Empire State Ride : Day -3

I don’t normally blog. I rarely ever blog. Fine … I haven’t written anything in about a decade. At least, not anything that typical carbon based life forms would give a rats ass about. This will be different, I hope, because it’s important. And I know it’s important, because many of you reading this right now have in some way contributed to its importance. And I thank you, this is for you.

Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge?

Well, the results are in.

“The discovery of NEK1 highlights the value of ‘big data’ in ALS research,” said Lucie Bruijn, Ph.D., M.B.A. “The sophisticated gene analysis that led to this finding was only possible because of the large number of ALS samples available,” she said. “The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled The ALS Association to invest in Project MinE’s work to create large biorepositories of ALS biosamples that are designed to allow exactly this kind of research and to produce exactly this kind of result.”

Cancer is no different. We will make a difference.

Enough of that for now. The rest of this post is for all you cyclists out there … because, well, this is a cycling adventure. I’ve done several 100+ mile rides in a day, but never 520 over a week. I’ll bet there are tons of you saying “me neither!”. I hope by blogging about this experience you can share in it with me. Because, truly, cycling is a social activity which is so much more enjoyable of an experience when riding with others, rather than solo.

So, Day -3 (the ride starts on Day 1), how shall we begin? How about with “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly”

The Good

It’s happening. That’s all I really need to say. Thanks to all of you, our team has raised over $10,000 for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute via The Empire State Ride #NYC2NF. New tubes and tires are on the bike, chain degreased and lubed, waterproof camping bags acquired, blah blah blah. Turns out, one really needs to think through a week of cycling/camping and plan appropriately, especially when limited to 2 medium sized bags that will include your sleeping bag and (optional) pillow. Nonetheless, It’s happening, and that a is good thing.

The Bad

Nothing ever goes smoothly, does it? My training was going splendidly (several century rides, running 20–30 miles a week) until about 3 weeks ago when I moved the cleats on my cycling shoes up and in to prevent slipping I was experiencing while climbing. Well, after a 30 mile ride, I had pain in the ball of my right foot between the first and second metatarsals. So, I stopped excercising. Completely. The pain remained exactly the same for a full 3 weeks. Uh Oh.

(BTW, I found that I ate a lot more when not excercising … what is the deal with that?)

The Ugly

So, with less than a week to go, I went for a 20 mile ride and found I had to pedal “one legged” as there was too much pain pushing down with my right leg. Looking for a better option, here is the ugly I came up with:

That’s right … my solution to this problem was to install a BMX pedal for the bad foot so I could put pressure on the center/rear of my foot rather than the ball. I did a 20 mile ride today using that technique and it seemed to generally work … but will it for 520 without causing other issues?

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post as I consult an expert on what to do!