My First Mistake

I must publicly retract an apparent “false statement” published in my post yesterday that has caused several grumblings and rumblings from one “Matt Roberts”. To clear things up, he did not stop for lunch on day 2, therefore, for a brief moment of time, he was actually ahead of Erin and I on the ride.

HOWEVER…

Our stellar performance and legs of steel proceeded to pass him up (big time) somewhere during the next 30-something miles. This was all after we had stopped for lunch, had a sandwich, chips, peanut butter bagel, cookies, drinks, refilled our water bottles, stood in line for the port-a-potties, re-applied sunscreen and chatted with the lady volunteer from Land Admin.

Final finish times in Austin:

Mary Anderle – 1:16pm
Erin Pang – 1:16pm
Matt Roberts – 2:01pm

And yes, maybe I did stay in a warm bed instead of camping out on Saturday night. And maybe I did start 30 minutes later. But really, isn’t this all for a good cause?

Alright, now that everyone’s egos are back in check…

I will say that everyone did a FANTASTIC job this past weekend. And yes, it was a “ride” not a “race”. So to clear up misconceptions that I was somehow competitive about the MS150…I was not. Just because Erin and I finished before the other guys doesn’t mean that we’re faster, better, more experienced, or even prettier than the others.

Slow down, Speedracer!

Well, I know you’ve all been DYING to know how my weekend was. It was pretty much your normal, relaxed weekend. Let’s see. The alarm went off at 4am Saturday and I hung out, ate breakfast, put on my spandex, you know. The usual. :)

Matt & Trisha were so kind to let me sleep over the night before (they live downtown) so I didn’t have to get up in the “3′s” to make it to the ride start by 5. Yes, I said the 3′s. May I never wake up in that hour unless it’s for a small child. Actually, my personal road crew (i.e. Seth) should probably be thanking them more because he got to sleep until a normal hour. It’s a little ridiculous actually. We didn’t start until 7:05, but you have to get there uber-early because of traffic and what not.

We had a BLAST! It was pretty cold both Saturday and Sunday mornings but we couldn’t have been blessed with better weather this weekend! Saturday was super windy though, which really put a lot of the riders behind. Last year I was in La Grange by 2:30ish on Saturday and this year it was after 4. For those of you who don’t know, I rode ONE HUNDRED AND TWO miles on Saturday and 65 on Sunday. Yeah, piece of cake!!! I surprisingly feel pretty good today. I had a nice little massage this morning and decided that once we become multi-millionaries I will be needing a weekly massage (along with my weekly mani/pedis of course…oh and facials)

There was a great turnout of riders and volunteers. A big thank you to Trisha and Ben for volunteering with the Anadarko and Cameron teams this year! You guys were a super important part of keeping the ride running smoothly and the riders happy. Speaking of Trisha, I will have more pictures to post as soon as she sends them to me. So…no pressure or anything…it’s not like you have a full-time job and a new baby or anything. Geez.

Here’s a picture of me and Erin at lunch on Sunday. Yes, it was still chilly. It was weird…we were at lunch all by ourselves. Guys? Where were y’all?

Oh yeah.

Behind us.

Suckers!

jk. I am only a little competitive.

It was amazing how much easier this year was than last. I guess experience really does help. Oh, and don’t worry…the 2009 ride is already scheduled for next April 18-19th! PLENTY of time to go buy a road bike and all the gear. You KNOW you want to.

To date, the MS Society has raised almost $10 MILLION!!! Donations will still be accepted for this year’s ride through May 13th. Again, I cannot thank all of you enough for your support and encouragement. It has been an amazing experience giving back in this way and I can’t wait to continue support of the MS Society in the years to come. Actually, the goal is to put them out of business! So please make a special place in your heart for this organization, its goals, and the victims.

Thanks and gig ‘em :)

Why I Ride

Champions Against MS is a free program that connects BP MS 150 cyclists with people living with MS. Together, we become partners in the journey of finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. On the BP MS 150 route, cyclists wear red colorful bandanas bearing the signatures of their Champions with MS.

(stole that from the website…they explained it a bit better than I could)

This year, my bandana holds significant meaning. Our friend, Daniel, from church lives with MS. I thought it would be fun to pick up a blank bandana and have him be my “champion” this year. And of course I made him pose for pictures.


Thanks Daniel, for your support and for being a good sport! :)

One more thing prior to “Race Day” (um, I know it’s not a race, but “my big race” sounds MUCH cooler than “my big ride”). If you happen to be reading this on Saturday or Sunday and are curious about where I might be along my route, click the following link:

http://www.racedayalert.com/BPMS150/Tracking.aspx

And enter my rider number – lucky 7462! It might only give updates at lunch and end of day…not sure. All this tech stuff is new this year but give it a shot anyway!

See ya at the finish line!

Live Witness

In follow up to yesterday’s ‘evil keyboards’ post, I received the following email from a fellow colleague (we’ll call her…Allison):

“I’ve seen it now! My warning label is different though…

‘To reduce the risk of serious injury to hands, wrists or other joints, read Safety & Comfort Guide.’

I did think I had carpel tunnel last week….I had a shooting pain in my hand for a bit. It must have been a false alarm because it’s gone now.”

