Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Exceeding Expectations: A call for your old bikes! Let's help the kids

Happy “Off” Season - (my 21 days completely off end on Monday and I can't wait to start training again - the pants are getting a little tight!)

Some of you are aware of a group called Exceeding Expectations. This group was co-founded by Cherie Gruenfeld out in California and works with at-risk kids in the inner city to change their lives using triathlon as that vehicle. The goal is not to develop the kids into elite athletes, but rather to offer them opportunities to participate in a lifestyle which is healthy, goal-oriented and very unlike that which they experience in their everyday lives. They strive to replace negative influences with positive role models and to instill in the kids a powerful new discipline of setting measurable goals and working hard to achieve them. This is a great program, in my opinion, and as they are in need of old bikes – I am sending this email.

These kids need a bit of help. They need your old bike. No…not that 1999 Litespeed that some of us still race on– although, that would be appreciated and a great excuse for getting the latest and greatest upgrade. I’m talking more basic than that – remember that old 10-speed you may have had as a kid? Yeah…that one hanging in your rafters or is collecting dust at your parents house. A local bike shop in California will be helping to make these bikes “race ready” or at least safe ride ready. My brother and I are going to donate the two bikes we got together in the late 1980s.

I’m writing this blog hoping that if you have one you might join me in donating it as well and maybe a check if you have a few extra bucks too. Please respond back if you are interested in participating. I’ll be organizing a “box and mail” communication for those who will be sending bikes.

If you don’t have a bike to send and you’d like to help…click on the first link below to send a check if you so desire.

To give you an idea about these kids, they are racing the CAF ½ Ironman this coming weekend! (Wow!)

A little more background….
I met Cherie Gruenfeld at the Lubbock, TX airport going to the BSLT ½ IM in June of 2000. Cherie is the 2007 Ironman Champion in her age group. (She is a multiple time AG Champion in Kona and has even appeared on the cover of your Wheaties box.)

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