Greetings everyone and thanks for checking in
It’s been a quiet few weeks since my return from Florida and training continues to ramp up as we move forward in the riding season.
Thank you to the 43+ donors that supported the fund raising effort and everyone who supported us through their words and encouragement. A special thank you to many of you for supporting other riders and for putting your trust in us, which at the time, was a good faith effort in an attempt to assist others with reaching their individual and overall team goals. Unfortunately I don’t know the final outcome of the total fund raising but I do know the team was successful in funding the patient navigator position who will assist America’s warriors and heroes as they battle cancer. Thank you !!
We continue to believe there are organizations out there worthy of our collective support and efforts. Please continue to trust that we will continue to seek out and find those organizations which best support what we believe should be the #1 mission of those organizations and that is, and will always be, providing only the best in support to those impacted by cancer and who are willing to work to bring a diverse group of individuals to support that mission in a respectful, courteous, and safe manner for all participant’s.
For those that have been following along, May is National Bike month and I am using it as a tune up to the Great Cycling Challenge that begins in June and which helps to bring awareness to the Children’s Cancer Fight.
This year, Deb and I have opted out of our yearly tradition of participating in the 24hrs of Booty ride in Columbia MD benefiting many local and national organizations. This was the ride where we traditionally celebrated not only Deb’s personal victory, but in memory of all those who have fought or are now fighting. We will miss the camaraderie and the entire 24hours of Booty experience, but we will be looking at other options in the future to start a new and exciting tradition.
We hope to connect with some of my long time and even some of my new cycling friends as well as family and friends throughout the year in discussion about how best to help bring awareness and attention to the cancer fight. We still believe there is a way to support that fight while remaining passionate and respectful to each other’s vision and ideals.
Thanks everyone for checking in and please stay tuned for what promises to be an exciting rest of 2015.
– Steve & Deb
Hi everyone and thanks for checking in. I can’t tell you enough how appreciative Deb and I are of your overwhelming generosity so far. We still have a ways to go but we remain confident, not just for our own individual fund raising, but also for every member of the K2K Team.
Fund raising is a definite skill and the use of social media these days is critical. How did they do fund raising before all the social media was available? Recently, I did a cupcake event at work to promote the K2K journey and included personal flyers about the event. Note to self: long extended hyperlinks on flyers don’t work really well!!!
I’ve had a lot of friends ask how they can help besides, or in addition to, donating. Simple answer, just share the post on occasion with your own friends and family. Cancer affects so many, it is unlikely that you have a friend or family member that hasn’t been impacted by Cancer or knows someone who has. This whole process we are undertaking is to help those that are, or have been, impacted by Cancer. It really is that simple….
If you do the math, sharing one post a week will reach each of your friends who may even further share the post with their friends and it becomes a snowball effect and gains momentum. That in itself is helping to spread the word on what this is really all about which is letting folks impacted by cancer know they aren’t alone.
I’ve been doing a lot of behind the scene fund raising in addition to the use of social media sites and hope to continue that all the way through April. Social media sites make it simple, but in many cases it’s the one on one and the sharing of the “why” you are doing it that really gets to the heart of the matter. Don’t be hesitant to knock on a few doors.
As a reminder, it would be a great honor to ride either in memory of, or in honor of, someone you know who has been impacted by Cancer.
Thanks for Checking in….
I continue to be encouraged by my friends and family to keep the blog posts going as WE continue this adventure and what an adventure it promises to be. Don’t forget that all donations are tax-deductible, meaning that as the end of the year approaches you can still take advantage of donating to this worthy cause while also taking advantage of a tax donation. WIN – WIN !!
As we gain more momentum on a lot of great ideas that are coming our way on how best to maximize our fund-raising and awareness efforts, I can’t say this enough, WE cannot do this journey without YOU.
