Darryl Wattenberg

Darryl Wattenberg
Cancer is the biggest killer of kids from disease in the USA, 38 children die every week. Please donate now and support my challenge to fight kids' cancer!
I've Ridden 30.6 mi My goal is 62 mi
My Rankings
  • National: 6349th
  • State: 402nd in MI
I've raised $70 My goal is $150 Donate Now

My Story

  • 2.4 mi ride - Aborted CRT Ride - Sunday, June 25, 2017
    Logged this ride 4 days ago
  • 6.4 mi ride - PUs - Saturday, June 24, 2017
    Logged this ride 5 days ago
  • My First Trail Ride of 2017
    24 Jun 2017

    I made my first trail ride of the year this morning. It wasn't the best day to do so though as there were runners on the trail for a race (I never figured out whom it was to benefit was it was a fundraiser). It didn't really Matt so much as I discovered the 5% grade throughout much of that section was a little more strenuous than I remembered. That with the loose crushed asphalt surface still had me working harder than I should have in the cool, beautiful morning.

    My First Trail Ride of 2017
    Posted 5 days ago
  • 8.9 mi ride - First CRT Ride - Saturday, June 24, 2017
    Logged this ride 5 days ago
  • Closing The Rings On A Bust Day
    22 Jun 2017

    I managed to get it out for the first time in weeks today! First time on the new wheel and the first time going that far. Unfortunately I had to come back early to do a test with a guest for tomorrow's GeoGearHeads show. It was my longest ride of the year. And I closed the rings on the Apple Watch for the first time this month. There's still nearly 50 miles to ride in only about 8 days. When I was riding regularly that was a good morning ride so there's still hope. I certainly can't do that now but hopefully there will be time for at least one good trail ride this weekend.

    Closing The Rings On A Bust Day
    Posted 7 days ago
  • 5.7 mi ride - Ingest so far - Wednesday, June 21, 2017
    Logged this ride 7 days ago
  • Hot Hot Hot (and other problems)
    12 Jun 2017

    Today was hot and miserable. in the morning it was really humid, then as it warmed the sun was scalding. It's been like this for the last couple days and scattered rain at the end of the week. That on top of the other obligations and issues which arose haven't kept me from the bike for more than a week. Sadly next week is also pretty busy which turns up the heat to get the other 55 miles in this month. I'm still expecting to make it but starting to wonder if I'll fall short this year.

    Hot Hot Hot (and other problems)
    Posted 17 days ago
  • Problem Over?
    5 Jun 2017

    Saturday I took the bike in for that back wheel. The first June ride I started loosing air again, so time for another check and I didn't find anything. The next ride also had some issues so I figured it was time to call in the pros. I figured the tire was near the end of its life since it was getting close to bald and after talking with them for about two minutes decided that rather than screw around I'd have them replace the rear tire and tube leaving the front as they didn't see a reason to change either and those tires were still in stock. About an hour later and under $70 later i was out the door. Hopefully I'll be able to test it soon, but unfortunately it wasn't this weekend.

    Posted 24 days ago
  • 3.5 mi ride - Second ride - Friday, June 2, 2017
    Logged this ride 26 days ago
  • 3.6 mi ride - First ride - Thursday, June 1, 2017
    Logged this ride 27 days ago
  • Tire Update
    23 May 2017

    I grabbed a couple new tubes and got the back replaced. The old one was at 40psi (it should have been at 80psi since that was where it was when I left but the tires allow for 65-85psi) but I didn't find the leak. I'm not a fan of patching the tire so it was more an exercise in seeing what had gone wrong. In this case it was just likely worn out.

    I really would like to get out for a ride tonight but that isn't happening. Not only do I have a GeoGearHeads Patreon hangout tonight, but we don't have very good weather. Tomorrow doesn't look good with a Geocaching event about a 40 minute drive each way I'd like to hit. Then Thursday is the GeoGearHeads regular show. Hopefully I'll have a chance before long.

    Tire Update
    Posted 36 days ago
  • You Can't Go Home Again
    23 May 2017

    Tonight was the first time I was able to get out for a ride. Grabbed the trail bike, hunted for the gear and made my way out for the first ride in almost two years! It felt great (aside from the few motorists who nearly hit me). I'm not really familiar with the Clawson bike route but tried that tonight since it's close. It's not nearly as nice as the one I used to ride in Troy having more traffic, parked cars, stop signs, turns, and businesses with which I'd have to content. I did enjoy it, especially that first longer stretch when I was able to jut ride and got up to 24MPH before I needed to slow for the turn. The really problems surfaced near the three mile mark. I was feeling workout in my breathing (that's been a problem since I had phenomena around Christmas time) but it wasn't bad enough to worry or even slow much. However, the back tire seems to have developed a slow leak. At that point it just seemed a little light on air so I proceeded. About mile later it really did feel soft and the traction wasn't there. So I stopped and checked it out. It certainly seemed to have lost air, but it's still holding enough that I should be able to make an easy ride home – which was welcomed just because I was starting to feel the ride after just over four miles. So I took it slow coming home and made it without trouble this time. But it did remind me of all those times in Troy when the rocks from the replacing project near the high school were puncturing my tubes and I had to call be a ride. Given that low point I think tonight's ride should be tagged as a success.

    You Can't Go Home Again
    Posted 37 days ago
  • One Down, Two To Go
    27 Apr 2017

    I finally got around to the bikes tonight. Sadly only the one, but that means the trail bike (Gary Fisher Utopia) is ready. A little air, lube, and some cleaning was all I needed to pass the short test ride. It felt great to get even that little quarter mile in. I'm looking forward to riding most days in June.

    One Down, Two To Go
    Posted 63 days ago
  • Still Plenty of Time, Right?
    23 Apr 2017

    One of the big reasons I tried the Great Cycle Challenge a couple years ago was the motivation to get myself back onto the bike. While I used to ride 60+ miles on a Saturday five or six years ago, now the last time I was on the bike was during the last GCC. My plan was to spend some time today enjoying RSD (Record Store Day), then hit a CITO (Cache In Trash Out) event, with some time this evening to get to the bikes (they've been sitting for a couple years and need a tune-up). But the RSD fun trumped the CITO and time got away after some more errands. No tune-up on the bikes tonight. There's still time to get them done of course, but help get me motivated by sponsoring my ride to fight children's cancer!

    Still Plenty of Time, Right?
    Posted 67 days ago
  • 20 Apr 2017

    This June, I am taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer!

    Why? Because right now, cancer is the biggest killer of children from disease in the United States. Over 15,700 children are diagnosed every year, and sadly, 38 children die of cancer every week.

    Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.

    So I am raising funds through my challenge to help these kids and support Children’s Cancer Research Fund to allow them to continue their work to develop lifesaving treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.

    Please support me by making a donation to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.

    Your support will change little lives.

    Thank you.

    Darryl

    Posted 69 days ago
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