The long-awaited update on my 100 mi Lake Tahoe bike ride
Jun 29, 2012 by Stacy Lukasavitz
I will try to make this short and sweet, but first, I want to thank everybody who donated to help me meet my minimum $3900 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, especially Kim and Tony Miller, the Cure Club, and Mike Steele. All of your donations and support are appreciated, however.
Unfortunately, due to some circumstances beyond my control, I was NOT able to travel to Lake Tahoe and complete that 100 mile ride.
But know that your donations were NOT in vain and the money is still going toward research for finding a cure for blood cancers, and also helping families and patients affected by them.
And, since I didn't do this event, I have the opportunity to transfer the funds raised toward a DIFFERENT Team in Training event, one of my choosing .
So. . .
Guess who's now training for a triathlon.
Yep. (I'm crazy like that.)
Because of my work schedule and now living on both sides of Michigan, I pretty much have to train alone.
But it's still a "team" thing.
And you, my readers, supporters financially and as online and offline friends, are my team. There's so much I couldn't have done without you, and as I post updates on my progress I'm gonna need your help still--if only just in encouragement or passing on the word of what I'm doing. The further it spreads, the more folks are aware of blood cancers and the need for a cure. And the mo' betta for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
(Yes, I said "mo' betta.")
I still owe many of you official thank-yous, whether they be cards or whatnot, which I am writing by hand (apologies for the awful handwriting in advance), but know that I'm getting to them, slowly but steadily and surely.
I will still be doing a funny video (or two, or whatever), but in the meantime, here's one of me doing a cannonball just before a practice ride.
Stay tuned to this space and my real blog in the next few months for updates.
Down to the fundraising wire...
May 15, 2012 by Stacy Lukasavitz
I've been working my tail off over here in West Michigan adjusting to a new job, new town, etc. and simultaneously HUSTLING on the social web to hit the EOD Tuesday, May 15 deadline. I can't thank everyone enough for your social shares and ESPECIALLY your donations.
The TNT interface is limited, so I can't embed them here, but please go to my YouTube channel to view some video blogs I recorded on the beach yesterday.
(Note: If you miss the donation deadline, THERE IS STILL TIME TO HELP! I'll be charged out of pocket if/when I don't make the deadline, but I WILL STILL BE FUNDRAISING UNTIL JUNE 21st and will be reimbursed for whatever I paid.)
HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has donated, shared, and otherwise helped me somehow keep my sanity through this. (Or, what little sanity I have in the first place.)
The sun is setting, time is running out -- I NEED TO RAISE THAT CASH FOR LLS.ORG ASAP.
May 11, 2012 by Stacy Lukasavitz
I wrote my last post with a sense of urgency. My parents went balls-to-the-wall forwarding my email to friends whose email addresses I didn't have, and yet, after three extensions, I still didn't meet my own deadline.
I wasn't worried about not meeting my own deadline, because 1) I've been busy, and 2) I thought I had time to fundraise.
I was wrong. So very wrong.
I found out this week that I have JUST A FEW DAYS to raise my FULL AMOUNT of $3900 for LLS or else I've got to pay it out of my pocket.
This is my official plea for help in desperation. (I made you a video!)
Please, if you can't afford to donate to my cause, at least forward this on to your network in hopes that someone can help a sista out.
Not only will the "do the hustle" deadline still be in effect, but IT'S IN EFFECT EVEN MORE SO THAN EVAR NOW.
I may not be able to do the actual flash mob thing in between now and the May 15 deadline, but I WILL DO IT. Preferably between now and the time I make it to Tahoe (June 1st). And so will Mike. And it will be awesome.
So please, donate what you can to my bike ride for LLS -- every little bit counts, even $5 ... if you're local to me (anywhere in lower Michigan now, from Detroit to Flint to Lansing to now, St. Joseph) ... I'll take you for coffee at the very least as a thank you.
(THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has donated so far, thank you cards will be in the snail mail as soon as I can sit down to write them.)
I’ve fallen UP hills on my bike, BEHIND on fundraising, & I NEED TO HUSTLE. (Wanna watch me dance?)
May 06, 2012 by Stacy Lukasavitz
[UPDATE (5/6/12) - Because I sent the corresponding email out late and then my parents forwarded it to their friends a little later, I'm extendng the "help me hustle, watch me hustle" deadline from EOD Friday, May 4th, to EOD Tuesday May 8th. So if I hit at least $2085 by then, the hustle video idea is STILL ON. Thank you to all my recent donors, especially in the past week! You rock!]
