Monday, June 7, 2010

Riding for a Cure

Saturday marked the first day of 2010 that I actually had a ride that truly pushed me to the limit. My legs burned on many prior rides this year but it was not until Saturday, when temperatures reached well over 90 and mileage reached far beyond 50 that I started feeling it. The ADA Knoxville Tour de Cure took off from the HT Hackney Company in Knoxville earlier Saturday morning. We arrived and got registered by 7:00am and then the ride took off at about 7:30. Just before 1:00pm we pulled back into the parking lot at HT Hackney with 67 additional miles on the bike. A good friend from Nashville, Brian, came over to Knoxville for the ride as well. We had a good time along the route and met several greats folks from all of over Tennessee along the way. Jessica was cheering and taking photos as we turned the corner at the finish line and I could not have been more glad to see her smiling as we made it in. Around the 46 mile mark I was not sure I could do another 20+ miles but I got a third wind (the second wind came earlier in the ride) and pushed on through.

The ride events make it all the more worthwhile to train on days when riding a bike just does not sound like alot of fun. Saturday was fun! The most important part of the day was a reminder that the 400+ riders and all of their supporters, family, friends, and type IIIs were out there for one support our cause for a cure!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Tour de Cure on Saturday

I will be riding in the American Diabetes Associations Tour de Cure event this Saturday, here in Knoxville! This event is a great training practice run for the big hoorah coming up October 16th in Death Valley. While I don't do a big fundraising campaign for this event, I do try to raise a few dollars to support the ADA and their great local East Tennessee event. Most of my fundraising efforts are spent working towards my goals in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes but if you have the means and/or the interest, donations are appreciated!

I have not been riding as much as I should be so we'll see how Saturday least they have great SAG wagons, support, and break stops!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cycling Is International

Riding on the cyclopista in Mexico is muy bien. Cycling, as we learned last year in Germany, is certainly an international sport. Unlike futbol, however, it is same across the world! Jessica and I got a good ride in during our vacation as we traveled from our hotel just a few miles down the road to the beach of Playa Linda. I was a bit out of place without my speedo on but I felt just fine. It was the perfect ride for a vacation, just 4-5 km round trip...not even 3 miles...muy bien!