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2016 Ride For Mike – Greenville to Bladenboro

Here 2016 Ride For Mike by the numbers. This year’s version took me from my current home in Greenville, SC to my childhood home in Bladenboro, NC. I continue to ride in memory of my friend Michael T. McMaskill and rode this year in honor of my father recovering from a massive stroke. Here is a little data insight into I Ride For Windell.

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Day One

2016 Ride For Mike - Day One Route

Day One: Greenville, SC to Ruby, SC.

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Elevation profile

Greenville, SC to Ruby, SC
Distance: 143.6 miles
Time in saddle: 7 hours 37 minutes
Total elapsed time: 10 hours 23 minutes
Average speed: 18.8 mph
Weighted average power: 200 watts
Elevation gained: 5,663 feet
Calories: 7,022
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Day Two

2016 Ride For Mike Day Two Route

Day Two: Ruby, SC to Bladenboro, NC

Elevation profile for 2016 Ride For Mike

Elevation profile

Ruby, SC to Bladenboro, NC
Distance: 95.1 miles
Time in the saddle: 5 hours 3 minutes
Total elapsed time: 6 hours 59 minutes
Average speed: 18.8 mph
Weighted average power: 178 watts
Elevation gained: 1,529 feet
Calories: 5,013
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Totals

Distance: 238.7 miles
Time in the saddle: 12 hours 40 minutes
Total elapsed time: 17 hours 22 minutes
Average speed: 18.8 mph
Weighted average power: 191 watts
Elevation gained: 7,192 feet
Calories: 12,035

Funds Raised

Total: $3,025

The ride itself was a success. I was able to keep a goal of riding yet another year in memory of Michael T. while being an encouragement to my mom and dad. I must admit that the amount of money I was able to raise is discouraging. DON’T GET ME WRONG, I am very, very thankful for those who have given. The discouragement comes with the knowledge that while $3000 is going to help maintain the foundation for another year, it is not enough to advance it as I hoped.

If you have not given, would you please consider donating event small amount? The opportunity continues through October 31. Thank you!

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Ride For Windell Day Two Recap

After enjoying some pretty good Tex-Mex at Fiesta Tapatia in Cheraw, SC, the Beautiful Redhead and I headed back to the hotel. We ended up going to bed around 10 PM.Of course, I had to write the Ride For Windell Day One Recap first.

I had good intentions of getting up at around 6 AM in hopes that we could get going by no later than 7:30 AM. The alarm went off and I awakened. Getting out of the bed was another matter.

I got some waffles yogurt, and juice — oh and plenty of coffee — from the hotel breakfast and then started to load up the truck. We were going to have to drive me back to the point in Ruby, SC where I had stopped the day before.

It is a nerve-wracking feeling when you are driving in a car the opposite direction that you are supposed to be going in on the bicycle. The ride to the hotel didn’t seem so far when we covered this ground on Friday! Watching the rolling terrain didn’t help either.

Unloading the F1

Getting ready to start day two in Ruby, SC.

Finally, we came to the small “station” where I had pulled the plug the day before. I unload the bicycle and we were off. On the way to the start, I noticed there were a number of cyclists on the road. I would be awesome if I could come upon some and pace along with them.

I only saw one cyclist as I crested one incline after another. I kept telling myself that the climbing would stop on the other side of Cheraw. This business of pushing out watts on cold, tired legs was not enjoyable!

The good news was that Annette was with me this time. Just knowing she was there and hearing her voice over the radio was an encouragement. It was like going back in time to the Memphis-Raleigh and Greenville-Charleston rides. It made me feel warm inside on an otherwise chilly morning — even at 8:30 AM.

Somewhere between Ruby and Chesterfield, SC

Another hilly start on day two.

Cheraw came faster than I anticipated. For a good amount of the time, I was averaging over 20 mph. However, that average got wiped out as I neared town. There are some pretty long grades and I simply could not power up them without my legs starting to get that expanding feeling.

In Cheraw, we took our turn off of Highway 9. We were going through some residential roads and then turned onto a street lined with businesses. In the distance, I could see the bridge over the Great Pee Dee river. I knew for certain the terrain would begin to change on the other side.

It did. It just wasn’t as much as I hoped. When I was on flat roads or descending, I felt great. I could even get some power down. However, as soon as I hit any sort of grade my power dropped. It wasn’t that I felt sore or anything. It was just that my legs wouldn’t produce it.

This became my existence for the next hour or so. I got a reprieve right at the North Carolina state line when my sister and her daughters drove up from Florence to cheer me on. Thanks, Suzanne, Grace, Melinda, and Stephanie!

