Fundraising and Strava videos

4 Days – $18,135

Pledge to the 2012 Ride for Mike

Before I get to my blog on yesterday’s time on the bicycle, I want to take a moment to announce yet another anonymous gift given to the 2012 Ride for Mike. This gift of $2000 was given to as a way to encourage Debbie Croxton as she fights her battle with cancer. This one hit close.

Debbie and I were “cabin partners” back in my younger days working at camp. Each cabin had a “sister” or “brother” cabin from the “other side” of camp. The cabins shared names and depending on the “cootie-meter” for that particular week would sometimes do things together.

Of all my sister cabin leaders, Debbie always stuck out in my mind. I remember her as quietly strong, but with a mischievous streak. She could hold her own in the rough and tumble world of camp games as well!

So, it was a shock when I received an invitation to a group on Facebook entitled, “Debbie Does It!” It was a group formed by her friends to show support for Debbie in her battle. So often it seems that cancer is like bombs falling from the sky. You hear the sound, but you’re not always sure where it is going to land. Sometimes the crater forms nearer than others. This was one of those close ones.

THIS is exactly what the I Do It For Foundation will seek to aid groups such as Debbie’s friends. We want to provide tangible tools and support to help people do more than they thought they could when seeking to support their friends and family members going through a trial. I can’t wait to get this thing off the ground!

Form for Debbie Fundraiser Luncheon
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Debbie Does It! Friends Supporting Debbie Bowers Croxton is doing it for her. They not only are offering emotional support online, but they are also helping with a fundraiser luncheon on October 28. If you would like to help, plan on attending the luncheon and sending in the form provided.

Hang in there, Debbie!

Okay, so what about the ride? Monday’s ride took me back to the Little Hill Near Cleveland Park. This was the Strava segment that it took me so long to win back. After finally getting it on Saturday, I was going to move on to other things.

However, I got to thinking that I hadn’t created one of my Strava videos in awhile. Since this was a short segment close to my house, I thought it might be good to go back and give it a whirl with the GoPro attached to the bike. I was surprised to return home to find that I had bested my previous time.

I still have a little bit of a pull to that hill… I finished this attempt in 31 seconds after pulling up for the car and then lifting across the line… what if I were to push all the way through?

Ah, the joys of cycling! 🙂