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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.

GIVE HERE!

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.

2014 Ride For Mike (Part 2)

The results are out for the Gran Fondo Hincapie. There was no surprise there for me. My time came in at just over 5 hours and 53 minutes. That is nearly 20 minutes more time that last year’s attempt. I know exactly why it happened.

It all started with the Skyuka climb.

My strategy going into the ride was that since I knew I was not in good shape, I would try to pace myself up the climbs and spend less time stopped at the rest zones. So, I rode on past the first SAG in Tryon. That allowed me to stay with several people who were riding a pace line to the start of the climb.

When we reached it as a group, I moved over to the white line, motioned the others around me, and went into my easiest gear. Right there I put my pride on the shoulder of the road and determined I wasn’t going to push this. I knew the 4 mile and then some climb averaging 9% was only the first step up to an even greater challenge to come.

There isn’t much to say other than I kept plodding along with riders coming around me one after the other. It wasn’t as though I could have kept up with them anyway. Even at this early point in the ride, I was starting to wane.

I was about two-thirds of the way up when Tejay van Garderen and a rider in a Hincapie Devo Team kit came flying past me. As they sped past, Tejay looked back and said something that based on the look on his face was meant to be encouraging. I didn’t catch it, but I did get out the words “Hey, throw me a rope!” as they moved closer to the turn ahead. Then they were out of sight.

I stopped at the top to take a picture. Last year my battery was dead in my phone by that point and I didn’t get one. That view is worth the climb. Yes, it is true, a photograph just can’t capture it.

I also stopped at the SAG just before the descent. I didn’t stay long, but as I was leaving I stopped once again to take another picture. There was no need to be in a hurry at this point. Besides, any delay allowed me to put off the pain of Howard Gap.

Before I could get to that climb, I would have to descend the other side of Skyuka. Here is where I really began to notice the difference between the Giant TCR and the Felt AR. The AR was my bike for the day due to the need for a last moment repair for the TCR. Going through the corners with the aero frame Felt with the longer wheel base was not normal for me.

I had to take it easy and even so, I over-cooked one corner and had to take a detour into a driveway. However, that was better than at least two riders I came upon. One had obviously laid the bike down. There were marks on the road and rider was standing in that stiff post-road rash stance.

I was happy to reach the rolling section that followed. Now my mind was turning to Howard Gap. I was already feeling tinges of muscle cramps. It had taken me 40 minutes to climb Skyuka. Howard Gap was less than half the distance, but with an 11% AVERAGE grade it was going to be tough.

Right away on the bottom of the climb I began to feel my legs cramp. It was as though they had gotten so use to spinning along that throwing them into the fray of climb like this had them protesting and threatening a strike. It wasn’t just my normal calve muscle cramp. It felt like every muscle from my hip down was seizing.

Experience told me to just relax and keep spinning. If I didn’t feed the cramps by tensing and just kept my legs moving, I would find relief. Sure enough the cramps backed off, but like wild animals just outside the ring of light from a camp fire they let me know they could return at any moment.

I didn’t look up. I just tried to find a rhythm. I wasn’t going fast, but I was moving. It was then my phone started “dinging” because my daughter and wife were carrying on a text conversation in a group of which I was a part. As I moved slowly around another rider who was even slower he said, “So, do you ring that bell every time you pass one of us?” I knew better than to make a comment. I figured he might be passing me back before the top.

Yes, I stopped. It was on the final straight section. I still had over half the ride to go. I simply could not cook my goose here. So, I dismounted and began to walk. My focus was on my left hamstring which was teasing me with a cramp. I took my mind off by watch the riders go around me in slow motion. Some were riding higher gears (a good idea!) and they were spinning along, but seeming not go anywhere fast.

I tried mounting one more time with about 50 meters to go, but had to get off and stretch out my leg. Then it was off again. Even though it took me 20 minutes to get up the less than 1.5 mile section, I was in good spirits because I had done it! Yes, Green River Cove was going to be tough, but I knew I could do it.

Time meant nothing to me at this point. All I wanted to do was find groups of riders that I could tag along with. The wind had picked up a little on this beautiful day and riding through it alone would only compound any issues I might be having.

And so it was that I made it to the SAG just before the gorgeous route through Green Rive Cove and to the base of the climb with 17 switchbacks. I spent some time talking with other riders there before climbing back on and getting underway. I was starting off alone.

