Saturday, September 29, 2007

MS Bike Ride

Ready to go.

So I'm doing a lot better. Still recovering though. Stacking those two races and going hard on both set me back longer than I thought but I'm on my way back. This past Wednesday I went out for a short run and felt amazingly good. Anyway doing the "Waves to Wine Ride" this weekend, a Multiple Sclerosis fundraising bike ride. It's two days, about 150 miles, supported, with lots of food, drink and hanging out at the end of each day. Camping is available Saturday night but I'm sharing a cheap room with two other friends. I wimped out, wanted that hot shower Sunday morning.

So it's definitely not a race just a ride and I was recruited to be one of the "ride marshalls". Fancy word, just a volunteer, serving the 1600 or so riders in the event. Our job is to spread ourselves out in the group and keep a general eye out on things. Help out folks with mechanical problems, make sure people are not riding too far to the right, stuff like that. There will be motorcycle and car support as well. Got the hook up from one of my friends from the tri-club, she's the director for special events and got a bunch of us to volunteer. Got a snazzy new biker jersey and everything.

It will be nice to get a brake from the running and the biking will give me a good workout. The first day is hilly, not sure what the second day will bring. Anyway time to hit the hay, check in is at 6AM. Hope ya'll have a great weekend.


  1. Dude, sounds pretty cool, being the Marshall Man. Knowing me, I would probably pop a flat or wipe out trying to check out the cute riders...

  2. Sounds like a great event. Have fun being the Marshall! I can't wait to hear any stories that come of it. :>)

  3. Hope you're having a great time out there! Congrats on the snazzy title and jersey :) Glad you're feeling recovered! This time in two weeks we'll be on the trails!

  4. Very cool! Have a good time, Rick, and enjoy the break from running.

    They have a similar MS150 bike ride here in Minnesota every year, but I don't believe it ends with wine as yours does! :)

  5. Aw, what a good samaritan you are. That should be great fun helping out fellow bikers in need :)

  6. Hope you had a great, cross-training weekend!

  7. I can't wait to hear all about the ride! I am envious and will certainly add it to my list of rides to consider next year.

    I hope you had a blast!

  8. Squirt =P7:41 PM

    a marshall eh??
    that is a little SMANCYY! LOL
    btw, liking the new music you sent, i found some other artists you ought to check out if you haven't already...
    1) jay clifford (listen to "don't be fooled")
    2) william fitzsimmons ("it's not true")
    3) cary brothers
    4) eric james and the new century ("it's ok")
    5) aqualung ("brighter than sunshine")

  9. Mark, I am sure Rick pop a flat tire for cute chicks there, not to worry:)
    Too bad Jason's party this Sunday. I miss you boys, can't believe I won't be at Firetrails!!! Sucks!
    And you still haven't read my report:)

  10. Where are all the photos of you and those you marshaled? Ha!