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    Thanks, Roody!

    I got all my gear out and ready today. Tomorrow starts the rides to work myself up to double-century form. Between now and then, I'll probably ride somewhere in the neighborhood of 750 to 1000 training miles and I'll drop 15-20# or so.

    I can't wait! (We're also planning on listing our house tomorrow to get to FL sometime this summer.)


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    The hell with it, Instead of waiting I gave this months budget a good kick in the rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OSULLY View Post
    ...Instead of waiting I gave this months budget a good kick in the rear...
    Don’t do that. I have to admit that properly taking care of your family is much more important then donating to a charity event.


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    lol I'm single and the world has many needs but I'll do what I can, where I can, and when I can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainman View Post
    Thanks, Roody!

    I got all my gear out and ready today. Tomorrow starts the rides to work myself up to double-century form. Between now and then, I'll probably ride somewhere in the neighborhood of 750 to 1000 training miles and I'll drop 15-20# or so.

    I can't wait! (We're also planning on listing our house tomorrow to get to FL sometime this summer.)

    Sure thing man. It's a bigtime worthy cause and anything that can be done to help RE is always something I am for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OSULLY View Post
    ....I'm single...

    Well in that case, I have this really exquisite piece of swampland I can sell you. I’m from Louisiana, I have impeccable knowledge of what good swampland is. You can trust little ol’ me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OSULLY View Post
    lol I'm single and the world has many needs but I'll do what I can, where I can, and when I can.
    Thank you very much, OSULLY!



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    I think putting the sites name instead of my name would rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    ...anything that can be done to help RE is always something I am for...

    I just caught this. Yeah it does indirectly help me but the proceeds go to the National MS society. He’s helping millions of others like me. Researching a cure, development of medications and y’all have seen me grump on the board about the crazy high cost of the meds.

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    Let me see if I can drum up some more support for Brandon here. MS is a non-contagious, incurable, nervous disorder. I have what’s called remitting/relapsing Multiple Sclerosis. As hard as it may be to for me to accept, I’ll have more “flare-ups” for the rest of my life, each time I’ll progressively worsen. I do have the potential of becoming nothing more then a drooling pet rock to my family.

    While some people do share common symptoms, it does affect each person differently since it is brain and spinal column nervous disorder. The doctors told me that with the amount of damage “lesions” I have to my brain and spinal column people rarely, if ever, get out of bed much less hobble around again.

    My symptoms include, equilibrium is shot, one eye is very blurry, speech is slow and slurred, short-term memory is gone, anything below my waist is virtually useless, I walk around like a drunken monkey and I have been forbidden to drive. I have become a shut-in in my own home.

    I’m not asking for pity, just some help for finding a cure for this horrible disease. I honestly wasn’t aware of how nasty this was until I caught it myself. It’s rare (somewhat), it’s like getting hit by lightening. There is nothing I could have done differently in my life to avoid this. Lightening hit me and I have to figure out how to live the little bit of a productive life I have left.

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    Thanks, Tobey.



    The wind has been KILLER here lately for training rides. Today was 70F (nice!) and winds 23G30mph (ouch!).

    I'm hoping to borrow a buddy's SPOT GPS tracker and allow people to track me on both days. It would be pretty neat to see be cruising across NW Ohio on Google Maps in real-time.

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    That would be cool. So we would be able to see your progress over the net?
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    If I can find one to borrow, yes.

    It basically sends a GPS coordinate every 5-10 minutes and people can view it on a Google Map page.

    http://www.findmespot.com/en/

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    Update:

    I've ridden almost 100 miles in the past few days. Yesterday I went to Toledo, OH for my first group ride and I met a few of the other guys in on the team. It is a whole different thing riding in a group where you can draft and take a break from the wind.

    On Monday I left my house by myself and rode 36 miles, half of that into some pretty stiff headwinds. The ride home made me feel like a super-hero. I also realized that after twenty+ miles, I can still top 30MPH on level ground if a big dog starts running after me in the road. Yikes!

