Thursday, May 2, 2019

First Team Ride of 2019

Another post about firsts. This time it was our first JDRF team ride of the year. This past Sunday was one of the better days we've had this spring. By that I mean it wasn't raining. Lots of cold and wet so far this season. Temperatures were in the mid 50's and the wind was swirly but fairly light. The ride started in the Holland suburbs and tracked thru the villages of Overisel and Jamestown. It was a 25 mile loop and was the longest ride so far this year for Mary and me. After we rode, we ate. It is a bit of a tradition with the west Michigan team to hang out after team rides and have food, drink and camaraderie. We like that tradition.

4 months until we ride in Saratoga Springs.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

First Ride with Mary

Mary on the unintentional river crossing.
Monday was the first ride of the year for Mary and I as a duo. We took the White Pine Trail north, all the way to 13 Mile Road and back. That's a 17 mile round trip. The weather was beautiful again. It feels great to be riding when it's sunny and warm. We both realized that we don't have our riding legs yet. But that's why we are training.

On the day before we went hiking instead of riding. There is a nice set of trails at Lamerouex Park, along the Grand River. In a couple of places there was river where the trail should be. On more than one occasion we had to get creative in order to continue the hike and not backtrack. We even did a little bridge building. The total hike was 3.3 miles. I guess we should have gone for a swim on Tuesday to complete the triathlon.

I also did a solo mountain bike ride on Wednesday on the Rouge River Nature Trail. It's the closest trail to home so I can ride my bike there. A little bit over 4 miles on that route.

Friday, March 29, 2019

First Ride of 2019

It has been a long cold winter. It even snowed on the first day of Spring. But things finally look like they are coming around. When I got home from work yesterday the temperature was 60 degrees and it was mostly sunny. So I kitted up and headed out for my first ride of the year.

I have been on the trainer a few times over the winter months, but not enough to really build up any bike fitness. So I took it easy on the inaugural ride with an easy cruise up to Rockford on the White Pine Trail. There aren't a lot of hills on that route, but enough to tell me my legs are not in shape. The 15 miles felt good, however. Now I only have 1,485 miles to ride to meet my goal for this year.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Head East Young Man

This marks our 15th year of riding for the cure. Mary and I did our first JDRF ride in 2005 in Death Valley. It was also the first century ride for both of us. Since then I've ridden over 18,000 miles in the quest to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

This year we will be riding in Saratoga Springs, New York. The ride takes place on September 14th and I'm going to need the six months to get ready. Riding the trainer a couple of times a week through the winter is not enough to prepare me for what lies ahead. Saratoga Springs is a beautiful and historic area, located on the edge of the Adirondack Mountains. Yep, we're going to be riding in the mountains again. Luckily, we have plenty of hills for training in west Michigan.

For the past 15 years we've ridden lots of miles, in various weather and different types of terrain, in order to raise money to help fund research into a cure. Mary and I have each set a goal of raising $5,000. You can help by donating using these easy links.
You can also mail us a check made out to JDRF.  Please send it to 6184 Archer St. NE, Rockford, MI 49341. 

Thank you if you've donated in the past, and thanks in advance for your donation this year. Because of your generosity we will one day soon find a cure for this dreaded disease.