North Carolina state line

Welcome to North Carolina! Two counties to go…

Buoyed by the visit, I climbed up from the line and then started to descend to the next intersection. As I neared it, I could see the road I was supposed to take on the other side. There were orange signs plastered on either side: No through traffic. Detour.

I could think of no option but to follow the detour. Even if I could make it through the obstacle, Annette couldn’t. The question was how far out of the way would this take us? I figured it couldn’t be too far since this was a local detour.

A slight deviation from our plan.

Detours add the ad in adventure.

As it turned out, it wasn’t that bad. Maybe we went a mile out of our way. The best thing was it was a distraction to my mind and gave me something to think about other than my legs, back, and neck.

We reached Laurinburg, NC and I loaded the bicycle in the truck as we went in search of something to eat. I always have to remind myself that these rides are not a race. It is okay to eat at a restaurant along the way. There is no rule that says I have to eat on the bicycle!

Ahhhhh, here were the flat roads I was looking for. It took 50 miles, but this is what I hoped for back near Cheraw. I was able to keep a pretty good pace through the landscape becoming more and more numerous with pine trees. I knew I was heading in the right direction.

Tired legs near Lumberton

These puppies were tired!

Then the wind came. It started as a headwind. I saw the flags along the route waving toward me. A particularly disheartening scene was a small balloon on a mailbox. It was out straight to the right of the mailbox straining on the nylon ribbon as though it was trying to escape.

Wind changes, though. It swung to a cross wind from my right to left. I wondered if I could use my upper body as a sail. Maybe if I moved my right shoulder forward and my left shoulder back I could turn it into a bit of a tailwind. Can you tell I was starting to get a little warm under the afternoon sun? Now it was just settling in for the long haul.

As I neared Lumberton, NC, the wind seemed to die down. I looked for flags and found them gently swaying. Now I had another battle. It was with my body. I found more and more that my head was hanging and I had to remind myself to look up and not get mesmerized by the white line along the shoulder.

Then Annette came over the radio. “Why don’t you draft off the truck for a bit?” That was not something she would normally offer! I was willing to give it a go.

So, for periods of time I would slot in behind the Pilot and Annette would hold a speed around 24 mph. Then she would radio back to me that a car was approaching us and I would go off to the right while she would drive ahead, pull over, let the car pass, and then move up to be my shield again.

It helped. I’m not so sure that it made me that much faster, but it certainly was an awesome emotional lift. In some ways, it was an effort as I accelerated to get in position and then had to stick my nose back in the wind. All I know is that before I knew it, we were at the Welcome to Lumberton sign.

Entering the far side of Lumberton

Happy to see Lumberton!

Wow! I was almost home! I knew from this point on I would recognize all the landmarks. I started through the city streets with a renewed energy. Still, by the time I reached the intersection that would put my on Highway 211 — and just two turns from home — I was needing to find some shade.

We pulled over and I got new water bottles from the cooler. I poured one of them over my head.  I was now 17 miles to the finish. That was exciting, but also a realization that I was going to have to spend another hour on the saddle. There was nothing to do, but to do it.

211 is a pretty flat road. It is also a pretty straight one. Once again, I started to find myself staring down at the computer screen. Annette offered to draft again and I took the offer. As it turned out, I didn’t get to enjoy it for long because we were closer than I thought.

Welcome to Bladenboro

Reaching Bladenboro! Only a few miles to go.

We stopped to take a photograph near the Welcome to Bladenboro sign. Then I started to roll over the next five miles to my parents’ house. Now I was feeling great! I’ve ridden this road many, many times.

As we turned onto the road to my childhood home, Annette came over the radio to tell me that my mom had called to say that my dad was looking at his watch and trying to communicate the question, “When will Jonathan get here?” I was happy that it would be less than a minute!

Windell and Jonathan

The man I was so please to honor with this year’s ride!

The whole trip was worth it when my dad stood up from his porch swing and came over to hug me. Of course, I didn’t let him! I didn’t want to kill him with the sweat and smell! I’d get the shower out of the way and then we could spend more time together.

And so, the 2016 Ride For Mike comes to an end. I was glad to honor my father in the process.

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Today is the day! I Ride For Windell

Today at 6AM EST, I leave out on 240-mileile solo ride raising awareness and financial support for the I Do It For Foundation. Ride along with me on social media. I could use all the “Ride Ons” you can give me along the way!

