Terry Schwartz

Terry Schwartz
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 1,815.2 mi to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 31st
  • State: 3rd in FL
  • My Team: 6th
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I'm Riding For

Elie Nemer

Warmest, kindhearted and most giving person I have had the privilege of knowing. Forever in my heart and memory. May he rest in peace.

My Story

  • 15.8 mi ride - Morning Ride - Friday, July 28, 2017
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  • 25.6 mi ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, July 27, 2017
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  • 32.2 mi ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, July 22, 2017
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  • 32.7 mi ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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  • 26.8 mi ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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  • 59.7 mi ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, July 15, 2017
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  • 26.6 mi ride - Morning Ride - Friday, July 14, 2017
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  • 43.7 mi ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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  • 36.1 mi ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, July 9, 2017
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  • 61.6 mi ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, July 8, 2017
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  • 25.5 mi ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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  • 59.6 mi ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, July 2, 2017
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  • 65.5 mi ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, July 1, 2017
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  • Callie's Ride - June 30th
    30 Jun 2017

    Today I ride for Callie. I am a member of Callie's crew in the Great Cycle Challenge. We don't know one another. She doesn't know that I am almost 72 years of age, a grandfather of a six and four year old. She doesn't know that I love cycling. Riding a bike is my elixir of youth. It makes me feel young, but not quite as young as Callie. Although I do not know Callie, I know about her. I know Callie is a kid. I know Callie is a cancer victim. I know Callie is a fighter. I know Callie had chemo. I know that Callie recently received news the chemo had not worked as hoped. I know Callie and her family are devastated by the bad news. I know Callie will undertake a new regimen of medications. I can only imagine how tiring this fight against cancer must be. I know how bone weary I was earlier this week when I completed 1,250 miles in the Great Cycle Challenge. So I ride today for Callie. To show her even when tired one can get back up and exert the will to fight. To show her that I and my friends who ride in her honor today and the thousands of other participants in the Great Cycle Challenge are rooting for her to Kick Cancer's Butt. That is why I ride.

    Posted 29 days ago
  • 50.3 mi ride - Morning Ride - Friday, June 30, 2017
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  • June 27th - 1,250 Mile Marker Reached With Three Days Remaining In June
    27 Jun 2017

    It's Done! I did it in the rain. I did it in the wind. I did it in the hot sun. I did it riding with buddies. I did it riding alone. I did it riding with Lori today and on other days. But most of all I did it with the help of fantastic friends and supporters. Knowing the cause for which I was cycling and learning of the heroism shown by children afflicted with cancer, I was inspired to challenge myself. There were days that did not go as I hoped - poor weather, mechanical problems and plain exhaustion - and then I received a kind word or two from a supporter which reinvigorated me and spurred me forward. I again want to thank my friends, supporters and Lori who were giving and supportive throughout the Challenge.

    June 27th - 1,250 Mile Marker Reached With Three Days Remaining In June
    Posted 32 days ago
  • 39.9 mi ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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  • June 26th - OCD
    26 Jun 2017

    I awake exhausted from yesterday's effort and the cumulative effect of this month's riding. The sun is out and I feel that I should get on The Z and do a few loops of the Key. Perhaps not. Instead, maybe this should be a recovery day away from the bike. I get on my foam roller and try to roll my achy trigger points over the roller to get my muscles less tight and more limber. I really enjoy placing my spine on the roller, "adjusting" my spinal column and opening my chest. Before I commence stretching my legs, glutes and IT bands, Lori tells me she heard this morning's weather report and Miami is expected to have lots of rain the balance of the week. The thought of having weather similar to which we here in Miami experienced during the first 15 days of the month stirs me from my copacetic morning. I put on my cycling garb, fill the water bottles and pump my tires. I arrive on he Key about 10:00 A.M. It is hot, breezy and quiet. The motorists rushing to get to work are not on the road due to my late start. The cyclists who are usually on the Key are either at work this morning or at home recovering from the weekend's hard cycling. Even the joggers have taken a hiatus from running on the Key today. It is just the wind, the water and The Z keeping me company this morning. This tranquility is interrupted by a fellow cyclist shouting my name as he passes in the opposite direction on Virginia Key. He turns and catches me. It is my old friend Gary Cohn riding his new custom steel frame. As we pedal we catch up on what's new in our lives. Things are good with Gary and I am happy for him. Gary departs the Key and I remain to do some more loops on the tranquil Key. Within 15 minutes I bump into Greg Spieler on the bike whom I haven't seen in several years. He too brings me up to date on his life. We separate near Virginia Key and I finish my ride in peaceful solitude knowing little remains for me to complete my challenge. I have cycled this month 1,213 certified miles to date. Tomorrow, whether permitting, should see me attain my goal of 1,250 miles. What then shall I do? I hear Italy beckoning me. Mount Everest? The horizon is endless. I just need Lori by my side to continue the adventure.

