Butch Byers's Team In Training Page
Racing to Save Lives
Welcome to my Team In Training home page, especially any first-time visitors! Team in Training members raise money to fight the blood cancers in return for training expertise and support. It has been an absolutely fantastic experience!
I am training to participate in the March 10 Solvang Century, along with the 41 other members of T in T's Winter 2007 Silicon Valley Cycling Team. Levi Leipheimer of Team Discovery just wiped out the Tour de California field in a time trial held over the very same Solvang roads this past Friday 2/23. I don't think my average speed will near 30 mph like Levi's did (maybe half that), but it was great to get an on-TV preview of parts of our course.
LATE BREAKING RIDE UPDATE!!! Fri, 2/23, rode 18 miles...in the rain. Sat, 2/24, rode 27 miles...in the rain. Sun, 2/25, got up at 5:30 to be in Santa Cruz for a 7:00am start on our last, longest training ride...80M. Guess what... it started raining. Hard. Torrentially, in fact. Seriously considered staying in bathroom rather than heading out. We made it a total of one mile before the head coach cancelled the ride due to safety concerns (Is it safe if you can't see?) Adjourned to Santa Cruz diner (I got to sit with Matt the head coach and Mike the coach who is a leukemia survivor, so I learned an awful lot even though I was not riding!). Went home. Decided to ride in afternoon, headed out at 3:30pm. Rode 20M... you got it, in the rain.
All this rain has enabled my fund-raising to catch up with training, and I am pleased to announce that with your help I have pushed to almost 90% of my fund raising goal!
If you haven't read them yet, check out : (1) the January 31 SLAC Today article on my Team in Training effort (article at lower left): http://today.slac.stanford.edu/a/2007/01-31.htm (2) the Valentine's Day article on Team in Training in the San Jose Mercury News.
QUICK SUMMARY. TRAINING MILES COMPLETED ~ 1800M. FUNDRAISING COMPLETED ~ $4300. I am gearing up for that final week push for both!!!
More on FUNDRAISING. Many, many thanks to my 57 contributors so far!!! To date I have raised somewhere north of $4000 in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma! I can't tell you how fulfilling your support has been. Dana Hayse won the first FFTR (free food training ride), although it was postponed for the silly reason of "torrential rain". Linda Knudsen won the second FFTR. Looking forward to contributor #60 joining in the fun real soon!
MORE ON TRAINING. Personal bests to date. (1) Single ride distance = 75M, on the Feb 3 "Old La Honda Odyssey". (2) Single ride climb = 4500+ feet, on the Jan 13 "Colin Magical Mystery Tour" of South Bay Hills. (3) Monthly mileage = 508M, in January. (4) Highest elevation ridden = 4777 feet, on Dec 26, at Red Rocks, west of Las Vegas. (5) Highest average speed on a long ride = 17.1 mph, on Feb 17, on the 65M "Tour de South Bay".
Number of hills conquered. I've given up counting. There are only two important pieces of information I've found I need... (1) how long will it take me to get to the top? and (2) will there be food there?... oh and I forgot (3) is there a bathroom anywhere around? But in honor of the Tour de California, here is an abbreviated honor roll of the hills we've conquered: Mount Eden Road; King's Mountain Road; Old La Honda Road; Altamont; Palomares; Calaveras; San Teresa....they even sound majestic, don't they?!? And in that time-honored test of local cyclists fitness, I did break 30 minutes going up Old La Honda (26:56, to be exact). And then I proceeded to clean out the food stop at the top.
Number of times lost = 4 (and counting)....
On-road mechanical problems of my ride group = 4. Oh the embarrassment of twice flatting on Foothill Expressway, including during the last mile of one ride. But Feb 17's flat, by Scott at the absolute apex of the Dumbarton bridge, allowed the rest of us 15 minutes to soak up rare winter beautiful warm sunny weather and admire the 60+ miles worth of views of the Bay Area in all its natural glory!
Road kill encountered. Well, I've finally had to give up counting this one, too. But two general observations (1) man, maybe we should allow hunting on the Peninsula, because the deer population has to be HUGE based on the number of car meets deer stories out there, especially along Sand Hill Road, (2) I had no idea OPOSSUMS got so BIG!
Most unusual sitings. 1 team of Clydesdales pulling a wagon down Canada Road (12/17/06). 2 wild burros causing a traffic jam on the Red Rocks scenic loop (12/26/06). 1 car off the road and 1 downed traffic light due to icy conditions in the Bay Area! (1/13/07).
BEST TRAINING RIDE = the Saturday Jan 6 57M Epic East Bay Journey past the Mission in Milpitas, through Niles, Palomares, and Dublin Canyons, down Foothill Road to Sunol, and then up, up, and still more up on Calaveras Road above the reservoir. One of my favorite all-time rides. Finished with first group to come in that day.
WORST TRAINING RIDE = the Saturday Jan 13 Colin Magical Mystery Tour. 57M of sheer torture. Innumerable short steep hills and 64 turns. No wonder I got lost. Many non-positive thoughts. Bonked somewhere around Mile 50 and asked good friend Beth to please lead me home. Finished with last group to come in that day.
ABOUT THE TEAM. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I'm completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line - a cure!
If you haven't already, please make a donation no later than March 9 to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance the Society's mission.
Thanks for your support. I did have my 7 year old son Jacob take pictures during rest stop #2 of our Jan 20 ride, but of course, we managed to misplace the box camera. I will try again.