It was along this stretch of the course that something really started to get to me. I think it had to do with the setup of my Felt. I have to stretch out more over the bike and it was causing me to tilt my head just a little more than normal. Since I broke my neck several years ago this has become the one remaining issue from the accident. I cannot hold my head in a position like that very long without the muscles in my neck and shoulder starting to fatigue.

By the time I reached the climb up Green River Cove I was almost audibly saying to myself, “If I could just stop and lay down my head.” Maybe you don’t realize just how heavy your head is. Hold a bowling ball and extend out your arm. Now, hold it there. Before long your arm will begin to tremble and your muscles will complain for you to drop the ball and give them some relief. That gives you an idea how I was feeling.

Even so, I only stopped once on the climb. Granted, it was my slowest ever time, but once again I rejoiced that I made it to the top. Now it was just time to head home!

It isn’t that the ride was easy. The entire way back to Hotel Domestique, I was fighting the urge to just lay my head down on the stem. The only portion where I felt somewhat normal was the descent down the water shed.

I was completely alone as I made the turn up the final climb to the finish. I felt like I had been out there forever and so the 5:50+ time I saw on the clock was not a shock — I was actually surprised I made it in under 6 hours. As I neared the line Chad Andrews called out in that announcer voice, “And here we have Jonathan Pait!” Frankly, I didn’t want any attention pointed my way and was slightly annoyed by his enthusiastic callout.

However, that annoyance quickly gave way to relief as I turned right after the finish to head back to my car. It was a challenge. Wasn’t that what I wanted?

Well, I got it!

I Do It For Foundation – the Story

Yesterday I received an email from an avid supporter of the I Do It For Foundation [link]. She asked, “Do you have a copy of ‘the story’? You know of how the foundation came to be and what the vision is .. I mean from like a personal story standpoint?” Then again this morning I received a request wanting to know more about the foundation. It got me searching for that story. I realized that I have never told the story in full on the blog… just snatches here or there.

So, here you go. This is the story from beginning to end. Parts of this story have been told before, but this brings it all together.

In 2006, I set as a goal to ride my first metric century [link]. It was also the first year I took up riding the road bike. The idea of riding past 64 miles was daunting!

I chose to ride in the Stars and Stripes Challenge which was associated with the USA Cycling Professional Championships and would be raising money for cancer research. Admittedly, at the time, I wasn’t concerned with the charitable aspect of the event. I just wanted to have an organized event to help motivate me to my goal.

This did bring the concept of riding bicycles as a way to raise funds to my attention. This became more important to me when a friend of mine, Michael T. McCaskill, learned that he had a cancerous brain tumor. During that ride, I pinned a paper to my back that read, “In honor of Mike McCaskill.”

When 2007 rolled around I had been bitten by the cycling bug and was in it full bore. So, I began planning earlier for the Stars and Stripes Challenge [link]. This time I wanted to bring greater awareness to my “riding for Mike.” I had a logo designed to go on a jersey and converted LowCadence.com over to a special “Ride for Mike” site to help raise funds for the principle charity of the SSC.

My idea was to ride the event in the jersey and then present it to Mike when I was done. Unfortunately, Mike passed away in June. We went ahead and had the jersey finished and decided to ride the September event in Mike’s memory.

It was an emotional experience. The ride stayed with me even after it was completed. The encouragement it offered to Mike’s family really impacted me. While riding the roads around Greenville, my mind would day dream of ways to repeat the experience. It was during these sessions that the commitment to do Ride for Mike each year was born.

I determined at that time I would ride each year an “epic” style ride in memory of my friend. I would use it to raise money for charitable causes. It would start in 2008 when I joined a group of cyclists riding from Greenville to Austin to take part in the LiveStrong Challenge [link].

Once again I was blown away with the emotional impact these types of activities have on people who are struggling with cancer and other life challenges. It lead me to join the Palmetto Peloton Project for the 2009 ride as well. I will always have fond memories of that event [link] and will be bound as friends with my fellow riders for ever.

However, something kept coming to my mind. I felt that the story of Mike was getting lost in the larger story of the battle against the faceless enemy of cancer. I didn’t want to always ride to fight what killed him. My desire was to ride to celebrate what he lived for.

In 2010, I went out on my own. The Ride for Mike would celebrate what Mike lived for [link]. This time I would be raising money for a scholarship that bore Mike’s name. Also, it would be the first event planned specifically for the Ride for Mike and not be a part of another charitable event.

