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

Proof that riding in the pack matters

Every Thursday evening Patrick and I ride in the Great Valley Practice Criterium – it’s a practice crit where a bunch of guys (usually 30-50 guys) from all levels – pros to hacks like me – show up and ride a loop over and over again. There are two small rises, but it’s generally flat. I downloaded the data from last night’s ride and thought it was interesting. Take a look.

great valley speed data

What you’ll see are three humps. The first hump was my warmup. Then a pause at the start line. The second hump is us getting things going. The pace started out slow, then picked up speed, topping out at 30.79 mph (remember, this is flat). Then, I blow up, hard, recover, and ride solo for the rest of the ride.

The reason I think this is interesting is because you hear Phil Liggett all the time talk about the benefits of riding in a pack – well, this is proof. When I was on my own, my heart rate dropped by 7 bmp, so I wasn’t working as hard as I was in the group, but not much. Yet, look at the speed difference!

Moral of the story – if you can manage to sit on someone’s wheel and hide in the pack, do it. Of course, take your turns out front and share the burden, but the more time you can spend in the pack, the better off you are.

Success at 2010 Sea Gull Century

Tim B. giving the "secret" Wannabe Riders team sign.

Good times were had at the 2010 Sea Gull Century (Salisbury, MD). Weather was ideal; couldn’t have asked for a better day of riding. Our accommodations were also unbelievable. We practically had the whole development, including private beaches, to ourselves. Click here to see where we stayed.

The group completed 100 miles in under 6 hours (riding time). Congrats to Tim, Mike, Andrew, Steve, Reza, Natalie, Chris & Janine.

Meanwhile, thank you to Travis Wright, owner of The Shark on the Harbor, (Ocean City, MD) for hosting our team dinner. The Shark offers a contemporary approach to American cuisine with Eastern Shore and southern influences and proudly features local seafood purchased right from our docks in addition to locally grown, organic produce. The Shark on the Harbor is proud to continue to serve local residents and visitors to our beautiful area.  Not withstanding that Travis is a very close friend of mine and we go way back, I would highly recommend eating at his restaurant if you are in Ocean City, MD. Good eats!

To view photos of our experience at Sea Gull click here.