Bike MS training update April 20 – 21, 2013

As I mentioned last week, I’ve started training for Bike MS: Ride the Rim. This is my sixth year participating in a Bike MS, and the first time I’ve done a ride in Texas that’s not the BP MS150. I’m very excited for this ride, it starts in Canyon and loops around the Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the US. I’ve always wanted to see it. If you’re able, please consider making a donation to the MS Society in support of my participation.

This past Sunday I rode in the Austin Autism Awareness ride up in Georgetown, Texas. The first half of the ride was quite dreary and colder than I planned for. The wind picked up pretty quickly and the roads were very bumpy in places. After my GoPro camera mount broke the previous weekend, I tried out a new mount so I got plenty of pictures again. Unfortunately the mount wouldn’t stay tight, so I’m again looking for a new option.

While waiting for the start, it sure seemed like the sun was coming out!

While waiting for the start, it sure seemed like the sun was coming out!

On our way out of the park to start the ride.

On our way out of the park to start the ride.

An old hall, basically in the middle of nowhere.

An old hall, basically in the middle of nowhere.

Two riders in matching outfits.

Two riders in matching outfits.

Lots of flatness on the first part of the ride.

Lots of flatness on the first part of the ride.

The clouds kept the temperature down through much of the ride.

The clouds kept the temperature down through much of the ride.

We rode through lots of farm fields.

We rode through lots of farm fields.

Eventually the clouds broke up. There were plenty of wildflowers.

Eventually the clouds broke up. There were plenty of wildflowers.

Can you see the bluebonnets in the field?

Can you see the bluebonnets in the field?

Riding back into the park.

Riding back into the park.

A nice little party set up at the finish line and plenty of spectators to cheer for us at the end!

A nice little party set up at the finish line and plenty of spectators to cheer for us at the end!

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It’s that time again… training season!

For the sixth year in a row, I’m kicking off bike training season with the goal of riding in a Bike MS event to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. For my first three years, I rode the BP MS150 from Houston to Austin since it’s so close to home. My next two years were the Escape to the Lake in western Pennsylvania and then the Pedal to the Point in northern Ohio. I really enjoyed the smaller size of these last two rides, so this year I’m doing a smaller ride in Texas called Ride the Rim out in Canyon, TX on June 22nd – 23rd. I’ve chosen this ride because it goes around the Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the US, which I’ve always wanted to visit. This year’s ride is a bit different because the mileage is less. The first day is 100 miles and the second day is 25 miles with a bus ride into the Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the middle. Typically the second day of a Bike MS ride is anywhere from 50 – 80 miles and definitely does not include a bus ride! Because we have to drive far to get to the Palo Duro Canyon, we may just do some hiking or mountain biking on Sunday.

That’s a long paragraph to say that I officially kicked off training season this past Saturday by riding a charity ride with my husband called the Tour De Vineyard at the Vineyard at Florence. After riding 43.5 miles, we had lunch at the Vineyard and bought a ticket to the Texas Wine Festival so that we could taste many delicious wines.

On Sunday, I ran the Austin 10/20, a 10 mile running race near my house that had 20 live bands along the course. Despite not being able to complete my training plan, I am happy with my race performance.

My training updates this year will have more photos than previous years because I now have a GoPro Hero 3 camera that can be easily mounted to my bike handlebars.

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The ride started on a temperate morning with thin clouds high in the sky.

My husband was riding a slightly shorter route, but we started out together.

My husband was riding a slightly shorter route, but we started out together.

 

After I took a wrong turn (along with about half of the other riders) I caught back up with my husband and surprised him.

After I took a wrong turn (along with about half of the other riders) I caught back up with my husband and surprised him.

Off and on the sun came out during the ride.

Off and on the sun came out during the ride.

Yes, Texas is big sky country...

Yes, Texas is big sky country…

 

The little town of Florence.

The little town of Florence.

Unfortunately, the handlebar mount broke half way through the ride... so I could just hold the camera and take a picture.

Unfortunately, the handlebar mount broke half way through the ride… so I could just hold the camera and take a picture.

Don't worry, it was perfectly safe.

Don’t worry, it was perfectly safe.

Elk

Do you see those animals among the trees? They’re elk!

And turkeys!

And turkeys!

Finally towards the end of the ride we got to see some bluebonnets.

Finally towards the end of the ride we got to see some bluebonnets along the side of the road.

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DCIM100GOPRO

And some pink winecups

Shortly thereafter, we were back at the winery!

Shortly thereafter, we were back at the winery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Remembering my grandfather

I’ve been quiet on my blog for longer than I’d like because three weeks ago, my grandfather Charles J. Zeidler of Pittsburgh, PA passed away unexpectedly and we traveled to Pittsburgh to be with my family. Today he would have been 83 years old. He was a Korean war vet and up until March 23rd, he was healthy and lived on his own. Since my grandmother died he had established his routine of hanging out at home watching TV, going to the Allegheny Country Rifle Club to have beer and a cigar, and heading to my Aunt and Uncle’s house to have dinner every Friday. In recent years, my grandfather has been a touchpoint for the family, serving as a common connection that we could all come back to. During his memorial service I was impressed by the sheer number of the friends my grandfather had established this late in life. I’m thankful for their support and that of all of my immediate and extended family. I’m glad that so many knew and loved him the way that I did.

To celebrate his birthday, I’d like to share the eulogy I gave at his memorial service just after the taps finished playing.

Thanks for joining us today in celebration of my grandfather’s life. My PapPap was a quiet and friendly man, quick to smile, liked by everyone. I’d like to share with you a few of my memories of him.

I remember staying at Grandma and PapPap’s house, often with my cousins, and asking Grandma repeatedly what time PapPap would be home from work at the steel mill.

I remember walking with him to the top of the hill to play at rosecliff park.

I remember riding with PapPap to take Grandma to and from work at Eat’n Park, with his shouted reminder not to slam the car doors no matter how softly I closed them.

I remember how all of my cousins and I liked to sit on his lap, he had a very comfortable lap.

I remember watching Price is Right with him. I never got the prices right, and he always did.

I remember him visiting us in Ohio for important events like kids softball games and our birthdays, always with a few dozen Dunkin Donuts in tow.

I remember how he made the trip to see the actual important events in my life: my high school graduation, my college graduation from Miami University.

I remember how he took his second plane trip ever to see me get married in Austin, Texas in 2007. I will be forever thankful that I had my two grandparents there. His only previous flight had been during the Korean war.

I remember how he started to talk more as my Grandma got sick.

I remember how he always made the effort to see me, even on my short trips home from Texas. I remember how he visited me in Edinborough during my overnight stop on a two day BikeMS event in 2011. I didn’t know he was coming and I ran into him at a corner gas station as I was pausing to check directions at the end of my 100 mile ride. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to see him.

My last memory of him is how excited he was when I talked to him after sending him a Yuengling pullover for Christmas just a few months ago.

So in celebration of his life, I ask that you toast him this evening by drinking his favorite beer, Yuengling.

 

Thank you for the memories PapPap. I can only hope to have such an outpouring of support when my time comes.

Charles J. Zeidler Jr. April 16, 1930 – March 23, 2013

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