Friday, June 19, 2009
Afternoon bike ride.
Well the Honda wouldn't start this morning, apparently the battery was finally dead, so I had to leave work early to get the car back to Betsy and to head down to get a replacement. After getting it installed (and dealing with a wierd radio issue), I got out for a nice bike ride. I decided to try a new route, starting off towards Indian Head and then back out the new rail trail to 225. Originally I figured I would turn back at the end of the trail and call it a day, but I was really feeling great, keeping my average above 20 mph, so I decided to keep going and head back via Bumpy Oak (my favorite Hill), finishing with a 29 mile route. Later on during the ride, my average dropped a bit below 20mph and I was starting to have trouble, but I got it back in gear and pushed at the very end to get the average back up to 20 mph even! First ride at that speed of the year, sad, but still felt pretty good. Finished in 1:27:42.
This year, like last year, I will be riding for Mary Payton's Miracle - My friend Steve Kogos from Trigators informed me that his friend Joe's daughter, Mary Payton, was diagnosed a number of years back with Late Infantile Batten Disease. This is a disease with no cure, however, there are special experimental (and extremely expensive) treatments which have shown some significant signs of success! In order to assist with the costly treatments and research, Mary Payton's Miracle was created to raise money to find a cure, hopefully in time to save little Mary Payton as well as the many others affected by this terrible disease!