(Post-ride blog here) This weekend, April 16-17. My first ride in the event, and my first genuine “Century Ride” (100 miles) followed by the remaining 78 miles from LaGrange into Austin for the finish on Sunday. I will be riding for Liesl, Susan and Bill. If you have a friend or family with MS and would like to add their name, just post a comment and that person will be added to my list.
There appear to be many ways to follow the action including a video link (to be posted on the BP MS 150 Home page and available starting Saturday) of the start and the finish, the BP MS 150 Facebook Fan Page, BP MS 150 Twitter and my personal tracking link. That link is http://www.greenalp.com/RealTimeTracker/index.php?guestmode=1&viewuser=captainjustice&guestpassword=MS150 and it will be active from the time we leave Friday morning to catch the bus in Austin to go to Houston. The link is done with a program on my DROID X smartphone that uses the cell signal to send my GPS-derived location to the web. It will update every 3 minutes IF I am in cell range. It will also be active today during my last training ride.
My personal page on the MS site has info about my preparations to do this ride. Preparation has been important given the fact that I only started cycling in August of 2010. I’ve ridden 1,499 miles and burned 83,772 calories in the process of also climbing 63,678 vertical feet. Gee, that makes a 178 mile jaunt seem like nothing! I will take a short, final prep ride today just to stay loose — nothing strenuous. The equipment involved (other than my creaking body) is shown on my cycling page.
Also riding from Marble Falls is Keith Conrad and I am riding with his Republic Services (Allied Waste) team. Wish us luck!