Monday, September 22, 2008

Summer Fun

Dodie all smiles after killing 40 miles at the CCC. White lighting and Dodie you come a long way since our 1st ride in the park!!

Rhino getting ready for his 1st CCC ride would he still be smiling after the ride??? Stay tuned for details!!!

I guess since today is the 1st day of fall. I thought i would post some pictures of some our past fun
Yes ,Terry all smiles but on the way back to Panera it was ride a mile air tire a mile not so much fun!!! but thats terry and the trail.

Shannon killing the trail!!!John honking his own horn!!!!

Summer brought so much summer riding fun.Whose ready for some fall rides???

Thursday, August 21, 2008


YES That's where i been!!! State Fair time
I thought if i drank Miller 64 i could slam down more corn dogs!!! Whose know's?? Sunday the last day of the fair is Abe's Amble a 10 k run.What a great event!! You start and finsh at the granstand. The course is very hilly and after mile 5 my knee was shot o well!! The Miller 64 still went down good after the race!!
I would like to congralate the Pearce's on 3 generations of running the Abe's how cool is that??? And our very own Bill Murry win's his age group!!!! YAHOOOO FOR Bill. Also a shout out to Angie Ryan killin the 10 k in less then 60 min well done Angie!!! Somebody email Angie and get her on the bike with us.
Peace out

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

July 27, 2008

Pictures from the Stoneman - you guys rock!!

We're So Proud of You Guys!!!

The Next Generation

There will be more pictures coming, but I had to post these few right now till I can get the rest of them up. The highlight of the summer so far is watching the proud faces of our boys when they finished their first triathlon for kids called "Dew the Tri" at the Nelson Center this past Saturday. We met up with another member of our cycling team and hockey family, Bob Brandon and his boys Jake and Ian were doing it also - I believe Jake was the veteran of the group as this was his third time, if I heard correctly? But Ian was in the same boat as our boys, a newbie! I think everyone had a blast - it was so much fun watching all the kids - I am glad we opened our kids up to this new experience! More pics coming soon! I invite all the boys to write up something if they want to and their parents can post it for them? GREAT JOB BOYS!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Stoneman Tri

This Sunday is the Stoneman - this i think is my 4th time doing this tri i think?? Parrothead peddlers will get a kick out of this - last year the night before the race was Jimmy Buffet nite at the Elks club and you guessed it. I was over served and the race was a tuff one...well the swim was tuff!!! I told myself last yr if i make it out of the water alive i will train harder next year!!

So with that being said, as you know, we had great bike training so i feel good about that! I did run on and off the last couple of months but nothing major and the swim well i just haven't been swimming!

So a week ago Sunday i started my push: my day started with a bike ride to the fit club which was 20 miles round trip. Then Monday I did a 30 min nonstop swim followed by a 30 min run then a ride back home. Tuesday I did the same; biked to club, did 40 min swim and a 40 min run then ride home. Then Wednesday biked to the club (feel like micheal phelps!) then swam for 50 min, then 45 min run, then a bike ride home. On Thursday I had a nice surprise - when I was going to leave Rhino was there dressed and ready to bike ride with me to the!!! Loved having him tag along. Well when we got there I was like ouch! Shoulder is killing me!! Maybe just a 30 min swim!!! But i did a 75 min run then we bike home!! It was a personal best for Rhino of a 25 mile trip. On Friday, shoulder was still sore - I did a mixed swim workout followed by a 45 min run, then a bike home.

I think I took Saturday off to rest but on Sunday I rode my bike to the Nelson Center and joined Mary and omg, the rest of the people in master swim club - omg!! What a workout!!! I swam for an hour and twenty min - I was dead!!! In fact on the way home on the bike I fell over and bloodied my knee but at least I didn't break the dozen eggs i had in my backpack!! You're right I stopped and bought eggs, bacon and the paper and was on my way.

Then this last Monday Beth asked me to start her car for her so I did - boy was she surprised seeing me sit in the passenger seat - she was like whats up??? I asked can you drop me off 5 miles from the house I am going to run home!!! A personal best for me - I made it home in 50 min!!

