Wednesday, April 30, 2008

We're in!

I got my e-mail notification tonight. Easily the best e-mail I received all day, but I'm trapped in this cycle of folks responding all to a mass e-mail and, well, it's been interesting. Anyhow, we're in! No waiting list for Team CoeBRAI this year. Come July, we ride.

More later, I'm sure. Right now I feel the need to ride my bike around the block.


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I rode my bicycle past your window last night

Well, not technically. But I did ride my bicycle past several windows tonight.

Leaving work I faced a dilemma: Do I head to the racquet center and work up a sweat on the elliptical machine? Or, given the gorgeous spring weather -- at last! -- do I take my bike for a spin around the block?

Turns out it wasn't such a dilemma.

So after dinner I lugged my two-wheeler down from the guest bedroom, where it had spent the winter braced by a stationary device. Now I didn't get quite the workout that I would have on the elliptical, 11-year-old riding partners will do that. But I did knock off six miles while officially beginning RAGBRAI training.

I was able to bike for the week I was in Florida, but that counted as exercise for Coe's New Year, New You faculty/staff weight loss competition. By the way, I won the individual competition with 35 pounds and my team won the overall title with 61 pounds. I'm anxious to see what difference this makes on RAGBRAI.

And now that spring has finally sprung, I'm ready to ride! Weekly Friday noon rides commence this week, weather permitting. All who are able are invited to meet outside the Clark Racquet Center for a noon departure.

I'm sure we'll soon organize some weekend and/or weeknight rides, too. If anyone wants to suggest something, feel free. I'm pretty tied up in the near term with kids' baseball and softball, but don't let that stop you.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Riding in Style

We'll be riding in style this July thanks to the wonderful design skills of Coe freshman Tara Buchheit. Her jersey design (pictured here) has been submitted to Champion Systems and I've begun taking orders.

Each weeklong rider who was part of our group registration gets one free jersey. Please let me know what size and style you would like.

Anyone else is welcome to buy a jersey -- $60 for short sleeve and sleeveless, $65 for long sleeve. To place an order, go to and click on the "jersey order" tab. Sizing information is also available there. All orders must be received by May 9 and will be shipped along with a complimentary CoeBRAI license plate by mid July.