100 Miles To Go

It's Go Time!
May 30, 2013 by Jonathan Puncochar

This is it! I fly out tomorrow morning and the race is on Sunday! I've ridden hundreds and hundreds of training miles, and I'm ready for the challenge! Thanks to all of you participating with me with words of encouragement and financial donations, we are all working to help those that need it! Together, I'm confident we can make progress in the fight against blood cancer!

Three Weeks to Go!
May 13, 2013 by Jonathan Puncochar

I have to write about one of my training rides a couple of weeks ago. It was one of those days where nothing went right. I almost was not able to even get out of the driveway. I needed to add air to my tires and, through the process, I snapped off the tube stem and broke my pump. That tube became completely unusable. Then I put in a new tube and used my friends pump. Snapped that stem as well. Two tubes down. We dug through our supplies, found a used tube that had been punctured and put on a tire patch. I used a disposable air cartridge to pump up the tire and it pumped up great within 3 seconds. And then went I took the fitting off the stem, all the air whooshed out due to some freak issue with the valve. It was Sunday morning and all the bike stores were closed, it was not looking good. So we very carefully used my friends portable hand pump to inflate the tube. We finally did it and I had tires I could ride on!

This day's ride was for 65 miles on a patched tube with no backups. So we went for it! What could go wrong?! All was good until about mile 30. I ran over something in the road and the impact created a second puncture right on a seam of the tube. We tried patching it but the patch didn't hold. Fortunately, my tire went out right in front of the only country store for miles around. Unfortunately, the store didn't carry any bike tubes, not surprised! We looked through our back packs and my friend Dave found one last brand new tube buried at the bottom of his. So we very carefully inflated it and were able to get back on the road.

The rest of the ride was through beautiful country roades with a gorgeous blue sky and great weather. About 10 miles from the end, Dave had a flat. No more tubes. I did have some patches so we put one on and very carefully pumped his tire back up. It held! We were back on and wheeled back into my driveway about 45 minutes later. After all that, we made it! I'm sure there are some analogies here and lessons to speak of, but I guess the main thing is that some days are harder than others and it is good to appreciate those days where there are no flat tires.

With three weeks left to train, I will be pushing it hard to be ready for the 100 miles and many hills around Lake Tahoe. Friends have asked me if I have seen the elevation charts and serious hills that I will have to climb, and haven't yet. So I'm going to have to check those out and start planning my pacing and where I need my energy most to get over those hills. It will just be a plan and I'm sure something weird will come up to throw the plan overboard, but it's better to have one and have to change than to not have one at all!

This has been a great experience so far, and many friends, family and co-workers have joined me in fighting back against blood cancer. Several of them have lost loved ones to blood cancer, which has made this even more personal and meaningful. I'm close to my rode and close to my goal, with 100% of all donations go towards research that has been saving lives. Please join me and with your help, I'm confident that many lives will be spared through our efforts!

Tipping the Scales!
Mar 04, 2013 by Jonathan Puncochar

I just passed 50%! It was a cold day on Saturday but we went ahead with the yard sale to raise funds for LLS! It snowed all day long but people kept coming! It was great sharing what we are doing and hearing the stories of others that have been affected by cancer and knowing that their purchases were helping others. I have to admit, the weather being what is was, that my attitude was not what it needed to be. It wasn't until the end of the weekend that I remembered that I was able to complain about something that a lot of people currently suffering with cancer aren't able to do. That was sobering and a little life lesson I wasn't expecting but am very thankful for. Keeley has almost reached her goal and I'm a scratch over 50% of the way there. Your donations and words of encouragement are an inspiration, so thanks and know that together we are pushing back cancer! Here is a pic of our garage, where we ended putting most of our stuff to keep it out of the snow....

Looking forward to Spring
Mar 01, 2013 by Jonathan Puncochar

Spring is around the corner! I rode 29 miles last weekend and am so ready for some nice weather when my feet won't freeze! Here is a pic of my ride on the Natchez Trace, where I saw a Turkey and herd of deer, which was nice!

Time to Hit it!
Feb 07, 2013 by Jonathan Puncochar

Spring is just around the corner and I can't wait! I've been riding in the cold, cold weather long enough! Here is a picture of our early morning riding and triathalon team.

There are many miles to go and dollars to raise, but with your help, I'm confident that I'll get there! Thanks for being a part of my team!


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    "Good luck!"

    Courtney Enloe

    Sun Dec 09 01:03:55 EST 2012

    "Good Luck Jon!"

    Richard Dennison

    Fri Feb 08 11:03:37 EST 2013

    "Nice work, hermano!"

    Micah Puncochar

    Wed Mar 20 09:07:14 EDT 2013

    "Go get 'em, Jon."

    Mark Tornow

    Sat Jun 01 10:32:41 EDT 2013

    "The Perry's are proud of you Jon!"

    Brad and Stacey Perry

    Wed Mar 20 12:45:41 EDT 2013

    "Good Luck Jon! Hope to join you on future rides."

    G. Whit James

    Wed Mar 13 10:35:51 EDT 2013

    "Lennetta G is fighting cancer right now. Beat it SO bad it is sorry it met you, Lennetta!!!"