Then on Tuesday I needed to get my expedition from the marina so I jumped on my bike and rode to get it. It was like 25 miles there - it was a great route - I hit the interurban trail to chatham but since I had my mtn bike I jump off the trail did a little single track off road by the lake it was pretty cool.

Wednesday I found myself back in the pool for a 30 min swim. Thursday I took off. Today Rhino wanted to get a swim in since he's been gearing up for kids tri, so we rode bikes to the Nelson center for a swim. Then we headed to R&M to get his biked tweaked on the way home we zipped through the fairgrounds had lunch and then headed home!!






Wednesday, July 23, 2008


HOW COOL IS IT??? Some of the Team Copaxone kids will be doing the kids tri this Saturday!! I think its great kids watched us train as a team and they want to push themselves to step out of the box and try something different.

Last nite we had a great training nite with John, Terry and Shannon riding in to join us on the ride in the park! We had Chris running 5 miles in the park also we had Dodie and Beth doing a run and bike in the park. Speaking of kids Rhino killed 10 miles in the park nice work pal!!

Cavan, Brendan, Dylan and the bear got a great football workout thanks to Coach Mike!! And I cant forget Hannah as she tickle the twine for a hour!! Great job to all!!

This Sunday some of the team will be doing the Stoneman Tri. Beth, Dodie and myself are set to do the tri. So come out and cheer them to the finish!! Lets go Trudy Skip the swim join the girls on the bike/run part???

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tour de Corn

Terry and I decided to do a quick run of the 31 mile Tour de Corn loop before heading to the service for Jack Healy. It was probably the fastest I've done 30+ miles. We finished the ride in 2 hours 15 minutes. It was pretty overcast and we had a on and off drizzle. But all in all it was a nice ride. Very casual.

Our thoughts and prayers continues to go to the Healy family. We'll miss Jack.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Trails and Flats???

Sat morning we skipped Panera and left from Trudy's house. We were going leave by 7:30 but you guessed it we didnt leave till 7:37 !! Yes i guess it was my fault just ask Dodie.Anyway we decide we would just ride through town so we could get back to Trudy's for breakfast. How fitting was it we Stop at the Farmers market!! Wow the produce really looked good.I think i will have to add that to list of things to do. So as we rolled back to Trudy's.... Doug Was in the kitchen working away.We had Bloody Marys,cold beer and a pool that really gives you the WOW FACTOR!!! Breakfast was called and We were served the most AWESOME apple and banana pancakes and bacon!!! It really hit the spot!!! I have to admit i am sort of a plain pancake guy But wow i have been missing out!!! Doug can you share your secrets??? I know the team really enjoyed your hospitality THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! YES THE PARROTHEAD PEDDLERS WOULD LOVE TO COME BACK!!!!
Almost forgot the trail ate another tube from John what gives????

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

My 4th at Lake Geneva

Beer can chicken, country ribs my brother Steve and bro in law Tim.... sort of but that's a another story!! DOES IT GET ANY BETTER????? NO!!!!!

Beth and Patty cruzin Lake Geneva.

I woke up @ 6:30, looked out the window seen 3 wild turkeys and 1 deer. That was good enough for me to decide it was time to ride!! Since i have not logged a lot of miles on my new 29er, I thought today was perfect with the house still quiet i slipped out. This was the 1st deer i seen when i left the house.

I decided i would try to ride up Majestic Ski hill! I rolled out the driveway - it was down hill for about 3 miles easy fast fun ride. On the last rd before the ski hill i hit 34.2 mph on a fat tire bike wow was that fast!! I got to the base of the ski hill and headed up. I only made it about 1/2 way up legs, lungs was burning!! I was done had no legs !! Feeling bummed out, I rolled down and headed towards the town of Fontana.

All was not lost!! i found this little country store open. So i grabbed a coffee and Chicago Sun Times...aHH perfect morning! If they only had B&G!!

Here's the city pier in Fontana. In the background you can just start to see Majestic Ski hill. It was a great morning got my heart rate up so i thought i would try to climb the hill again.

You're right here's the picture i took when i fell over 20 ft from top of the hill!!!!! I layed on my back for 1 whole song on my ipod so glad it was champaign super nova which is a 7 plus min song i was dead!!!!

Like the view so much i had to post it twice!!!!

