Team Ryder is in Training

Upcoming events for our team
Jul 07, 2014 by Jill Ryder

Our cycling team...Team Wheel Crazy have all been working So very hard on our training and fundrising... we had a great event last weekend ... we are so very grateful to all of the companies who donated their time and products... we raised $3000 as a whole team... however we are still far from our team goal of $40,000....  we have a few events coming up THIS WEEKEND..... on Friday, Saturday and sunday if you print the flyer below and take it to Ruby Tuesday in Brentwood and present it to your server then we will receive 20% 

on Saturday only we are having a Yard sale.... we have a TON of great items... something for everyone....



Hill Training Oh My!
Apr 04, 2014 by Jill Ryder

Well we finially earned our Team Name... Team Wheel Crazy.... or maybe we just realized it... either way last weekend was "hill training"... yes it's as bad as it sounds... Basically you ride your bike about 7-10 miles to "warm up" your muscles and then you get to the bottom of a big hill and see how many times you can go up and down the hill in an hour then ride back 7-10 miles to your car....

well our morning started off cold and rainy... yes, rain.. mixed with very skinny road tire = a great time :) I personally enjoy running in the rain... Usually no other crazy people are out running and its just nice... the sound of your feet splashing on the road...nice... anyway... cycling in the rain is a WHOLE different event all together.... first you are going MUCH faster on your bike so the rain is like needles hitting your face... since you are going faster you get colder... and wetter... it's a vicious cycle...

Here is our crazy group all smiles at 7am before we started riding.

as the morning progressed the weather got colder and we all got wetter.... everyone did such a great job and worked so very hard...despite the not so pleasant training conditions everyone did their best... I am so very proud of our team! 

Please take a moment to check out our team page....  all of my teammates blogs are linked by their names on the right side of the team page :)

we have a GREAT group of very dedicated folks who are out training hard and trying to help find a cure!! 

Thank you to all who have donated so far... Wasey and I are at 20% of our goal...we know we can make it but we need your help to get there.


Wasey and Jill

Flavors of Living Expo
Feb 27, 2014 by Jill Ryder


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 amazing discounts at vendor booths, and a chance to participate in the most "Active" Silent Auction you've ever experienced, 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.

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 



To purchase tickets:

  1. On the right side of this page, 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!



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! Admission to this event processed on this page will be credited towards my fundraising goal ($3,900), and each silent aucton item will be credited to the teammate who secured the items. Together, Team Wheel Crazy is raising over $35,000 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. Demonstrations by our vendors
  4. Complimentary food samples (vendors TBA)
  5. Kids activities if you have kiddos
  6. Great music by Lightning 100 emceed by DJ Lt. Dan Buckley



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:



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)
  • more to be announced!



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 or products for sale on site. Check out the list of vendors below:



Bring your kids 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 storytime. Keep your kids entertained and happy while you mingle with fellow active outdoorsy adults!



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!
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.



Since Team In Training's inception 25 YEARS AGO, over 600,000 participants have raised more than $1.4 billion to support the ongoing work of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, funding research to find cures for Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease & Myeloma, and to provide education and invaluable services for patients and their families. Team In Training provides endurance training for beginner and intermediate athletes with the desire to complete a half/full marathon, century bike ride or triathlon. 

Taste the Flavors of Living is a fundraising initiative hosted by the Nashville Century Ride Team, Team Wheel Crazy, as a means to helps boost the fundraising efforts for individual riders training for America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride, in the fight against blood cancers.

15 more miles
Feb 24, 2014 by Jill Ryder

We have been taking advantage of the really nice weather to do our long rides outside... last week it was 15 miles around Brentwood.. This included riding in traffic, lots of hills, turning left at red lights and did I mention Hills....

Here was our route for the day..


See those hills!! WOW... I have lived in Tennessee my whole life and one thing I know is that it's pretty hard to go anywhere without some hills. 

