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What's Cooler than Being Cool?
Mar 01, 2011 by Jamison Gray

Two weeks out from our big 100 mile ride in Solvang, we had our last major training ride this past Saturday. There was a chance that Silicon Valley would get its first snow in decades that morning; that didn't happen, but it was still a chilly mid-thirties when we gathered for the ride at 7am. The coach cut the planned 80 mile ride down to about 56, to keep us out of the hills, where it was likely to be wet and slippery (and yeah, even colder).


The Mothers of Rotation, my ride group, continues to be a great set of people, and we've all come a long way on our training. There were a lot of chilly fingers and numb toes, but we stayed cheerful, sticking together and communicating well as we took our turns in the windy spot at the front of the pace line.


To help keep us motivated and remind us what this is all about, some folks on the team have been doing a series of video interviews with some of our Honorees, about their battles with cancer. The videos are great, with our friend Rachel taking the role of interviewer; you can check them out at svcycwin11.tntteam.com .


Thanks to everybody for your contributions so far - every little bit helps!

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On The Road with the Mothers of Rotation
Jan 12, 2011 by Jamison Gray

In a sense, we're halfway there: we hit the "half century" mark in our training program this weekend, with a beautiful 50 mile ride along and around the Pacific coast. My ride group, which happens to be mostly women, has chosen the name "The Mothers of Rotation". It's a maybe-too-obscure reference to Frank Zappa's old band, and sure, it's about wheels going around and around, but it's also about the rotation our group was practicing this weekend: rotating through the front position in our ride group. This rotation is the essence of pacelining, which is what makes this sort of cycling a team sport. By staying in a tight line, with each rider a wheel's diameter or less from the rider ahead, we can get a significant boost in efficiency thanks to the slipstream created by the riders ahead. The person in front doesn't have the benefit of this slipstream, of course, and has to work a lot harder - hence, the need to for riders to periodically rotate from the front to the back, so they can enjoy some of that slipstream, and maybe even take a drink.


Pacelining takes a lot of attention, careful communication, and also the sort of trust the can only build up from working together over time. It's not easy, and at my level at least, I don't think I'd call it "fun"; I have to spend a lot of time looking at the wheel in front of me rather than the majestic redwoods or dramatic seaside cliffs we're riding past. The reward, however, can be significant: you can go much farther and faster in a group than riding alone. And while pacelining takes away from the pleasures of sightseeing, daydreaming, or casual chatter, there's a certain satisfaction and even exhileration when the group really comes together and starts to function as a larger organic unit. There's the sensation of everyone doing their part, of the little bits of necessary communication becoming more automatic and more subtle - it brings to mind the concept of flow. Of course, some of that exhileration is just speed, as you find yourself going faster than you think you have a right to be going, and with less effort (as when our group was fighting a stiff coastal headwind for the last few miles back up to Half Moon Bay along Highway 1, and still making pretty good time)


Pacelining, then, is a pretty good metaphor for any sort of team endeavor: it adds a certain overhead over going it alone, but it has advantages that outweigh this, and it extends the range of what's possible. The same can be said of a group of engineers working together on a product, or a group of people coming together to fight a class of diseases. There's a sense of flow when it comes together, and you feel like you're part of something larger, and accomplishing more than you thought you could.


Thanks to all of your for your continued support, and for helping LLS!

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Jamison Gray's Fundraising Page
Dec 04, 2010

Racing to Save Lives


Welcome to my Team In Training home page.


I'm training to participate in an endurance event as a member of 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. I am 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 participation in Team In Training and help advance LLS's mission.


I hope you will visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress. Thanks for your support!

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    "Way to go, Jamie!!"
     

    Jenny Pratt

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    "Go get 'em Jamie. A great cause. Cheers, Norm"
     

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