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Here’s what you can do…

As I type this there are only 30 minutes to go before I leave. I’m nervous… mostly about dealing with traffic along the route. However, there is also that nervous excitement that always comes before an event like this. It’s a good feeling.

Ride On!

What about you? Countdown Day 1

Tomorrow I roll out on the 2016 Ride For Mike. I’ll be doing it for my father, Windell Pait. I hope you’ll follow along with me throughout the day on Twitter and Instagram. More than that I hope you will make I Do It For your own.

There are two ways you can, as our slogan says, “Do it for someone you love.”

Many people reading this blog are active in different sports. There may be a few who are looking for motivation to get involved in a more active lifestyle. I Do It For is here to help add a little motivation to your training… or to your desire to get started with a more active lifestyle.

The "Doer" Dave Vandeventer

The “Doer” Dave Vandeventer – 2012

Here is how it works. Dave is beginning to train for a local marathon. A friend of his at church is also enduring an ongoing battle with cancer. He learns of the I Do It For Foundation and decides to start an I Run For Juanita project. His objective is to raise money for the extra expenses that Juanita faces while rallying others around her in emotional support.

As Dave begins his training, he launches his IRunFor.org/Juanita website. He encourages friends to give money to support Juanita, but he also asks them to join him the day of the run… either as a fellow runner or just along the route wearing “I Do It For Juanita” t-shirts.

Through social media, he keeps people aware of his own journey toward his goal of the marathon while also telling Juanita’s story. The two journeys become intertwined. Dave’s run is no longer simply about a PB. It is about Juanita and her battle.

The day of the run Dave starts with a group of “Doers” for Juanita cheering him on. But they are there also to cheer on Juanita. She is too sick to be there, but people keep her up-to-date with the progress. The day ends with Dave accomplishing his goal of finishing the race, but think about what more he accomplishes in the process.

Juanita receives money to help her with the expenses surrounding her treatment not covered by insurance. More than that she is bolstered by the outpouring of support of the many who give, encourage her online, or express their love for her wearing I Do It For Juanita tees around town. That’s what it is all about!

What is your next event? You’re training anyway… why not use that time training drawing attention to someone else in need? Why not make that event mean even more? Do it for someone you love!

Maybe you aren’t even exercising, but you want to get started. Perhaps making your exercise routine about someone other than yourself will give you the extra motivation to follow through. Choose an upcoming event — charity walk, local 5K event, or organized cycling ride — as your target. Start an I Do It For campaign and tell your stories as you reach your target.

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The other way you can help is to support the I Do It For Foundation. There are many ways we would like to aid our “Doers” as they support their “Inspirations”, but it takes money to build and maintain these tools. Also, we are committed to giving 100% of the funds that come in to the Inspirations.

That is why I am riding the I Ride For Windell tomorrow morning. Yes, I am riding to show love for my father, but I’m also riding for all the others who in the future will inspire doers to make a difference. I’ll be thinking of my dad and the many others who have inspired us to do a little more as they run their own races in challenges far greater than sport.

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I am not a ribbon, a color or a disease.

I am a person. I have a name. Do it for me.

Do it for someone you love!

Somewhere between Greenville and Saluda

2016 Ride For Mike Route – Countdown Day 2

Now that I’ve talked all about “why” I am doing the 2016 Ride For Mike, let’s take a moment to look at “what” the ride will entail. When the rubber hits the road Friday morning, where will I be going and how will I get there? Here’s the low cadence low down.

2016 Ride For Mike Route

2016 Ride For Mike Route

The plan is to have everything packed and ready to roll by Thursday evening. I’ll have the car pointed out the driveway and the bicycle tuned and prepped. Once it is all in place, I’ll try to get to bed a little earlier than usual.

I’ll awake Friday morning with enough time to eat a nice bagel and egg breakfast sandwich, take a wake-me-up shower, and get dressed for the ride. The weather is supposed to be awesome that day, so what I wear shouldn’t be complicated. There really won’t be much more to do at that point than to start the ride.

That will be simple as well. The ride starts at my driveway. I’ll head down my street with the Beautiful Redhead following me in the Honda FIT. Then we’ll make a right turn onto Highway 29 for the first long leg of the journey.

This stretch will take me from Greenville to the outskirts of Spartanburg. I’m hoping that by starting on the road at 6AM, I will be able to avoid most of the traffic and more importantly catch as many green lights as possible on this traffic light infested ribbon of asphalt. Even so, it will be tough because of the undulating terrain.

If I get the lights right, I might be able to average 18 mph through this section. An hour and a half into the ride I will make my next turn to by-pass Spartanburg. The road I’m aiming for is Highway 9 on the eastern side of Highway 29. At that point, I’ll be heading due east with a little southern bent.