The 720 miles of the 2010 Ride for Mike gave me lots of time to think! I rode from Memphis (where Mike was born) to Greenville (where he went to college) and then to Raleigh (where was a youth pastor at the time of his death). It was THE most challenging thing I have ever done in my life.

On that ride I further dreamed what I would like to see happen with the Ride for Mike. I knew that at some point I would run out of “epic events” to ride. I also realized that Mike would want me to reach out to others just as he would.

That brings us to the 2011 Ride for Mike which was a single-day 220 mile ride from Greenville to Charleston [link]. This Ride for Mike would be for little Rebekah Grace Ellis. She has a congenital heart defect and she had traveled that route many times to visit the Medical University of South Carolina. We would raise money to help cover the incidental medical expenses the family faced.

It was from this Ride for Mike that the I Do It For Foundation was born. I knew that to keep the memory of Mike alive as I had promised to do back in 2007, I would need to make this bigger than myself. What if there were thousands of people doing a Ride for Mike… Ride for Jane… Ride for – you fill in the blank?

The purpose would be two-fold: 1) help these individuals with their financial needs, and 2) offer them emotional support by focusing on THEM instead of the ENEMY. I’ve come to realize that the second objective often means a lot more than the amount of money raised. All of this would be done at zero cost to the people seeking to raise the funds.

So, in 2012, I was joined by Michael T.’s dad, Mike McCaskill and several others supporters to raise money for the infant idea. It was Mike’s first full century ride. Once again, for a whole new reason, the opportunity filled me with a new emotion [link]. Now, Mike and I had a shared experience and a shared goal.

We were able to use the funds to get the foundation incorporated, apply for 501c3 status and start the process of getting materials together for the launch of the foundation for September 2013. Where will the foundation go from there? That will really depend on you.

We are committed to keep the foundation alive in memory of Mike. However, it is up to others to pick up the challenge to do their own I Do It For events [link]. Already, we have jumped the gun and cobbled together ways to help individuals seeking to make an individual difference through personal fund raising. Our September kick off event is still over a month away and already we have raised thousands of dollars to encourage individuals.

I don’t even know how to end this post. There are so many things that have not been said. There are so many opportunities that lie ahead. The story is really only beginning.

2012 Ride for Mike: by the numbers

I finally got around to uploading my data from the ride. That means that the ride is recorded on Strava.com and TrainingPeaks.com. Strava is more for fun and TP is a long running record of my riding and training. However, the data will never tell the story of the day that will stand out for me.

We left at 8:05 and spent just over 9 hours on the bicycle. We pedaled for about 7 of those. That is a statistic that always surprises me. I always think we stopped for less time than the clock tells me. However, it makes sense that if we stopped for a break about every 20 miles we could very quickly use up an hour. We also had to stop for a longer period when I lost Mike.

Jonathan Pait and Mike McCaskill

Jonathan Pait and Mike McCaskill after riding for Michael T.

According to my computer, we averaged around 14 mph. I had hoped for 15, but looking back there really was no reason to go any faster. There is that point where you have to balance setting a sustainable pace and spending too much time in the saddle. An easy pace for a long time can end up being as difficult as a faster pace over a shorter period.

The 2012 Ride for Mike didn’t earn an “Epic” Strava Suffer Score like my 2011 Ride for Mike. Still, we earned an “Extreme” score of 155. What that means I’m not exactly sure, but it sounds impressive!

I tried to find the flattest possible route for this ride and that is a hard feat! We covered 100 miles and accumulated over 3800 feet of climbing. Knowing that you can do that pretty easily in a 30 mile ride around Greenville, I felt pretty good with that.

I averaged 109 watts for the ride with a max output of 1065. That upper number came about 55 miles into the ride when David McQuaid and I were playing around as though we were sprinting against each other. It actually felt pretty good to open my legs up a little at that point.

The morning started out feeling about 39 degrees on the bicycle. By the afternoon that had reached 88 degrees while stopped in a parking lot. However, on the bicycle it was a very pleasant 77 degrees. We really could not have asked for a better day!

However, the key number from the 2012 Ride for Mike was the $30,000 raised for the I Do It For Foundation. So many more people had a role in helping us reach that mark. Thank you so much! You who gave really were riding along with us.

Now we turn our attention fully to setting up the foundation. I’ll be keeping you up to date with our progress through the this blog. One of the first steps will be for us to move IDoItFor.org to its own server. Be looking for some changes to the site soon. Of course, it will be more informational at first as we start planning to build the online tools necessary to make the foundation a success.