    Scott Layden

    Tue Mar 12 10:03:11 EDT 2013

    "Good luck Jon. I know my donation will go to a good cause. "

    Mona Holt

    Sun Mar 10 09:28:20 EDT 2013

    " I know my donation will benefit others. Good Luck Jon and Team...ride hard!"

    Maggie Spaulding

    Thu Mar 07 07:55:15 EST 2013

    "Jon, Good luck and have fun! Dave"

    Dave Puncochar

    Tue Mar 05 07:23:41 EST 2013

    "Good luck!"

    Kurt Shepherd

    Mon Mar 04 02:44:37 EST 2013

    "My brother-law, James was a wonderful loving and giving person. Cancer took his final gift of life."

    Janet McMahon

    Fri Mar 01 04:24:59 EST 2013

    "A noble cause indeed. Best of luck in your training and fundraising efforts Jon!"

    Thomas Head

    Thu Feb 28 04:37:04 EST 2013

    "Jon - Good Luck! I ran a mini-marathon with team in training last year. It's a great experience! Julie"

    Julie Brown

    Tue Feb 26 08:37:43 EST 2013

    "Fight on! Much success."


    Fri Feb 22 01:45:53 EST 2013

    "Of course we miss you! Take care, and good luck in your fund raising efforts."

    Caren Spencer-Smith

    Sat Feb 16 01:01:16 EST 2013

    "Good Luck Jon and team!!!"

    Tanya Springer

    Wed Feb 13 03:51:03 EST 2013

    "Good luck Jon!"

    Amy Parker

    Wed Feb 13 09:59:14 EST 2013

    "Thank you for raising money to solve this problem."

    Elizabeth Lindsay

    Sat Feb 09 12:29:01 EST 2013

    "I'll donate to anyone making a difference. Way to go Jon! Keep up the great "service to others" work!"

    Jon Howe

    Thu Feb 07 07:59:25 EST 2013

    "Giving back is who we are. With admiration, Lea"

    Lea Latendresse

    Thu Feb 07 04:41:13 EST 2013

    "Wishing you the best Jon!"

    Anitha Manoharan

    Thu Feb 07 02:26:40 EST 2013

    "GO JOn Go"

    Noel Patterson

    Thu Feb 07 02:24:43 EST 2013

    "Thank you for doing this. I lost my mom to leukemia last year. I miss her everyday."

    Stephanie Davis

    Fri Jan 04 05:44:49 EST 2013

    "Jon, you are a real inspiration, good luck!"

    Sandy Garrett

    Thu Jan 03 04:06:49 EST 2013

    "Enjoy your quest at road biking. Tahoe will be gorgeous! Thanks for helping LLS. "

    Sheryl Handley

    Wed Dec 19 05:47:11 EST 2012

    "You go Jon!"

    Ansley Carter

    Fri Dec 07 06:58:52 EST 2012

    "Go Jon!!"


    Fri Dec 07 03:46:33 EST 2012

    "Happy birthday from Chloe, Bella and Simone!"

    Chloe, Bella, Simone Puncochar

    Fri Dec 07 06:55:16 EST 2012

    "I love you and am so proud of you. You can do this! Happy birthday!"

    Keeley Puncochar

    Thu Dec 06 07:34:55 EST 2012

    "Good luck!! I did a 200 mile bike ride that was spread out over four days in 2011. 50 miles wasn't that bad at all...I'm confident with a little training 100 will go just fine for you! Learn how to change a bike tire, and bring a CO2 pump with you... :)"

    Stephanie Mieras

    Thu Dec 06 12:54:05 EST 2012

    "Hey Jon, Sorry this took so long. I just remembered today. It was really great hanging out with you guys the other day. Hope you have a great week! Blessings, Joshua MacLeod "

    How to Plant a Business

    Mon Jul 22 09:50:35 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $4,785.00 | Goal: $5,000.00
96 %

My Team

Team Total: $16,532.37 | Goal: $18,000.00

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My Thanks To

Rick & Christine Puncocha... $550.00
The HCA Foundation $500.00
Jon Puncochar $261.00
HCA Foundation $200.00
Andie Roberts $200.00
Anonymous $150.00
G. Whit James $100.00
Maggie Spaulding $100.00
Richard Dennison $70.00
Kurt Shepherd $70.00
How to Plant a Business $50.00
Mark Tornow $50.00
Dave Puncochar $50.00
David Cox $50.00
Julie Brown $50.00
Tanya Springer $50.00
Ann Hatcher $50.00
Lea Latendresse $50.00
Pam Conley $50.00
Courtney Enloe $50.00
Ansley Carter $50.00
Keeley Puncochar $50.00
Yard Sale $44.00
Jonathan Puncochar $37.50
Richard Dennison $26.50
Denise Fuson $25.00
Anonymous $25.00
Thomas Head $25.00
Cynthia Reid $25.00
Bill Bailey $25.00
Caren Spencer-Smith $25.00
Jon Howe $25.00
Dave Catino $25.00
Brian Vander Mey $25.00
Anitha Manoharan $25.00
Noel Patterson $25.00
Sheryl Handley $25.00
Carrie Miller $25.00
Stephanie Mieras $25.00
Chloe, Bella, Simone Punc... $16.00
Jon Puncochar $15.00
Amanda Antle $5.00
Meaghan O'Bryan $5.00
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