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Team Training vs Club 100 Ride July 19, 2010

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Deciding what to do when it comes down to scheduling a team training ride versus a ride with other Club 100 members is a tough one.  I bit the bullet this weekend…LITERALLY…and scheduled both.  Not being an avid cyclist this was not an easy decision as I have yet to do back to back days of riding this season.  Now, 20 and 26 miles may not seem like a lot to some people, but I could really feel it the second day.  All of this was compounded by the fact that just Thursday I was wafting away in la-la land to the sound of a drill as a wayward tooth was “canalled” (yes, I’m sure that’s a word). 

Saturday’s event with the Club 100 was wonderful.  We had quite a few riders show up for about a 26 mile ride depending on who you asked.  This route had me reminiscing about the former Bike to the Beach Day 2 route – flat and windy – I could almost smell the ocean!

As a "newbie" - Start of my first MS ride ever - 2001

  We had wonderful support by the Club 100 Committee and the MS Staff complete with Starbucks, great signage, rest stops and the illustrious BikeMS Toyota truck as SAG.  If you’re not part of the Club 100 now, I encourage all to make it a priority for this coming year.  All you have to do is be one of the Top 100 fundraisers and you’re in!  Of course, those last few days waiting for the final tally can be a nailbiter and tends to take on characteristics of waiting for an online auction to end to declare you the WINNER!  This year I proudly wear #95.  🙂

Feeling guilty for ditching my team on Saturday to be coffee’d and taco’d (similar to wining and dining) by Club 100, I scheduled a Sunday “short” ride for the team.  In anticipation of some “newbies” showing up I was really hoping for a 10 miler.  Alas, the newbies seem to be in hiding this year and the good riders showed up, so we were up for a 20 mile ride and my legs really felt it…and so did my tooth!  Despite it all, we had a great ride with wonderful company and a nice breakfast and time for socializing afterwards. 

…..still wondering where all the newbies are!  They should be here by now….

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Look At Me! July 13, 2010

Posted by Pam in Intro.
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(taking a deep breath…and here I go…) 

“Look at me” is NOT something people would normally hear me say.  I prefer to stay out of the spotlight, possibly quietly admired from afar, but NEVER right in the spotlight.  Here I am though, Team Captain…again.  The opportunity had presented itself numerous times over the past several years, but I never sought the spotlight…didn’t want that position…no way, no how!  Well, fate found a way and a how…and surprisingly, I’m really enjoying it – the challenge, the people, the quiet admiration from afar, even the “glad it’s her and not me”.  🙂

There is joy in knowing that I’m helping others.  That I’m helping others to help others and providing them with the encouragement that has been given to me to help them achieve their own goals.  My goal this year is to encourage other team captains and most importantly POTENTIAL Team Captains to hop aboard and Join the Movement.  Hopefully, I can provide some guidance, ideas and support along the way.  So, I’m proof positive that a bike rack (same as a wallflower, but in the bike world) can move to the front of the pack and lead.  I’m looking forward to having you come along for the ride or venturing off to lead a ride of your own.

ps:  you don’t have to actually “lead” the ride either….I’m quick on a typewriter, but not that fast on a bike…at all! 😉

Check back soon! July 9, 2010

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Just getting my bearings straight on this thing called blogging, so please check back soon for something a bit more substantial other than “Under Construction”…..