There's so much I could write about...the unique weather, my flat, the JDRF cyclists, the coaches...Instead, I want to share a story that involves a lonely road, a family, and 15-miles out of 100.
When I began cycling back around 1983, I was single, young, and had virtually no responsibilities. I could roll out of bed, throw on some bike clothes and be spinniong down the road in no time flat. Nowadays, it's more like trying to get a diva on stage to perform.
Good news and bad news about my '73 ItalVega
The course was a rolling 1.6-mile loop and the race officials advised us that slower riders would be pulled for safety reasons.
"God," I prayed, "I hope that won't be me!"
In a few hours, I'll be walking my daughter, Christiana (pictured above) down the aisle to be married to Patrick.
For the past several months, friends and family have asked, "How are you doing with giving her away?"
When I was refurbishing this bike, I never in my wildest dream expected it to ride and perform like it is.
Remodel Parameters In moving forward, I had two guidelines: Be true to the original Italian design & components. Honor Mr. Chaney's setup as much as possible. One reason I say this bike is "like" an original Super Record is that as described in my last post, Mr. Chaney opted to switch out some components. To … Continue reading 1973 ItalVega “Super Record”…kinda Pt.2
The Plan I needed to log a solo 60-70 miler to get in shape for my upcoming JDRF ride at Amelia Island, Florida. Friday, I got tagged on a Facebook post about a 73-miler so I commented that I was interested, thinking they were riding in the flatlands of their county. Later, I checked the route … Continue reading Blessing of a Broken Cable
Our Team As many of you know, I'm the USA Cycling coach for the Middle Tennessee JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) chapter. I'm often asked why I participate since no one in my family suffers from type one diabetes. The answer is in the above photo: my team. FYI: Not everyone was on this ride … Continue reading Riding For A Cure
Balancing Act Riding with cyclists who are much faster & stronger than me has balanced my ego. On days I feel inadequate I'm reminded of how far I've come in getting stronger, and when I stray too far toward bravado, I note who I'm riding with and the pain they could dial-up! Have I improved? Absolutely. Even … Continue reading Senior Olympic Training Update