What a view??????? It felt so good to reach the top so glad i went back for more!!

Yes i was chicken going down 19.2 was top speed on the way down.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Country Tour

It was a gorgeous day for a ride. Beautiful. Six of us headed out for the country ride John has been trying to lead for weeks and weeks. It was awesome. Some nice hills. Little breeze. Quick straightaways. But who thought it would be a great idea to put down fresh gravel on a lot of those roads?

We toured Loami, New Berlin, Farmingdale and many, many farms in between. All and all we finished a bit over 40 miles as a group. Some rode to work off the 4th of July indulges, some (aka Kyle) rode for the promise of a chocolate pastry back at Panera. Personal bests for some - great Saturday ride for all.

Jack Healy and the entire Healy family - you all were in our thoughts and prayers throughout the whole ride.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Same Ole Same Ole

I felt like i wanted to post about our sat ride.Knowing i still need to report on the tour which i will do as time allows! Sat morning we gathered @ Panera and decieded we just ride the trail for a out and back 20 m. Seems easy right??? 8 riders and 3 flats later. We rode 20 m!! How is it a team of 15 riders the week before ride in the

MS Bike Tour: and log over a 1000 miles as a team with no flats and we get on our home trail and we cant go 20 m??? Anyone else ever have this problem????

We had a new rider join us this week Michael Higgins a friend of John's and owner of Maldner's downtown....MMMMM i wonder at this pace if he will join us again??? Hey Scott if John wasnt so busy pulling weeds or ordering me to pull weeds maybe he would of seen your keys fall out of your bike???? All in All it felt great to be back on the bike!!! Now Terry butter up and get back out here!!!!!!

I did learn one thing on the ride today!!!! Michael had a co2 air pump... Thinking i need one of those??????Hint Hint team if you want me to change your tire's maybe buy your captain a little gift????
Okay if your wondering the picture has nothing to do with my story!!! Just wanted you to see how cool our tent looked from last week!!! Thanks to Ann Coombe!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

# 955

My first number. My first event. I know this technically isn't a race, really it was just a ride. No one was competing against anyone else. Except ourselves maybe? Yes I was really nervous about this and I know, no one I told that probably knew what the fuss was about. The fact is I've always admired athletic people. So I was nervous to be stepping outside (COMPLETELY outside) my comfort zone into the company of all these people. Nothing like shouting for a spotlight when you're a square peg trying to fit in a round hole. That's what it felt like, in my mind. Something else I learned this weekend - I'm not the only one that acknowledges a portion of completing some harder physical goals you may set for yourself is mental. You must have some mental toughness to go the distance.

In the days leading up to this - I was completely nervous. Although I had laundry all washed and packed and ready to go two days before I left (which for those of you who know me is a sure sign something is wrong!), the morning we were leaving I was at the grocery store at 5:30am - asking what time they started selling alcohol (needed to get rum for the tent - its 7:00am in Illinois, by the way - I'm sure the folks at Shop and Save were wondering what the heck?!) then baking brownies for the tent at 6:00am, I couldn't find my ipod or my camera charger and left without them. I felt completely out of it - like I literally would have forgotten my head if it weren't attached. Yes I was very nervous!

This weekend was really - phenomenal - it was amazing in so many ways. Our team was assembled with every kind of person - from the novice to the seasoned cyclist. Some of us knew about things to bring like sport beans and cliff bars - some of us knew the pockets in the jerseys were a perfect place to hold lip gloss. We had ages represented from 3 different decades. We were every kind of person - a receptionist, a lawyer, a carpenter, a teacher. We were business owners, computer programmers, investors, engineers. We were mothers, fathers, husbands and wives. We were friends and we became closer friends. There are 14 different versions of how this weekend played out - and I'm looking forward to reading what everyone else's take is - but this is my version :)