THIS folks, must be the reason for the warning label’s sheer existence.

Type safely!

Death by Typing?

I just looked down at my computer keyboard and noticed the following label:

“WARNING! Risk of serious injury. Read Safety & Comfort Guide provided with product for further instruction.”

I had no idea what a dangerous piece of equipment this was! If I had a nickel for everytime I’ve been seriously injured by my keyboard…

What is your Purpose?

Something I think about quite often is my “dream job”. I was reminded of this again when Paula blogged on this same topic the other day. When we were younger, we drew pictures, wrote stories and poems, and dreamed about the answer to the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I assure you I never ONCE answered, “CPA! Bring on the taxes!”

I dreamed of being a figure skater (Kristi Yamaguchi was big back then), writer, singer/songwriter, FBI agent (sidenote: ideally, I would love to do what Jennifer Garner/Sydney Bristow did in Alias…minus killing people), doctor, lawyer, and more I’m sure.

Oftentimes I think we get caught up in what our purpose is for life, and are quick to associate that with our job or profession. I mean, why not right? We spend 8+ hours in the office each day…or we spend 8+ hours running kids around…(or 8+ hours wishing we could do the other!) I especially thought about this a lot when we read The Purpose Driven Life. I remember being so upset because I believed I wasn’t living my life to the fullest and achieving my maximum potential.

I would say, “How can God’s plan for my life include accounting?? I didn’t even want to major in this stupid subject. It stresses me out, half my colleagues spend more time at work than with their families, and I am not fulfilled while doing it.”

It took a wise man to make me realize that our job is just that. Our job. It’s what we do during the day to support ourselves and our family. People have always had them. Perhaps they weren’t always in air conditioned office buildings…but they’ve always been there. Whether you’re the village berry picker or the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, you’re doing what you do to make a living. I try to tell myself that nobody really wants to work.

(And another sidenote: if y’all are ALL for that, let me know)

But when you really get down to the purpose for your life, it becomes a bit more difficult. God has blessed each of us with different strengths and talents. How can we take these and apply them to our walk with God? Apply them to our daily ministry with others? Heck if I’ve figured it out. And perhaps our purpose evolves over our lifetime. Maybe my purpose right now is to learn as much as I can…and my purpose in 5 years is to apply what I know to help train my children to become disciples of Him…and my purpose in 5 more years is…

For a planner like me, separating profession and purpose is all well and good…but how can I combine the two? So this gets me back to “my dream job”. Defined as “what I’d most want to do if given the opportunity, with the right doors opened”

Welp, you guessed it.

Writer.

Books, magazine articles, devotionals, reviews (i.e. movies, books, restaurants)…whatever! I would love to do it. Problem is, my accounting degrees don’t give a strong foundation for a writing/editorial career. And I’m not going back to school.

So for now, I blog.

Just food for thought!

Bloody Moron!

Really? Seriously? He picked MARSHANA over sweet Holly?

I should’ve known this would happen. Especially after he threw out the friendship card last week to Holly.

BUT…MARSHANA?!

Good grief.

Well, at least Amanda and Noelle are still in the game.

(this post is about the Bachelor…for all you confused men reading this)

Monkey Bread

Here’s an easy short-cut to one of my favorite breakfast recipes. Because who has time to make homemade biscuits these days?

1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cans (16.3 oz each) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
1/2 cup raisins, if desired
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 12 cup fluted tube pan.

In large plastic ziploc bag, mix sugar and cinnamon. Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces.

Mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces

Bake 28-32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.

Tired. Of. Pedaling.

No, no I’m not bailing out on y’all. I am just a little tired! Bike riding is only so fun…for so long. Same thing happened last year around this time. I think I’m just a little burnt out. I am ready to SLEEP IN on a Saturday morning instead of waking up before the rooster crows to get across town with my bike. Sleep in, make pancakes, drink coffee in my pjs on the couch…yes! I will put that plan in motion the following weekend. And my husband won’t even be here to enjoy it all. Instead, he has chosen to galavant around at a bachelor party, fishing his little heart out. I’ll take the pancakes, thank you.

So next week at this time, I will be carb loading…

“I can’t go to Taco Bell, I’m on an all-carb diet. Gosh Karen you’re so stupid!”

(Sorry, couldn’t resist the Mean Girls plug)

and resting. and stretching. and praying. and probably blogging.

One more week until my trek to Austin!

A really cool thing they’ve done this year – 7,000 lucky riders (including yours truly!) were issued a mini-computer chip to attach to our shoe, that tracks our progress throughout the ride and notifies up to 5 people of our location and when we finish by text message or email. Neat, huh? I still have 3 notification spots open if anyone is interested! :) You’ll most likely get bombarded with text messages because I’ll be making such incredible time.

Another cool thing – I have crossed the $1,000 mark in fundraising! Thank you a hundred times to all those that have donated and are supporting this cause. There still is not a known cure for MS and thousands suffer daily. Each of you has played a part in helping to find a cure!

I’ll be participating in my last training ride this weekend – The Space Race! – in honor of Maggie. (Because that’s where I found her, remember?) I’ll be riding either 40 or 60 miles depending on the weather. Wish me luck.

Have a fabulous weekend!!