    Yesterday I went to Toledo and met up with three other guys on the BTTB team. We rode from Sylvania, OH north into Michigan and turned around in Blissfield after taking the long way around via Riga up around Seager Rd. I sat up front and pulled quite a bit, especially during the headwinds into the East. I'm trying to earn some respect from these guys who average several thousand miles per year. I was told I did great and should have no problem at the BTTB. Great to hear.

    Anyway, thought you guys might want an update. If anyone else feels the pull to donate to the National MS Society, you can do so by clicking the link below...

    http://main.nationalmssociety.org/si...s_tafId=106585

    Thanks for reading!


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    Another update... I'm getting ready to load up for another group ride in Toledo with the team I'm riding with. Where we start is about a 75 minute drive from my house, but it's a great group and great practice. Also, I have to prove myself before going.

    I've been riding a lot locally too. I rode yesterday with a guy down the street, but he couldn't quite hang, so I didn't get a great one in.

    All in all, it's going great! Feel free to donate too.


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    So the group ended up doing a 40 mile ride last night from Sylvania, OH down south of the Toledo Express Airport through a big park and then back up. The wind was KICKING!! Over the course of 40.25 miles, we averaged 18.3mph with a total of 8 people.

    Good ride. I grabbed some Via's Italian food afterward on the river and then headed home.

    Here's a pic of my stuff ready to go before the ride...



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    Another update from Friday...

    I decided that it's time to do a "long ride" finally. Unfortunately I couldn't make it up to Toledo with the team, so I decided to do one they normally do by myself. I planned out a couple different lengths and decided when I hit the 25 mile out mark to keep going to my final destination, the Findlay Airport (FDY).



    Anyway, 64 miles later, I was back home and tired. The team usually does that as a group ride which makes it a lot easier. Having done that and some left in the tank, I know I'll be able to do 100 miles.

    We'll see about doing 100 more the next day.



    BTW...if you'd like to donate, even if it's a few bucks, you can do it by clicking below. Every dollar helps and if many folks just donate a few bucks, I'll make my minimum of $250 and not have to cough up another $120 myself. LOL

    After my ride, I realized that my tire shredded a piece of rubber and is down to the belt. Suck. I need a new rear tire now.

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    Thanks for the support, Brian! It's greatly appreciated.



    Another little update:

    I drove back to Toledo yesterday for another group ride. I stopped by the bike shop and picked up a new tire, a couple tubes and some Hammer Gel for the next couple weeks. I can't get out of that place for under $100!

    There were only five of us there and it was pretty windy. We went south again from Centennial Terrace and went past the Toledo Express Airport and then east on the rail-to-trail for awhile and back north. One of the guys had to drop out after he kept losing the group. He took the direct route back as we went west again through a park. On the final road stretch back, we passed him and cruised into and through the park at full tilt.

    It was pretty amazing to be in the lead, going with the wind and just holding 23-25mph with four people riding behind me. Even into the wind we were holding 19-20mph for portions! I was beat.

    I was riding side-by-side with my buddy at the front and as we were rolling down a hill, I heard a bang like someone shot a gun. Then I heard the unmistakable thump-thump-thump of his tire flopping around the road. His tube had about a 6-inch split in it. Crazy.

    The night ended at City BBQ for a beef brisket sandwich, fresh cut fries w/sea salt and some vinegar slaw. Mmm.

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    I just rolled in from my last long ride before the Bike to the Bay next weekend. I left my house around 11a and rode 25 miles to my buddy's house two towns to the west. I got there, filled up my water bottles, downed some Hammer Gel and checked out his new Trek "granny bike". The wind on the ride out was 18mph gusting to 26mph. It sucked.

    The ride home was awesome. A shower, shave, lunch and a few Ibuprofen later, I'm watching the US Open with plans for grilling some kebabs later.

    Good day.


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    The ride was this past weekend and I did my first century. Pics here:

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...4&l=8a5db7f87c

    Thanks to those of you who contributed. A news article said 1050 people signed up which means 1050 x $250 minimum = $262,500 towards MS. However, many folks raised much more, such as my team's captain who wore #1 for raising the most... $5832.

    The team... http://main.nationalmssociety.org/si...team_id=149720

    Anyway, thanks again and I'm thinking about a cancer ride in Columbus in late August. Stay tuned.

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