Sunday, April 24, 2011

Six weeks left to train (not seven) ...

47 days to report for action in Seattle

I skipped from 8 weeks to 6 because of poor planning on my part. I will not be training the week of June 6. I’m told that I should be tapering off. OK, I’ll go along with that, but I am really going to be resting my fanny.

A big thanks to Joe Rubino, the reporter who came out to my house, spent a lot of time talking with me, called The Fuller Center for more information, and then wrote a very nice article in the Broomfield Enterprise. Thru his efforts and his newspaper the Fuller Center for Housing will be able to raise more money to help more families into affordable housing.

A reporter asked a young teenager why he was helping to build a home for somebody he didn’t know. His answer: “To show people that they’re cared about, that they matter.” That pretty much says it all.

Under 200 lbs and over 200 miles, finally! Now at 198 lbs (a four lb loss), 202 miles ridden, and 18 1/2 hrs in the saddle. So maybe cutting back on the ice cream and cookies is the answer? Naw! That can’t be it! Today will definitely be a Root Beer Float Day (with, of course, nothing but Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream)!

Monday - day off
Tuesday - 52 miles, got rained on a little
Wednesday - 14 miles, left house at 33 F, but warmed to 36 F
Thursday - 40 miles, tried for 50 but ran out of time
Friday - 35 miles, in head and cross winds up to 40 MPH+, but fun coming back. (Head winds are my friends, but cross winds can be dangerous; almost went down twice in the cross wind gusts.)
Saturday - 30 miles, in snow flurries, some rain, and some sunshine, but not much wind.
Sunday - 31 miles. Not much wind or sunshine. I caught and passed a rider today, and it was not a grandmother! Not even a grandfather. Some guy with ear phones who was not listening to “Rocky” music. Needless to say, this was not in or around Boulder where everybody passes me.

Happy Easter to all.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Eight weeks left to train ...

54 Days …

Wow, The Fuller Center gives us all these neat things that we can do to get ready for this ride, and one of the things is a “News Release.” So I figured why not since all I have to do is to fill in my name, and send it to a newspaper. So I sent it to two papers, and here is a link to the results which appeared in today’s neighborhood paper. Hmmm, I hope I don’t have to start signing autographs now. :-) Maybe just wear my sunglasses all the time.

202 lbs, yikes I gained a pound. I think I’ll make believe it’s muscle. At 68, not sure I have enough testosterone to make muscle, but I’m not too old to pretend. Maybe I should just change my training recovery drink to something besides Blue Bell Ice Cream and cookies. Maybe I can get them to carry Blue Bell in the sag wagon? We can just divert some of the donation money to buy a freezer that runs off a cigarette lighter for the sag wagon. :-)

Well, I did get seven days in a row riding. Not the distance I wanted, I was hoping to get in over 200 miles last week, but had to settle for 177.14 miles and 15.5 hours in the saddle.

Friday was my first attempt in the foothills. We usually ride up, over, down and then reverse the ride. I only made it up, and had to turn around, pooped. Grade percentages of 10% and more, plus the wind again. Today we rode the foothills again, and it went much better. I was able to ride 6 miles all uphill at mostly 6% grade, but some areas of 10% & 12%, with no stops, and I felt good. Cut off on the way down for 2 more miles uphill before turning around and back down.

Now for my relatives. Ya gotta read this email from …. well I’m not telling who, but I love her to death for this email:

Okay, here goes. I enjoy reading your blog.  I enjoy your enthusiasm.  BUT what are you thinking?!  Have you not had some significant injuries that have kept you away from your favorite sports for long periods of time?  Have you not learned anything from these experiences?  Is no one asking you why you think this is a good idea for you to try?  I get that this is a cause that you like but really.....  Anyway, I'll consider giving you a penny a mile if you ride this thing and a nickel a mile if don't!

Now, don’t ya just love that? Don’t we all want someone to love us and care about us? (oh yeh, I took her up on the penny a mile)


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Nine weeks left to train ...

or, 61 Days ...

Finally a couple of quiet days to ride without wind. Cold and drizzly the first day, but sunny and nice the second day. After weeks of riding in the wind, these two days were a welcome change.

A good week of riding and getting my saddle time in (to break in my butt); a little shy of 15 hours, and 168.05 miles. Not as much as last week, but still a good week. Weight loss only one pound, now at 202, so I will have to work harder on reducing the food intake so I can report 199 next week. :-) Weather forecast looks a bit rainy for next week, so I will have to work at finding the right times to get out. I’d like to get a couple of 40-plus mile rides in this week. I rode to Hygiene last Tuesday, and put my order in for key lime pie for this Tuesday. Now I need a rainless Tuesday so I don’t have to drive my car out for my pie.

Still looking for more donations to help with meeting my goal of $1.00 for each mile I am to ride. And, I would sure like to help build more houses by exceeding my goal. Got a very nice donation from the cutest dentist in the country. My thanks to Christina and Paul Sletten, Rock Dental in Colorado Springs (Christina is the cute one). Oh yea, the best dentist I have ever had!

Notice the link under Web Sites of Interest: Active Eagle Nest. If you have any interest in raptors, this is great.

Peace ...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ten weeks left to train ...

Wow, over 6.7 billion people in the world, and I have 3 of them as blog followers. Welcome to Megan who will be a fellow rider and has her own blog going, which I enjoyed reading the other day. Also welcome to Jay, a bike rider, who is a buddy from my working days in Chicago; thanks for following my blog.

Got an email from my good riding buddy, Don E., from our riding club, that he will be joining us for the Denver to Hill City, KS segment. Don resembles the title of my blog, geezer, and he may even be older than I.

Weight loss was successful last week, weighed in at 203 this morning, so back on the 2 lbs per week loss program. Training was great last week. I rode each day, Monday to Saturday, and will rest today (good thing as it is snowing). A total of 20 hrs and 194 miles for the week. Had a nice ride yesterday, with my geezer friends, and we logged in 52.65 miles, but first time out for some, so they were really dragging. We had a head wind that got stronger and stronger as we struggled back to our cars. As usual I kept encouraging my fellow riders to make friends with the inclines and the head winds. Much better to make friends than to make enemies.

All the riders are still trying to raise money for this ride. I got the following info from Megan’s blog page, which points out how important each dollar is. When you donate, this is how your money is spent:

$15 = Box of Nails
$25 = 1 gallon of paint
$50 = 1 box of flooring tiles
$75 = Enough nails to build one house!
$100 = 3 bundles of roofing shingles
$150 = 1 medium size window
$250 = 1 exterior door
$500 = Siding
$1000 = Roof trusses
$2500 = A house in the Congo
$5500 = A house in El Salvador

We all have a decent place to live. If we help others to have a decent place to live, we improve the entire planet that we live on. Much better to help people than to just look the other way.