Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 7:30 AM
Barton Park @ Lake Worth
10 South Ocean Drive
Lake Worth , FL 33460
This ride starts at Barton Park (SW corner of Lake Worth Municipal Beach lower parking lot). It goes south on A1A to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in Broward County and then goes back to Barton Park. There are 4 rest stops along the way and SAG support.
Help support a good cause while participating in a wonderful road biking event. Choose from 10, 22, 40 or 62 mile ride options. My husband Rob and I plan on doing the metric century (62 mile) 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.
Entry Fee: $35.00
Online Registration Closes:
06/23/08 05:00 PM
Register online at Active.com:Lauren Katzenstein Celebration Ride
Official Lauren Katzenstein Website
Registration begins on race day at 6:30 AM
Start time of race: 7:30 AM
Four distances to choose from: 10, 22, 40 or 62 Miles
The Bike Diva blog is hosted on the WebbleYou blog network. I just received exciting news. I've been chosen as the WebbleYou blogger of the month for the month of May!!!
Here's the post that's been added to the main page of WebbleYou:
Congratulations to Lynn at Bike Diva for being our May Blogger of the Month.
Lynn will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate for her hard work and as a reward for being the Blogger of the Month.
Stop by the Bike Diva blog and congratulate her on this recognition!
What we are looking for in blogs in order for them to be considered the Blogger of the Month are:
* Daily or regular posts to the site
* Original and interesting content
* Use of pictures and layout of posts that draw the eye to them
* Dedication to the site
We also take into consideration some behind-the-scenes statistics such as site traffic.
Cool beans! I especially like the part about receiving a $25 Amazon gift certificate.
I'm just curious as to how much riding everyone does. Do you keep track of how many miles you ride on each of your bikes? Does spinning class count!?!
Leave me a comment and post up your cycling miles. Mountain bikes, urban bikes, single speeds, even road bikes, and whatever other kind of bikes you may have. Unicycles? Time trial bikes? Tandems? Recumbents?
Although I own 4 bikes, the only one that really sees any mileage is my road bike.
I've ridden 1,494 miles so far on my road bikes this year. 400 miles on my Cannondale Synapse 2 and 1,094 miles on my new Trek Madone 6.5 - SWEET!!!
I keep a log of my miles on the Bike Journal site - I'm Bike Diva over there. Wonder where I got that name from!?!
Lynn AKA the Bike Diva
My friend Geoff, AKA The Goose, just posted this on the Club Mud forums.
Here are the words passed down from above. I give you the 10 Commandments of cycling:
1. Pray as you cycle, but not with your hands together and your eyes closed.
2. Thou shall not run red lights, except when there is no one else around; it shall be as the tree falling silently in the forest.
3. When a motorist cuts you off, offer up the sign of the cross. One finger pointed towards Heaven will not suffice.
4. Thou shalt wave to thy fellow cyclist. If he should ignore you, offer your blessing, and not “F--- you, moron.”
5. If three consecutive cyclists ignore your wave, you are exempt from the forth commandment.
6. If passed while climbing a steep hill by a Fred with a 30 inch granny gear, resist the urge to wish that his chain will jump over his plastic dork disc and rip every spoke from his rear wheel.
7. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s ass, nor his/her six-pack abs, or any other part of his/her body.
8. Before the sun sets on the Sabbath, thou shalt shave your legs.
9. The meek shall inherit the earth. Blingy equipment that is lighter than an anorexic butterfly, will not substitute for miles in your legs.
10. Thou shalt not lie. Thou shalt not go on Internet forums under a pseudonym and boast how you blew all your friends away on an 8,000-foot climb, when the biggest hill in your area is a bridge over the freeway.
My husband, Rob, and I participated in the Florida State Time Trial Championship on Saturday, May 31st. It was a 40k (25 mile) course out by 20 mile bend (4 miles west of Lion Country Safari) in West Palm Beach. We certainly didn't set any land speed records. I was the slowest of the CAT 4 girls, and Rob was the slowest of the CAT 5 guys. The family that rides slow together, stays together? We were bonding on wheels?
Everyone else in my category had time trial bikes. Can someone help us rob a bank so we can go buy some time trial bikes!?! And we want those fancy pointy time trial helmets too. There were junior bikers, 14-16 years old, that had pointy hats and tt bikes. Hey, we were ambassadors for the couch potato crowd - REPRESENT!!!!
The first 11-12 miles were great, I was keeping it at 21-23 MPH. But then we turned into the wind and the last 13-14 miles were directly into a 15+ MPH head wind. I think I crawled over the finish line at around 11 MPH, I didn't know it was possible to go that slow on a road bike.
Rob's speed: 1:24:15
Lynn's speed: 1:26:50
My start time was 10:56, Rob's was 11:08. TOO STINKING HOT!!!! Well, we may be slow, but at least we were out there doing it.
Here's a few pictures Rob took at the event. That's me in the light blue jersey, and the striped shorts. I'm the only one with a regular road bike and helmet.
BELOW: "Parking lot" on the side of the road.
