Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Getting stronger every day

About six weeks ago we did a 37 mile team ride on a Sunday. The following Tuesday we went out for a short 10 mile ride and I thought my legs were going to burst into flames. Not from the speed (which was minimal) but from the pain. This Sunday our ride team went 55 miles. Today we did a short 14 mile ride with no pain at all. The training regime that Coach Mike came up with is paying off. We are getting stronger, feeling better, and looking buff. At least Mary is. And yes, Derek, Tom is considering a road bike. In fact I'll be at Coach Mike's shop tomorrow doing a little shopping.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

WOW! A big milestone today!

Today we did a group ride in the Ada area. A nice loop led by JDRF Executive Director Stacey Chase followed by and out and back ride to Saranac along the Grand River. When we pulled back into Ada Park after four and a half hours we had ridden 55 miles. 55 miles! Not just a new personal best, but we blew away our old personal best by 13 miles. The best news is that is a little more than half of the total distance of the Death Valley Ride. Mary switched from her "comfort" bike to her old skinny wheel Schwinn and that made a huge difference for her. We should have some photos in the next couple of days, so stay tuned.

This weeks ride totals:
8/23 - 14 miles, White Pine Trail north
8/27 - 12 miles, White Pine Trail south
8/28 - 55 miles, Ada loop and then to Saranac

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Sunday team ride photo

Tom, Mike, Diane and Mary riding on Sunday somewhere between Saugatuck and Fennville. Thanks to Derek for the photo.

A new link and ride info

Yesterday was a quick 14 mile ride. Up and back on the White Pine Trail. Broke off the end of the ride and went UP the Childsdale hill. Coach Mike says we must do hill work. My legs did not like Coach Mike about halfway up that hill.
I added a link to one of our fellow West Michigan riders web page. Derek Dykstra has been training with us this summer and he will be participating in the JDRF ride in Ashville, NC. Check out his observations at http://asheville2005.blogspot.com/.
Remember to keep those comments, emails and donations coming!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Group ride today

We had another group ride today out in the Saugatuck/Fennville area. Our coach, Mike Clark, found us a nice 41 mile loop that started at Saugatuck State Park. One of the riders had a camera along so hopefully we'll have some pictures soon.

This week's ride totals:
8/16 - 14 miles, Rockys for ice cream and back
8/19 - 8 miles, late start, just tooling around the neighborhood
8/21 - 41 miles, a loop from Saugatuck State Park

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Successful Music Festival

Jake's Music Festival was a success on Thursday night. We raised over $1000 for the ride team.
Thanks to our bands; Gruv Unit, David Molinari Band, Red Frog Afro-Rock Ensemble and Craic Wisely. Special thanks to our volunteers and sponsors, especially Founder's Brewery, The Pita House and Studio 28.
We are still accepting donations for the ride team. Checks can be made out to JDRF and mailed to Tom Scheidel, 6184 Archer St. NE, Rockford Michigan, 49341.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Thursday night music festival

No riding today as we are all getting ready for Jake's Music Festival. This is the big fundraiser for our ride team so we are hoping for a great turnout. We'll have four fantastic bands on Thursday night; Gruv Unit, Dave Molinari Band, Red Frog Afro Rock Ensemble, and Craic Wisely. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with music starting at 6:45 p.m. Come enjoy the music and a Founder's beer at Studio 28 in Grand Rapids. Here's the link for more info.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

A nice easy ride

Very relaxing 14 mile ride tonight. Up the White Pine Trail with a stop at Rocky's for ice cream. Our 10 year old son, Ian, went along for the ride. He kept pace, but complained that his butt hurt. The ice cream seemed to solve that problem however.
Thursday night is the big music festival at Studio 28. If you are in the Grand Rapids area make plans to attend. This is our major fundraiser to support the bike team.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Another personal best

Today was a big ride. Our longest training ride so far, 40 miles. Well actually it was 40.73 miles (ya gotta love those bike computers). Our nephew had a birthday party over by Spring Lake and we rode our bikes there from Rockford. It was quite a pretty ride along the back roads past apple orchards and farm fields. Looks like there will be a good apple crop this year. The nice thing is we both felt pretty good when we were done riding. We rode over 80 miles this week, still not as much as we will do in one day in Death Valley though.

Weekly ride totals:
8/9 - 14 miles; Cannonsburg Road and points east
8/11 - 30 miles; White Pine Trail to Cedar Springs and back
8/13 - 40 miles; Rockford to Spring Lake

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Morning ride

We woke up this morning and hopped on our bikes. They tell us that the Death Valley Ride starts at sun-up. We didn't start at sun-up today but we did start early in the morning. Usually we are late afternoon or evening riders. So it was good to get our bodies acclimated to riding at a different time of day. We rode up to Cedar Springs and back for a 30 mile round trip. We actually felt better at mile 15 than at mile 8.

In music news our opening act at Jake's Music Festival will be Gruv Unit. They have a sound like the grateful Dead. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m. one week from tonight.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

More thanks to more donors

This is a list of our current donors. Additional donor names were posted on July 8. Thanks to all who have contributed so far.

Larry & Amy Hewitt (X-Cel Chemical Specialties)
Bill & Vickie Jung
Greg & Jean Katt
Jeff & Julia Poole
Paul & Theresa Sawicki
Mickel & Jeanne Scheidel
Larry & Sharon Zuyddyk

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Back in the saddle

After our recovery stretch last week we were back on the training schedule this evening. We rode 14 miles to the east and north of our house. Even rode on the newly reconstructed Cannonsburg Road. The mileage really starts adding up now as we are less then 12 weeks away from the ride.

On the musical front we have added the Dave Molinari Band to the line up for Jake's Music Festival on August 18. We will also have some artists set up in the lobby area of Studio 28 and door prizes. So make plans to attend. For more info go to www.jakesmusicfestival.blogspot.com.

Dave Molinari Band

Saturday, August 06, 2005

We're back

It's been a long quiet week on the old Death Valley Ride blog. We were both working insane hours this week on a big project, but we finished on Thursday evening. So Friday morning we took a 14 mile ride. Tried a new route, south down Coit Rd., across the Grand River on North Park Rd., and back home on the White Pine Trail.
We have tickets available for Jake's Music Festival on August 18. Posters are going up all over town and there was a nice article in this week's Rockford Independent newspaper. If you need tickets ($10 in advance, $13 at the door) drop an email to jmf@scheidelgroup.com.

This week's ride totals:
8/5: 14 miles, loop from Coit to NorthPark to White Pine Trail