I was looking forward to it being an adventure - and I was not disappointed! There was limbo! There was a pirate flag! There were pirate tattoos and Jimmy Buffet music and singing! (Also Sweet Caroline 3 times in a row - papow papow papow!!!) There were also miles. Lots of miles. For me - there were 50 the first day and 40 the second. I really wanted to continue with my teammates and go the last 25 miles Saturday and finish the 75 mile loop. The last leg before the lunch stop that day just killed me. I ended up separated from my team, then it seemed also like I was separated from many of the riders period. There was wind - at times it seemed to be blowing me backwards and I struggled to keep moving forward at a mere 9 mph, then dropping to 8 - I really struggled. My mind was playing tricks on me - did I miss a turn or something? I wished so much at that point I had my ipod. But I didn't so I put my head down and kept going as much as I could. There were two points like this for me over the weekend. This was the first. I started thinking about all my friends that had supported me and my kids and how they always were cheering me on - those thoughts made those last miles possible. I never stopped. Finally the lunch stop came into view that Saturday - I couldn't speak much when I finished that last 50th mile...think it rolled over to 51 then I heard cheering and cowbells and saw the volunteers in the purple shirts smiling and shouting words of encouragement. I rode through a little of the crowd and my eyes finally fell on the sweet sight of about 11 red, white and blue team copaxone jerseys sitting under a nice big shade tree. I'm not even sure if I smiled, but I wanted to when I saw my friend Dodie jogging up to me to get my bike for me - she said let me take your bike - go get something to eat and drink. Not even sure if I managed to say thank you but I hope my eyes conveyed it to her! WOW that was a tough leg. All in all Saturday went well. There was some rain early - but the temperature was nice and cool at the start. There were stops every 10 or 15 miles and they were great! When we trained, we didn't really stop much so it really helped and we all stayed together pretty much till that last leg for me and the wind hit. Whew.

I took advantage of our dear friend and tent captain Ann Coombe, who came to the lunch stop to pick up anyone that felt they had to stop. This included me and two other teammates. We very gratefully piled into her van with our bikes and were about 10 minutes back on our way when her phone rang and we went to the next stop to pick up a fourth who had had their fill of the day.

I went back to the hotel and wanted to shower and just rest a little, but couldn't make it past the bed. Once I opened the hotel room door and the air conditioning hit me - well that was it. I set the alarm on my phone because I wanted to join my team for dinner later - and flipped on the tv and layed down. Next thing I knew and hour and a half went by and the alarm was shrieking at me to get rolling and get in the shower. Never in my life has a shower felt so great. As I was drying my hair, some of my teammates came in and the queue for the shower began.

After we were all fresh again we went back to tent village to get some dinner and see what the barn party they advertised was all about. They served us all chicken, pasta and broccoli casserole, corn and rolls. It was really good - not sure who the caterer was but they did a good job feeding 1600 riders! We all ate at our tent and waited (and yes ok, socialized some more) for our tent to win (we thought) best decorated tent. Not sure how Citgo pulled it off - but they beat us :( But we didn't let it dampen our spirits! Other riders stopped by our tent to socialize with us (we were at LEAST the most fun tent!!!). In fact when I was at some of the rest stops during the ride and chatting a few times with other riders - they said they would stop by our tent least twice I said - just look for the tent with the flag - both times they said - oh yea - I know right where that is! :) LOL

Saturday night was a blast - we had so much fun - getting to know each other more, singing and dancing and making our own party - because frankly - we couldn't find the barn party. Maybe it was the big screen showing the Disney movie Brother Bear? Who knows? We made our own and it was perfect. OMG I had no idea Tim Healy was such a good dancer! And Ann!!! You shared your birthday with us! You are so awesome - I didn't even know it was your birthday till the presentation of the cake began :) Shannon - as ALWAYS helped make the party complete with her awesome music collection. The details we all bring to the table made it a complete success. John Flahive and Bob Brandon - I was so happy to see you guys join us Friday night - and so happy you rode with us Saturday. John and Bob both went on for the whole 75 mile loop Saturday. You guys are awesome!! Trudy - no matter what anyone says - maybe you didn't get to 75 (you surpassed me and kept trying after 50!!) you did win the limbo contest!! :)

Speaking of ROCK STARS - Mary, Ann, John Coombe and Terry all went on to ride 100 miles Saturday - you guys are truly incredible and inspirational!!!

