Greetings Family and Friends,
On Saturday, August 18, 2012 I will ride my bike up Mount Washington, a 7.6 mile race to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeastern United States. The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is the largest annual fundraiser for Tin Mountain Conservation Center. With today's economy and tough times for a lot of folks, I reluctantly send this email asking for a donation, something you may be asked for from others in your life networks. Either way if you donate or not, send a word of encouragement that I will be able to remember or think about during the coming weeks of training, or even while I'm on the climb on race day.
Why do I ride? I'm forever dedicating my bike ride up Mount Washington in memory of one of my best friends Pete Roux, who was ice climbing in Huntington Ravine, on Mount Washington, and was killed in an avalanche, January 18, 2008. This will be my third ride up in the last four years. In 2009, I completed the race in 1:30:42, in 2011 I took over seven minutes off my previous personal record and came very close to my time goal finishing in 1:23:06. This time around I hope to get a "top notch" time and have again set a personal time goal of 1:18:08. That's one hour eighteen minutes, eight seconds. The seconds might be tough to nail down, so I'll go for within the eighteenth minute.
Many of you know that I'm out riding regularly, but I have started training heavily in the last couple of weeks, recently having my biggest mileage week last week at 169 miles. Getting up this beast of a climb is 90% mental and this mental game may be the toughest challenge of all, but I know the energy leading right up to the cannon blast start and the personal motivations will get me up that hill. When I'm digging deep in my soul at mile five and the view of the top of the southern gullies of Huntington Ravine come into view, I know that I will have a great burst of spiritual energy to continue the push to that time goal. When Steph is at mile seven yelling at me and running by my side for a few feet, I will surge forward to the finish with great force and speed.
Your donation, small or large, will help me with the motivation to achieve my time goal and help the Tin Mountain Conservation Center continue to teach people about our environment in the White Mountains. Information about the TMCC can be viewed, along with the ability to donate securely and conveniently on-line right from my pledge page - HERE
So in closing, I ask of you, in memory of Pete, please help me support a great environmental organization, the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, which has provided environmental education to over 75,000 students, campers and individuals throughout schools and communities in Northern New Hampshire and western Maine for over 30 years.