Friday, January 7, 2011

Watch this space

I'm talking Destiny with a big D, my friends. That's the feeling I have about this wild and crazy plan I've just hatched.

It started with, of course, the advent of the New Year and the whole resolutions bit, which I really suck at. Resolutions, I mean. I'm not really bothered by this a whole lot, since I suspect I am not alone in this matter. In fact, I don't believe I personally know anyone who does well at them.

Actually, I suppose Walu is pretty good at resolutions, but then, he's really Superman in disguise, so that doesn't count.

Anyway, in spite of resolving not to do resolutions this year, I kept thinking of a few things I'd like to do, and at the top of that list was getting back into a fitness routine.

I started casting around for something that would keep me motivated and resistant to distraction and slackitude. I thought about running races again, since I am very good at focusing on my training when I have a specific race in mind. The problem is that my knees just don't like racing anymore, but since I am an old thoroughbred from waaaaay back, I am not capable of easing up and just "fun running." The gun goes off and the next thing I know the legs are out of the gate like they are Seabiscuit following a carrot that's been battered in oats and deep fried.

So I thought I might try a charity ride, instead (since there is no danger of me trying to go fast on a bike), and I came up with one that fits the bill nicely: A 45-mile ride at the Austin Livestrong Challenge next October. That's a goal I can get behind, and with it in mind, I started training this week.

But wait! There's more!

While I was thinking about the Livestrong Challenge, I starting to dream about having my very own Bike Garden cycling jersey to wear for it. Now, y'all know how I feel about cycling jerseys, so naturally, once I got the idea in my head, there was no turning back. Just as naturally, the design had to feature Pearl and Henrietta, and the one I've created, if I may say so, is cuter than a bug in a sparkly tutu. You'll have to wait a little longer for the big reveal, though, since I am going to do a separate post about it once I have some final details in place.

But wait! There's more!

The jerseys are so adorable, in fact, that I could see people wanting one for themselves, so I decided that I might even offer them for sale here on the blog. And since I am not doing this for profit, I thought that any extra money I made on the jersey could be donated to the South Plains Food Bank farm (Yes! They have their own farm! They believe in fresh vegetables!).

Is that a great plan, or what? I get all goose-bumpy and dizzy just thinking about it.

But wait! There's more!


The really cool thing about jerseys is that they can be (and often are) rolling billboards. As I was thinking about donating any profit I make from the jerseys, I thought it would be brilliant to put the SPFB's name on one of the sleeves to give them a little plug.

But wait! There's more!

As if a charity ride and an adorable cycling jersey-the-profits-of-which-benefit-the-SPFB were not enough to make this an incredible, motivating, kick-in-the-pants-and-get-fit plan, here is the best part of all: 

I will ride 2000 2011 miles in 2011 for the South Plains Food Bank farm this year.

Yes, that's right. And, as you might have guessed, I am going to ask you for a pledge of a penny a mile to hold my feet to the fire. A penny a mile! What a great deal! 

You can, of course, pledge more than this, but it's going to take you a penny a mile to buy in to the excitement. That's a twenty-dollar-and-eleven-cent donation to a great operation, brothers and sisters. And here's the kicker: if I don't ride 2011 miles this year, you don't have to donate.

If all goes well, at the end of the ride I will make a big announcement, throw some confetti into the air, and ask you to go to the SPFB website and donate directly to them.

I've put a little ticker up at the top of the page so you can track my progress. Right now, I'm up to 68 cents. An auspicious start for the first week of the year, in my humble opinion (I am counting both commuting miles and training miles, because I absolutely believe in hedging my bets).

This is HUGE! It's Destiny! With a big D! So watch this space to see how it all goes. And if you'd like to sponsor me on this crazy ride, leave a comment (saying specifically that you'll pledge), shoot me an email at the address on the sidebar, message me on Facebook, or DM me on Twitter. I'll put your name on the sidebar as a supporter of The Bike Garden Challenge (unless you want to be anonymous).

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go put some air in my tires.

Note: And by the way, progress is still being made on both the ottoman and the novel. The ottoman will probably be finished sometime on Monday or Tuesday of next week. The novel, however, will take a little longer. I am not as prolific as the amazing Dee Nash, who is apparently capable of writing an astonishing twenty pages a day.

59 comments:

  1. Put me in for the donation challenge!

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  2. Your name is going at the top of the list!

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  3. Susan, my Canadian pennies are behind you all the way.

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  4. Yo! I am the copper wind beneath your wings ... um, tires.

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  5. I'm putting you down for $20.11, Cindy!

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  6. Count me in for donating! This is a great idea.

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  7. You go, Susan! I'll pledge copper from southcentral Colorado, where we're on the route for NAs biggest bike road-race this summer, the brand-new Quizno's Challenge. They won't be riding 2011 miles, so you're ahead already!

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  8. Thanks, Susan! I'll be watching that race, too. Wish I could be there to see it in person...