Sunday morning came pretty early but the weather was sunny and perfect again. We left as a team at 7:30am and headed out on a new route - this one was a 40 mile route. Again we had rest stops and that helped. The first stop was at 15 miles and it was in a clearing of trees just off the road. I'm so impressed with the number of volunteers that were there - serving us water, bagels, fruit (the best watermelon ever!!) peanuts, chips, pretzels - whatever we needed they had for us. They were always there with smiles on and something supportive to say. They were awesome!

Our team was incredible - thank you to you all for all the words of encouragement - Ann and Mary - always telling me "good job!" or "awesome!" - you guys always lifted my spirits. Ray - thank you also - even when you're flying by at 26 mph and flashing the uniquely Ray "rock on" hand signs - you always made us smile.

During the last leg again I about came to my breaking point. Again thoughts of friends and my kids sustained me. There was wind and pain. There were tears and fatigue. Then Shannon and Terry came up to me and we rode the last mile or so towards town together - just before town we came up to a turn and there was the rest of the team - waiting for us so that we could all finish together. And we did. As we rounded the last corner, we came up to the finish line and there was Ann Coombe and Beth yelling and cheering us in! Beth - we love you and you brought us all together!! Thank you!!

Can't believe its over. I also got my first medal this weekend. Our house has lots of them from hockey, soccer, baseball - even ribbons from swimming. But finally - this weekend - a girl brought one home :)

All I have left to say is..... what's next??

Monday, June 23, 2008

More pics from the Tour

Yes Dodie you're really going to do this!!! Right???
Who is this guy????

Did John ever find the Booty???

Is Terry grabbing my ass???

Are the girls ready to call it a day???

Are they in Pardise??

Did we really find the check in???

Who Knows??

Stay tuned...the answer to these questions will be coming in the days to follow.

Is there more to biking then biking?????

Sunday, June 22, 2008



Way to go Team Copaxone

There's so much to say about our weekend...but for now I'll just post a photo.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thank You

Wow!!!! Was last nite our last tues nite ride in the park??? Not sure where to start?? But i thank everyone for there support!!! I wasnt sure when i thought about putting this ride together who what where would be doing this!! What a great group this has become!!!

Last nite show's us how far we have come. We killed 10-15 miles like it was nothing!! Laugh if you want!!!But you all learned how to KILL THE HILL!!!!

I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED THE RIDES AS MUCH AS I DID!!! Beth and I Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to join in our fight againest MS!!


Monday, June 16, 2008

The Flag Day Ride

I cannot believe we didn't mention our Saturday ride. I showed up at Panera with a small flag on my handlebars in honor of Flag Day. Just a small group this week to represent - Ray, John, Ann, Brenda and I headed out for our last team long ride!

It was a perfect day for a ride. The Saturday we've been hoping to have for weeks.

We did a quick ride up the Wabash and Interurban trails. So far, so good the ride was uneventful. Then we headed through Chatham into the country. But not so fast, a car didn't see Ann and Brenda behind me and papow....they came so close to being hit. We had the light and the right of way but that lady did not see more riders after the first 3 crossed. I am so glad you guys are ok! Way to be on your toes and peddles ladies!

Then still, heading out into the country, a doe jumps out from the fields and crosses right in front of Ray. She was gorgeous to watch once she passed - but she scared us all as she got so close.

We looped back around to Panera, Brenda and Ray peeled off to go head to their Saturday happenings. Ann, John and I wanted a few more miles and thought it was best to just do the trail again to get away from cars and deers; and that allowed Ann and John to go as fast or slow (back with me) as they needed to. Ann might have had another mishap while on the trail and John might have needed a quick pitstop - but that's not important now. ;)

In the end we hit a team high with 40+ miles. It was a perfect way to close out our Saturday training. Our team is MORE than ready for a weekend full of great miles and friendship. It's been a pleasure training with you all.

Now let's head to Dekalb Parrothead Peddlers.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

WOW, i got the best fathers day gift!!! Cannondale 29 er!! Had to hit a little single track this am!! This bike is fast!!Thanks,Beth,Hannah and Rhino!! Now off to the boat and the Elks for a little family fun!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Cheeseburger in Paradise Party - post 15 mile Sherman ride

It may seem by the pictures on this blog that we do some fair amount of socializing in addition to training, but as our captain has said, there is more to biking than biking!

