Introducing Gary Martindale
Gary Martindale is participating in his second Ride to Cure diabetes, although I’ve been told he intended to ride in 2007, but was sidelined by a kickball incident (ask him about it on the next ride). He will be riding in Death Valley this year. Gary is an IT manager at Eli Lilly, is married to Sandy and has three kids (Kasey 13, Brian 12, Jack 7). Gary is doing the ride “to raise money for a good cause, to enjoy the camaraderie, to stay fit and to see a new part of the country.” In addition to donating his time to JDRF Gary is also a regular blood donor and is expecting to reach 10 gallons (80 units) donated in 2009. Gary’s hope for the ride is to get a sense of accomplishment, both for meeting his fundraising goal and completing the ride. He was born in Ohio and his nickname is Fancy Pants.
It was a beautiful sunny day this past Saturday, but was a bit windy which made for a tough 20 miles (or so I'm told). Everyone survived the 20 miles, including Amarilis (Congratulations on completing your first group ride).
No organized rides this weekend, although I do urge you to consider joining one of the CIBA rides, you need to get in about 25 miles this weekend.
Our next ride will be next Wednesday, May 6th. Bob Karnak will be leading this ride which will leave at 6pm from the Marsh parking lot at 79th St. & Oaklandon (same spot as this past Saturday). The group will do about 15 miles.
On a personal note, I rode 3 miles on the stationary bike this morning, so the knee is improving. My goal is to be back on the bike in 3 weeks.
Best of luck to anyone who is participating in the Mini marathon.