Posts Tagged ‘Pan-Mass Challenge’

Riding the Distance – Training for the PMC

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

It’s early in the New England season, but if the road conditions permit, and the temperature stays above 40 long enough, outdoor riding using the mountain bike can happen — and a couple of times this year it has, yesterday being my second ride of 2014.  It’s a start toward the ultimate goal of riding the 2-day Pan-Mass Challenge this coming August 2nd and 3rd.  I expect that I will be uploading each of my rides using my new GPS-enabled sports watch.  Yesterdays ride can be seen at February 1st Ride.

I’m anxiously awaiting the registration of the rest of my team so that PMC Team ThreeG3N  (Short for 3 generations!) can be officially formed.  Team ThreeG3N will consist of three generations of Coley riders, myself, my daughter and my grandson — and a friend of my daughters.  While it is still early in the season, the fundraising on my part has begun.  On-Line donations can be made at Joe’s Donation Page.

Officially Registered

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

As of a few minutes ago I have officially registered to ride the 80 mile PMC ride in support of programs and research at the Dana Farber Cancer Instutute. You may support my ride by following this link http://www2.pmc.org/profile/jc0572, and keep following this blog for more about my ride, and some additional information that will surprise you. Thank you for your support!

PMC Day at Fenway Park

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Yesterday was an experience I’ll never forget! I was one of 30 PMC riders out on the field during the singing of the National Anthem before the start of the Red Sox game. The weather was beautiful, the stands were filled, the excitement electric!  One just had to be in my shoes to experience the impact — my words just don’t do it justice  :-).  A suitable description of my experience would certainly start with “AWESOME!”, but I really don’t know where to go from there.

On the field

My St. Patrick’s Day Ride

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Today was the day I hit the 100 mile mark with my “new” Pan-Mass Challenge wheels.  The bike and I are getting along very well, getting used to each other.  With each ride I’m becoming more comfortable and fluid with my shifting so my rides are becoming easier.  Today it was an 11.65 mile ride, with my average speed at 13mph, but the real thrill for me was to see that I’ve passed that 100 mile mark.  My rides generally are getting longer, but mostly they are sandwiched into a time slot preventing me from the longer ride I’m getting more and more anxious to have.  I guess patience is the word for now.  The weather is looking good for the next few days so I expect to get more riding in.  Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to get in a ride of 20 miles or more this coming week — that would be terrific!

Registered for the PMC

Friday, February 24th, 2012

“Someday” has arrived!  I have officially registered for the Pan-Mass Challenge!

You may now support my ride — just follow this link to My PMC Profile and you will be able to read about Why I Ride — and contribute to my ride.

My excitement is building.  Weather here has been very supportive of riding, and I managed to ride a 15 mile, 3 state loop around the corners of Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts this past week.  Nothing like the PMC ride, but a great start for my training.

PMC Ride Choice

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

As I look ahead to riding the Pan-Mass Challenge I find myself faced with the big decision of ride choice. Each of the rides presents its own challenge, not the least of which is the minimum fund-raising commitment, but for me it’s also giving consideration to any physical limitations which could either limit or prevent my riding – I’ve never ridden more than 25 miles at a time, and that was at least 20 years ago.

When one signs on to ride they are encouraged to select an appropriate ride for their training, time and fund-raising commitment.  Taking on this ride is unlike anything I have ever done before – at any level.  It is only in complete faith that I commit to the fund-raising, just believing that those who have said they would support my ride will in fact do so.

Then there is the ride itself, my first choice of ride would be the 2 day ride beginning in Sturbridge and ending in Provincetown.  It is the hardest route, yet it is these riders who pass my home — and that is really the ride I want to do — can I?  My mind says yes, I’m waiting for my body to agree.

February New England Biking

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Amazingly enough, this Massachusetts weather has been cooperating and actually allowed me to venture out on my new wheels. In spite of the cold and wind, the 40-50 degree, snowless weather has allowed me to ride some 20 miles or so, getting used to the new wheels, and some of the hills in the area. Pan-Mass Challenge here I come. Will be registering shortly.

The New Bike

Monday, January 30th, 2012

It’s in! I picked it up on Saturday after a short 5 mile test ride on the bike path nearby. The weatherman is promising a high 40 degree temp on Wednesday so I should be able to ride it on the hilly terrain nearby. The weather is cooperating in support of my ride :-), or at least training for it! Life is indeed good!

Training Lessons (How NOT to exit the gym after a workout!)

Friday, January 27th, 2012

I started off my week in a manner which I do NOT recommend to anyone in training. I have never been good about keeping myself hydrated through a day, but my Monday experience taught me a lesson — keep hydrated.

It seems that after a great workout at the gym Monday morning, on my way out of the locker room I fainted as the result of dehydration, result — a non-graceful exit from the gym guided on a stretcher by the EMT responders. The resultant one night stand at the hospital provided me with ample time to think about hydration :-), and the “shoulds” that I need to keep in mind a I train for that Pan-Mass Challenge ride in August.