    Posted 33 days ago
  • 46.1 mi ride - Morning Ride - Monday, June 26, 2017
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  • June 25th - Riding Tall
    26 Jun 2017

    Today I am joining Team Tall to ride to Robert's Is Here located in Florida City, leaving from Coconut Grove and returning to Coconut Grove. I've arranged to meet Barbara and Monica at my condominium building and ride together to the designated start . The Team Tall ride is scheduled as a 20-22 mph ride with protocol mandating no cyclist to pass the Team Tall leader at the head of the group. This rule sits well with me because I am looking to do a long ride with as little an expenditure of energy as possible. "Little expenditure of energy" is a term of relativity. Cycling for a distance of 78 miles at a pace 20+ mph will certainly be tiring and consume huge globs of energy regardless of whether you pull or not. At the start I am happy to see the "usual suspects" consisting of Jeff, Valdy, Rodrigo, Raul, together with Kristan . At the start there are about 40 cyclists most of whom I do not know although it is clear that the majority are young and fit. It is a hot, humid,sunny Sunday and the ride route takes us through the Redlands past Krome west to 217th and south to 344th Avenue where we turn east. When arriving at Robert's we take a break. I consume a banana, some pineapple, 2 pints of water and refill my water bottles. By the time we arrive at Robert's the size of the group has whittled down to about 25 riders from the original 40. I know the return from Robert's will be tough due to the wind and softened legs. I am not disappointed. As is typical of large group rides there is flow of accelerations and braking which is tiring, When I see Starbuck's at Deering and "civilization" I feel that I shall finish this ride with the group. I arrive safely at Coconut Grove with the group which now numbers about 15 or so. The ride concludes at Dombe Cycling Culture on Main Highway where awaiting our arrival is cold water, cold beer, cold coke, bananas, coffee and pastry. I am happy to see all my friends have successfully completed the ride with big smiles. Having finished socializing, it is time get back on The Zee and ride four more miles with Barbara and Monica and return home. Only 83 more miles to meet my challenge.

    Posted 33 days ago
  • 83.1 mi ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, June 25, 2017
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  • June 24th - Everything Is Coming Up Roses
    24 Jun 2017

