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Good afternoon friends,
It is only thirty eight more days until I partake in the American Diabetes Association’s “Finger Lakes” Tour De Cure in Watkins Glen, New York. Quite honestly I have been slacking in my cycling training as I have been extremely focused on my running. Running is true to my heart so I tend to embrace that a bit more. Myself and the other seventy five members of team “NSPowerTrain” sponsored by the Norfolk Southern Railway http://www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nscorp/ will be riding to raise awareness and money in support of Diabetes research. I myself will be doing the century, one hundred miles in some of the most beautiful terrain of New York State.
This morning despite the doom and gloom of weather reports myself and friend, colleague and teammate Jeff Faherty braved the elements and did a thirty four mile training ride through the hills of Central New York. This particular route that Jeff mapped had some great hill work which I’ve been lacking. At mile 9.26 into our ride the assault of Marathon Hill a 2.1% grade began at an elevation of 1,001 feet. Cresting the grade at mile 11.32 with an elevation of 1,433 feet in drenched victory our next challenge would be Michigan Hill. An assault at mile 20.13 with its 2.6% grade, our climb began at an elevation of 1,179 feet, cresting Michigan Hill at mile 22.88 with an elevation of 1,566 feet complete with an equally steep decent and a wet ass. Jeff is a machine, he crushed me on these grades so to speak. I do not mind hills but I do tend to take my time.
So far in the past week I have logged eighty three miles on my bike. This Sunday July 14th is the famed “Boilermaker” http://www.boilermaker.com 15K road race in Utica, NY. To put in perspective of how popular of race it is, last year the Boilermaker sold out in sixty three days with a cap of 14,000 runners. This year it sold out in sixty three hours. Must be all that free beer afterwards! My plan is to head north early Saturday morning to the Adirondack’s and get some riding in. Later that afternoon make my way back to Utica and my hotel and meet up with friends.
With that said my friends today was a lot of fun and in good company. I enjoyed being pushed by Jeff and hope to get out together again soon. If you would like to support me and the American Diabetes Association please visit http://tour.diabetes.org/site/PageServer?pagename=TC_homepage. Click on donate and search via my name. If you would like to join NSPowerTrain please contact team captain Harold Brill at firstname.lastname@example.org