Friday, February 13, 2009

No Bike...No Problem

Welcome to Non-Cyclist.

This is a blog about the quest to get ready for the 2009 Livestrong Challenge. My name is Clay and along with my brothers Chad and Clint, I have signed up to ride in the 100 mile Livestrong bike ride next August in Philadelphia.

A Little History

My older brother Chad is a pretty avid cyclist and had been contemplating riding in the 100 mile race for some time. Finally, while all on the phone one night he said he had signed up. Without really thinking it through, I blurted something out like, "that would be fun, we should all do it." Clint and Chad have been to Moab twice and have done some biking together in the past. Myself on the other hand, I don't own a road bike and have never ridden one. I got a mountain bike for graduation 10 years ago that I've ridden way more than 10 times, probably at least 15.

OK, so I'm not a prime candidate for a century ride, but it sounds like a good time and more importantly it is raising money for a good cause. For more information on how the Lance Armstrong Foundation helps in the fight against cancer check out their website.


One of the ways that Chad got turned onto this event was through Fat Cyclist. If you haven't checked out this blog you are really missing out. If you have visited the site you may be thinking to yourself that the name Non Cyclist is eerily similar. Yes, it's true. I have derived a bit of inspiration from the Fat Cyclist blog. I should make it clear that this blog will be in no way as funny, entertaining, thought provoking or worthwhile as Fat Cyclist. However, I love the fact that Elden started his blog as a way to hold himself accountable in his effort to shed some pounds. Now, however it has grown to be much more. I can't replicate his story or his story telling so to learn more about him and how cancer has effected/is effecting his life read his blog. What I can tell you is that he is putting together the largest, most dedicated Livestrong Challenge team in history. I'm proud that my brothers and I are members of Team Fat Cyclist: Fighting for Susan, and I plan to use this blog to help hold myself accountable to the training/learning I need to do before race day.

I can't promise that I'll post everyday or that everything will be spelled right but if you want to take a journey with me without have to get the saddle sores, check back often to see how I'm doing. Wish me luck.

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