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  9. This is a fantastic idea! I may have to but me one of those jerseys, we'll see how the student loan payoff rate is looking first though. You've inspired me to make a trip home to austin in october as well, if it's feasible!

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  10. Come on down, Kristin! We'll ride it together in jerseys with P&H on them.

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  11. Love it! Pearl and Henrietta on a jersey, great exercise for you, and a donation to a worthy cause taboot. Perfect! Can't wait for the jersey reveal!

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  12. As a good Tech Terracer (on 20th Street) and great fan of your blog, Susan, please add me to your donor list--it's a great thing to support the SPFB in this unique and fun way!
    SarahLee Morris

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  13. Cool idea!! Count me in, too!

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  14. How exciting! I can't wait to see your jersey, and you can count me in for the donation challenge. I'm getting on the fitness wagon again as well and have signed up for a Ten Miler run in April. I'm hoping my knees will hold out, though I've never had a problem with running too fast :) My sisters and daughter are running with me. Maybe we should design a running jersey!

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  15. Thanks, Sarah! I'm glad you're a neighbor!

    Thanks, Susan! Woot!

    Thanks, Ginny! I don't know your last name, so I've just put your first on the supporter roll.

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  16. I'll definitely support you in this!! Sign me up

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  17. What a great idea!! I keep trying to think of ways to make all of the running I do (1514 miles in 2010) mean something more. Inspired!

    There are so many worthy non-profits that can benefit greatly by this type of micro-charity.

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  18. Wow, wow and wow. I am so impressed. You know how much I love the girls. A jersey with them will be splendid. How can I help.~~Dee

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  19. Oh yea...count me in!!! Anything to get you off the couch. Very noble and worthy cause. I support you 100% and then some. I might even donate $40.22.....

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  20. You have left me MOTIVATED. I'm planning on paying you the WHOLE $20.11. And I'm thinking of ways that I can copy your great idea to deal with my ever widening "writer's rear" that keeps showing up in pictures I see of myself! My half marathon quest (end of April) has been only puttering along. I like your idea of gathering friends around you to shout, "Run, Forrest, Run"... or in your case "Ride, Susan, Ride!"

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  21. Dee--I'm putting you down for a pledge! (You're going to love the jersey!)

    Anna--Thanks for your help! That couch was calling my name.

    Barbara--Thanks for the pledge! And good luck with the half-mary. You can do it!

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  23. Count me in too. The SPFB is one of my favorites and so is your blogg. This is a good idea.
    La Nelle Ethridge

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  24. I can't wait to see the jersey - if it's not too girly I'll buy one for my bicycle-racing husband. And yes, I'm in for the donation thing.

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  25. Thanks, Barbara! And you are definitely going to want a jersey--they're going to be a very high-quality.

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  26. I am sooooo in, you can't dig me out.

    xoxot.

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  28. Count me in, too -- and what a great way to support our SPFB!

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  29. I'm in too, Susan. In fact, I'm quite certain you'll achieve this goal!

    Kurt

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  30. you inspire me! will pearl and henrietta accept the full $20.11 in pennies? count me in!

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  31. Andrea, I believe they would accept that! Thanks!

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  32. Susan, count me in, too! What an excellent thing to do...
    Lisa

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  33. I will raid the family's change bowl, if you ride that bike 2011 miles. I am sure there are at least 2011 pennies in this house. Feel the wind in your fur!

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  34. Hey Susan--what a great idea. I would like to contribute 5 cents per mile! Stay warm.

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  35. Hi Kathy--Thanks! It is much appreciated.

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  36. Susan - What an exciting plan! Please put Prairie Workshop down for $20.11

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  37. Count me in, Dr. T! What a great idea!

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  38. Terrific, Natalie! I'll put you down on the list of sponsors.

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  39. I see you've got us down for the 2011 challenge. As they say, you go, girl.

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  40. This post is so inspirational - so much so I've decided to get back in swimming training so I can do 2011 metres in a session.

    Would also like to donate my pennies - do you have a JustGiving (or similar) page to enable me to do so online?

    And I love your cycling jersey - Pearl and Henrietta set it off very well. They do like getting involved don't they ;)

    WV says nudge - which was enough to get me de-lurking :)

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  41. Woot! Very cool, Veep! You go on that swimming!

    And thanks very much for your pennies. I'll put your "screen name" down on the sidebar. There should be a "donate button" specifically for the bike challenge on the SPFB website in another week or so. I'll send out an announcement when it is up. You can either donate straight away or wait until I've completed all 2011 miles. Either way, the money will be put to good use!

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  42. Count me in for $20.11!!! This is a brilliant idea! Thanks for finding me...ride the the wind =)

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  43. Hey Susan, is there still time to donate to your worthy cause? I clicked on the jersey but I don't see a way to make a pledge for your particular challenge. I will pledge a penny per mile for you...just let me know when you are finished and I'll send a check to the address you listed unless I'm supposed to send it in advance, in which case, I will. Good luck and keep up the great work;-)

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