Riding for a Reason

Changing the world, one mile at a time

I’m Still Here!

Just wanted to put up a quick post to say that I’m still alive!  I’ve been pretty bad about posting lately, but then again, nothing has really been going on now that the temperature has dropped and the snow has covered the ground.

I have been riding still, especially now that I have my indoor trainer.  Still not as good as riding outside, but it will do until Spring comes around.

I’ve setup the Riding for a Reason LIVESTRONG page.  If you’d like to join the team, go here.  Otherwise if you’d like to make a donation to support the team, go here.

Next up for me is ordering my jersey and shorts and getting the RIding for a Reason logo printed on them.  It will still be a little quiet for me up here until it warms up, but I’ll do my best to leave an update here and there.  Happy New Year!

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January 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Closing the Book on My First Season

 Last Sunday I competed in the Latebird J-Hawk Triathlon.  This was the same course as the first triathlon I competed in back in April.  The weather for this race was much better than in April, but the conditions still weren’t ideal.  Six of us were competing and all got placed into the same wave, which was nice.  We all arrived at about 7:30 for our 9:12 start time.  It was calm when we got there, but the forecast was for the winds to pick up throughout the day… not a good sign considering out in Whitewater there isn’t a lot of buildings to block the wind. :)  A big of change from the Earlybird race was the now everyone had race chips which allowed for accurate split and transition times.

I started out strong on the swim.  I was feeling good and wasn’t getting very fatigued.  My first split clocked at 9:50, which is about on par from my previous three races.  Still I know if I focused more on training for swimming I could probably get another minute trimmed off of there.  However, I have bigger weaknesses to focus on. ;)  The T1 transition I still need to focus on.  I’ve cut down how much I need to do in that transition to trim some time, but I still have difficulty getting my barrings together after getting out of the water.  About 3:14 later I was on my bike and off on the route.

 Bike Route

Bike Route

 Doing this route for the second time definitely was an advantage.  I knew what turns were coming next and what kind of terrain to expect.  Unfortunately, the winds are what got to me.  Starting out there were strong winds coming from the west.  Considering that most of the ride was heading north and south, that gave me no help and really just kind of pushed my bike all over the road for most of the ride.  I had about a mile of having the wind at my back, otherwise I was fighting the winds and riding in the drops most of the way.  I managed a respectable time of 46:23 on the bike with an average speed of 18.1mph.  My goal was to get at least 19mph, but on a day like this, that just wasn’t going to happen.  I had a great T2 time of 1:48, but I felt pretty gassed getting off of the bike.  I headed out to the cross-country trail for the 5k.

Run Route

Run Route

 It was nice to do this running route when it wasn’t drenched from the rain.  After getting a sip a water and walking for a few seconds to get my heart rate down, I was off.  I felt pretty good running.  Going through the nature preserve was pretty peaceful and helped me stay focused on the task at hand.  I didn’t really see anyone on the run, which made it difficult to try and pace myself, but for the first time, no one passed me during the race.  That was a first for me. :)  Granted there were only about 200 people total in the race, but hey, you have to have your achievements somewhere!  I finished the race strong and finished with a time of 1:35:27, about 13 seconds off my PR.  It wasn’t the time that I wanted to finish in, but given the more difficult bike and run courses, I will take that time into the off-season.  In all, I would say I had a successful season.  The first triathlon I did I finished in 2:03:38 and 5 months later I managed to trim more than 28 minutes off of that time.  Not too bad!  Like I’ve said before, this is a great triathlon to do for anyone who’s looking to get into the sport.  The swimming is in the lap pool which, for many people, is the biggest deterrent for doing a triathlon.  There is plenty of helpful staff around and they understand that many of the participants are newbies.

What’s Next?

Next I am going to spend the rest of the month of October resting my body.  My shin splint is still hanging around, so I’m going to stay away from running.  I’ll be hitting the pool once or twice a week to keep that fitness level going and I will probably try to bike to work a couple more times before it gets too cold.  After that I’m looking into getting a coach for the high expectations I’ve set for myself next season!

In regards to my Riding for a Reason campaign, I am getting ready to order my LIVESTRONG jersey and shorts.  After that I will be setting up my 2010 Grassroots Fundraising page and begin some preliminary fundraising.  I’m looking for corporate sponsors to place on my jerseys, so if you’re interested, check out my About page or feel free to e-mail me.

 

October 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday = PERFECT day for a 50 mile ride!

On Friday, my friend Jayson and I met up for a 50 mile ride. I had the day off, so it was a perfect opportunity to get out for a long ride. We started out in West Allis and hopped on a bike path heading west to Dousman, passing Carrol College and through a few small towns on the way. Our turnaround point was at Bicycle Doctor in Dousman, WI.  While we were stopped I strolled through the store to check it out.  Pretty great store actually.  They have a huge selection of bikes including Orbea and Cervelo bikes.  Definitely will have to head there again soon.

The ride was pretty normal.  Not a lot of exciting things happened, although there were a lot of chipmunks sharing the path with us which was entertaining.  A solid 49 total miles in about 2.5 hours.  Felt pretty good even though I was a little sore from running 2 days before. :)

When I post tomorrow about my work commute I should have some great pictures from the ride.  I decided to play photographer as I was riding today, so I got some good shots.  I should have the crazy house in Cudahy as well!

