Introducing Kevin Strawbridge
Kevin is a first year JDRF rider, although he has plenty of experience on the bike. He is doing the ride “to achieve a health goal and to support a good friend whose family is affected by diabetes.” Kevin is a psychotherapist who is originally from Indianapolis. His wife Sarah, who has already joined us for a training ride, is the Program Coordinator for Indiana’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. Kevin’s goal for the ride is “to get to know some good people, support those touched by diabetes, challenge myself mentally and physically and to finish,” he is looking forward to riding with the team.
I would also like to announce that we have a Ride Champion from the JDRF Board of Directors. Susan Brown has agreed to be our link to the board. She has done some riding herself, participating in several Hilly Hundreds although she said she hasn't done a lot of riding over the past 6 years since she got a dog. Her daughter, who is also an avid cyclist, has had diabetes since she was 9 years old, which spurred Susan's interested in JDRF. We hope to get Susan to join us at the start of one of our upcoming rides, I know she is looking forward to meeting all of you.
There were 6 riders (Kevin G, Gary, Michael, Lisa, Dan & Bob Berger) on Saturday for our 15 mile ride followed by our youth ambassador kick-off, which was a lot of fun. Amarilis also made an appearance to send off the riders, hopefully she got her bike later that day and will be able to join us this weekend.
Our next ride is this Saturday, April 25th at 9am (be there at 8:45). We will meet at the far east end of the Marsh Supermarket parking lot located at the corner of East 79th Street (Fox Road) and Oaklandon Ave, out in the Geist area. There is a Chase Bank on the corner and we typically park / meet right behind it. Please be at the meeting site by 8:45am so we can get on the road on time. Our plan is to ride 20 miles, with a short break somewhere in between.
Following the ride we will have our monthly Ride Committee meeting, not 100% sure where, but it will be close by. All riders are welcome to attend. You can find information about the ride committee on the link section of the blog.
We will NOT have an organized ride the following weekend because it is the Mini marathon - best of luck to anyone who is running. However, just because we aren't riding, doesn't mean you can't. In fact, you should get out and do about 25 miles if possible. Check out the CIBA website (a link is provided in the link section of the blog) for organized rides, these are always a good option.