2012 Ride for Mike a success

I can’t wait for the time to come when I can just show up for a ride. Saturday morning was not one of those days. After getting in bed later Friday evening, I was up again by 5:30 AM to start getting ready for the Ride for Mike.

I kept remembering one thing and then another that I needed to get done. It wouldn’t have been so bad had I not had such a busy Friday. However, this is what was and I finally decided to load up and then adjust as we went.

It is different when you are in charge — or I should say responsible for — a ride. You aren’t just thinking about what is. You are thinking about what you might be missing and what might happen. It is more of a mental issue than anything else.

2012 Ride for Mike

The 2012 Ride for Mike crew

It didn’t take long for all that to change. When I arrived I saw that most of the riders were there and getting prepared to roll out. The other riders arrived soon after I did. We were ready to roll by 8 AM. Though I hoped to be rolling by that time, I was happy that when the group started down the road it was only 5 minutes after 8.

The "Pinkies"

The "Pinkies" are ready to roll!

There were riders from multiple levels of abilities. We were prepared for that as we had various distances laid out. Here you see Beth, Mike’s daughter, and her friends, Alexandra and Brigitta. We called them the “Pinkies.” I never learned if this was intentional because of Breast Cancer Awareness month of if they just like pink. The finished their ride with us at the end of the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville.

Mike and Pepper

Mike with his friend Pepper

There were only four of us planning to do the entire 100 miles. Here you see Mike and his friend Pepper from Memphis. Of course, Mike was the key person in this ride. We were all here to help him get his first century ride. However, this would also be Pepper’s first century.

Scott and Mike

Scott joined Mike for his first 100

The third member of our 100 miler club was Scott. He was riding his first 100 miles after only being on the bicycle for 3 months! Of course, he is a runner and that helps, but I was really impressed with how he finished as strong as he did.

I was the fourth of the team that would start out from Travelers Rest and ride out to Woodruff and back to Tim Ketler’s house. Tim also joined us along with my Greenville friends, David McQuaid and Brent Honshell. Tim’s daughter rode along with the Pinkies.

We rode out along Roe Ford Road to the base of Paris Mountain and then on to TR and the start of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. We were riding along in 48 degree weather, but the day promised to be beautiful. I could handle a bit of cold knowing that the sun would soon bring those temperatures into the low 70’s.

Things went smoothly until we arrived in Cleveland Park. Annette met us with the car at A Children’s Garden. I mentioned to Mike that I was going to stop at the restroom along the River Walk. As I talked with Annette about our next plan, Mike and Pepper went ahead to stop before we arrived at the restroom.

When we got there, Mike and Pepper were nowhere to be seen. We waited for a bit and then I figured they must have gone on without us. Mike had mentioned that he was wanting to get to our first official start and change into some cooler gear. We started out to find him.

In Cleveland Park we came upon a charity walk. It was hard for me not to be frustrated. Not knowing where Mike was (we could not raise him on the phone) and then hitting this delay was concerning me. I then was struck with the realization that THIS was exactly the reason why we were starting the I Do It For Foundation… to help groups like this. It changed my perspective.

When we got to the first stop. Mike and Pepper were not there. My big fear was realized. I had already failed at my main job. I had lost Mike!

Not knowing what else to do and unable to get Mike on the phone, I started out backtracking to find them. I prayed that I could come upon them soon. Thankfully, before I even reached the main park, I came upon the two riders. They had stopped at a different restroom than the one I intended. They then were not sure where to go once they got in the park. Thankfully, someone gave them directions.

Now we could get back on track after this short delay. From that point forward we had no other trouble with the route. Even the delay was a blessing because when we reached the Millenium office park, we arrived just as the road was opening after being closed by a second charity walk.

Soon we were on our way and after only one more stop at the intersection at Five Forks, we were on our way to Woodruff. The day was beautiful and I had to remind some of the riders (including Mike) not to go too hard. They might be feeling good at this point, but they would need that energy for the way back!

Shannon and Lisa

Two more Memphis ladies, Shannon and Lisa

In Woodruff, Brent’s wife came to pick him up. However, we also picked up two more riders as Lisa, Mike’s coach, and her friend, Shannon joined us. They would ride back with us. Both of them did splendidly. It was obvious it wasn’t their first rodeo.

We had only one issue at this point. I had hoped that with additional miles getting from Tim’s house to the trail, we would be at 50 miles in Woodruff. However, in the middle of the ride, I adjusted some turns to make the ride a little safer. This put us in Woodruff with only 45 miles.