    I am so happy that last night I took the time to lay out my kit, fill the water bottles, put out the cereal bowl and tea cup and charge my bike lights. Upon arising all I need to do is put on the tea kettle, microwave the oatmeal, pump the tires and attend to the "typical" hygienic activities - no I am not referring to bathroom hygiene although I recognize its importance in daily life. I am talking about lathering one's butt in chamois cream prior to donning one's bib shorts for a ride on this hot June day. Everything this morning is working out as hoped. I meet Jeff in the Grove at 6:54 A.M. He is at the designated spot awaiting my arrival ( actually I'm there one minute early which is proof of the efficacy of planning and organizing). Off we go and shortly hook up with Juan while still in the Grove. James joins us as we pass Cocoplum Circle. Jeff is feeling frisky today and riding fast. I fear too fast to meet Lori at the Deering Estate at the scheduled time. We arrive there early, but so has Lori. We continue south at a decent clip and considering Lori has been under the weather she is, surprisingly, in good form. Jeff is pushing the pace and I hold back knowing we have a return leg into the wind and my legs are not fresh as a result of all the cycling I've done the last three weeks. At Homestead Speedway a group of cyclists passes us and Jeff in an effort to close the gap between us and them accelerates hard only to have his legs cramp and lock up. Jeff pulls off the road to take a break and stretch his cramped muscles. I have cycled many years with Jeff and this is the first time I recall him cramping. I, on the other hand, have often had cramping issues. After a few minutes we resume the ride and Jeff appears okay. As we start our return segment my rear tire flats. Jeff, as a true disciple of Leon (our former cycling team leader/guru who has abandoned us for the South of Spain), removes the tire from the rear wheel and deftly replaces a new inner tube for the punctured one. I am back on the bike within a few minutes thanks to Jeff. We take a water break at Deering where Lori's car awaits her. Feeling the heat, Jeff and I dial back the pace and ride comfortably home. Other than the flat, The Zee rode well and the chain presented no problems today. It is a good day and I'm closing in on my Great Cycling Challenge goal. There is less than 200 miles remaining in this adventure.

    June 24th - Everything Is Coming Up Roses
    Posted 35 days ago
  • 66.2 mi ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, June 24, 2017
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  • June 23rd - A Bad Day in Black Rock
    24 Jun 2017

    I intended to ride easily this morning, saving my energy for this weekend's efforts. As it turned out I did not ride hard, but everything seemed to conspire against me. As I crested the bridge and shifted from the small chain ring to the big ring, the chain did not "catch". I tried turning the pedals in an effort to engage the chain, but instead of the chain catching the electronic rear derailleur snapped off from the hanger and got twisted into the spokes of my rear wheel. Morning's ride is kaput. It will take until Tuesday for a replacement derailleur to arrive and the Ultra Z will have to remain at the shop until late Tuesday at the earliest. Not all is lost or so I thought. I can still ride on my "rainy day" bike - The Zee - and put a large dent in the remaining mileage, if not all, needed to complete the GCC. At lunch time I jump on The Zee for a ride and discover it too has a mechanical issue and needs a replacement chain. I call several local bike shops, but none have the needed chain in stock, which I am compelled to order for next Tuesday's delivery. I'll have to ride this weekend with the problematic chain. I decide to forgo a long bike ride and instead attend to some errands after leaving the bike shop. This afternoon is a scorcher with the temperature in the 90s. Naturally, the vehicular traffic sucks and I am doing all I can to suppress my road rage. I arrive home and unhappily discover I have either lost or misplaced my house keys after departing the bike shop. It has been a stressful day and I am bushed. Let's see what develops tomorrow.

    Posted 35 days ago
  • 0.0 mi ride - Afternoon Ride - Friday, June 23, 2017
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  • 0.0 mi ride - Afternoon Ride - Friday, June 23, 2017
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  • 13.0 mi ride - Lunch Ride - Friday, June 23, 2017
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  • I've Broken Through 1,000 Mile Barrier
    22 Jun 2017

    I am lethargic and still feeling Tuesday's hard ride. I leave home late and arrive on the Key about 7:30 A.M. I am pedaling into an easterly wind of about 16 mph and I settle on a pace of 13-15 mph into the wind. At this pace all cyclists are passing me and I do not expect to hook up with any groups for a "free" ride. I decide to do a long loop around Harbor Drive and Mashta Island in the hope that my legs recover. I get to the entrance Of Bill Baggs State Park and then make a u turn west towards Miami. As I approach the entrance to North Crandon Beach I spot an ambulance on the side of the causeway tending to a fallen rider. Upon reaching the scene I see the Squadra near the ambulance and hope no member is injured. Fortunately, not one of them is hurt. However, misfortune befell a woman riding at the tail of the group when a car making a left hand turn cut across my buddies who were forced to take evasive measures to avoid the vehicle. The female rider went down and appeared to have a collarbone injury. After the ambulance carrying the injured cyclist departed, the Squadra decided to conclude today's Giro d' KB and departed the Key for breakfast at La Boulangerie. I was only too happy to join them. We ate, drank, gabbed and enjoyed ourselves. I was feeling remorse for not toiling on the bike when Valdy suggested a visit to Ramon at Coral Way Bike Shop to install new batteries for his Vector pedals. Ramon and Albert were happy to see Valdy and they offered me a cafecito and made me feel welcome. While there I bumped into an old biking buddy, Andres Barreda, whom I had not seen in a few years. Eventually, we leave the shop and head for our respective homes. My route home takes me past the Key Biscayne tollbooth when the siren of guilt calls to me " Get in more miles for the GCC". I could not resist the resonance of such a message. I was drawn, as if by magnetism, to the Key for more mileage. I do two more loops and go happily home.

