Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Early Morning Mountain Bike Ride with Alex.
So our summer graduate student Alex and I, after trying to make plans since he arrived to go, finally got out to Rosaryville State Park for a mountain bike ride! Got out first thing this morning, getting out of bed at 5:30 am or so to get over to the trail. Got in a loop, which considering I haven't been on the trail since last year I felt I did really well, averaging about 9 mph overall. Felt pretty strong, finishing the 8.5 mile loop along with the additional technical section for a total of 10.3 miles, finishing in 1:09:50. Alex showed himself to be a great rider and I think we might be able to make this a bit more of a regular trip too.
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!