BELOW: In line, last of the CAT 4 women racers.
BELOW: Forcing a smile, but really thinking "Am I crazy, I could be home sleeping!"
BELOW: Trying not to look totally terrified.
BELOW: First time trying the "real" racers start. Clipped in to my pedals, race official barely holding onto the back of my seat. As the other official counts down to zero, he lets go of the seat and away I go!
BELOW: The lone biker - "Are we there yet?"
Check out my Charity Fitness Events blog when you get a chance.
My husband and I participate in a variety of charity biking events throughout the year. Our main volunteer efforts are with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Societies Team in Training program.
We have also done events that benefit other charity organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Kids in Distress and Police Athletic League of Palm Beach County.
The Charity Fitness Events site focuses on sporting events, such as marathons, triathlons and century rides, that help to raise money for non-profit organizations. The site includes tons of information on charity fitness events, fundraising tips, training guides, nutrition help and more.
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva
My husband and I are quite active in the south Florida road biking community. One of the clubs we belong to is the Boca Raton Bicycle Club. The club has rides scheduled for almost every day of the week. Visit the club's website for the current ride schedule.
Boca Raton Bicycle Club
P.O. Box 810744
Boca Raton, FL 33481-0744
Annual dues are due January 1st of each year.
Individual Membership: $20.00
Family Membership: $35.00
From the Boca Raton Bicycle Club website:
"The mission of the Boca Raton bicycle club is to promote cycling safety and greater awareness of the sport, through club events and community activism. The club promotes safe bicycling and personal development by encouraging club members to cooperate with public authorities in the observance of all traffic regulations and by providing educational information on safe and proper methods of bicycling."
Two great south Florida road bike races take place the weekend of May 31st & June 1st in West Palm Beach. The Florida state time trial championship takes place on Saturday, May 31st. The Bill Bone Gran Prix Criterium race takes place on Sunday, June 1st.
My husband and I will be participating in the 40K (25 mile) state time trial on Saturday. We have participated in two 15k time trials that are part of the West Palm Beach race series. To complete the series, you must participate in a minimum of five of the 15k time trials, and one of the 40k time trials. The Florida state TT takes place on the same course as the WPB race series 40k TT. If you participate in the Florida state TT, this will qualify as the 40k TT needed to complete the West Palm Beach race series.
We won't be able to compete in the Bill Bone Gran Prix Criterium on June 1st. We have a team ride with our Team in Training cycle team that day. And I haven't competed in any criterium races yet. Not sure if I'm going to like those or not, with their mass starts. There is a local criterium series held during the summer at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Jupiter. If I ever get around to trying one of those races, I may decide to compete in other criterium races in south Florida.
You can register online for the Florida state TT championship and/or the Bill Bone Gran Prix Criterium on the BikeReg website. The race flyer for both events can be viewed online too.
ABOVE: Team in Training Member David Blackmon
My husband and I have been involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program for the past three years. This year my husband, Rob, is coaching and I am mentoring, the team training for the Intracoastal Century Ride. This is a 100 mile road bike ride which takes place in Cocoa Beach, Florida on October 26th.
We have a fantastic team this year - 21 members so far, and we are hoping to get a few more cyclists signed up. Our very first ride, for the fall 2008 season, took place on Mother's Day - Sunday, May 11th. One of our team members, David Blackmon, took the initiative to contact road bikers, bike manufacturers, team directors, etc, asking them for advice for a person's first century ride.
The question David placed to them was:
"Other than a new bike, what are your suggestions on the most important
upgrade/accessory for a beginner to intermediate level rider?... How would
you suggest a rider spend perhaps $100-$200 to best improve that rider's
experience and performance in his or her first century ride?"
Here's the responses David received:
Thank you for writing with your interest in Slipstream/Chipotle H3O. Your request is an interesting one and we gathered some tips from various sources for you and your team.
Though, ultimately, there is no need to spend money if you already have and been training with the correct equipment and clothing. But here are some suggestions nonetheless:
The right equipment means comfort. Your bike should fit you well and should be familiar. If you aren’t sure, have your local bike professional provide a fit-assessment. Don’t plan to ride a new or a borrowed bike on your first century. Consider having a tune-up before the ride, and carry a spare tire and patch kit, tools, a pump and knowledge of how to use them. Other essential equipment includes:
• A properly fit helmet
• Comfortable cycling clothing, including shoes, shorts, gloves and rain gear
Hope this helps. We wish you all great success in your worthwhile efforts.
Woody, Web Editor, Slipstream Sports, LLCwww.slipstreamsports.com
.... One of the most efficient ways to improve the ride quality of any bicycle, as well as shaving a few pounds of weight off your equipment, is a lighter, higher quality set of wheels. These will be lighter, ride better and are transferable to other bikes as you upgrade. Lighter wheels can shave several pounds off the average bike. They also feel great when you ride them too.
Good wheels can be more expensive than your budget you mention, so this might still be out of reach for you. If you have decent wheels already, you might have to spend $500 on a new set, but if you're riding some really low end, inexpensive wheels, spending just $200-300 can really improve your ride. Look for new or used options to help stretch the budget.
