The countdown is on! We have logged the miles, fixed the flats, drunk the Gatorade. Along the way, we’ve devoured a few burgers and consumed an ale or two. We think back to the training rides and the people we shared them with and the fun we have had… but most of all, we think about why we committed to doing this ride. We know our friend Sylvie would like to be biking along with us, and she will be in many, many ways. She will be there laughing at us pumping up our tires at 5am and eating Fluff and peanut butter sandwiches at rest stop #1. She will give us the extra push up a nasty hill when we are tired. She will be there.
We are so humbled by your encouragement and support. In the last three years, Team Sylvie has raised more than $37,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund – and this year is not even done yet. Thank you for your inspiration Sylvie. This one’s for you, our papillon!
100% of funds we raise go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund.
This past weekend saw a lot of climbing! Whether riding through the hills of Maine, or hiking for a great view, we all have the PMC in sight for two weekends from now!
Dana: On the agenda for this past weekend was a highly anticipated trip to Rockland, Maine to participate in the Lobster Ride! Dana, Kevin, Jean, Joe and Carolyn made the trip to escape the 100F temperatures in the Boston area to ride around quaint villages and celebrate the quirky lobster. When our pre-ride, town-wide search for lobster temporary tattoos left us empty-handed, we quickly realized that we had uncovered a Pan Mass Challenge fundraising opportunity for next year! The ride on Sunday was a cool 76F and Kevin and Dana started out on the 50 mile Northern loop. We soon realized that the elevation graph looked milder on paper than it was on the legs. Think “sawtooth.” Let’s just say that there were no flat recovery sections. The official Lobster Lady welcomed us back to Rockland after 50 challenging miles. After gobbling down some lobster rolls, we set out for another 30 miles on the Southern loop passing along ocean views, infinite lobster traps, and a few lobster shacks. Jean, Joe and Carolyn also vowed to make the ride an annual event. Pass me another lobster roll will ya?
MC: While Dana was on the coast gobbling lobstah rolls, MC and a few friends fled to the White Mountains for a girlz weekend (think, mini-Bachelorette party :)).
Although no bike made the trek with us, we took on the hills of New Hampshire for a beautiful hike on Saturday, followed by a long run on Sunday, sprinkled with some pampering at Mt.Washington Hotel. Some drinks were drunk, some sweat was involved, and great memories in advance of MC (and her beau)’s Big Day were already created.
We close this week’s blog with a BIG shout out to Menotomy Beer & Wine in Arlington for exhibiting Dana’s bicycle and butterfly photos for the month of July as a PMC fundraiser!
Been Here a While
Eye See You
Need a Break?
One more training weekend to go!
Thank you for helping us climb to our fundraising goals! 100% of funds we raise go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. Thank you for your generosity:
Gregg, Julie, Craig, Christina, Barb, Kris, Heather, Dana, Lisa, Adam and Kelly. Missing: Snappy Dog
Saturday was not a day to be concerned about speed. It was a day to closely watch the wheel in front of you, test the breathability of a Pactimo Ultra-Lite Clear Cycling Rain Jacket (not bad, but the day was too hot for it), and contemplate the true definition of “active rain” (we don’t ride in active rain). When we all left home it was dry, but as we approached Craig’s in Framingham, there was a fine mist (not active rain) followed by some drops from the sky. This still did not constitute active rain according to the team meteorologist so we rolled out under the clouds. Our 50 miler took us from Framingham to Southborough, Holliston, Hopkington, Sherborn, South Natick, Wellesley, Natick, Wayland and back to Framingham. In Hopkington, we encountered Snappy Dog which is name that is sure to stick to one rider. We also came across a road block that not even Lisa and Snappy could talk us through. In the end, we realized that with this fun crowd the only “active rain” that can stop us is a downpour!
The Question Of The Ride came from Lisa (somebody please tell us the real answer):
The Wednesday morning ride down the bike path was completed with Kevin, and finished with a new “calories in” component – a coffee and a ham and cheese croissant – amongst the bikes at Studio Ride Cafe in Lexington. The “calories in” component was ranked two thumbs up and may turn into a tradition.
MC: The Ride to End Alzheimer’s was held on Saturday in Devens MA, passing through Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and back to Devens. The event was very well organized and, in many ways, a mini version of the PMC. A great cause, beautiful scenery, a wonderful group of volunteers, and fantastic cheers at the finish line.
