Leading up to the IRONMAN Lake Placid, I am going to have to do some serious training (thank you Captain Obvious). But along the way I am going to compete in a few events to help gauge my fitness and just break the monotony. So Sunday I submitted my letter of intent to race in the Allegheny Mountains Loop.
There is not a day that goes by when I do not think of where I was a little over a year ago. Along the way, I have completed a number of my identified goals:
- 17.75k race to gain entry into a marathon
- Finished an Olympic distance triathlon
- Completed the Marine Corps Marathon
But this letter is not about looking back, it is all about looking forward. I have a couple more events in front of me before the 2017 IronMan Lake Placid, I’ll be running in the Black Mountain Challenge and Marine Corps 17.75 and competing in the IronMan Raleigh 70.3. With this letter, I would like to announce my intent in competing 2017 Allegheny Mountain Loop.
Thank you for the opportunity and I appreciate your effort!
So what is the Allegheny Mountain Loop you might ask…
It is a 400+ mile self-supported mountain bike race along the West Virginia and Virginia borders held in late April that consists of 128 miles of gravel forest roads, 78 miles of rail-trails, 22 miles of abandoned rail-trails, and 175 miles of paved roads with a whole bunch of ups and downs.
But what does that mean? Well, it means I will be starting with a handful of other crazies at 6am on April 28th to ride the loop as fast as I can while carrying everything I need. If I can’t carry it, I will need to buy it along the way. There are no support vehicles or aid stations along the way, just a simple “run what you brung” event.
Pretty stoked about it and being accepted to toe the line with some of the best cyclists in the region and see how hard and as far as I can push myself.
If you are reading this, you have survived the food induced coma from Thanksgiving. Hopefully you didn’t get in a fight at the store on Black Friday or followed REI’s motto of #OptOutside and spent the day outdoors with your loved ones. Maybe you supported your local small businesses on Small Business Saturday and finished off your holiday shopping on Cyber Monday. Which leads us to today – Giving Tuesday.
One of my favorite games to play at family gatherings is Cards Against Humanity (like you expected anything better out of me). There have a few very late nights with my niece, nephews and their significant others in tears from laughing. Last week, the folks at Cards Against Humanity starting digging a hole and funded it with donations. There was no purpose for the hole other than digging it and having it funded by donations. From the interaction below, you can see why I enjoy playing Cards Against Humanity with them:
D hit the nail right on the head from the FAQ:
Q: Why aren’t you giving the money to charity?
A: It’s your money. Why aren’t YOU giving it to charity.
Another FAQ I thought was relevant was:
Q: How am I supposed to feel about this?
A: You’re supposed to think it’s funny. You might not get it for a while, but some time next year you’ll chuckle quietly to yourself and remember all this business about the hole.
I see the humor and given everything that has been going on over the past few months, I think the hole is about as relevant as many other news items. But I ask a favor, if you are going to donate today, please consider donating to the Multiple Myleoma Research Foundation. I don’t know a single person that has not been impact by cancer, whether personally, through a friend or loved one. This organization is solid with 90% of the funds raised used to support research and related programming.
The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. As the world’s number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised over $240 million since its inception to fund laboratories and trials worldwide. Ninety percent of the MMRF’s budget is dedicated to support research and related programming, earning the very highest ratings from the nation’s leading charity evaluators such as Charity Navigator.
So please consider donating a few dollars, or more if you can, I don’t want to limit you. I know a number of you have made donations, and I truly appreciate it. If you could share my donations page or posts from here and help spread the story that would be great.
I am not going to try and BS anyone, that was DIFFICULT. It has been two days and I am still taking stairs one step at a time.
Here are the stats for the day:
Total Number of Marathon Participants: 24,982
Overall Finishing Place: 4004
Division (Males 40-44): 423/1691
Gel Packets Eaten: 8
Pieces of Candy from Strangers: 5
Toenails Lost: 2
Chafing Spots: 0 (Thank you Body Glide)
For my first marathon, I am really happy. When people started dropping, literally falling over and hitting the ground, between miles 22 and 23 I started thinking about how nice it would be to walk for awhile I was able to push on through.
So my first challenge has been accomplished! Now it is time to really start focusing on the Lake Placid Ironman. I am comfortable with the training part, because I am 100% in control of that. I am going to need your help to raise the money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. So please click the link below and give whatever you can. Every donation is tax deductible and it is helping me get one step closer to my goal.
I have watched people race around the Champs Elysees since I was thirteen years old. I loved the ceremony of them having a procession for most of the stage and then throwing the gloves off to stomp around this loop for a sprinters finish. One that I distinctly remember was back in the late 80’s when Greg Lemond won the Tour in a time trial to beat Laurent Fignon. I taped that race off of ABC’s Wide World of Sports and watched it for a whole winter riding rollers (to be honest I crashed off the rollers that winter leaning into a turn while watching the video).
On this trip I got to experience a part of it by running the loop and it was pretty amazing. It is hard to imagine how rough those cobblestones really are and there is a grinder of a climb they make when going back up to the Arc de Triomphe.
Stoked I was able to do it and moving on to the next one! Please help me achieve it by making a donation to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, I would really appreciate it. I have a start, but still have a ways to go.
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