America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride Training Update {Team In Training}

In less than 3 weeks I will be biking 100 miles around Lake Tahoe with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training.

Some common questions and answers…

Am I ready? You bet.

Am I nervous? Not really. My emotions definitely followed what I predicted.

Why are you doing this again? Read this.

What if it snows? It wouldn’t surprise me. Considering how cold, windy, and sleety/rainy this training season has been, I think my Wisconsin team would do great!

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What is the furthest you’ve biked this year? My furthest ride was the Stoughton to Illinois border and back loop. With a few wrong turns, my computer said 73.5 miles.

Proof!

Is it different than last year? Yes. I didn’t think it was possible to have more fun than last year–but it’s true. We have another amazing team and my teammates feel like family. The biggest difference this year is I got a new bike! Just last week, after struggling with back and neck pain, I finally went to a new bike shop (Yay for Uphill Grind in Cross Plains!) and got fitted to a much nicer frame. 52cm Kona Supreme Zing. Bye bye 47cm Trek 2.1 (Anyone in the market for a Trek?) 🙂

 

 

This year we’ve gotten some publicity…we made the news for the Restoring Hope Ride {teammate Jessie and I are at the end of the clip, her in yellow and me in black on the bikes} and the very next night teammate Patrick’s Bikes & Beer event made the news!

 

Speaking of the event, it was an amazing night full of good beer, amazing food, and honored patients. I finally got to meet our honored patient, Lucas, who is incredibly smart, cute and hilarious! He is only 5 years old and battling leukemia.

And I can’t leave out Lucas’ little brother, Isaac. Another cutie who happens to be a big flirt! During the night he ran up to me and told me “I LOVE YOU!” and when he left, he gave me this…

I was lucky enough to have my other honored patient, Matthew’s Uncle Pat, to share the evening with.

It was a fabulous evening of friends, family and a reminder of who the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society impacts.

In the past week I’ve been receiving more emails and donations in the mail. Many have notes attached with them, telling stories of who they are donating in honor of. With each letter, I’ve cried. {Especially yours, Karissa!} Working in the cancer field, I know the impact cancer has on the individual and their families. But it also impacts neighbors, colleagues, even complete strangers. I’m continuously humbled and in awe of what I’ve learned through this experience.

 

Thank you to my donors. Thank you for helping make a difference. Thank you for helping find a cure. Thank you for helping my honored patients. Thank you for the words of encouragement.

They will stick with me, every mile of the ride. Every inhale. Every majestic view. I will think of all of you.

 

If you would like to make a tax deductible, online donation, you can visit my fundraising page.

 

 

 

 

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