Dec 202014
 

I’m riding in the MS 150  in 2015. It’ll be my third year participating in the event. I blogged about it last year and you can view a set of photos from 2013  and 2014.

MS 150 2014

MS 150 2014

If you’re unfamiliar with the event, it’s a 150 mile bike ride from Houston to Austin over two days to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis. My company has sponsored this event for the past five years. It took me two years to work up the nerve to ride a bike from Houston to Austin after not touching a bike for more than 15 years and not doing much exercising for several years. I needed something to kick me in the butt. This certainly did it and it has really paid off. Since starting to train for last year’s ride in January of 2013, I’ve ridden 2938 miles (1,681 this year so far). I use Strava to keep track of rides. The first day is roughly 86 miles and the second day is 67. In 2014, I managed to take a video through one of the small towns, Fayetteville, where everyone comes out to celebrate and encourage the riders (here’s a shot of me taking the video). Hopefully this year, I’ll remember to shoot in landscape and not portrait. I also took the challenge ride on the second day which brings you through Bastrop State Park. My goal this year is to do all of that again and ride 100 miles the first day.

You can donate via my participant page. Any little bit helps and is much appreciated. Each rider has to reach a minimum fundraising goal of $400 prior to the event. This year, the ride is on April 18th and 19th and they’ve moved up the deadline for fundraising.

Since getting a bike for our oldest this past January, he’s been riding with me when he can. My hope is to get the entire family involved in one way or another so we can bike around Austin. The city has really added a lot of bike lanes in the past year.

We typically do at least one supported training ride in the lead up to the MS 150. I haven’t yet chosen which rides I will do this year, but it’ll likely be the LBJ 100. I also send e-mail updates to donors as the ride gets closer and during the ride itself.

Thanks for supporting an event that makes a difference in the lives of those with multiple sclerosis and for encouraging something that has given back so much to me.

 Posted by on December 20, 2014 at 1:23 pm
Mar 172014
 
MS 150 2013

MS 150 2013

I’m riding in the MS 150 this year. It’s my second year participating in the event. You can donate on my participant page. Any little bit helps and is much appreciated. Each rider has to reach a minimum fundraising goal of $400 prior to the event. This year, the ride is on April 12th and 13th.

The back story is that my company has sponsored this event for the past four years. It took me two years to work up the commitment to ride a bike from Houston to Austin after not touching a bike for more than 15 years and not doing much exercising for several years. I needed something to kick me in the butt. This certainly did it and it has really paid off. Since starting to train for last year’s ride in January of 2014, I’ve ridden 1495.5 miles. You can follow me on Strava. Last year, I rode 85.02 miles the first day and 67.47 the second. I’ve never ridden farther in one day than that first day of last year’s MS 150. I’d like to do 100 miles the first day this year. You can view a set of photos from last year on Flickr.

I’ve enjoyed this enough that this past January, I got a road bike for our oldest and he’s starting riding with me. My hope is to get the entire family involved in one way or another so we can bike around Austin.

We typically do at least one supported training ride in the lead up to the MS 150. Several co-workers and I will be doing the Rosedale Ride this Saturday.

Thanks for supporting an event that makes a difference in the lives of those with multiple sclerosis and for encouraging something that has given back so much to me.

 Posted by on March 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm  Tagged with:
May 172006
 

I’ve been a Mavericks fan since they started. We got season tickets in 1985 which my parents have held on to, but farmed out to other friends for now. This year’s NBA playoffs in general are insane. Game 4 of the Mavericks-Spurs series on Monday night was just awesome. They’re playing Game 5, a must-win for the Spurs, tonight on TNT at 8:30. Bill Simmons from ESPN wrote an article about Game 4 and this year’s playoffs, recanting an article from two years ago that said we’d never again see a game like Game 4 between the Celtics and the Lakers in 1984. Good times. Good times.

[tags]mavericks, spurs, nba, playoffs, billsimmons, espn[/tags]

 Posted by on May 17, 2006 at 3:56 pm