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.
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?"
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
I believe it's better to carry a few tools than it is to leave them at home for the sake of weight.
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
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
The Crash This past weekend, a cyclist from my little town of Nolensville was hit by a driver on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Had his friend not been wearing a GoPro, this would have been another tragic hit-and-run. Fortunately, that isn't the case. If you haven't seen the video (which is harrowing, so you've been … Continue reading Cars vs. Cyclists: The Ongoing Debate
Time For A Change This little computer, or something comparable, is all I've ever used for 30 years. I've never needed the bells & whistles; less is more. But after my experience at Rockabilly Gran Prix road race, I knew it was time for a change. I needed to track heart rate, routes, climbs, efforts... … Continue reading Reviewing my NEW Garmin Edge 1000
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