OK, here's the deal -- I haven't posted an update since March 20th. I got EXTREMELY swamped with work projects, and fell off the riding/workout wagon.
And since March 20th, I've barely raised any money for my fundraising goal. In fact, I inspired my friend Mike to join Team in Training MUCH later than I did, and as I sit here typing this, he's already raised more than $500 than I have.
A lot has happened in my life since March 20th--good things, and I can't complain--but things are getting down to the wire and I have less than a month to raise at least $2815 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or else I gotta pay it outta my own pocket ... which really wasn't the plan and I can't afford it.
I have been riding and working out, just not as much as I should have been. I saw Sugarland in Toledo, then got sick the next day, and my first "real" ride was 15 miles at Kensington with my dad ... and I was sick.
My next "real" ride was also at Kensington, and though I wasn't (initially) sick, it was full of unexpected obstacles, including getting a false start and riding with the Grand Rapids Tri Team for about 5 miles before I figured out I was going the wrong way, then I got sick at a petting zoo (long story), then I fell UP a hill TWICE and learned the hard way why that hill is called "The Big Kahuna" ... I lost a chain, fell another time because my clippies were too loose, knocked somebody over, have a few beautiful bruises now, and thanks to that little adventure, I'm allowed to say I'm a real cyclist now.
And that was only 30 miles.
I got stuck in traffic the other night and was an hour late for my mid-week ride with my team, and totally missed it because it was getting dark, I wasn't about to ride a route I didn't know by myself, and something came up. But, I did find a mill, and it reminded me of my hometown.
Tonight, literally as I type this, I should be at the Detroit Music Awards, which is the biggest night of the year for my friends and me. It's always a blast, it's great having everybody in one place at one time, and if you know anything about me, live music is my lifeblood. I never miss it.
But I've got to be on the road for a 60 mile ride by 7:30 in the morning. SIXTY.
(I must like to double up on everything, but there will come a point where I can't do that. I can't see myself doing a 500 mile ride, then 1000 miles, then 2000 miles ... even if it were physically possible, I'd run out of continent. But I digress.)
I'm being a grownup and making a grownup decision by NOT partying with my friends tonight (AS MUCH AS I REALLY WANT TO), because I have to do this.
Being a grownup really sucks sometimes.
Okay, most of the time. But especially when you have to make decisions like this.
I have a month to raise a minimum of $2815. Technically 32 days. Which, if you do the math, means I need to raise almost $88 a day.
I gotta GET ON IT AND HUSTLE.
Please don't let Mike beat me to the fundraising finish line.
Many of my team members are having events to raise the dough. Comedy nights, poker nights, that kind of thing.
I know what you're thinking (if you're thinking what I'm thinking), but honestly ... I don't have time to put one together in the next month, for reasons that will be revealed soon.
Many people who are doing fundraising efforts offer to go to extremes and shave their heads if they raise enough money for cancer research. My friend Jack did when he was in Nashville, and then he moved to the Detroit market and did it again at WYCD.
I'm not going to shave my head.
I've been trying to figure out what I could do, though, to get you people to donate money for this cause.
Three minutes ago when looking for videos on the hustle, I came across this video of Fran Drescher (a.k.a. "The Nanny"), a cancer survivor.
... and then it hit me.
Though music is my lifeblood, I AM NOT A DANCER. You read that right. I love country music, and I don't even line dance. Or dance at all. Watching white guys dance is embarrassing enough, try watching this white girl try to dance. Ain't happening. Know why? 'CUZ I DON'T DANCE.
But. . .
. . . if I raise $1000 by end of day Tuesday, May 8th, with the inspiration above, I will spontaneously attempt to do the hustle in the middle of an unsuspecting crowd, in public, and get it on video.
With a self-supplied soundtrack, as in the above video.
I may or may not have a partner with me. But I will be a flash mob of one or two. And I take pity on this unsuspecting crowd when this happens.
I don't know where this will be yet. It could be a restaurant like the above scene. Or maybe I'll be on the People Mover. Or maybe I'll leave it up to you to make suggestions in the comments. But if I have at least $2085 in my fundraising account by EOD May 8th, I will flash mob some poor, unsuspecting people in public and do the damn hustle dance.
And put it on YouTube.
And link it here.
And then you can laugh your ass off at this poor white girl who can't dance.
There may or may not be spandex involved.
What say you? You want to see this happen.
Please donate to my Team in Training fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to see it happen.
