Here’s a glimpse at our latest ride:

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Ten pfriends showed up for the fifth, and most challenging, training ride of the season. Although it’s a little early, we decided to venture off to purgatory. The weather was great (67° F), we had had a few good runs lately, and we were feeling tough. It was intended as a 40 mile ride with a few hills. But in Northbridge center, it was converted into a “must do purgatory.” Must do, doesn’t always translate into can do, but we did.

The ride covered 52 miles of hilly terrain. The elevation graph below tells it all. In fact, we climbed a total of 6,606 feet. Yes, that means we got over one mile closer to the sky.  As usual, all of the ride stats were captured and can be viewed by clicking here.  A photo slide show, with scenes from the ride courtesy of Caren Welden, can be viewed by clicking here.

I don’t know about the rest, but my recovery is still in progress, and nearly 24 hours has passed since the ride. We did not set any records for land movement, but we completed the ride, albeit out of gas for the last few miles. And at the end of it all, all that was on our minds was food and a nap.

On a final note, it’s great that we have this Memorial Day to reflect on those whom we have lost and meant so much to us. We do these rides and test our bodies in their honor. By joining this team, we became part of the tens of thousands of cyclists who call upon their strength to help others. Riding and training for the PMC is a way to channel physical, mental and emotional energy into something much greater than the athletic accomplishment that is gained by riding 192 miles. PMC cyclists use their strength to help those who cannot. With each mile pedaled, the PMC brings researchers closer to finding cures for various types of cancer that affect millions of people each year. The PMC team is a “unified force of people made whole by the belief in a single mission has the ability to improve the human condition.”

Phil’s Phriends are back on the road. Today, three of us braved the cold (46 ° F), but beat the rain. We did our reservoir run through Franklin, Wrentham, Cumberland, and Woonsocket. We completed 22.5 miles at a pace of 14.1 mph, which was respectable considering we have not been on bikes since the fall. However, it does indicate that we have a lot to do between now and August.

Julie won the fashion award with her mis-matched socks and “Flashdance” leg warmers, but she stayed comfortable. Michelle won the most in shape award and she set the pace. I’ll take a hit for wearing booties to keep my toes warm.

The map above shows the course we followed. If you click on the image, it will take you to a website which will give you all the data (and more) from the ride. You can also click here to get to the site. This info is made possible by a new toy: the Garmin Forerunner 305, a GPS tracking device and monitor. I’ll use it to track our training rides each Sunday. The data is uploaded to a site which lets you look at tons of information, including comparisons to other rides around the world. It will be an interesting way to track our progress.

See you next Sunday!

Core exercises

The March issue of Bicycling magazine had some good core exercises for cyclists. For those of us with “gut” issues and back pain on long rides, these just might be the answer. Just click here to get to the document. You’ll have that six pack in no time.

sfh_2006_for_web.jpgHere is another great training and teamwork opportunity. On Sunday, March 4, 2006, the Adirondack Club is sponsoring Spin for Hope! Spin for Hope is a three hour ride at the club from 9:00am-12:00 noon. This cycling event will take place simultaneously at participating New England Health Racquet Sportsclub Association (NEHRSA) clubs around New England.  All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. You can ride solo and commit to raising $300 or put a team together and commit to raising $200 each. The Club is aiming to beat last year’s total of $4,600!

Participants are encouraged to either register as an individual and cycle for the entire three hours, or form a team of two or more people and take turns cycling. The registration fee is $25.

Individuals registering to cycle the whole three hours are required to raise a minimum of $300. Those registering as part of a team are required to raise a minimum of $200 each. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraising individuals.

Questions? Contact Linda Busby at

Register at the Spin for Hope website by clicking here.

14635.jpgI sent out a note earlier about another ride coming up in June.  Its called the MS-150 and its a 2-day ride in RI in June.   Fidelity Investments sponsors a team that we can join as individuals and then wear our Phils Phriends shirts for the ride.  Fidelity picks up the cost of the admin fee and provides free lodging.  Your commitment would be $200.  I just finished signing up.

Here’s how you sign up (MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THESE STEPS!):

Date: June 23 & 24, 2007–celebrating its 20th year!

Mileage: Two options: 150 miles, 175 miles (the 25-mile ride is cancelled this year due to low participation)

Start/Finish:Cranston West High School, Cranston, RI

Overnight: Accommodations provided at Salve Regina University

How can you sign-up as a cyclist?Fidelity Investments will cover the cost of the registration and dorm room fee for you and any non-Fidelity friend or family member who chooses to ride as part of our team. This year, all cyclists are being asked to register online. Here’s how it works:Visit: www.ms150ri.comClick on the “Click Here to Register” linkClick on “Join a Team”Under “Register with an Existing Team,” type in “Team Fidelity”; Team Type is “Corporation”Click “Search for Team” and once the Team Fidelity link comes up, please click “Join”

Enter the Discount Code: Team Fidelity 07 (Please note: if you do not enter this code, you will be asked for credit card information and be charged for dorm room & registration fees).

Once you register online, the MS Society will mail you a packet of information that includes event information and fundraising and training tips. You will also receive your username, which will allow you to fundraise online—this is proven to be the easiest and most effective way to collect donations from family & friends!