We could wonder around the streets of Woodruff or we could start back on 101 and then pass 146 and continue along 101 for five miles. We could then turn around and return to 146. That would put us back on track for 100 miles once we returned to Travelers Rest. We decided on that option and it worked great.

As I expected, the next 50 and especially the final 20 miles were tough. Within 15 miles we had two riders fall over in different situations. Muscles were weak upsetting balance and minds were tired and unable to respond quickly enough. My little band of riders was learning the truth of the final 10 miles of a century ride!

We reached the end of the trail and then headed back along the streets of Travelers Rest to Tim’s house. We just kept talking about how much we were looking forward to the spread that Tim was preparing for us. We just kept pedaling along knowing that each turn of the pedal would bring us closer to the finish.

Mike passes 100 miles!

Mike reaches his goal! 100 miles.

It was pretty emotional when Mike made one loop around the neighborhood to get the Garmin to tick over to three digits. I felt a little bit like a mother hen with her brood. I had led them safely home. I’ve done dozens of century rides in my day. Still, it is always exciting to see someone cross that barrier.

This one was especially sweet. It was better than any bicycle accomplishment to have Mike grab me in a bear hug and weep on my shoulder. I knew part of it was due to the fatigue of the ride, but I knew it was a lot more than that… this was for Michael T. and it was also a physical transformation for Mike. Knowing I had a small part in those emotions was the greatest gift Mike could give me.

Mike, Grace and Jonathan

Mike and Jonathan stand with Michael T.'s daughter, Grace "Curly Girl" McCaskill

Before we separated, we spoke of our plans for next year. The 2013 Ride for Mike will be in Memphis, Tennessee and will include a 2013 Run for Mike. Perhaps we will also have a “pre-ride” here in Greenville. Right now, I’m turning my attention to the objective of this year’s ride — the I Do It For Foundation.

Thank you all for your support. We have raised $30,000 to use toward the creation of the foundation. We’ll start the ball rolling this week. Monday, we will begin working to launch the initial IDoItFor.org website and sending in the papers for incorporation. We are also making our plans to start Team Low Cadence.

For now, I think I am just going to eat.

Taking a break after the ride.

Taking a break after the ride

The 2012 Ride for Mike is now!

Today is the Day

$30,000

Pledge to the 2012 Ride for Mike

Today is the 2012 Ride for Mike. What an incredible last several weeks! The support has been wonderful and now we have nothing left to do but mount up and ride.

You can still give to help kick start the I Do It For Foundation. We’ll be checking our email when we come to rest points. It is always a great encouragement to see the messages come in. To donate, just click on the Pledge button above and follow the instructions.

If you want to follow along with use, you can do so on Twitter at the @lowcadence account. I’ll be using Siri to send a few tweets along the way. So, if something is spelled wrong or a funny word makes it in the tweet… You can blame it on Apple!

I wish I could spend more time expressing how I am feeling right now. Unfortunately, I am typing this the night before the ride and I it is starting to get late. I’m already tired. I need the rest. I’ll be sure to give a full report in a Sunday afternoon blog post.

A two-headed monster

1 Day – $25,525

Pledge to the 2012 Ride for Mike

The final day before the Ride for Mike begins. It is going to be a busy one! It has been fun, but I am looking forward to getting on the bicycle and doing this thing.

My day will start out as I head to work to set up a hospitality area for the game tonight. Then around 10 AM, I am going out to spin around the park for half an hour or so. Then it is home for lunch and to moderate the WebbWorks bamboo bicycle auction. The bid stands at $3000. Just think, perhaps $3001 and the bike is yours…

Click here to participate in the auction. Remember, it closes at noon today. Any submissions timestamped by the server after 12 PM, will not be valid. The winner will be notified once the final bid is determined. That should be only a couple of minutes.

Once the auction is over, I’ll need to get the car set up for the ride tomorrow. Basically, everything will need to be ready to go because in the afternoon, I am going to need to get back over to the soccer field to finish up the preparations for the game. I’m going to be a two-headed monster today!

After a quick bite to eat, I’m out at the field hosting the game until tear down time later in the evening. If I’m lucky, I’ll get in bed around 11 PM. Thankfully, we are leaving up the tents and some of the other things for another game tomorrow. I’m handing off those games to my crew.