I get many questions as to where these donations go. In this case the funds that YOU contribute will help place a Patient Navigator at local MD Cancer Hospitals including Walter Reed Medical Center to assist cancer patients and family in navigating the many hurdles associated with cancer treatment. These Patient Navigators are truly providing outstanding services to not only the cancer patient but to their immediate familiesl.
Deb and I were not fortunate enough to have a patient navigator to help us through the mine field. At the time, I was stationed onboard USS George Washington with the possibility of immediate overseas deployment. As you can imagine while my loyalty to the Navy was always a priority it immediately took a back seat to the challenges that Deb was about to undertake.
Imagine a young service member being told “You have Cancer” and being issued orders to report back to the states leaving his/her family and friends behind when they need them the most.
The patient navigator that YOU will help put in place at Walter Reed will help those service members navigate through the process and provide support and assistance.
I can not think of a more honorable calling then to be able to provide assistance to our outstanding service men and women when they need it the most. To all my friends and family please consider donating today and to all those that I have served with please help me help those that need it the most.
For more information on Walter Reed Medical Center where America Heals their Heroes please check out
Walter Reed Medical Center
Hello everyone and thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stay up to date on Cyclists4ACause. I figured it was time to get an update out there so here it goes…
Training continues to go well. We had a slight break from the snow / cold and even had a few days where the temperatures got into the 70’s. Fortunately I was able to get out and get some good miles in during that time, but as always is the case in Virginia the weather has since turned colder and we are back to having to bundle up for the outdoor rides. There seems to be more and more cyclists out there every day despite the cold and inconsistent weather so we hope that trends continues.
Sometime over the last week or so we went over our 1000 mile (Road + Trainer) milestone in route to what hopefully will be a 5K year. I’m still taking it slow and trying keeping the mileage down to no greater than 20-25miles for any single ride/effort. I was able to sneak in a 40miler the other day with no detrimental impact but I do not want to risk back to back long days yet. My goal is to continue this upward trend until I can get back to riding 50miles consistently and with little to no repercussions the days following. There are a few metric centuries coming up later this year and I hope to get a few of those in, but that also means I need to start doing some hill work which I am a bit hesitant to try yet. The one thing I learned during this come back is how so important core strength is to a rider. I never previously took this into account and always counted on my leg strength to get me through any difficult rides.
Cyclists4ACause was able to collect and provide some support to a great bunch of folks who will be riding from Baltimore MD to Key West FL later in the year. This group has their work cut out for them but it should be a great ride and support a great cause. I am anxious to hear the route they will take as I hope to have some supplies / support somewhere along the ride for them when they come though on their epic journey.
Training Tip #4
With the rash of cold / brutal air this season and the fact that I started the training cycle back in January, which is 2 months earlier than any previous year, I relearned the importance of dressing warm. Let us be clear, even if I dress warm I still hate to ride in the cold ! Not sure if it is my imagination but everything on the bike seems to work in SLOW motion. The brakes don’t seem as responsive and the gears don’t seem as smooth. It may also be the fact that the rider is doing everything slower but I rather blame it on the bike. Nevertheless the key to cold weather riding is the ability to dress in layers. The other key is to walk outside and if you feel cold despite having your cycling kit on go back inside and put more layers on. You should actually feel warm and be able to ask yourself “did I over dress ?” If you start off on a ride feeling cold chances are it’s not going to get any better and more than likely it will get worse and get worse quickly. It is so much better to start off feeling warm and slowly shed the layers if you’re able to during the ride, than to start off cold and hope you warm up. I’m still finding it increasingly difficult to drink on colder rides but hydration is as important on colder rides as it is on warmer/hot rides. There are a lot of tricks to shedding your layers while riding but if you plan your route right you might be able to leverage some stops along the route where you can stash some gear and pick them up later, just make sure you pick them up as Cyclists don’t litter !! It’s even better to have a support vehicle available for the longer rides but that usually is hard to come by as most cyclists would rather ride than drive but support vehicles provide both a safety aspect and a huge convenience to the riders with the ability to stash supplies.
Thanks for checking in and stay safe & warm on your rides….