Donate + Desserts

donateHi Friends! 

1 week and counting!!  The 2013 Katie Ride for Life is next Saturday in Amelia Island.  I’m training for my 62 mile ride with a TON of cycle classes this week and next and a few road rides.

I need your help! 

I set a goal to raise $500 for the Katie Caples Foundation to increase organ donor awareness through educational programs.   I’m almost half way there with 8 days to go.   I’m doing something special for those of you who can donate $25 or more.  For every $25 you donate, you will receive a sweet treat of a variety of my favorite desserts!  Please note: The gift is limited to residents of Jacksonville, FL.

Get Involved: Would you consider partnering with me by doing one of the following?

  1.  Become an organ donor  (check your driver’s license)
  2. Participate in the Katie Ride as a rider, walker or virtual rider
  3. Give! Click here to give online.

MAKE A DONATION It is convenient and easier than ever to support the Foundation by making your tax-deductible donation online. Whatever you can give will help — it all adds up. Thank you for supporting me at the 2013 Katie Ride event and providing hope to the individuals and families in need of an organ transplant.

Did you know: More than 116,500 Americans are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant? And while 90% of Americans support organ donation ONLY 43% have registered! A single organ donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance 50 more.

Info on the Ride:  The 9th Annual Katie Ride takes place on April 20, 2013 where there will be a bike ride of 18 miles, 36 miles, 62 miles, 100 miles and off road and a walk and a fun ride.  I’m challenging myself by participating in the 62 mile ride on the Y’s team, led by our CEO, Eric Mann!!!  The furthest I’ve ever gone is 37 miles so this really is a challenge!

Katie’s Story: Although only 17 and a junior at Bishop Kenny, Katie Caples touched more people than most do in a lifetime. Her ultimate act of generosity was the decision to become an organ donor. A decision that would save lives – literally. Katie was driving home on April 18, 1998 from a March of Dimes walk in Jacksonville when she was struck on the driver side of her SUV and killed. She provided the gift of life to five recipients (age 9 to 62) and enhanced the lives of dozens more because of her decision to be an organ donor. Her parents, David and Susan Caples created the ride in 2005 to raise awareness for the need of organ donors and create an organ donor education program.  For more information about the Katie Ride and the Katie Caples Foundation, visit www.KatieRideForLife.org. 

Thank you in advance for partnering with me!

37 miles. Let’s Ride!

ride breakfast

Since I signed up for the Katie Ride, I’ve been looking forward to putting some miles on my bike.  Today was my first ride of the year ever!  The plan was to cycle around Green Cove Springs, learn the rules  of the road, tips for an effective ride and ride for 22 miles.  I started out with a hearty breakfast; banana, organic oatmeal with flax seeds and blueberries and black coffee.  My dad was the leader so I got to draft the whole time.  Drafting is when you get within inches of the back wheel of the person in front of you to take advantage of aerodynamics, going faster and it’s easier.  For more information on drafting, click here.

We stopped a few times for water, tips and stretching.  The weather was absolutely perfect!  mid 60s, sunny with just a little bit of wind on some stretches.  My dad was so excited about some “treats” he had for me.  I should have know that if he is sharing any “treats” they can’t be real treats (aka- sugary, chocolatey goodies).  So here comes the first “treat”…. a HILL!  Yes, Florida does have hills.  We had a few treats along the ride but they were definitely great for training.  We averaged about 16 mph during the ride and I clocked just over 31 at my fastest (down hill of course).

ride

My gear wasn’t the best, but it was definitely good.  I road my hybrid bike which doesn’t have clips so I didn’t wear my cycle shoes.  My cycle shoes are awesome because I can get the full revolution, push and pull, on the pedals.  (These are a must have and I highly recommend them to anyone who does cycle classes at least once a week.)  My odometer was working (the only one in the group that did) and the whole ride just felt great.

We came across a few decision points were I had to decide what route to take.  Around mile 10, I decided 22 just wouldn’t be enough, so 30 was on the horizon. At 20, I decided I wanted to go as far as I would be riding in the Katie Ride, 36 miles.  So that was the goal, 36 miles!  36 miles (I thought to myself, am I serious?!)!  I had never even done 6 miles on the road!

Around mile 30, I was really starting to feel my legs getting tired.  Knowing we only had 6 left had to get home somehow, I pushed along strong until the end…. 37.11 miles to be exact!  2 hours and 22 miles!

ride distance

After my first ride of the year ever, I was excited to have breakfast for dinner…. oven baked french toast!  mmmm it was DELICIOUS!

frenchtoast baked

Now I am thinking that I may want to ride the 62 miles route for the Katie Ride!

What do you think of road cycling?  How does it compare to indoor cycling?

Donate: Katie Ride for Life 2013

Katie-Ride

April 20, 2013 ¦ Amelia Island, FL

Hi Everyone!

I joined team YMCA of Florida’s First Coast in the 2013 Katie Ride and have committed to raise funds to support the Katie Caples Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to increase the number of registered organ donors to eliminate the wait for individuals on the transplant list. Did you know more than 116,500 Americans are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant? And while 90% of Americans support organ donation ONLY 43% have registered!
Join me in raising funds to promote organ donor education. A single organ donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance 50 more.
MAKE A DONATION
It is convenient and easier than ever to support the Foundation by making your tax-deductible donation online. Whatever you can give will help — it all adds up. Thank you for supporting me at the 2013 Katie Ride event and providing hope to the individuals and families in need of an organ transplant.

Katie Caples was a junior in high school when she was involved in a tragic automobile accident, but her decision to be an organ donor saved five lives and enhanced dozens more. Her parents, David and Susan Caples created the ride in 2005 to raise awareness for the need of organ donors and create an organ donor education program.

The award-winning education program is supported by donations made to this event. Please help support me in this important project to save lives. For more information about the Katie Ride and the Katie Caples Foundation, visit www.KatieRideForLife.org.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration to partner in the mission!