I’ll pick up Hwy 9 in Pacolet, SC. There will be a couple of turns along the way as I move through some towns, but it is a pretty straight shot until I reach Cheraw, SC. Then I’ll move off of Highway 9 as I make my way over the North Carolina border. I’ll be heading through towns familiar to me from my childhood as I loosely follow Highway 74 into southeastern NC.

Laurinburg, Maxton, Red Banks, Pembroke, Lumberton, and finally Bladenboro. I won’t actually enter the Bladenboro city limits, but will turn into some rural farming roads that will wind away from traffic and bring me to my parents’ house. I’ll finish the ride as I pull into the drive on JA Carroll Road on the edge of Crawley Swamp.

Elevation profile for the 2016 Ride For Mike

Elevation profile for the 2016 Ride For Mike

I’ve broken the ride into two sections. The first is 125-mile section to Pageland, SC. This is going to be the toughest part of the ride. While the overall topography flows down toward the coast, the elevation graph looks like a saw blade. It is my intention to reach this waypoint on Friday.

Then I’ll decide what to do…

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-7-12-20-amThe second section is really the “horse smelling the barn” section. At this stage, there is an actual  negative grade toward sea level. The jagged rhythm-breakers of the first 125 miles gives way to more gently rolling to flat roads. Depending on detours or wrong turns I should have 115 miles to go.

So, depending on how I feel when I reach Pageland, I’ll decide if I keep going. In the back of my mind, there is a little voice calling me to make a day of it. Of course, that would mean a 14 hour day in the saddle. That is why the other little voice in my head is telling me to go into this with a two-day plan.

Stay tuned…

There is one more hurdle I have to get over. It is my fundraising goal of $20,000. Right now things stand at $1825. Can you help me with that? Learn more about the project and give at IRideFor.org/Windell.

 

I Ride For Windell Countdown Day 3

I don’t know if it has yet hit me that I am rolling out in three days on the 2016 Ride For Mike. I know I’ve caused some confusion… So, is this Ride For Mike or is it Ride For Windell? The answer is “Yes.”

Michael T. McCaskill with baby Grace

Michael T. McCaskill with baby Grace

It is the Ride For Mike because the I Do It For Foundation was started and continues to operate in his memory. I set a goal back in 2007 to ride in a charity ride each year in his memory. It is something I’ve managed and some of them have been pretty epic!

So, every ride I do for the I Do It For Foundation is a “Ride For Mike.” The person I am honoring or the cause for which I am riding can change. That is why this year’s edition of the Ride For Mike is “I Ride For Windell.” As I am riding to honor my father who is recovering from a stroke he had in June.

Greenville to Charleston

2011 Ride For Mike Route

In some ways, this is a return to the old days. After doing several organized rides, I began to branch out to organize my own events. The first of these was the 2010 Ride For Mike from Memphis, TN to Apex, NC — a 730-mile solo ride over 7 days. Then in 2011 I followed up with a Greenville, SC to Charleston, SC ride — a 220-mile solo ride in one day.

Then I think I just got tired! In 2012 – 2015 I participated in already established rides for my Rides For Mike. The only break in that was 2013 when I helped Michael T’s dad, Mike, finish his first century ride. However, it wasn’t as challenging as those first solo rides.

This two-day (maybe one-day?) 240 miles ride is going to be a challenge. I trained hard for the Greenville to Charlotte ride. I have rarely averaged over two hours on any ride in 2016. I wouldn’t say that I fear I can’t do it. I would say that I dread how I know it is going feel. So, at this point, I put this attempt right up there with the 2010 and 2011 rides.

Greenville, SC to Bladenboro, NC

2016 Ride For Mike

Follow along with me as I prep to leave Friday morning. I’ll be keeping everyone up-to-date via social media as the ride progresses. It will be interesting to see how far I can get on day one. Find out by following on Instagram.

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No hidden fees

You may have noticed that the funds raised during the I Ride For Windell project are not going to Windell. They are going into the I Do It For Foundation. Let me explain why.

Simply put, it costs money to raise money. The I Do It For Foundation is committed to providing this platform free of charge to our Doers and making sure that 100% of the money raised goes to the Inspiration. This is important to us.

Consider GoFundMe.com, the popular fund raising site. They do a great job! They also are upfront with you that when money is processed through their site that up to 8% will be taken from the money you gave. So, let’s say you gave $1000 through the system.

