During the summer of 1996, I did something that I thought I would never do. I completed a 100 mile bicycle ride (actually it was 2 100 mile rides two weeks apart). I always felt it would require more effort than I was willing to spend.
Several things happened to make it possible. My doctor told me to get more exercise and lose weight and I became acquainted with the Leukemia Society of America's Team in Training - Cycle 100 program.
I was provided with a team coach, a personal training plan and a lot of other support. All I had to do was raise a designated amount of donations for the Leukemia Society to help find a cure for leukemia and related cancers; OH, and train for the 100 mile ride.
Our coach was Max Miley, a well known and respected bike racer from the Dallas area (Allen, TX). Our final team consisted of Max and 17 team members. Some of these people hadn't ridden prior to joining the team. All 18 of us completed the Durango Century Classic in Durango, CO. on August 10, 1996. We raised over $ 42,000 for the Leukemia Society of America.
If you would like more information on the Team in Training program, contact me or call your local chapter. In the North Texas area, contact Dick Reader at the Leukemia Society of America (972) 239-0959 or metro (972) 445-5441.
The ride was hard and the fund-raising was challenging. It took me 7 hours and 45 minutes to complete this ride. There were many miles of climbing and what seemed like only a few hundred feet of descent.
Durango, Co. 8/10/96 - Our team prior to ride
A picture of a paceline at Durango.
I have never had a greater feeling of accomplishment.
Two weeks after the Durango ride, I completed the 100 miles in the Hotter'n Hell Hundred, in Wichita Falls, TX in 6 hours. I just didn't realize that Texas is really flat.
I think I made H-H-H sound a little easier than it was. It really wasn't easy as this picture, taken just after finishing, shows.
This year I rode the 100 K route (about 63 miles) and set a personal record for a 100 K ( 3 hrs 36 min total time - 3:18 riding time; avg speed during riding time 19.5 mph).
I am a member of the following organizations:
Fort Worth Bicycling Association
Look at the home page of the best bicycle shop in the Fort Worth - Mid Cities area:
My road bike is a Serotta. My mountain bike is a Schwinn.
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