    Posted 37 days ago
  • 29.8 mi ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, June 22, 2017
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  • 19.5 mi ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, June 22, 2017
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  • June 21st - First Day of Summer Is No Bummer
    21 Jun 2017

    Got up feeling sluggish. I made it to the Key at 6;38A.M. My bike computer is working properly and all metrics are being recorded. I hooked up with the Squadra and we each took turns doing a pull. I am clearly tired from yesterday's effort. We take a coffee break at the Oasis and I am happy to see Lori meets me there and joins us for a coffee. We head out for Virginia Key and I am happy to say we outrun a rain cloud and arrive home without getting wet. It has been a Wonderful Morning! I have less than 300 more miles to go.

    Posted 38 days ago
  • 45.0 mi ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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  • June 20th Last Day of Spring - Short Changed
    21 Jun 2017

    No rain this morning! I Was on the rod about 7:00 A.M. I encountered a problem with my power meter. It was unable to be read by my bike computer, but it was unimportant as long as there was no rain. I grabbed a quick coffee after 2 1/2 loops. I left the Oasis to finish my 3rd loop and to visit the bike shop in South Miami to fix the power meter problem, Shortly after leaving the Oasis the bike computer shuts off for no apparent reason. I restart it without noticing it opened up in the pause mode. This means it was not recording any of my ride data. I discover this upon leaving the bike shop. About 20 miles of cycling was not recorded and, therefore these "missing miles" did not get uploaded to Strava and to the GCC site, Instead of returning directly home I go back to the Key to get some more "official" miles. I hook up with a triathlete and despite the heavy easterly wind I complete 2 more loops and I arrived home for a Blueberry Smoothie. It was beyond delicious. It was a good day of cycling all in all even without recording the actual 80 miles I cycled today.

    Posted 38 days ago
  • 60.4 mi ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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  • June 18th Happy Father's Day to All the Fathers
    18 Jun 2017

    The Sqadra's weatherman reported the rain, which I was observing, was only a momentary glitch and would be passing shortly. I, however, did not share his optimism and I did not hook up with the Squadra for a ride to the Beach. Instead I made a breakfast of oatmeal and tea. As I cleaned the dishes, lo and behold the rain stopped and I can see a Triathlon Race happening on Key Biscayne. If triathletes are racing on the Key, then I have no excuse for lounging at home. Lets ride is now my morning mantra. At first Lori does not share my enthusiasm. I have to resort to the old and time tested method of motivation to get Lori out of bed to accompany me on today's ride. Yes, guilt does work - Just ask mothers - andLori gets on her bike. The triathlon has caused an interesting traffic pattern on the Key. The vehicles are driving slowly and the police are out in force. The Key is quiet today. There aren't huge groups of rabid cyclists doing loops, Perhaps the triathlon or the possibility of rain has kept them from the Key. The testosterone laden cyclists must be riding down south. Lori and I enjoy today's tranquility and take a coffee break at the Oasis. Following our cafecitos, Lori finishes one more loop and I complete two more and head home.

