A Coach’s Perspective on JDRF Loveland

  Me with our small (but mighty) Team NashvilleThis was my fourth JDRF ride but my first as a coach. Being on the "other side" of things, which was an amazing experience, I have even more appreciation for the organization as well as the other coaches I served with. If you've never been on one … Continue reading A Coach’s Perspective on JDRF Loveland

My JDRF Loveland, CO Ride

Overview I'm EXCITED!! In 7 days, I'll be joining 416 cyclists from around the U.S. to ride the JDRF Loveland, CO event. This is not a race but is a fundraiser for Type 1 diabetes, and although most will shoot for completing the century, many will be satisfied with a metric or whatever mileage they … Continue reading My JDRF Loveland, CO Ride

They Call Me Coach

I love coaching! I'm still in the discovery phase as the USA Cycling Coach for the Middle TN JDRF Chapter, but I enjoy all the hats I wear: Cycling expert (tons still to learn!) Ride organizer. Ride leader & route creator. Encourager. Fundraiser. Social Media Guru. But the #1 reason I love what I'm doing … Continue reading They Call Me Coach

TOSRV56: The Perfect Ride…Kinda (Pt. 1)

Friday: Pre-ride TOSRV is a unique ride. It has more of a hippie vibe than that of a traditional event or Gran Fondo. Case in point is the start time. There isn't one. You go when you want and finish when you finish. "Groovy, baby!" Typical to our TOSRV modus operandi, Russ and I planned on rolling Saturday … Continue reading TOSRV56: The Perfect Ride…Kinda (Pt. 1)

“Give up, Grampy!”

This morning was my last ride before TOSRV. Since it needed to be a moderate workout, I didn't ride with my Rogue Racing cronies. Instead, I went with Rick on a 21 mile route. Once we got over the big climb, we settled into the gentle rollers of Wilson Pike and I spy the blinking red light of a cyclist. "Rabbit," I think to myself. "I like chasing rabbits." … Continue reading “Give up, Grampy!”

Recovery Ride: “Easy Like Sunday Morning.”

First off, happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there! Hope you're having (or had) a great day. Today was a recovery ride and what a gorgeous day here in TN! Temps are in the 80's, no humidity (rare for us) and no wind. With the nice conditions, I was tempted to pick up the … Continue reading Recovery Ride: “Easy Like Sunday Morning.”

TOSRV: “Are You Ready?”

I received this TOSRV 56 magnet in the mail the other day. Talk about reality check! It's not like the event snuck up on me; I've been clocking the countdown on my blog as well as in my training regimen. But getting this makes TOSRV real and begs the question: Are you ready to ride 210 … Continue reading TOSRV: “Are You Ready?”

TOSRV: Century Training Ride

Wow! Only 18 days before my TOSRV ride! But am I ready? Has all the training moved me closer to achieving this goal? On April 29th, I set out with a friend to ride a century and find out the answers to those and many other questions. The Route I spent hours on Google Earth and MapMyRide to plan this route, and … Continue reading TOSRV: Century Training Ride

How To Suffer on Your First Century

Today, I want to share lessons learned from my first century back in 1985: TOSRV. Actually, it was a double century, but nonetheless, if you apply these tips, I guarantee your first century will be full of misery. I've even supplied pictures from my epic adventure; I'm wearing the cycling cap. Dress Appropriately Ignore the kits and moisture wicking fabrics … Continue reading How To Suffer on Your First Century