ABOVE: Larry Goldberg at the start of the ride.
ABOUT THE RIDE
My husband and I participated in the Lauren Katzenstein Celebration Ride on Sunday, June 29th. This was the 6th annual Lauren Katzenstein Celebration Ride.
On April 26th of 2003, Lauren and her father were participating in a charity bike ride in Miami, FL (the MS150). During the ride Lauren was hit and killed by a reckless driver. This ride is to "Celebrate" Lauren's brief life. The money raised goes to the local MADD Chapter for their education fund to help prevent future, senseless tragedies.
There were 62, 40, 22 and 10 mile options. Rob and I did the full 62 mile option. We averaged 18.1 MPH - not bad for a couple of old folks! Due to construction detours, we ended up dong 64.32 miles.
I burned 3,650 calories during the ride, Rob, being a big guy, burned 4,800 calories. WOO-HOO!!! We got IHOP to go later in the day - Rob got the meat lovers omlette with regular pancakes and I got the chicken Florentine crepes with harvest nut & grain pancakes - YUMMY! Always nice when you don't have to worry about counting calories for a change.
WELL ORGANIZED RIDE
It was a well organized ride. 4 rest stops along the way, with the last one being at the halfway point at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Due to road construction the ride had to be detoured from E. Ocean Ave. in Lantana, west to US1 then south to Ocean Ave. in Ocean Ridge, to get back to A1A.
The rest stops were well staffed and had water, gatorade, cookies, bananas and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches available. We forgot to bring and gel packs with us, I was starting to slow down a bit with 15 miles left to go, a gel pack would have been nice to have - but we both forgot to bring any with us.
We got stuck at 3 drawbridges along the ride, which slowed us down a bit. We caught the draw bridge both coming and going at the Hillsboro Inlet. And we caught the draw bridge at Camino Real. Oh well, I guess we could use a quick rest stop and it allowed us time to say HELLO! to our fellow bike riders.
TEAM IN TRAINING
Rob and I rode with our friend David, from Team in Training. And I was happy to see some of our new riders from Team in Training showed up and did the 40 mile option - this was their first long distance cycling event - GO TEAM!!!! Larry, and his friend Mary, Charlie, and his wife Lori, Angie, Tracy and Marjie - you guys all did FANTASTIC!!! And this was after doing a 40 mile training ride the day before. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!!!
The ride start/end location was at the pier in Lake Worth. Lots of food available for riders before and after the ride. We hung out under the pavilion, after the ride, with our Team in Training friends. Rob and I wore our Office Depot Foundation team jerseys and rode with a few of our ODF team mates that we did the MS150 ride with in May.
ABOVE: Waiting for the draw bridge to go back up. That's Rob and I in the red/black/white Office Depot jerseys.