Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Our banner came in!

We are ready to raise some money! This is our banner for the Smith's parking lot and will be on display until we reach Washington DC. Things are coming together. I have an amazing team. Thanks to Julie and Kristen and Sonjia at Switchpoint for all of their help. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Back in the Saddle!

After 2 weeks off nursing my dumb numb fingers, I embarked on the journey to Utah Mtn. At 5:30 am Saturday, David Dangerfield, Randy Naron and I set out to climb 3200 ft. Utah Mtn is on the old highway to Mesquite out of Ivins. We left early and in the dark so that we could miss most of the heat. All went well until halfway up the climb. I was nauseous and hot. So David was the only one who made the last 3 miles of 8-10%. He is a stud and I am in constant awe. I want to be like him when I grow up.
On our way back we stopped for breakfast at Kayenta! It was delicious. The only bummer of the morning was on of David's cables broke and he rode the last 12 miles stuck in one gear.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cycle Palsy

I have never even heard of cycle palsy... yet after the big 51 mile ride I couldn't move my hands and they looked like claws. I haven't been on my bike for 10 days. I have tried ultrasound, chiropractor, massage, rest, ice, etc. Tomorrow I am going to see if I can hang on to my handlebars. One thing is certain...this cannot happen on the ride across the US. I need my fingers!! Wish me luck because I need to get back to riding. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

51 Miles- Variable winds mean just keep crabbing!

Today was brutal! I rode 51 miles and it was windy and rainy. Thankfully Bob met me with a sandwich and more water at mile 34. I had a thought today... Weather was variable winds and as I pedaled along I thought about how our lives are variable. Each obstacle and hardship is like a variable wind changing direction with no notice. As I work with the clients as Switchpoint, I see how often these winds change and how overwhelming it can be to keep buffeting these winds. When an airplane is in severe winds the pilot has to crab the plane. This means turning the airplane into the wind to counter the winds that are pushing it.  I sure felt like I was crabbing today on my bike. I wanted to call Bob at mile 47 and quit- but then I thought better- because in real life we don't get to quit. So just keep crabbing!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

78 days to go!

78 days until departure! Bob is 5 weeks out from his knee replacement and just clipped into his bike. Can't sit yet, but huge progress. I have made a record 11 days in a row of riding. I think I am finally getting the hang of this.