($1000 x 5%) + ($1000 x 2.9%) + $.30 = $79.30
Total given to need: $920.70

$29.30 goes directly to process the transaction. Then $50 goes to GoFundMe.com to help improve their tools, pay their employees, and maintain their infrastructure. From my point of view, they do a good job.

However, there is one thing with which I take exception qui vend du cialis. The following image is a screen capture from their site. Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 8.43.02 AM

There are no hidden fees at I Do It For. It is 100% free for our Doers and no transaction fees are charged to the donors when they give. 100% of the donations go to the Inspiration. So, let’s say you give $1000 through I Do It For

$1000 = $1000
Total given to need: $1000

While there are no hidden fees, there are real costs associated with processing the money. I Do It For Foundation covers the processing fees for every transaction. That $29.30 has to come from somewhere so the bank can be paid! We also want to continue to improve our online and promotion tools, but we don’t get that $50 from the donation coming in. By the way, there are no employees to pay as all involved in day-to-day operations are volunteers.

So, each year I find myself begging for funding to help get us through another year. To be honest, too much success could kill us. If we started having hundreds of projects running, we would struggle to cover expenses. That is why we have hesitated to promote the foundation. We need to get an “endowment” started that will allow us to move forward with confidence that we can maintain our objective of providing 100% of the donations to our Inspirations at no cost (in money at least) to our Doers.

Funny that I ended up doing this because I HATE asking for money. However, I am asking now. Please support the I Do It For Foundation. Help us move forward with confidence providing a better platform for more and more Doers to show their support for someone they love.

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Thank you!

2016 Ride for Mike is for the future

Since 2007 I have ridden an organized event in memory of my friend Mike McCaskill. Mike finished his battle with cancer that year. He died shortly before I rode my first-ever metric century ride in his honor. It was the beginning of something much larger.

For several years, I continued to participate in organized rides with Mike as my inspiration. My focus turned from taking part in charity rides for non-profits to trying to help individuals with needs. This allowed me to see directly how the money I was raising was being used.

The next evolution was the creation of the I Do It For Foundation. What if there were thousands of people around the country completing their own “Rides For ____”? With the foundation, my pledge to remember Mike could continue beyond my ability to ride. So began IDoItFor.org.

Riding a bicycle is one thing, but starting and building a foundation is another! With the help of friends and the team at Worthwhile, I was able to get things rolling.  Tens of thousands of dollars have gone to help individuals in need.

That brings us to 2016. This is the first year that the foundation has the full recognition as a non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. Now that the status has been achieved, it is as though we are beginning again! We’re looking to 2017 with a new level of confidence.

$20,000

Our goal for this year is $20,000. The funds will be going to kickstart the foundation incorporating some of the lessons we have learned. It will also help cover expenses related to new I Do It For programs.

  • IDoItFor.org updates to better present the projects and make starting a project simpler
  • Production of I Do It For items to help promote awareness of the foundation
  • Administrative expenses – bank charges, software licenses, processing fees, etc.
  • Online promotion — Google Adwords, Facebook boosts, Twitter sponsor links, etc.

So, on September 30 I will leave Greenville, SC to ride to my boyhood home of Bladenboro, NC. I’ll be covering the 240 miles in honor of my dad who suffered a massive stroke this year. I want this to be an encouragement to him while at the same time allowing him to have a part in helping to support the foundation.

Windell Pait is a man of character and humility whose reputation in his community is one of honesty and charity. He is the man I want to be. He represents the values underlying this foundation. I cannot think of a better person for my Inspiration during this year’s ride.

My original intent was to cover the distance in one day. However, friends have come along side who want to be a part of the adventure. In order to make this possible, I am dividing the ride into two days. We will leave Greenville the morning of September 30 and arrive in Bladenboro the evening of October 1.

If you would like to ride with us, contact me at jpait@idoitfor.org. If you can’t join me, please consider giving to this year’s campaign. $20,000 is a very ambitious goal! However, it is a necessary target to move the foundation to the next level. Give today at IRideFor.org/Windell.

More Than Sport 112 mile charity ride on Zwift

I decided Friday evening to climb on my bike Saturday afternoon to ride 112 miles to raise $112 to go to More Than Sport. That doesn’t seem like much, but judging from all the other folks out there on Watopia island there were a number $112 donations coming in!

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To see the details of the ride, you can check out the Stava activity report. Want to know why I did it? Why did I ride as “I Ride For Manish”? I share that in Saturday’s blog post.

Oh, and I did get one other achievement from the effort…

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Now, who are you going to Do It For? IDoItFor.org