    June 18th  Happy Father's Day to All the Fathers
    Posted 41 days ago
  • 59.5 mi ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, June 18, 2017
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  • A Bad Omen or Go With the Flow
    17 Jun 2017

    I arrive at the start point at 7:00 A.M. to meet Jeff. Unfortunately, Jeff left his sunglasses at his home. His residence is nearby. Consequently, I tell him to retrieve the glasses. Jeff then gives me a spare clincher tire and inner tube and tells me to give them to Juan should he arrive before Jeff's return. Jeff returns with his glasses, but Juan has yet to arrive. Apparently, Juan's tire has been slashed. Jeff and I depart and head south expecting to find Juan as he is heading north. We miss seeing Juan on the road and we stop at Pinecrest Elementary to telephone him. A few minutes later Juan meets us and off we go. Jeff, always the gentleman and knowing I am tired from my GCC efforts, pulls us near to the circle at 87th Avenue and Old Cutler Drive. We have been watching cyclists heading in the opposite direction from us pedaling fast to avoid a huge black storm cloud approaching from the south (the direction to which we are cycling). I ask Jeff to turn around and return north. Juan says he is riding to his house which is only a few blocks away and he departs our company. Can we outrace the storm? We do a 20 mph pace and it seems we may be successful. However, as we pass Cocoplum Circle and reach the south Grove the clouds surrender their moisture and we are caught in a deluge. Luckily for Jeff his home is near. On the other hand, my home is 5 miles further away. The rain is coming down so hard I cannot see and feel unsafe on tiny Main Highway. I reach Coconut Grove center and take shelter under the awning to Panther Coffee. After 10 minutes the downpour slows to a drizzle, I climb back onto my bike and ride home. Actually, I feel good despite being wet. Today's ride was in the small plate, relatively short and my legs are refreshed. Unfortunately, my shoes are soggy wet and need to dry out again. Yes Chelsea, the shoes are white of course. When will I learn?

    Posted 42 days ago
  • 36.5 mi ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, June 17, 2017
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  • June 16th TGIF
    16 Jun 2017

    Recovery ride this morning. Taking it easy. Enough said.

    Posted 43 days ago
  • 39.2 mi ride - Morning Ride - Friday, June 16, 2017
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  • Thursday June 15th - S Wonderful, S Marvelous
    16 Jun 2017

    I am at the Key Biscayne toll booth at 6:30 A.M. The Squadra arrives at 6:36 and off we go. Although it rained 40 minutes earlier I have a feeling this morning's ride will be ce` magnifique. I am not disappointed. Each cyclist pulls and 4 loops of the Key goes by quickly despite having a nice coffee break at the Oasis. We depart the Key and cycle through the Grove where I leave the group to head to the Gables and an eventual return home. Riding in a group and sharing the work is far better than riding solo. The Squadra knows I am riding in the GCC and arrived early this morning to assist me in attaining mileage. A photo of the group is found below with the exception of Celestina who is not in the photograph as she was the photographer. Many thanks to the Squadra for a good ride. Oh, I forgot to mention no rain on this morning's ride!!

    Thursday June 15th - S Wonderful, S Marvelous
    Posted 43 days ago
  • 60.2 mi ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, June 15, 2017
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  • June 14th - Did I Win the Lottery or Just Get Wet?
    15 Jun 2017

    Today I feel tired. I hoped to start the ride with vigor, but the legs lack oomph. Luckily, I hook up with Valdy, Raul and Rodrigo on Virginia Key and feel more invigorated. We do two loops of the Key before departing. I remind my friends that we need to play the lottery and give Valdy two bucks to participate in the "squad" lottery pool. My riding buddies depart for their homes and I continue south. As I approach the Deering Estate the storm clouds gather and rain is imminent. I take shelter at Starbuck's, drink an iced caramel macchiato, eat a bagel and watch the rain. After 30 minutes the storm abates and I am lured back onto the bike and decide to return home. A few minutes into the return I get caught in a deluge. For 15 miles I ride slowly and cautiously. The streets are flooded and I am water logged, The rain lets up as I reach the South Grove. I make it back home and to my amazement Brickell Avenue is bone dry. Crappy day of riding, but there is always the possibility of winning the lottery.

