On Sunday, October 15th, I will be one of 5,000 cyclists participating in the 21sth Annual MS Bike Tour. I will be cycling 100 miles to raise money for the MS Society. This year the Tour's goal is to raise more than $2.1 million, and I want to help the MS Society reach that goal. To make a pledge to me, you can simply click on this link or mail a check (made payable to "MS Bike Tour") to me.
Together we can conquer this devastating disease that strikes young adults in the prime of their lives. The support you provide is vital to making continued strides in the battle against MS.
Many thanks in advance for your generous support.
Update: If you are feeling extra generous, Manu (GK Hero's Run), Zan (New York Cares Day 2006), Fluffie (New York Cares Day 2006), Jen (New York Cares Day 2006), Melissa (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society), Jonlin (MS Bike Tour) and Anh, Thu, Adam (Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research) are looking for donations too.
Update 2: Woah, got a lot of support from coworkers and close friends today. I spammed my coworkers last night so that may have had something to do with it. Anyway, the CEO came by after making his donation and started talking to me about how 100 miles is really lengthy and basically psyched me out. I am mentally defeated right now. 100 miles. Can you imaging the chafing? Going to get me a nice jar of vaseline.
Since I didn't purchase the Credit Suisse jersey (how the hell did yellow get into the color scheme), Pedro recommended that I get proper gear to wear. I was just going to wear my regular clothes, but 100 miles seems like an awful long distance to be fighting the wind. I took a look at the superhero jerseys I covered a while back and none of them have caught my fancy so it looks like I'll be getting an Adidas jersey from Nashbar (damnit I placed an order the other day for a bunch of stuff, paying shipping sucks).
Also after discussing with Pedro the condition of my bike, sounds like I'm going to need to take it into a bike shop to let them work on it for the century ride. Need to remove my supplementary brake levers which involves replacing the brake cables. That way I can finally adjust the aerobar in the correct position. Wonder how much that and a regular tune-up is going to run me. I'm glad Roy's Sheepshead Cycles is on the list because I don't mind giving them my hard earned dollars. Class act. Hope the Nashbar package came today because I need the weekend to get used to my cleats. 100 miles, need all the upstroke power I can hold onto.
So I checked out for the first time the route today, we are actually riding THROUGH Lincoln Tunnel. Ridiculous, I just hope they give it sufficient time for some of the air to clear up before the riders go in. Ventilation systems or not, exhaust fumes are the worst.
Update 3: Rode both days this weekend in perparation for the century. Saturday, finally got Playskool to come out with his bike, road to Central Park and did a lap around there, that's about 22 miles total from the condo and back. Today went up to GW Bridge which works out to around 27 miles. So I guess I can say I'm good for a 1/4 of the ride. I'm sure 3/4 into it I'll be screaming in agony from the seat. Freaking Nashbar order didn't come in, need to get used to the cleats and break them in.
Update 4: The 'Vision Quest' of cycling movies, Breaking Away (1979).