And let me know in the comments where you'd like to see me do this, because I'm only going to consider locations that donors suggest.
HELP ME HUSTLE, AND WATCH ME HUSTLE!!
I'm making progress physically, but I still need your help to meet my fundraising goal!
Mar 20, 2012 by Stacy Lukasavitz
Well, apparently I'm shaping up, and that's a good thing.
I don't exactly feel it, but a few weeks ago, I could barely do the elliptical machine for 3k without feeling like I was going to die. Last Monday, I was able to do 10k and felt like I could've done more but I was on a time crunch. I made it to my first Wednesday spinning practice, and we were outside, which was nice. This past Saturday morning, I was a bit late, but I went ... and our coach said he had us go for 72 minutes and nobody noticed or said anything.
I don't exactly see it, either, but the other night I was hanging out with a good friend and she told me, rather matter-of-factly, that my butt looked smaller. (Hey, that's what friends are for, right?) For that, I am grateful, but I still feel like I need to do more. Yesterday I did the elliptical for 7k, and would have gone 10k again but I was on the wrong workout setting and couldn't figure out how to add more time. Ah well, there's always tomorrow, right?
A pain in my butt, a pain in my wallet.
One thing I didn't even think about when I signed up for this 100 mile bike ride, and thus becoming a real "cyclist" and not just someone who rides a bike once in a while, is personal financial investment I'd have to make in equipment. I learned the hard way my very first spinning practice the importance of padded spandex shorts. (I also learned that said padded spandex shorts are to be worn commando -- this is becoming an interesting educational experience, let me tell ya.)
I didn't even think about needing special shoes with special doohickies on the bottom that clip into special pedals with special doohickey spots. (Yep, I really know the lingo, don't I?) But I just forked over almost $200 that I couldn't really afford for said doohickey shoes and pedals. Because I'm going to need them sooner than later. I also realized when seeking help from the salesgirl at Performance Bike the other morning that I am quite possibly the most clueless person to ever walk through their doors. I didn't use the word "doohickey" at all when talking to her, but rather stared at her blankly and replied to her questions with "uh... I don't know" or "um ... maybe?" or even worse, complete silence ... I was too tired to even have "doohickey" in my vocabulary at that time.
Anyway, I bought the doohickey shoes and pedals. The shoes were more than I wanted to spend, but none they had on clearance fit me because that's what I get for having the most common shoe size for women (8.5). The folks are Performance were kind enough to install the doohickeys and pedals, because obviously I have no idea what the hell I'm doing, and with all that going on I forgot to borrow a trainer from TNT so that I could practice clipping the shoes into my bike's pedals in my living room. Great. I'll be missing Wednesday's practice, too, because I'll be at a concert. But hey, I have a bike, I have doohickey shoes, pedals with doohickey spots, padded shorts, and I just bought another pair of padded shorts online a few minutes ago.
Someday, hopefully soon, I will look good in spandex shorts again. (And now you know I won't be wearing underwear.)
But I digress.
Anyway, my point is, I'm making progress. I'm investing a lot of time, money, hard work, and literally sweat and tears lately. According to my good friend, I'm literally working my ass off.
I'm officially over $1,000 to meet my $3,900 goal for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and I appreciate all the support I've received so far, but I STILL NEED YOUR HELP! No amount is too small, and over 75% I raise is going to go directly toward research in finding a cure for blood cancers and/or giving support and hope to patients and their families affected by these awful diseases. What isn't going toward that is simply going toward transporting my bike and my butt (padded shorts and all) out to Lake Tahoe so I can complete America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride.
Please consider donating what you can ... every little bit helps. The rate I'm receiving donations has slowed down immensely, and I realize I'm going to have to get more creative in my fundraising efforts now. In my official kickoff post I linkbaited folks with pictures of myself in a bikini (from 10 years ago), but I don't know if I have any more of those around... so please donate now to help me reach my goal while I'm talking about going commando in padded shorts before I think so hard trying to be creative about this that I end up in a padded room. We don't want that ... at least not before the big ride. After that, everything is fair game.
What are you waiting for? (Did I mention it's tax deductible?)
(UPDATE: It just so happens that I’ve inspired my friend Mike, whose mom is a lymphoma survivor, to do this century ride, too! It’s not often I inspire somebody to do something positive, and he’s even later joining this than I am, so if you don’t donate to my fundraising goal, please go to his fundraising page, read his/his mom’s story, and consider donating to his. I can’t guarantee any pics of him in a bikini, but hey… whatever works! kthxbai)