White Lake Half-Iron / Kinetic Half

A few us have taken on the half-iron challenge this upcoming May: White Lake Half in NC and Kinetic Half in Virginia. Want to join us?

I’m training like crazy. Or at least I think I am. I ran 10 miles yesterday with my buddy John (new to Wannabe Riders) and although the run was slow going I felt good. More importantly, I’ve fully recovered. As a matter of fact, I did 1900 yards in the pool today.

Back to training tomorrow! I will say that I’m doing a much better job sticking with my training schedule compared to my first half-iron last august. I’m finding that my body is recovering much quicker this time around. I’d like to think that I am training hard, but who knows?

What’s important is that I am having fun! I’m training to stay average!

Cheers,

GB

2012 White Lake Half Iron

 

Photos from Livestrong 2011

the happy runners

Deanna, Kristin, Christy and Reza after their 10k run!

I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get photos up on the website. We still have more to put up, but you can see a teaser in the sidebar for some of the photos from Saturday’s 5k/10k.
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As I get more photos, we’ll be sure to put them up there. Also, if you see any photos of mine (Wyatt) that you would like to own, just email me and I’ll send you the files.

24 Hour Ride Begins

I'm riding for you Robert, Amber & John!

In a few hours, I will begin my first 24 hour cycling event, 24 Hours of Booty (24 HOB) here in Charlotte, NC. Who knows how many miles I will complete but I will do my very best. Besides… does it really matter? My plan is to ride, drink (non-alcoholic drinks), eat, sleep (a bit) and then repeat the cycle over and over again. It’s going to hurt, for sure, but I’ll have to suck it up!

If you are interested, you can follow as I tweet my experience (that’s right I am now on Twitter) at @wannabeglb.

But more importantly, I am riding the 24 Hours of Booty in honor of 14-year old Amber Cunningham who is currently battling non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, John Raucci who is battling Pancreatic Cancer and in memory of  a childhood friend, Robert McWhorter, who recently passed away (at age 35) from Colon cancer. This is for you guys; I hope to do you proud.

For what it’s worth, I have been asked to be one of the lead riders of 24 HOB; it’s an honor and a privilege that if you can believe it, makes me a bit emotional just thinking of it. To be in a position to do such a thing reminds me of how precious life really is. Very powerful stuff indeed.

Keep on fighting and LIVESTONG!

wannaberiders against cancer: I’m so proud of you for dedicating a part of your life to cancer awareness. Your positivity and steadfastness speaks volumes. Keep up the good work!

Cheers!

-GB

Spreading the Wannabe Riders word

LiveStrong boothI attended the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2011 in Chicago, IL this past weekend. Aside from the amazing marketing presence from drug developers and research groups attempting to court those companies, this meeting is also an opportunity for researchers to hear about promising therapies in all types of cancer.

Even more exciting is the opportunity at this meeting for companies seeking to treat and perhaps cure cancers to connect with patient advocacy groups like Livestrong with the intent to spread the word about upcoming clinical trials or newly-approved treatments. I had a chance to meet with the LiveStrong folks to hear what they’ve been working on and let them know that they’re supported by WBRAC!

– Patrick Z.

 

Thunder Road 1/2 Marathon, Conquered!

How did you run with that on, Christy?

A newbie to running, Wannabe Rider/Runner Christy B. completed her first 1/2 marathon this past weekend. “Temperatures were a bit on the cold side but running in my first 1/2 was a terrific experience,” said Christy. Over 4,500 participants ran in Charlotte’s Thunder Road Marathon & Half-Marathon on December 11, 2010. Christy adds, “I thought it [1/2 marathon] was a great and challenging route, well supported. I also beat my goal of 2 hours and 20 minutes. For running 13.1 miles. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.”

Christy finished with a time of 2:15:32. Super terrific time for a first timer as Christy began running only a year ago.

Christy also ran with our good friends Brian G. & Amy D. A special thank you to them for helping her get through the race. Also, thank you to Kelly G. for coming out as well.

To view Christy’s official results click here.

To view photos from the race click here.

Congratulations, Christy! we are so proud of you.