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Completed my 100 mile ride
Jun 23, 2014 by Larry Marchese

On June 21st, 2014, I completed my 100 mile ride! Thank you so much for your giving and support! 

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175 Miles over 3 Days
Apr 28, 2014

Enjoyed a 3-day, 175 mile ride from Kentucky to Alabama on US BR23! Here is a photo from the ride. 

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50 mile ride
Apr 05, 2014

I'm continuing to train towards a 100 mile bike ride, and covered 51 today. The day started very cold, but it warmed up and became a beautiful day. The 12 mile up/down in Percy Warner Park was part of our ride so we got lots of climbing practice. And, the traffic seemed thicker this ride, so we had to be extra careful. Next Saturday, many of our team with ride 62 miles. 

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More Training & Flavors of Living (in 2 weeks)
Mar 23, 2014

We continued our weekend training, and I biked 48 miles on Saturday, and 30 on Sunday. 

Don't forget that our Favors of Living event is two weeks away! 

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Taste the Flavors of Living! Details
Mar 07, 2014

Come taste the Flavors of Living: Swim, Bike, Run, Paddle, Hike, Climb! Entry to this event gets you complimentary food and beverage samples, access to free demonstrations and amazing discounts at vendor booths, plus a chance to participate in the most "Active" Silent Auction to benefit LLS, featuring outfitters, clothing, and gear stores all closely connected to the theme of active living! 100% of proceeds from this event benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society via our Team In Training Century Cycle Team, in our effort to raise money for LLS while training to ride 100 miles at America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride around Lake Tahoe.

Team In Training's Cycle Team is jointly raising funds and awareness in the fight against blood cancer, as we train weekly for their 100 Mile (Century) Rides in June. We must be crazy! We thought so too, and call ourselves Team Wheel Crazy! Admissions processed on this page will be credited towards my fundraising goal of $3,900 and silent aucton revenues will be credited to the teammate who secured the items. Together, Team Wheel Crazy is raising almost $40,000 this season!

This event is a significant sourse of that goal. Without reaching our individual goals, we aren't able to attend the Rides we're training for, and it's all in the name of Blood Cancer.

Your admission to this event includes:

  1. Entry into the event
  2. Name in the door prize drawings (purchase additional entries for each extra $5 donation at the door)
  3. Free Demonstrations by our vendors (like back massages!)
  4. Complimentary food & drink samples
  5. Kids activities if you have kiddos
  6. Great music by Lightning 100 emceed by DJ Lt. Dan Buckley
  7. Access to the "garden patio" with stone fireplace, so you can socialize in between your bids!

SILENT AUCTION

Stroll through our tables of active living silent auction items and find the inpiration to get active, while benefiting a great cause. Among many other great items, our silent auction will feature:

 

DOOR PRIZE DRAWING

Every admission ticket holder will receive one entry into the door prize drawing (some prizes are only available to ages 18 or 21 and up). Additional entries can be purchased for $5 each, to increase your chances of winning. Door prize items include:

  • Team Green Adventures Membership Package: 2 memberships, shirts, & coffee mugs. (Ages 18 and up)
  • Pair of Tickets to Lightning 100's Nashville Sunday Night (Ages 16 and up)
  • Lightning 100 CD Goodie Bags (Ages 16 and up)
  • Nashville Zoo passes (Ages 16 and up)
  • 30 minute massage from On The Spot Massage (Ages 18 and up)
  • more to be announced!

 

VENDORS

After strolling through the tables of spectacular silent auction items, swing by our vendor section to speak with local businesses about programs and products that will satisfy your appetite for active living! Many of them will have free demonstrations, samples, or products for sale. Check out the list of vendors below:

KID ZONE

Bring your kidos for only $1 admission per kid under 16 years old, and let them hang out in the KID ZONE! There will be crafts, active living demonstrations geared towards kids (bike safety, how to help your parents pack for camping, how to inflate a bike tire), and story time.

Our KID ZONE will be staffed with both adults (for the really young ones) and older kids guiding "active" themed activities to keep them entertained while you enjoy mingling with fellow active outdoorsy adults!

 

POLICIES

Difficulty: This is a fun social event and Silent Auction to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Find inspiration among the silent auction items to start living a healthier, more active lifestyle!
Registration Deadline: Purchase tickets in the RIGHT COLUMN of this page, until Saturday, April 5th at 8pm. Though donations can still be made online after this time, there will not be enough time to add your name to the Pre-Registration list. Please be sure to purchase tickets online before this time. One Site tickets will also be available at the door.
Group Size Limit: No limit

Parking: Plenty of parking is available at the Hilton Garden Inn- Cool Springs.