    Posted 44 days ago
  • 55.4 mi ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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  • June 13th Riding With Friends
    13 Jun 2017

    I am at the toll booth to Key Biscayne at 7:15 A.M. to meet and ride with Chelsea and her group of Best Buddies. Rachel greets me and off we go. My constant companion for each daily ride in the GCC so far this June catches us as we cycle east and crest the bridge. That companion is, of course, the Rain. I razz Chelsea for having the good fashion sense to wear white cycling shoes in the rain. However, Chelsea rightfully points out that her shoes are weather appropriate because they have black shoe laces. Due to my vast experience I know to wear black shoes. The truth be told is that I had no other choice. My other 2 pairs of cycling shoes - both pairs are white - are still drying out from being worn while cycling in the rain during the weekend. By the time we reached the fire station and made the u turn the rain cleared out although the cloud coverage remained for a few more hours. As Chelsea left the Key I was joined by Barbara and started my 2d loop. Within a mile or so we were joined by Valdy and his group who accompanied me through my 4th loop. After stopping for a bite to eat at the Oasis I completed the morning's ride getting in 6 loops of the Key and finishing the ride just short of 72 miles. In retrospect the rain did good. It was relatively cool for most of today's adventure.

    Posted 46 days ago
  • 72.0 mi ride - Morning Ride - Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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  • Sunday Ride
    11 Jun 2017

    Has the rain ended?

    I have no idea.

    But this morning it has suspended.

    I join Jeff for his Birthday Ride.

    The usual suspects have gone to hide.

    This means we can go at a slower pace.

    Lori meets us at Deering with her happy face.

    Together to Homestead we frolic.

    And on the return we hook up with friends and Rock it.

    Until the cloud bursts and wets our thirsts.

    Onward Doug, Alvin and Marshall congratulate Jeff for attaining a double nickel.

    C'mon Chelsea and Rachel; no time for Starbuck's .

    I need to do a loop around the Key and get back to Brickell.

    Posted 48 days ago
  • 74.0 mi ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, June 11, 2017
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  • 24.9 mi ride - Afternoon Ride - Saturday, June 10, 2017
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  • Morning Joe
    10 Jun 2017

    Weatherman said 80% likelihood of rain today. I arose from bed about 7:00 A.M. and casually looked out my balcony window expecting to see gray clouds and rain. To my surprise it was not raining. Although there were gray clouds, I thought perhaps I can get in a loop or two before the rains come? I made hot tea, brushed my teeth, dressed, pumped my tires and was out the door by 7:30A.M. Key Biscayne is crammed with riders hungry to ride after a week with little opportunity to pedal. Finished my first loop without rain. Lets try a second loop. June catches me at a red light and we chat as we head toward the fire station where I make a u turn to continue my ride while June heads to the Oasis for coffee. As I make the turn Joe Herring passes and says hello. I jump on his wheel and he pulls me into the wind at a steady 21-22 mph. As we approach the bridge we catch up and talk about common friends. I am sad when Joe leaves the Key to go to work. No more "free" ride. Now, I'll have to work and put some effort in as I begin my third loop. I am enjoying the ride and my good fortune in not encountering rain when I notice another rider pointing to the East and a fast approaching large black cloud. The cyclists seeing the storm approach act like deer sensing danger and bolt off the Key in the hope of finding refuge. I finish my third loop, make it home in the increasing wind and am lucky to arrive in a dry condition. I am greeted by Lori who makes me a delicious cappuccino and breakfast. I finish breakfast and write this blog and notice the storm threat has passed for now without it raining. Key Biscayne looks clear of rain! Go figure! Maybe a matinee ride later? I can hope.

