Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Back in the Saddle Again

Finally! Yesterday was a beautiful day in the Knoxville area and fortunately I was able to carve out a good 40 minutes to ride in the early evening hours.

As you can tell from the photo at left, much of the weather in Germany last week was not necessarily conducive to long, sustained rides. I tried to ride one day but you can see what happened to the bike. Danka schoen.

Today marks the 92 days before the ride in Sonoma. I feel like we have made great progress in terms of being comfortable on the bike, shifting gears, finding a cadence, etc. However, we still need to work on getting those longer rides in. This weekend, we may tackle our longest ride yet, a 24 mile journey. Jessica was able to track down a fantastic guide to Knoxville bike routes. For those interested, The Bike Zoo carries the book, Bicycling Routes by Elle Colquitt and Jon Livengood. The book has rides that range from 20-65 miles.

Although it is not yet reflected on our JDRF Donations page due to some offline donations, we are around the halfway point towards our fundraising goal. Thank you to all who have donated to date! It has been overwhelming to see such great support from our friends and family. A special thank you to those who have shared their personal stories on how diabetes has affected their life. These stories, among too many others, are the reason that we are training for June 27th in the first place. Let's beat this thing.

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