The day started off with Sunshine.. Wahoo... Then off on the bikes.....I (Jill) falling off my bike ... luckily in the parking lot....Then off to join the Traffic…… then our first of several hills... Beautiful weather... can't complain, it's February!  Lots of Beautiful scenery and then THE HILL... the one that stopped me in my tracks... Mile 12 something... I had barely made it any distance up and just could not go anymore, the pain in my leg from the fall and tiredness from the previous 12 miles I was spent...I was so upset getting off my bike, Yet again, to walk up a hill... I started crying and saying I QUIT.. This is stupid and I am done... Then I got mad.... As I continued to walk up the hill alone.. Looking at my team mates waiting for me at the top ....

God whispered to me..


           Why are you doing this? Why are you riding your bike? Why are you raising money for this cause?  

Of course this then started the dialog of conversation.... and more tears... God reminded me in my moment of pain that THIS is not about me...This pain, frustration and fear is temporary… He also reminded me I could quit.. I could give up…. He also reminded me of my why…Why I had chosen to ride my bike and raise money for a cause…….for our friend Becky. A wife, mother, sister and daughter…going through radiation daily for cancer…. He also reminded me of Susan…A dear friend, Wife and mother, who recently finished daily radiation treatments and is waiting to find out if she has to do it again, have more surgery or if the tretment worked… again He reminded me of my sister in law, Shelley, who lost her battle with cancer…. And all those who I hear of on what seems to be a daily basis finding out they have cancer….

Pain, Frustration and fear are common with cancer patients… They can’t quit.. They can’t give up… They want to quit and  They want to scream, I’M DONE!! THIS IS STUPID I QUIT….…. They endure…. HOURS in a waiting room, HOURS waiting… Tests, medications, pain, frustration and fear… and more waiting….

God reminded me WHY I choose to do this…. And that my short time of frustration, pain and bike riding is all part of a bigger picture…. To help find a cure! To encourage and support those suffering with cancer and to remember those who lost their battle.

Take a moment today to donate to our team help us raise money to find a cure!

Thank you all for your support!!


Jill and Wasey Ryder

Indoor Cycling Class
Feb 09, 2014 by Jill Ryder

We have spent our last 4 Saturday Mornings at an indoor cycling class at Endeavor Performance with coach Todd. And by Saturday Morning I mean... alarm going off at 4:30am.... hitting snooze until 5am... finally rushing around getting ready to make our 6am class. When we arrive to class we are welcomed by 2 rows of Bike trainers. 

We pick a spot and load our bikes on computerized trainers and get ready. We are all smiles now.... However we know Coach Todd is about to put us through the ringer!


So for the next hour we cycle "up hills" and "down", faster and even faster.... just when I think my legs are going to give out we get to the "easy pace" of our ride and then our cool down and the class is over. This morning it was nice to see the snow falling during class. It was a nice distraction from class ... I have to admit I was hoping that we would get more than a dusting. 

We loaded up our bikes and head out to breakfast with our group to discuss the class and our fundraising. Be sure to follow our adventures on this blog. You can also donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society on the Right of this page.

Blessings to you!

Jill & Wasey



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Supporter Comments

    "I would like to make this donation in honor of Niki Yarbrough who continues to inspire me to keep going even when the going gets tough and coached me through to my first three marathons. To Laura Campbell who has been a source of encouragement through all my running endeavors. To Jill and Wasey for this new found friendship. Good luck to all Team Wheel Crazy! You all are going to do so awesome! Thank you for helping the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society."

    Kade Graves

    Sat May 24 06:10:10 EDT 2014

Team Fundraising Total

Goal: $5,800.00
89 %
Donations: $5,174.00
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Team Ryder $860.00
Judy Cothran $550.00
Ryder Family $300.00
Kayla Williams -Abra Auto... $250.00
Chuck Lawson $180.00
Tiffany Daugherty $155.00
David & Sandra Gass $100.00
Laurel Mitchell $100.00
Emma Jane Pitt $75.00
Laurel Mitchell $55.00
Elizabeth Scutchfield $50.00
Kimbro Family $50.00
Cindy Garrett $50.00
Yunker Family $50.00
Kulkin Family $50.00
Anonymous $50.00
Brown Family $35.00
Krueger Family $30.00
T. Hickerson Family $25.00
M. Williams family $25.00
Hart Family $25.00
Crouch Family $25.00
Porter Family $25.00
Susan Adamson $20.00
Kade Graves