at the SAG stops and the roaming SAG vans.

I’ve joked about being banana-powered, and I really was today.  The SAG stops were well stocked with bananas and gatorade.

The weather was mixed for the ride.  The initial ride start time was bumped 30 minutes to wait for the thunderstorm to pass.  There was light rain, then just clouds.  When I neared the halfway point, it started raining again.  A few miles later and it was sunny.  I managed to get a mild sunburn.

When I arrived back at the start location, I was welcomed back.  I thought I was the last person to return (they really track *every* rider).  I was wrong.  There were still two people on the way who had mechanical issues also.

I had brought my camera, but I only took two pictures, neither is worth posting.

I stopped by the bike shop on the way home to get Oria fixed.  She is, and ready to ride again.

I went to Charlestown Pizza Company and treated myself to a meal and beer.  That’s a nice finish to the day.

I’m hoping for a slow and easy “recovery ride” tomorrow.

Charity Bike Rides

I am participating in two charity rides this year.  Both are for great causes, and I need help raising more money.

Tour de Cure – Please donate here.

I’m riding the Tour de Cure for diabetes research.  Diabetes runs in my family, and I know many people affected by it.  The ride is this month, so I have little time to raise more money. I’m riding the 62-mile route.

The Ride to Conquer Cancer – Please donate here.

Cancer affects everybody.  It’s a horrible disease that takes those were care about away.  I lost a good friend to cancer a few years ago.

This ride is a 150-mile two-day trip in September that goes from Louisville to Lexington and back.  I need a larger amount of money for this ride, so I would be extremely grateful if you could donate something.

Thank you.

Tour de Cure

I will be riding the 62-mile Tour de Cure in May.

I probably don’t need to get involved in another charity ride, but this one seems painless.  Also, the River City Cycling Society has a team for this ride, so I joined.

Diabetes runs in my family, and I was at high-risk for it before my lifestyle change, so I personally feel the need for this.

If I can raise at least $300, I’ll ride my upright bike (Nermal) instead of the recumbent.  Please give if you can.  Thanks!

No Riding Today

I’m not riding today.  I’ve been slightly sleep-deprived recently due to riding time, fundraising for RTCC, and other more mundane things I need to do.

I slept in a little later today, and I’ll be driving to work. I haven’t even been on my bike for that many miles this week.  I haven’t checked the computers on the bikes, but I’m pretty sure it’s less than 50 miles.

I am participating in a 30-mile River City Cycling Society ride tomorrow, so I need a little break, and a good night of sleep first.

I’m considering organizing some small group rides for training for the RTCC.  I would concentrate on Southern Indiana people, and have rides from my house here in Charlestown.  There are some beautiful country roads just a few minutes away by bike.  I’ll probably ask around, and try to get something set up for the 28th or 29th.

Ride To Conquer Cancer Orientation

I attended the orientation for The Ride to Conquer Cancer (RTCC from now on).

There were few serious cyclists at the orientation that I attended.  If these people raise the necessary donations, and complete the ride, that will be huge for them.

I did find out that the course will be open for twelve hours each day, so even at a slow pace under 10 mph, the ride can be completed without having to hauled in one of the support vehicles.  That was good for me to hear, as my goal is to ride the entire distance, and I’m not fast.

People there were split about there worries.  Some worried more about getting the necessary $2500 in donations, others were more worried about riding 150 miles in two days.  I talk to a young lady who wanted to attempt this ride with her mother, but neither had ridden a bike in years, and they were a bit unsure how to shift a bike with a bunch of gears.

I tried to give some helpful advice, but the best advice is to ride.  You’ll figure out the shifting as you go.  You’ll gain practice, and strenght.  You have until September, It’s time to get busy.

I’ve added a link in the sidebar to my personal page on the RTCC site, and I still need donations myself.  Please think about the number of people that could be helped by Norton Cancer Center.

I rode my bike part of the way to work today.  I rode from work to the orientation.  I believe I was the only person (other than one of the event organizers) who rode a there today.  Of course, most people don’t like riding in February.  🙂

I Need Your Help

As I mentioned earlier in the month, I intend to ride The Ride to Conquer Cancer.  It’s now official, I have signed up.

I riding in memory of Mike Vogel.  Mike was a good friend and a bit of a father figure for me. He passed away on 12/2/2006 after a battle with cancer.  I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t met Mike in 1989.

If you could please donate to help this cause, and allow me to participate in the ride, I would be extremely grateful.

Go here to donate.

The Ride to Conquer Cancer

I’ve made the decision to participate in The Ride to Conquer Cancer.  I haven’t yet signed up, but I will soon, and provide a link to donate.  I must raise a minimum of $2500 to participate.

The ride is a two-day event where the course takes you from Louisville to Lexington.  You camp in Lexington, and head back the next day.  It’s roughly 150 miles round trip.

Norton Cancer Institute uses the money to treat cancer patients in the area.  I have lost a good friend to cancer, so this one is for you Mike.

The event is in September, so I’ve got time to get in better shape.