30 May 2011

Training With Kids

Gwen and I went for a relaxing 5-mile ride today.  Her trail-a-bike hitch is mounted on my single-speed city bike, the same bike that I'll be riding over three mountain passes later this summer for Courage Classic.

I took her to my secret spot, an amazing viewpoint of Commencement Bay and the Port of Tacoma, especially at night.  It's also just a few miles from home and makes a nice place to turn around when I need to get out and cruise the neighborhood a bit.

I've been riding a weekly 20-miler with the Harmon Bike Club to get ready for my big ride over the mountains, but I don't anticipate doing any training rides longer than that.  In fact, about half of my bike miles are short trips on our Xtracycle with the kids on the back deck.  The Courage Classic route has a rest stop every 15 miles or so.  I simply plan on riding four 15-mile rides each of the three days.  Doesn't sound too bad, eh?  These short rides with Gwen are great for training, even though they are mostly for fun.

05 May 2011

Commitments and Progress

When I committed to match donations made in April with 10% of my own money, I didn't expect to have so many of you take me up on the offer!  You donated $1,400 so I kicked in $140, bringing our total to $1,595 so far! (Some off-line donations are not yet listed.)

I still have a long way to go to reach my goal of $5,000.  It's going to take as many $5 and $10 commitments as we can muster.  Extra thanks to those of you who have sent around the donation link and raised awareness for Courage Classic and the Child Abuse Intervention Department at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.

Meanwhile, I've been training on my city bike with the Harmon Bike Club on their Tuesday Night Rides around Tacoma.  Tacoma is most certainly not a flat city, so only having one gear means getting out of the saddle often.  I'm starting to realize that I may be spending many miles on the Courage Classic route standing up, rocking the bike back and forth to reach the pass summits. It will be tough, but it will be worth it.

If you're ready to help push me over the mountains this August with a donation, the button is at the top, on the right.  Every dollar counts.

Keep on Pedaling!