While professional athletes are busy grinding away on the Tour of California and the Giro d’Italia, I’m prepping for my own ride…the Tour de Cure. The weather has not been cooperative, and I’ve certainly had my moments of weakness, but today was another milestone — a 72 mile ride with multiple climbs.
Overall I think I faired pretty well, although admittedly I needed a few brief breaks along the way. Next weekend I’ll tackle a similar route, although I think I’ll try to space out the climbs a bit more in an effort to mimic something more akin to the route that awaits me in June.
Before anyone panics, I didn’t get into an accident. Instead, I met up with the guy who put my first big gash on my bike again today on Caltrain, and he did it again. This time around I mentioned it to him. Before I give you the primer, here are a few things to note:
I’m not completely bothered by scratches…they are bound to happen.
Yes. I know about the conventional wisdom of “the beater bike.” I choose to use my bike for commute/training, so I don’t want to spend time in the saddle of a bike I don’t intend to actually use on longer rides.
The person in question uses some unconventional lugs to fasten his saddle to his bike. These lugs are big and pointy in places.
I am absolutely blown away by the generosity of my friends. Seriously. You guys are amazing. If, by chance, you missed out on my Facebook and Twitter spam, here’s what I’m up to:
One of my personal goals this year was to complete a Century Ride. Another goal was to do something to benefit a cause I believe in. Well, by the end of this endeavor I will have completed one of those two goals. Hint, it’s not the Century Ride. Sure, the Tour de Cure falls just shy of the 100 mile requirement for a true Century, but honestly I’m not sure if I’m up to the challenge of a Century just yet. So instead, a 75 mile ride!
While the Tour de Cure falls short of a Century, it does help out with the second personal goal I listed: doing something to benefit a cause I believe in. Many of us have witnessed the lives of loved ones impacted by diabetes, and many of us may eventually find ourselves impacted by this disease ourselves. To do my part, I will be cycling in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure fundraising event.
So, here’s the update: I’ve already had to increase my initial goal once, and it looks like I’ll be doing it again before too long. I’m 73% of the way to my $1,000 goal, and if we crush that I’ll double it to $2,000. Amazing. So if you have the means to…help out?
I’m finally taking the plunge and upgrading to a full on road bike. I’ve got my heart set on a beautiful new 2011 Bianchi Imola (in celeste!), and I’m placing my order this week with the good folks over at La Dolce Velo. Here’s a rather grainy shot of a 61 on the sale floor:
So I posted an ad on Craigslist and the replies started filing in. Here’s the problem — I love this bike. Even though I know that it’s time to move on, I still wanted to find a good home for the bike. It wasn’t just about selling it off to make room for a replacement. I decided to link to the ad on Twitter and Facebook, just to see if anyone I know would be interested. Worth a shot, right?