Planning for the ride and raising the funds needed for the foundation has been fun, but adding to that the work I’ve been doing to set up the foundation and you have me almost to the tipping point. I’m looking forward to turning more focus toward the creation and operation of the I Do It For Foundation.

For now I am at that point where “everything needs to come together.” The thing is that this weekend “everything” is more than just Ride for Mike. There are so many balls in the air I’m just sure I’m going to drop one of them.

Well, it isn’t doing any good just sitting here typing about it… Let’s do this thing!

And we have a winner!

2 Days – $22,475

Pledge to the 2012 Ride for Mike

Not a long blog post today. There is much to do and I’ve got to get at it. I’ll let you go read the article that appeared this morning in The Greenville News about this year’s Ride for Mike and the start of the I Do It For Foundation.

The first order of business this morning is to announce the winning number of the Boyd Cycling Vitesse wheel set drawing. 13 supporters received a total of 20 numbers by giving $50 to the Ride for Mike for each one. That means the drawing has raised $1000 for the R4M!

For each $50 a unique number between 10001 and 10020 was released. That number range was then placed in a random number picker application. The computer generated the response and we have a winner! The winning number is 10009. If that is your number, then we’ll contact you to arrange for delivery of your new Boyd Cycling Vitesse wheel set.

We also have news on the WebbWorks bamboo bike auction. We have just reached the $3000 high bid! Who is going to put us over the 3K mark? Remember, the bidding ends at noon, Friday, October 19. Do I hear $4000? 🙂

There is much going on. Yesterday, our crew from Memphis started the 500+ mile journey to Greenville. They arrived safely last night. They will spend the next couple of days enjoying Greenville and then the enjoy Saturday’s events.

Riding out of Memphis

The Memphis crew starts out for Greenville

Our first board meeting will be today. There won’t be a large agenda. Mostly it will be me reporting on where we stand right now and then discussing some of the vision ahead. I am thankful for modern technology and board members who use it. We will be able to conduct a good amount of our business online. However, sometimes you need to press the flesh!

I keep reminding myself that things don’t end with Saturday’s Ride for Mike. They are just beginning. That is exciting as well as scary! I do have to admit that I am looking forward to being able to focus on just the Foundation and not both it and the Ride.

It has been a ride up to this point! I feel like I’ve been riding rolling terrain for miles. Up ahead I see a peak rising above the trees. I know I’ve got to climb it. However, I keep reminding myself of the view I’ll find once I get to the top… and all the fun I’ll have coming down!

Come on. Let’s ride it together!

Bamboo, Boyd and Beans

3 Days – $20,285

Pledge to the 2012 Ride for Mike

Three more days and there is still opportunity for the WebbWorks bamboo bike auction and the Boyd Cycling wheel set drawing. We’re getting down to the wire for the ride and there is much to do in the next three days! Your participation in these fundraising options would be a great encouragement.

Place your bid today!

Click the above photo to place your bid in the WebbWorks bamboo bike auction.

WebbWorks bamboo bicycle

The first item available is the WebbWorks bamboo bicycle. You have the choice of a custom built frame (which will take longer) or a stock frame (you get it faster) with SRAM Force components. You can choose between frames as well… mountain, road or cross.

The current high bid is $2850. This bicycle as built is valued at over $3200. Looks like someone is going to get a great deal. Let’s get some competition going here to make this interesting. It’s easy, just go the auction page and leave your bid.

Boyd Cycling Vitesse wheels

Boyd Cycling Vitesse wheels

We still have 4 unique numbers available for gifts of $50 or more. These are solid alloy hoops with high end spokes and smooth hubs. Low Cadence rides Boyd wheels for daily use.

Think of it, one gift of $200 gives you the opportunity to give to a great cause and also gives you a 1 in 5 chance of scoring a wheel set valued at $550. All you need to do is go to the pledge page at RideforMike.com and fill out the form. If you give $200, just mention you want 4 unique numbers. We’ll send them to you and then the drawing will be held. We will publish the winning numbers publicly and contact the winner directly.

Low Cadence coffee

You can still get our most popular favor, Low Cadence coffee. We enjoy sending these beans on a mission around the country. There may be a slight delay in delivery because we will be ordering the latest batch of the coffee. That just means you’ll get the freshest stuff!

Get yours by giving a gift of $20 or more. Of course, not everyone will get their beans delivered to their door! It does happen though…

If you plan to ride with us Saturday, be sure to check your email box for information about the ride. If you did not receive one, be sure to contact us so we can get it to you. We’re looking forward to riding with you!