    Morning Joe
    Posted 49 days ago
  • 35.4 mi ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, June 10, 2017
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  • Here Comes The Sun
    9 Jun 2017

    No rain clouds on the horizon and the sun is out this morning. My body feels like a Tesla solar cell absorbing energy from the sun. Yesterday's gorging of pasta has worked. I have renewed strength. What a pleasure, comparatively speaking, to sit on a saddle today with a dry chamois. I see an old friend, Teiso, who I haven't seen in some time. He just finished cycling the off road mountain bike trails on Virginia Beach and we catch up on what's new in our lives. I complete five loops around Key Biscayne before clouds gather. All in all, a good morning!

    Posted 50 days ago
  • 58.3 mi ride - Morning Ride - Friday, June 9, 2017
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  • June 8th What A Drag
    9 Jun 2017

    Tired, but drag my butt onto the bike for 2 loops of Key Biscayne in intermittent rain. Get home, shower and gorge myself on pasta. Too tired to blog today. It will have to wait until tomorrow. Rest and sleep are what I need. (written on the morning of June 9th)

    Posted 50 days ago
  • 31.1 mi ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, June 8, 2017
    Logged this ride 51 days ago
  • Just Cycling And Singing In The Rain
    7 Jun 2017

    Rain, when will it ever end? My morning ride is cut short again because of rain. I return home for a cappuccino and say hello to She Who Must Be Obeyed and, to my amazement, there is also a Camel there engaged in conversation. No, it is not a distant relative of Mr. Ed, but our good friend Meredith who commiserates about the weather's impact upon the GCC. After Lori and Meredith depart, I watch the rain fall on Key Biscayne and like a bolt of lightning Rule 5 of The Way Of The Cycling Disciple echoes in my mind - Harden the F---k Up! Yes, that's the answer. I don my rain jacket, grab my bike, head back to Key Biscayne and cycle in the rain having mental images of Gene Kelly in An American In Paris, humming I'm cycling in the rain, just cycling in the rain .... What a glorious feeling I'm feeling today.

    Posted 52 days ago
  • 64.2 mi ride - Lunch Ride - Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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  • 15.9 mi ride - Morning Ride - Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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  • Day 6 Tornadoes in Broward County and Storms in Miami-Dade County
    6 Jun 2017

    I awake at 4:05 A.M. and Lori is also awake. She tells me the wind has moved our balcony furniture and the noise awoke her. I approach our living room sliding glass doors to check on the balcony furniture, but I can't see anything due to the condensation on the glass windows. I open the doors and am grateful to see our furniture has not blown off our 8th floor balcony. It is raining ( ma nish tanah? (forgive me for reverting to incantations of the occult learned by me in my youth and which seem appropriate at this moment)). The weather report indicates tornadoes in Broward and continued storms and rain in Miami-Dade throughout the day. Forget about riding today. Hopefully, the sun will be out tomorrow.

    Posted 53 days ago
  • A Patch Of Blue
    5 Jun 2017

    A small patch of blue appears over Key Biscayne this afternoon amidst the overcast skies . Time to stop work, get on the bike and get a ride in before the rain returns. My legs, to my surprise, have some snap and I enjoy the climb over the bridge, cycling to Crandon Boulevard and then Mashta Island. During the 2nd loop the wind increases and I feel some raindrops. I make it home and do a cool down without being caught in a deluge. I am saying a barocha (an arcane term known to mystics, practitioners of the occult and landsmen) .

    Posted 54 days ago
  • 34.0 mi ride - Afternoon Ride - Monday, June 5, 2017
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  • Neither Rain Nor Sun
    4 Jun 2017

    More rain predicted for today and I bailed out of cycling to Palm Beach. It is overcast in all directions. Another day wearing black. I am beginning to feel like Johnny Cash. I head South. Although I see puddles of recent rain on the road wherever I go, much to my amazement I avoid rain, ride solo and return home in a dry condition. Maybe I won't have to pay passage for 2 in the ark after all.