Children Policy: This is a family friendly event, with a KIDS ZONE! Attendees ages 16 and up may participate in the silent auction items and door prize drawings. Some items are limited to ages "18 and up" or "21 and up" and will be marked with age restrictions.
Dog Policy: Dogs not permitted at this venue
Cancellation Policy: This event is to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. No refunds available for admittion to this event. Cost of admission is tax deductible.
Weather Policy: This is an indoor event.

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Hill Training!
Mar 01, 2014

What goes up 7mph, and down 40 mph? That's me on my bicycle climbing a steep hill in Franklin, TN this morning. And, since this was "Hill Training" I got to climb it 7 times in a row. So, our team is working hard and we ask you to join us in helping cure cancer! 

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Come Taste The Flavors of Living Tickets
Feb 27, 2014

To purchase tickets:

  1. On the right side of this page (Make a Donation section), click on the box for "Other" amount.
  2. Enter a donation of $10 per adult (ages 16 and up), $1 per child under 16
  3. In your donation comments section, mention "FLAVORS OF LIVING."
  4. You'll receive a donation email from LLS with 2014 tax deduction receipt
  5. Your tickets will be available at the Pre-Registration table at the event!

When: Sunday, April 6th from 1-4pm
Where: Hilton Garden Inn- Cool Springs
9150 Carothers Parkway
Franklin, TN 37067
Cost: $10 per adult (ages 16 and up)
$1 for kids under the age of 16 

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Freezing Ride!
Feb 17, 2014

On Saturday, I was the lead bike for the Hot Cholate 15K. We had a 9 degree wind chill, so I was wrapped from head to toe. Fortunately, the lead runner was VERY fast, and I was able to keep a reasonable pace. I climbed hills in a higher gear to generate more heat which helped a bit. The route was really interesting since the police had all of the streets closed. Of course, I guess a run with 5,000 runners needs a lot of room. I'm not used to riding in downtown Nashville and having an entire lane to myself. And, I went through stop lights like they didn't exist. On the return we went down an up ramp (the opposite way) which is something you can't do in a car. As soon as the ride was over, I met up with my other Team in Training friends and we went on a 15 mile post ride. By that time the sun had come out and it was a LITTLE warmer. 

On Sunday, we met at REI for a bike safety class provided by our coach, Keeley Puncochar. In comparison to Saturday, the weather was WONDERFUL on Sunday, so we went on another training ride. 18 miles later, I was packing up and heading home. 

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Cold Weather Biking
Feb 17, 2014

Well, if weather underground is right, it's going to be 21 degrees along with a 12 mph wind tomorrow when I'm the lead bike marshall for the Hot Chocolate 15/5K (downtown Nashville). Thus far, my coldest ride was 28 degrees with very little wind. So, it's time to add another layer and drink lots of HOT chocolate!

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An Honored Teammate!
Feb 12, 2014

Sometimes our Team In Training members have no personal connection to blood cancers (like me). So, TNT designates an "Honored Teammate" for us. This year's Honored Teammate for the Tennessee Chapter just so happens to be a fellow cyclist and here is his story, as shared by our Team In Training Campaign Coordinator, Anthony Palmer:

 

I want you all to meet Kevin Scoggins, your honored HERO this season. Kevin has been battling Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma since 2005 and has beaten it 4 times. I met Kevin back in August of last year when he called me to tell me he was doing a 40 mile mountain bike race in Cleveland, TN in September and wanted to know if he could wear a TNT cycle jersey at the event. After talking to him for a few minutes, I learned that he wasn’t only a survivor, but truly a cancer warrior like so many others that we know. 

Like the CHAMPION he is, Kevin started back on chemo and was determined to kick this disease again. And that is exactly what he is doing!! Kevin is now in a maintenance chemo phase awaiting the folks at the Sarah Cannon Center Institute in Nashville to find him  a bone marrow match, so he can undergo a bone marrow transplant. Kevin will remain in Chattanooga until he gets the call to head up to Nashville.

So that is where we are TEAM. I wanted to give you all a little background on this warrior, champion, hero, and person that I feel very blessed to call friend. So keep up the fundraising and training. We run, walk, ride, and tri for Kevin and everyone else affected by blood cancers.

 
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My Fundraising Total

Raised: $1,500.10 | Goal: $1,000.00
 
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My Team

 
Team Total: $26,414.86 | Goal: $25,800.00

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My Thanks To

George Xouris $50.00