I've committed to cycling 1000 miles in September to help raise awareness and money for Childhood Cancer Research.
If you'd like to help out with a donation my "Rider Page" is at:
I'm extremely pleased with the support I've gotten so far. I've actually far exceeded my expectations for the amount of money I would be able to raise.
So ... with all those generous folks donating money to my "ride", presumingly expecting me to meet my 1000 mile goal, I certainly want to make sure I do my best to get all my miles in for the month.
I wanted to start out strong and got started on September 1st with another Century Ride, my third.
I was slower on this ride than either of my other two, with a riding time of 6 hours and 25 minutes, but my average MPH wasn't too bad for me. I do believe long rides are getting much easier for me.
In fact, I might attempt Century Ride # 4 this Labor Day Weekend.
We'll see how that goes. If you see another post on Sheppy's Blog: Century Ride ... you'll know I did it.
I did get started a bit later than I usually try to start on these epic rides, and as a result, I was riding in the heat of the day sooner on my ride. Luckily, it wasn't as hot as it could have been.
Even so, I drank almost 2 gallons of water over the course of the day.
For this ride, I rode 75 miles before taking a significant break. I did a nice big loop that got me back to my house right around lunch time.
At that point, my camel back was empty, so it was a good stopping point to re-stock and refresh. I probably should plan on packing more water for my initial loop if I do this again.
After lunch, I planned another loop to get me back around my house in about 20 miles. I finished up the last 4 or 5 miles around my neighborhood.
I wasn't going real fast at the end, but I thought that I probably could have done significantly more miles if I absolutely had to do it.
I don't think a year ago, I would have said the same thing, and I know for certain that 2 or 3 years ago I would have felt as good after riding 100 miles ... if I was able to do it at all.
I guess this means I'm really improving.
And as far as my yearly totals, I'm over 4,100 miles for the year, so assuming I get my 1000 miles in September, I'll have 5000 miles for the year by October 1st.
I've climbed over 222,000 feet in elevation (7.6 Everests), so I'm in good shape for my #10EverestsIn2021 goal.
It is all good.
Again, if you'd like to donate to help fight Childhood Cancer, my GCC Rider Page is at
Happy September, everyone!