We had a really nice ride Tuesday night - a change of scenery - 7 1/2 miles out, then back starting from the Larson's home in Sherman. Nice to have the Healys join us - we've missed seeing you guys! THANK YOU to Ray and Beth for hosting a GREAT PARTY! EVERYONE had a blast! If only I hadn't forgotten my camera - I only got a few pics on my camera phone - so I apologize for the quality...

Chilling on the back patio...

Here Ray is grilling for us (or was this when he was GETTING grilled? Next time try the Flowbee Ray)

The food was great!

Sunday June 8 - Lincoln's Home Recovery Ride

We couldn't complain a bit about the weather on Sunday - a beautiful day. We started at Panera - headed down the Wabash Trail, up over the Stanford overpass, past Four Seasons, and down 11th street. We looped around downdown past St. John's, then went down 5th street, turned down Capital, went up 2nd street and looped back around for a break at Lincoln's Home on 7th street. After a water break and a short picture session, we headed back out towards Washington Park, went through the park and continued on to our planned stop of day at Illini Country Club where our teammate Mary was just finishing her swim. We sat on the patio for some recovery refreshments - but no one knows for sure - were we recovering from the battle of elements from Saturday's ride? Or from the fish fry Saturday night at Dodie's? (where's my rum?) Either way it was a beautiful morning and a nice 16 miles.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Not rain, thunder, flat tires or bulldozers can slow us down!

Saturday's ride - all 33 miles of it - was quite an adventure! From carrying our bikes through pastures, being chased by dogs, bleeding into our socks, washed out roads, surviving flat tires, rain storms - taking shelter at Sonic, random duplex garage overhangs.... you name it and we survived it Saturday! Even more impressive as you see by the photos - all with a smile on our faces :)

Friday, June 6, 2008


THAT'S RIGHT!!! Our team is clipping off miles almost as easy as i cliped off my shoes! Last night was my 1st ride with shoes and clips.Wow what a difference!! What seem to be a choppy sloppy pedal stroke is now a smooth and fast powerful rotation.I LOVE THEM!!!

I cant belive i waited this long. I guess it came down to money how could a guy spend 200 bucks on shoes and clips and only paid 300 for the bike?? Just made no sense!! stop laughing Heals i know what your thinking!!!
Bike - Sunglasses

Click on the link: I got shoes and clips for 75 bucks. What a great deal!! Ditch the gym shoes and get those goofy looking elf shoes.

Last night we meet at Corner Pub for a thur ride.We killed 22 miles and headed into the teeth of a 30 mph wind. But on the turn around how sweet it was to have that wind at your back FAST FAST FAST!!! WAS IT THE SHOES WAS IT THE WIND ???Who Knows it was just flat ass fast!!
At the post ride meeting Ann Showed up with a sign up sheet for our tent.If you have not signed up for something please get with Ann and see what you can bring.

Sat morning note new ride time we will meet at Panera Bread by 7 am wheels rolling by 7:30!!
Our tripmaster has a 40 mile loop planned for us.With a nice rest stop at the 20 mile mark.Dont forget your sport beans and water!!!

Green tip of the day:
Biking is Pollution -Free
For every Gallon of gas burned it creates 20 lbs of climate changing CO2!!
I guess you get burned twice!! @ 4 bucks a gal!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

yea - i'm a city girl

Another perfect morning - what a great weekend! I was happy to be back on the bike today - since I was all rested up from my rough day of photography yesterday - LOL. Today was a recovery ride just through town - 22 + miles. Perfect weather - sunny and warm. What I learned today is that I really am a city girl. 22 miles through town feels a whole lot different than 22 through the country! I enjoy them both - but have an easier time of it in town, that's for sure! :)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

consider it ramped

How about a little biathlon to get warmed up for the main event in 20 days? How awesome it was this morning - perfect weather - clear and sunny - time to break in the jerseys. Seven of them got broken in pretty well today! Our team captain was two slots away from bringing home hardware even! I couldn't have been prouder of everyone - you guys did so great!!!

Oh - and just in case things weren't ramped up enough - Ray and Terry thought they might as well get in a little more fun and play some hockey against some guys from Canada - no big deal - they only won 9 - 3. AWESOME!!!!!