Go Team Kelly!!
Feb 25, 2011 by Laurie Kelly
Welcome to Team Kelly's Training page!
We both have had cancer touch our lives...family, friends, coworkers. We talked about how helpless we feel and decided that we can do something like this to give back...help us find a cure. We have decided to train for the Solvang Century ride; which takes place on March 12, 2011. We have a lot of training to do considering we have to tackle 100 miles with a 4,000 foot climb. We promise to train hard, give it our all and raise as much money as possible to fight this horrible sickness. We appreciate any donoations, but positive thoughts sent our way would be cherished as well.
This event is done through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. We are completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
Please make a donation to support my team's participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.
We hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see our progress. Thanks for your support!
Stephen & Laurie
Welcome to the Team Kelly page and thank you to everyone that has visited and graciously donated to this tremendous cause. Tonight kicks off the [SIN] sponsored "Mafia Wars on Cancer" Free for All starting at 5 PM ET Friday 2/25 and ending at 8 PM ET Sunday 2/27. I wish everyone the best during this event as we strive to ICE cancer and each other while having a great time. I’ll be present for the first two days; our Saturday ride has been moved to Sunday due to weather (it may snow in San Francisco). Sunday Laurie and I will be back in the saddle so to speak as we trek 80+ miles around Northern California gearing up for Solvang right around the corner. We wanted to say thank you to everyone that has been involved in this project; your hard work and support has been remarkable.
February 12th Ride:
What a beautiful route we had today. 70 miles!!! We started right off of highway 92 and 280 and went all the way to Saratoga and back. The weather was beautiful and my knee didn't give me that much trouble. The only thing we had to really worry about was a sunburn; which isn't common with our training so far. Mostly it's been cold and wet, so this was a nice break.
February 5th Ride:
So, the first real pains of the season are setting in. I have a hurt knee so we had to miss this ride. So bummed...
January 29th Ride:
60 miles of wet, cold riding....that's all I'm gonna say about that.
January 22nd Ride:
We had the most amazing ride today! We rode 61 miles with 4,000 feet of elevation through Bodega and Tomalas Bay. The ride was really challenging but one of the most beautiful routes that we have ever been on. Steve and I are determined to make it back and do this ride again...come and join us sometime!!
January 15th Ride:
Boo, after busting my rear end to train while at my national meeting in Texas, I came home with a nasty flu. We had to miss our ride, but will be back in full force next weekend. Just doing a lot of miles on the indoor trainer. Come back for an update!!
January 8th Ride:
What an amazing day. Steve and I had a 50 mile ride today that was quite challenging. Not too many hills, but when we rolled at 8:30 the temp outside was 38 degrees. Let's just say that my half gloves where not quite cutting it. Someone on Steve's team had some nice wooley gloves for him, so he was pretty stoked. We started in Danville and rode all through the Altamont Pass....we were supposed to ride 50 miles. My team did this...Steve's DID NOT. They got lost and ended up riding 65 miles. Steve's team has gotten lost on every ride so far, so he's taken to referring to his coach as "Magellan." I think Steve is going to hold the map next time. :)
Good news: I didn't fall today! This is the first time that I have riden my road bike and not fallen. I know...pretty pathetic, but I just couldn't seem to master stopping with the toe clips. Wish me luck that I stay upright from now on!!
Riding has been tough. I got stomach flu, YUCK, and it took me down for a good week. Steve got me a trainer for Christmas YAY! So I've been able to do some riding inside.
December 11th Ride:
Wow, what a tough day! Steve and I conquered The Three Bears this past weekend. Apparently this ride is sort of a right a passage for all bikers in the area. At about 20 miles in we hit Mamma Bear...wow she was steap and long. Then Baby Bear...he wasn't too bad. And then, dreaded Pappa Bear...he was a beast. Not only was he steap, he was also about a mile climb. So tough, but so rewarding. We both finished although Steve had a pretty bad collision about a mile from the end. He's okay, but it just reminded us how dangerous biking can be. Next week we're headed to Point Reyes for a 40 mile ride. Send positive thoughts our way and check back for updates and pictures!
Nov 27th Ride:
Let's just say that it was a wet one out there folks! We rode 28 miles in the Marin Headlands on Saturday morning; which turned out to be really tough and wet. It was our first day with toe clips and the new bikes. Steve did fine. As for me...if I were keeping score it would be:
Toe clips: 3, Laurie: 0 They took me down three times!!
I'm determined to conquer these things so I just need to practice, practice and practice some more. I'll post pictures and status updates after each weekend ride, so make sure to check back every once in awhile. We thank you for your support!!
Steve & Laurie