Tuesday, November 21, 2006

118 miles and change

Well, we did it. Yes, my wife and I rode in El Tour de Tucson this past weekend, completing well over 109 miles. I personally came in just under nine hours (with thirty-seven seconds to spare!). Nadene came in at about nine and a half hours. Both of improved on last year’s time of ten hours and change and we felt great doing it.

As many of you know, we completed this ride with Team in Training (
http://www.teamintraining.org) which is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. With the latest tally, Nadene and I have raised close to $6,000.00 in funds for LLS. LLS manages to put a healthy seventy-five cents of every dollar directly into research, patient services, and education. You can read more about it at http://www.lls.org.

You’d think 109 was enough, but the San Diego chapter of TNT has a tradition of riding in together, so after we finished, we rode back out four miles to meet some other folks, then road back in (with a police escort!) the four miles. I think I had 118 or so on the odometer when we finished. Phew!

I want to thank all of those authors who took advantage of my offer to read their sample chapters in exchange for a donation to LLS. I am working my way through the pile and hope to respond to everyone in the next two weeks. We are traveling for Thanksgiving and I’ll be taking all that reading with me on the plane!

If you have ever thought of running a marathon, doing a triathlon, or riding a century (100 miles or more) bike ride, I encourage you to look into Team in Training (TNT). I’ve done four programs with them now (three in NYC; one here) and there are few things in life more rewarding than testing your physical limits and exceeding them. I rode with five other riders, three of whom were riding their first century. And they kicked ass! My congratulations go out to Eric (a/k/a Hoss, for his long pulls at the front of the paceline), Tina, and Colleen for completing their first centuries so strongly.

Though my offer to read chapters has ended (I have plenty of reading to do!), if you are interested in supporting LLS, my TNT website remains active. You can visit it at
http://www.active.com/donate/tntsdh/tntsdhAZack. The photo is from last year and taken of me not long before I proposed to my wife. Apparently we’ll now be doing this ride for the rest of our lives, since it is a celebration of our engagement!

Thanks again for your support.

Z

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