I just a few more days, 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 this challenge and my goals 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.
It's getting closer!21 May 2019
So, cross-training, I'm told, is good for a person. They don't get stuck in the same routine, their body doesn't "adjust" to the same cadence of exercise, etc. etc.
Since I am inclined to believe this, and since I am finding I am more competitive that I ever thought I was, I participated in an uber fun, knock your socks off Mudstache event last Saturday that I wholly and totally enjoyed. It contained all of the things I like to do when I play outside: there was water sprayed on me, I got to play in all of the mud I wanted to, there was climbing, there was crawling, there was running, there was playing in creeks and ponds and swamps, running up and down ramps...all sorts of fun. WHEW!!
I returned home and told Lori all about the event and how much fun I had and she verbalized out loud what I had thought about all of the way home: how blessed I am to be healthy enough to have done something like that when in past years, I couldn't have even got out of the chair.
I guess that's why I continue to want to participate in this event. There are folks who would like to but can't for NUMEROUS reasons, and not just health related. And, I like to ride, I like to be outdoors and I like to keep working on being healthy.
So, this will be my last May entry. I am going to 'grunt up' with some events these next couple of day, then take a bit of a break and get ready to ride the wheels off of that bicycle of mine.
Please consider donating if you haven't already.
TimPosted 4 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 15 days ago
JUNE IS ALMOST HERE!!!!9 May 2019
Can you believe I am THAT excited about biking 400 miles in a 30 day period? Well, anyone that knows me also knows that when I set my mind to something, I'll do it...
Seriously, as the start date gets closer, I find myself becoming more and more proud to participate in this event. I've had my share of health issues...some more serious than others and some more recent than others...and I am very blessed and happy to be able to put myself out there for this cause.
I've been warming up with some rides. Those of you who follow us have seen that. The first one was okay....a little winded but I got over it okay. A little faster than I thought. The second, LONGER ride...well, I'll get right to it: when I got back and got off the bike, I felt fine. But, when I went to walk up the stairs to get into the house...OW!!! Too much time in the saddle and man were those muscles tight and sore! Those steps about killed me! LOL Lori and I had a good laugh.
Later that night, though, I found myself trying NOT to think of my pain and instead found myself realizing THAT pain would go away...but some kid with cancer...their pain may never go away. At least not without help.
So, sorry about breaking out the violins and bringing everyone down a little...but I do that only to bring you up by making you this offer:
YOU LET ME RIDE THE MILES IN JUNE AND YOU MAKE A DONATION FOR THOSE KIDS I'M RIDING FOR...DEAL?!?!
take care everyone...
TimPosted 16 days ago
The sounds of Spring...FINALLY!!20 Mar 2019
Today is the first day of Spring...at least the calendar says so. I have heard birds singing these past couple of mornings and it sure sounds nice. Robins bouncing around, Cardinals zipping by, leaving their red streaks as they do, Crows cawing in droves...I love it.
I even heard a lawn mower last night. Can you believe it?!
But I'm also hearing other Spring sounds, too: the talk of bike riding. "Do you think it'll be nice enough or warm enough to take the bikes out today?" "I need to get the bike out and check it over, make sure it's ready for riding season." No, not THOSE bikes, but the two-wheeled pedal bikes.
Yes, I am getting antsy. Since I got back into regular bike riding again last year, I find myself getting anxious to get back out there for a spin to knock off the stiffness and slowness and get ready for some nice, long rides. And that's just me! LOL!
As I look back at my previous posts and recall how I decided to join this cause, I can't help but also remember how, since I've been made aware of this cause, I have noticed more and more stories of kids and cancer. You know what I mean? It's like when you or a family member purchases a new car: all of a sudden you see the same model, make and color of THEIR new car everywhere!
I am educating myself more and more about childhood cancer and maybe in my next blog I'll share some of what I've learned. I am sure you will be as surprised as I was about what you'll learn.
But, for now, I'll put the nose back to the grindstone at work, keep hoping for nice weather to move in and stay, and plan some warm up trials and practice routes leading up to the month of June.
Thanks for reading this...and remember, please consider making a donation.Posted 66 days ago
Checking in...14 Feb 2019
Hello...it's me. (Sorry, Lionel!)
Well, the calendar tells me it should be getting close to nicer weather showing up...and my internal clock is telling me it's time to start getting active outside. Problem is, the weather is not cooperating, is it?!
I want to re-thank everyone who has donated so far and initially thank those who keep making donations. I appreciate it...and I know hundreds of children appreciate it, too.
Pass the word to friends and family about this event and what the event is for. I'll remind you I had never heard of this event or the cause of searching for a cure for kid-specific cancers until Katrina asked me to ride with her.
Tell them about the ride, what the money is for and ask them if they want a link...
Well, back to training...yes, I am still using the treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike to keep this old body in biking mode...one problem is...the air isn't as fresh in the gym as it is outside! LOL!!!
Until next time...
TimPosted 100 days ago
Initial goal met...8 Jan 2019
Am I ever humbled: Katrina asked me if I wanted to do this challenge with her, so of course I said yes. Then,I talked her into setting a 400-mile goal for the month of June and I left the default monetary goal the same.
Imagine my pleasant surprise to see that I had surpassed that goal in only a few hours.
So I increased it. After thinking about it and asking few family members, I increased it.
Greedy much? NO! But like most of you, when you think about it, I, too, am blessed. Blessed to have the health to ride; Blessed to have family to ride with me and encourage me; Blessed to have friends to encourage me; Blessed to be able to support a cause against cancer and bring forth some attention toward it.
Thank you VERY much to the folks who have sponsored me so far.
And to those of you reading this...would you please consider making a donation to help me reach my new goal?
Thanks, everyone. I am looking forward to putting the miles on the bike this year!!!Posted 137 days ago
$500 raised to fight kids' cancer!
I just hit $500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.Posted 140 days ago
$250 raised to fight kids' cancer!
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