The ride was meaningful to us because Jean Rene’s father passed just over a couple years ago from complications of Alzheimer’s. So, as Team Gentle Giant, we took the hills of central Mass for a beautiful 30 miler and rode for Papi.
We’ll be back next year, and beware, we may want to recruit new members and use this ride as a training ride… :)
In the meantime, we’re excited to say only two training weekends to go!
100% of funds we raise go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. Thank you for your generosity:
Here is our 90 degree, hot week in review: Our regular jaunt down the bike path was done in perfect humor on Wednesday morning. When Kevin gets his funny stories going, you are laughing for miles and before you know it and it’s time to head back home! Appropriately, for Independence Day on Thursday, we met at the North Bridge in Concord (à la shot heard round the world…) for a ride out to Carlisle, Bedford, Lincoln, and Sudbury. It was a hot 50 mi ride! We passed several turtle crossings, however, none of our hard-shelled friends ventured out of the cool mud. I wouldn’t have either, but there were miles to log. While Kris took a sampling of some edible landscaping, we wondered how we would resuscitate her if her botanical taxonomy skills were misguided. She survived her experimental grazing and we all jumped into Walden Pond to cool off at the end of the ride.
The Thursday route was so good we repeated it on Saturday morning this time with along Kevin and Lee. After 18 miles we stopped at Fern’s to refill the bottles, laugh at Kris’ new gloves and eat some salty pretzels so we could still think straight. Onward into Sudbury where we were able to put our steamroller rescue training to the test. Later through the hills, Heather was moving so fast we thought she might catch a bird in her teeth.
With three training weekends to go, here are our fundraising pages:
This weekend’s ride was hosted by Kris and Heather of Team Sylvie with a great turn out: Julie, Lisa, Kevin, Ditmars, Cynthia, Barb, Eilidh and John and us. The route took us from Maynard to Stow, Bolton, Lancaster, Harvard, Littleton, Boxborough and Acton. The air was as thick as pea soup, the humidity was 90% with temperatures in the 80s, but we managed to log 50 sticky miles nonetheless. Gatorade and protein bars to the rescue! Part of our route overlapped with the Apple Pi ride, an old and familiar favorite. Harvard is notoriously hilly, and Lisa lead the charge up the hills with a long chain of us behind her. Top speed on the downhill was 39 mi/h (don’t tell anybody’s mother). We don’t recall any part of our ride that was actually flat, which makes excellent training for PMC Day 2 and the dreaded dunes on the Cape – the end of our two-day jaunt from one end of Massachusetts to the other for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund.
Thanks to Kris for the new accompaniment for our Team Sylvie kit. A bracelet in our team colors made from real bicycle spokes with beads that jingle when we hit bumps in the road! A treasured addition to our PMC gear.
Keeping an eye on our odometer and what we want to accomplish before the PMC, we logged a couple of morning rides this past week. Our usual bike path trek out to Bedford was punctuated by the sightings of four wild turkeys, which no, was not the four of us on wheels, though some may argue with that one.
If you’ve followed us for the past 2 years, or if you’re new to our blog, you know most small and big stories surrounding the PMC are based on people coming together. Coming together to ride on an early Saturday morning, coming together to share memories and hope, and coming together to raise each and every dollar of that $38 million the PMC is counting on us all to raise this year for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund.
Well, last Friday, many of you came together for our 2nd fundraising event; a serious competition between France and Italy – wine-wise that is. Tough battle, as you may imagine. Our fabulous hosts, the Boston Wine School and our friend and fellow PMCer Erika Frey, had it all under control. Thanks to the exceptional wine pourers Erica and Teresa, and their eloquent description of each of the wines, we had a lot of fun and got a delicious tour of many of the most grandiose wine regions of the world. Alas, attendees’ taste buds ranked the Italian wines over the French wines. Here is the list of wines of the evening.
OK back to riding, because we also need to do a bit of that too. Barb hosted the group ride this week. The 50 mile route took us on rolling hills along the Merrimack River and through Newburyport, Rowley, Groveland, Haverhill, Topsfield, Amesbury, and Ipswich. We leave this week’s post with our favorite spectator from Kimball Farm: