Aug 24, 2016 by Josh Kornbluth
Hi, Folks!! I just wanted to give you a quick update on my cycling plans.
To make a long story still kind of long-ish, I was able to do the first of my two planned events -- the 100-mile "America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride (AMBBR)," in Tahoe -- but then ran into some obstacles regarding the second event: the 205-miles-in-one-day ride from Seattle to Portland, known as STP. People usually do STP in two days, but my TNT teammates, being such bad-asses, decided they wanted to cover the distance in half the time.
So after AMBBR, I continued training with the (much smaller) group that was going to do STP. And what emerged is that I was too slow! One reason I've been able to bike for long distances is that I've found a pace that's doable for me; but that pace (around 11 miles an hour, when all is said and done) was not going to cut it for a one-day 205-mile ride -- especially seeing as the STP folks were going to shut down the course at a particular hour.
So that still left me with the possibility of doing STP in two days -- though, of course, not with my teammates. This felt pretty daunting to me, since I'd always ridden with my wonderful teammates and coaches -- especially my amazing head coach, K.Sue Duncan, whose idea this one-day 205-mile thingie was. In the (I think) six TNT events I've completed so far, all the planning has been done for me -- pretty much all I have to do is keep pedaling (oh, and hydrating).
But while I was considering that fall-back, two-day plan, I got a really, really nasty cold that was going around -- and it knocked me out, pretty much, for over a month! So that as STP approached, not having cycled or done much of any physical activity for weeks, I didn't feel up to riding two miles, much less (more?) 200.
This was bumming me out big-time, but then my wife, Sara, made a suggestion: What if I did my own ride -- say, the "Josh Kornbluth Invitational"? I could do it in and around our adopted hometown of Berkeley, so Sara could swing by in her car with any needed foods or fluids; and my bike and I wouldn't have to travel anywhere!
So that's my new plan: a 200-mile, two-day bike ride in and around Berkeley -- I'm thinking on the weekend of Oct. 29 & 30. I need to figure out the routes for each day, but my general plan is to make the first day pretty hilly and then the second day kind of a tour of cool things in the East Bay -- places where people have done political organizing, sites that have meant a lot to me in my time here ... oh, and also as many Peet's coffee shops as possible.
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See you on the road, maybe!!
Aug 24, 2016
WELCOME TO MY TEAM IN TRAINING (TNT) HOME PAGE!
This summer I'm going out for my fifth -- and sixth -- cycling endurance rides with TNT! Last year, bolstered by the amazing generosity of my donors, I rode 214.2 miles in two days, from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C. By the end of that event, I was pretty sure that I'd just biked the longest ride of my life. But now this year -- for reasons that have to do with my intense desire to help fund anti-cancer research, as well as my combined admiration and fear of my head coach, K.Sue Duncan -- I will be topping that, biking 300 miles in two days.
Here's how it breaks down (so long as I don't break down!):
On June 5 I'll be making my second bike ride around Lake Tahoe (plus some more miles) in the hundred-mile event that modestly bills itself as America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride (AMBBR). (It IS pretty darned lovely!!)
And then on July 16 I'll be biking from Seattle to Portland. This event -- STP -- usually happens over two days, but K.Sue has somehow inspired me to join her in covering the whole distance in a single day!
Why am I doing this? Because I'm possibly crazy, but also because I love my teammates and I am intensely motivated by the wonderful people I've met who have blood cancer or have lost family members to blood cancer (or both).
I'm aiming to raise a total of $3,300 for my two events -- an ambitious goal, to be sure, but wow, it would be so great to get there!!
Thank you for considering a donation to my TNT rides this year!!!