    Posted 55 days ago
  • 54.0 mi ride - Morning Ride - Sunday, June 4, 2017
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  • To Ride Or Not Ride?
    3 Jun 2017

    Day 3 and another day of rain is expected. Should I stay home and do a recovery day? Would Callie and the other kids for whom I am cycling be dissuaded from riding because of the threat of rain? Hell no! So I quickly dress. Put on a black kit, find my last pair of dry cycling shoes, get on the road and head south in the hope it will be drier there than on Key Biscayne. As it turns out the proverbial dark cloud follows me to Palmetto Bay before it starts to pour. I return in the rain, cycling cautiously, mindful of the vehicular traffic and the impaired vision caused by the inclement weather. I arrive safely home and look forward to tomorrow's ride, Oops, I just heard the weather forecast for tomorrow. There's a 70 percent chance of rain! When will it end?

    Posted 56 days ago
  • 30.7 mi ride - Morning Ride - Saturday, June 3, 2017
    Logged this ride 56 days ago
  • 17.4 mi ride - Afternoon Ride - Friday, June 2, 2017
    Logged this ride 57 days ago
  • Soggy Day 2
    2 Jun 2017

    The weatherman predicted a likelihood of rain for today. When I looked out from my balcony at Biscayne Bay toward Key Biscayne it was overcast, but dry. Great! Dressed quickly in black kit ( I knew if I wore light colored kit, it would certainly rain). Decided to take The Z - and not The Ultra Z - for today's ride. Luis and Pedro from Mack's Cycle were also doing a morning ride on the Key before going to work. I joined them and with a tailwind Pedro picked it up to 30 mph. Luis dropped and Pedro was startled when he saw me still on his wheel. There is a 50 year difference in our ages. Can you guess who is older? Luckily for me, Pedro slowed the pace in deference to my gray hair. We departed company when we approached the bridge and I turned to do a second loop. I completed Virginia Key when I felt the first drop of rain. The sky was darkening and the wind direction had changed. Maybe I could make it home before the oncoming storm? No such luck. The clouds burst as I arrived at the William Powell Bridge. The rain stung my skin like bee bites. Somehow I managed to get over the bridge in the driving rain and arrived home safely, but thoroughly rain soaked, 25.4 miles cycled today. Not as much as I wanted. Hopefully tomorrow will bring better weather. Only 1,162 miles to go!

    Posted 57 days ago
  • 25.4 mi ride - Morning Ride - Friday, June 2, 2017
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  • Day 1
    1 Jun 2017

    On the bike riding Key Biscayne at 6:45 A.M. Wind in my face heading east and a group passes me. I jump on the back and let them pull me as I need to conserve energy this month to complete the GCC. Leave the Key and cycle through the Grove heading to Coral Gables. When I reach the Gables it starts to rain until I approach Key Biscayne for my 2nd loop of the beautiful island. I stop at the Oasis for a ten minute coffee break where Lori is waiting for me (she has been cycling the Key awaiting my return) to share a cortadito. Also, at the Oasis are two cycling buddies, Valdy and Raul. Valdy is a great conversationalist and before I know it one hour and 45 minutes have passed. Lori leaves the Oasis with me and heads home with a short break for a photo op while I finish two more loops and complete the cycling for Day 1. Lets see what tomorrow brings. Only 1,188 miles to go!

    Day 1
    Posted 58 days ago
  • 62.4 mi ride - Morning Ride - Thursday, June 1, 2017
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  • Lets Roll
    1 Jun 2017

    It's June 1st and the GCC is finally upon us. Time to roll and apply the chamois cream!! Wishing all cyclists a safe odyssey and a successful completion to their challenge.

    Lets Roll
    Posted 58 days ago
  • Final Prep
    31 May 2017

    I brought my bike to the shop for a tune up and a new chain. Today I shall do a shake down ride on Key Biscayne to make sure everything is a go for tomorrow's start of the Great Cycling Challenge. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and cool a bit from the excessive heat we have been experiencing in Miami the last couple of days.

    Posted 59 days ago
  • $2,500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $2,500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 80 days ago
  • $1,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $1,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 93 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 93 days ago
  • 2 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.


    Posted 117 days ago
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