If you want to increase your rider comfort, you can invest in a premium pair of shorts or bib shorts. This might not seem like a big deal, but it can make a huge difference when you're training and competition over long distances. The more comfortable the shorts are, the more miles you will want to ride. Some shorts are cheap and wear out quickly. Some shorts, like the Hincapie HC-12 bib shorts, have a 4-way stretch chamois that moves with the body to eliminate hot spots and chafing. The high tech construction will hold up wash after wash for all your training miles. Cheaper shorts will degrade and fall apart much faster.
I hope these suggestions will help you make gains in your fitness and comfort as you pursue your cycling goals. Ride safely and have fun.
Steve Baker, Marketing Director, Hincapie Sportswear, Inc.www.hincapie.com
The biggest thing you can do for a Century Ride is the training and preparation that comes with the Team in Training program. Make sure you follow a consistent ride schedule and build your fitness over at least a 10-12 week period. It's been my experience that many riders try to shorten the process and miss many of the base building rides that are so critical for a 100 mile effort.
Also keep in mind that you will be much stronger if your weekly riding involves a balance of time on the bike each day. Many riders with stiff work and domestic schedules often try to "stack" their riding to two long rides on the weekend...you will be much better if you can fit in an hour per day and keep the weekend rides at moderate levels, but building through the summer.
As for a moderate expense that will pay dividends I suggest you make sure you are using a good energy-electrolyte drink while riding and especially for any ride over two hours in length. Personally, I think EFS from First Endurance is the best product available.
Len Pettyjohn, Team Director, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Teamhttp://toyota-united.com
That is great David! I hope to do a century ride this summer as well.
Good luck! ....
I would say that your best upgrade would be clipless pedals, shoes and good clothing. The shoes and pedals will increase your energy transfer and efficiency. The clothes will make you more comfortable for a long fun day in the saddle.
Also make sure you have enough water and tools with you. If you want to upgrade the bike, you may want to look at a new pair of wheels.
Jason Schumacher, Customer and Technical Service Manager
Trek Bicycle Corporation
...But I'm glad to hear you're getting involved with Team in Training. It's a great organization and you'll certainly get a huge amount of satisfaction from riding your first century. I'd say that the number one place to spend money in order to make that ride enjoyable is on a high quality saddle. Find a bike shop with a liberal return policy and try a few out. I went through probably ten saddle models before I finally settled on the Fizik Aliante, and now I wouldn't let any sponsor commitments make me change. Everyone's different, and it makes such a huge difference in comfort.
After that, a good pair of cycling shorts is also crucial. More money leads to a higher quality chamois (though none are actually made of made of chamois leather anymore), and that really makes a difference.
Also, clipless pedals are completely indispensable. Practice pedaling a full circle with them. Greg Lemond has likened it to pretending to scrape mud off the bottom of your shoe across the bottom of the pedal stroke. You can also practice by pedaling with one leg. If you're using more muscles in your legs, and not just your quads to push down, you'll fatigue a lot more slowly and you won't be as sore afterward.
But certainly do not waste money on fancy racing parts. That stuff only makes a difference when you're worried about the final 10%. If you're comfortable, just about any bike will be suitable for a hundred miles.
I hope that helps. Have fun.
Doug Ollerenshaw, Professional Cyclist, Team Rock Racingwww.dougollerenshaw.comwww.rockracing.com
Good luck to you and your teammates in TeamInTraining. It's a great organization doing good things.
In the $100-200 range I would suggest the following upgrades
1) Better saddle
2) Better tires
3) Better handlebar tape (better padding)
You can't do all three of these for $200, but you can do either 1 and 3 or 2 and 3 most likely (though there are saddles that run more than $200.
Better tires will make the bike feel and corner better. A high thread count is the key here, just like sheets. Anything more than 200 TPI is good. A better saddle is more comfortable and better bar tape will make not only the rider's hands more comfortable but their arms and shoulders more comfortable.
Patrick, Felt Bicycleswww.feltbicycles.com
If you can afford it, and don't already have some, get clipless pedals and shoes. The increase in efficiency from platforms pedals is off the charts!
Jesse Lawler, Director Sportif, Jittery Joe's Professional Cycling Teamwww.thebeanteam.com
Active.com is a great place to visit for all sorts of sporting interests. Articles, nutrition tips, training suggestions and more are included for a variety of sports including:
* Action Sports
* Cool Running
* Field Hockey
* Ice Hockey
* Mountain Biking
I subscribe to the Active.com Cycling newsletter. It is sent every few weeks through email. The current cycling newsletter contains many articles including: The Relationship Between Fatigue and Riding Style, Legally Speaking: Is Flipping the Bird a Right?, Freedom From the Grind: Become a Bike Commuter, Examining Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and much more.
You can also register to participate in a variety of sporting events, such as marathons, triathlons and century rides on Active.com. Visit the Active.com cycling community when you get a chance.