Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Help Me Help Others

OK. Here’s the interactive part of The Bicycle Rack. Here’s where you get a chance to become a part of the amazing experience. Not just a spectator, but an active participant in what happens here at the Best Little Blog on the Road.

I am planning to ride in the 20th Anniversary of the Sam’s Club MS 150 Frisco to Fort Worth bicycle ride. But this is not just another ride. This is a two day ride. This is a 150 mile ride!! This is the longest ride I will have ever done. But there’s more to this ride than just my sore bottom.

This ride benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and their fight against the disease of MS. And, in order to do my part in the ride, I need to raise money. Every rider is required to raise at least $300. This is where you come in. You can help me in two ways:

1. Donate Money – On the right side of my blog is a section called “Tandem Ride” and in that section is a link where you can donate money to the National MS Society and it will be credited to me as the rider and fundraiser.

I’m calling this “Tandem Ride” because a tandem is a bicycle that is ridden with the help of another person-and that’s what’s happening here. I’m going to be riding this ride with the help of another person-YOU!

Also, please pass on this information to your family, friends, coworkers, exiled dictators, etc. Ask them to drop by The Bicycle Rack, invite them to check it out, and they can donate as well.

If you or yours are not comfortable with donating via the Internet then whenever you see me at church, riding along the street, doing yard work in my front yard, etc. then feel free to walk up to me and give me money. I will gladly accept cash, checks, gold bullion, and/or diamonds and precious emeralds.

And, as a CPA, I would be remiss if I did not remind you that all donations to the National MS Society are fully TAX DEDUCTIBLE to the extent allowed by law.

2. Encourage Me – Whenever you see me say things like “You can do it!”, “You’re not an idiot for trying to ride 150 miles in 2 days(back to back).”, “The numbness will go away after a couple of weeks, maybe.”, “You can do it”, and other encouraging things like that.

You can also send me encouraging cards in the mail, bake me “encouragement” cookies, buy me “encouragement” presents, etc. The point is for you to help me make it through the ride.

I’m not gonna lie. I’m a little nervous about trying to ride such a long distance over two days so any encouragement I can get will be a big blessing to me.

That’s it! That’s all you’ve got to do and you can be a part of a special event here at The Bicycle Rack. I appreciate your support, your donation, your interest, and your prayers. Please consider partnering with me to help this great organization in their fight against MS.


Johan Jordaan said...

You can do it!!!

When is the ride? How much time do you have to prepare?
How much do you currently ride per week?

Keith Hollar said...


Thanks for the encouragement. The ride is the first weekend in May, so I have plenty of lead time to get ready. I ride between 30-70 miles per week depending on the week. After April 15, when tax season is over, I'll have more free time to ramp up my training more just prior to the ride.

mdlea_eng said...

I haven't ridden since the Saturday before Christmas. I intended to ride the day after Christmas out at my father-in-law's place along the Red River. There are great hills out there. I got the bike, the cold-weather gear, water bottles and everything you can think of. When I got up early that morning to ride, I realized I had forgotten my cycling shoes. So, I went for a run. The next day, I came down with a pretty bad cold which I am just now over. I plan to put in 40 miles tomorrow morning.

Jennifer Meachem said...

“You’re not an idiot for trying to ride 150 miles in 2 days(back to back).”

sorry... couldn't resist :o)

and also, you CAN do it!

Johan said...

Try to do one seriously long ride a week for just 3 or 4 weeks and see what that does for your form. I'm talking 75 - 90 miles. Don't know if you have done something like that. Don't do it to close to the event. Maybe do that leading up to tax season and then try and just do 2 x 30 miles during tax season if you can't do any more than that. It will maintain your form.

To answer your question on my blog. the 94.7 Highveld Stereo Classic sucked. It was raining really hard and I lost the bunch on a downhill so I ended up going 45 miles solo. I managed to finish the 60 miles in 3 hours 2 minutes. I was aiming for 2 hours 45 minutes.