LIVESTRONG Update

I signed up as a bluegrass fundraising community leader last week and got a packet full of usefull information.  I’m reading through it right now and finalizing my strategy and will report back as soon as I have something finalized. 

I’ve also got my first Riding for a Reason teammate as well!  Jenni will be committing to miles for LIVESTRONG as well.  I’ll get her bio up soon!  Welcome Jenni!

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

This Woman’s Work – Dedication to all those who have suffered from cancer

This was on the last season of So You Think You Can Dance. No words can really describe how powerful it is, so see for yourself.

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Riding for LIVESTRONG in 2010!!!

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After the vote for several weeks, it has been decided that I will be riding for LIVESTRONG as my sponsored charity in 2010.  I am extremely excited for this opportunity and to help raise cancer awareness!

I have also decided on a logo for Riding for a Reason.  Again, special thanks to Mary Navolio and Michelle Podmokly for the amazing logos that they created for the site.  I never could have come up with something nearly as cool as any of their designs!!  I present to you, the logo…

RFAR Logo

Stay tuned for the jersey and shorts design!

September 1, 2009 Posted by | cancer, Charity, Cycling, Lance Armstrong, LIVESTRONG | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Training Rides and Campaign Update

Last week was another normal week for the most part.  I didn’t make the Gear Grinder ride, but I still managed to get in the Beans and Barley ride and make it out to Greenfield Park.  The Beans and Barley ride was just two of us again, myself and Mark who I rode with the first week.  Nothing too exciting, but a solid 26.5 mile ride at about 17.5 mph.

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 Friday I had a half day and since I only have one more for Summer hours I really wanted to get out.  The clouds cleared up around 2pm and I was off.  The last time I tried to make it out to Greenfield Park I ended up turning around early because rain was making it’s way through town.  Although I was actually only about a mile from my goal.  So I set out and made it to Greenfield Park, then rode by my old house just north of Hwy 100 and Greenfield where I lived until I was 4.  Interesting to see how things change in 24 years.  The house looks the same, but businesses and schools around the neighborhood have updated and changed over that time.  I really need to start remembering a camera on this ride to illustrate the entertaining things happening around me.  For a short period of time I was following a perfect emaple that even plumbers are into cycling.  I kid you not, the dude was riding his bike with a plumber butt hanging out for the world to see.  I couldn’t help but laugh. :)  On the way back I saw two more deer in Whitnal Park.  They were younger and still had their spots.  They were running in the grass playing which was pretty entertaining.  But I digress.  Total the ride was about 2:15 and covered 36 miles.  The only difficult part of the ride was the big hill around 51st and Puetz.  It’s one of those long inclines from the trail to 51st, then levels off briefly, only to have a sharp incline up another hill!  I’m usually pretty gassed at the top, but then it’s pretty much all downhill from there.

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 Charity Campaign Update

This week I will be selecting the charity that I will be riding for in 2010.  Huge thanks to Mary Navolio and Michelle Podmokly, I’ve got a handful of logos to choose from to represent Riding for a Reason to brand this site and my jerseys for years to come!  I’m weighing through them all and should have that selected this week and posted as well.

August 31, 2009 Posted by | Charity, Cycling | , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t forget to vote!!!

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I’ve now updated the charities page and posted information about the five charities that I’m choosing from for my 2010 Riding for a Reason campaign.  I’m going to keep the voting open until September 1st, then the charity will be selected so I can start preperations for sponsors, donations, and the strategy for promoting the charity.  Thanks to everyone for all of the support so far.  It’s going to be a great year and a great cause!!!

August 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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This week I’m profiling each of the charities that have been voted for so far to provide others with a little more information as to what they are all about.  To view all  the charity overviews, please click the Charities page in the upper right.  If you haven’t done so yet, don’t forget to vote for your favorite charities.  Today I’m covering Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

About Us 

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, Continue reading

August 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

2009 MS Best Dam Bike Ride

First off, a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported Katie and I in the MS Bike ride.  Together we raised almost $900 for MS.  Over 1,500 participants and countless volunteers attended this amazing event.  This was my first ride and it definitely won’t be the last!  Together the participants raised $595,000 and with corporate donations we combined to raise $1.2 MILLION!!! 

Some highlights…

Saturday night when we arrived, we went to the party tent for the awards and party.  It was amazing to see the number of participants in the ride that have MS.  It was truly inspiring to see these people who refuse to let this disease dampen their spirits.  Sunday morning we were out and about early to grab a quick breakfast and get our bikes.  All of the bikes were locked up on the tennis courts… which seeing 1,500 bicycles in a small area is a pretty cool site. 

Half of the sea of bikes on the tennis courts.

Half of the sea of bikes on the tennis courts.

Most amazing for me was the fact that I’ve never seen another make, model, and year bike that I have.  Which is why I did a double take when I went to grab my bike and realized the same exact bike was right next to mine!  Ok, maybe I’m the only one that finds that cool, but I got a little excited.  Luckily we had our numbers on our bikes, so there was no confusion.  I never found the person in the see of participants to chit chat with them about it. Continue reading

August 5, 2009 Posted by | Cycling | , , | Leave a comment