Wednesday, March 31, 2010

In like a lamb, Out like a summer day

Hard to believe today was the last day of March. It was sunny with temperatures in the mid 70's. In other words, nicer weather than most of last summer. Now we all know that Michigan weather can be a bit . . . unpredictable. No one who has lived in this state for more than a year would be surprised to see snow next week. So when the weather turns this beautiful, regardless of the month, you just gotta hop on your bike and go!
I went out today. Just a little jaunt north on the White Pine Trail and back. 22 miles round trip. I felt so good on the way out. I was surprised I was riding so well so early in the season. The reason was that I had a tail wind, as I found out when I turned around and started to head home. 20 MPH gusts straight out of the south. Luckily a large percentage of the WPT is tree lined and that helped knock down the wind. However in those areas where I was riding past farm fields my average speed was drastically reduced.
It's supposed to be nice for the next several days, so I'll have to get out again. Who wants to go with?

Monday, March 15, 2010

National Ride Video

After seeing the "More Than 100 Miles" documentary the folks at the national JDRF office were very pleased. In fact they contacted me about re-editing the footage to create a 2010 Ride marketing video. After several months of meetings, scriptwriting, shooting additional footage and editing, the final product was finally unveiled this weekend. This new marketing video will be sent to every JDRF chapter around the country and used to recruit riders for the 2010 season. We are all very pleased with how it turned out and we hope you will enjoy it as well.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Gotta Love the Weather

We have been having amazing weather for this early in March. Sunny skies and temperatures in the high 40s to low 50s. That's almost shorts weather in Michigan! It's a great time to get some outdoor riding in. But not on the road bikes. There is too much dirt, salt, water, mud and even snow still on the roads to travel via skinny tire. So it's been mountain bike time. Yesterday I took Ian out for a short 6 mile ride, trying to get him ready for the JDRF season. He did great, even on a couple of pretty serious hills we climbed. It will be interesting with three of us in the house training for the October Death Valley ride. We should always have a riding partner. I can hardly wait for a nice spring rain to clean the roads so we can get the fast bikes out.

First team ride is April 11.