Thursday, December 11, 2008

2009 Team in Training Events

My husband and I are getting ready to start our 4th season with the Palm Beach Team in Training cycle team. Team in Training is the main fundraising program for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Team in Training will help you to train for a marathon, triathlon or century bike ride, and in return you pledge to raise a certain amount of money for the Leukemia Society.

My husband will be co-coaching the cycle team that will be training for the Tahoe century bike ride. Although I have mentored the last two cycle teams, this year I have decided to go back to being a team member, so that I will have more time to participate in time trial races, duathlons and running events.

2009 Team in Training Events
April 19 - FAU Wellness Triathlon - sprint triathlon - Boca Raton, FL
April 26 - St. Anthony's Triathlon - Olympic distance - St. Petersburg, FL
May 31 - Rock n' Roll Marathon - run or walk full marathon - San Diego, CA
June 7 - American's Most Beautiful Bike Ride - 100 mile road bike ride - Tahoe, NV
June 27 - Rock n' Roll Seattle Marathon - run or walk full or half marathon - Seattle, WA

Palm Beach Information Meetings
Tuesday, January 13 - 6 PM
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society office
4360 Northlake Blvd, STE 109
Palm Beach Gardens

Wednesday, January 14 - 6 PM
Delray Beach Public Library
100 West Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach

Thursday, January 15 - 6 PM
Fit 2 Run @ The Mall at Wellington Green
10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.

Thursday, January 15 - 6 PM
Vero Beach Community Center
2266 14th Ave.
Vero Beach

Saturday, January 17 - 10 AM
Boca Raton Community Center
150 Crawford Blvd.
Boca Raton

Saturday, January 17 - 9 AM
Nike @ The Gardens Mall
3101 PGA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens

Tuesday, January 20 - 6 PM
Holiday Inn
1301 Belvedere Rd.
West Palm Beach

Tuesday, January 20 - 6 PM
Fleet Feet Sports
2440 NW Federal HWY

Wednesday, January 21 - 6 PM
Fleet Feet Sports
19635 State Road 7, Unit 37
Boca Raton

Wednesday, January 21 - 6 PM
California Closets
287 E Indiantown Road, STE 7

Thursday, January 22 - 6 PM
IRCC Schreiber Conference Center
500 NW California Blvd.
Port St. Lucie

Saturday, January 24 - 9 AM
The Community Foundation
700 S Dixie HWY
West Palm Beach

Saturday, January 24 - 4 PM
TGI Friday's
6200 20th St.
Vero Beach

We hope to see you at one of the Team in Training information meetings. For further information, contact the Palm Beach Gardens Leukemia Society Office at 561-775-9954.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon

Sunday, February 22, 2009 marks the date for the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon. Runners have the option of signing up for either the half, 13.1 mile, or full, 26.2 mile marathon.

Proceeds from the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon benefit the United Way of Broward County.

The marathon starts at 6 AM from the Museum of Discovery & Science, and finishes at South Beach Park.

The Publix Health and Fitness Expo takes place on marathon weekend. Runners must pick up their registration packets at the Health Expo, no race day packet pickups are allowed. The health expo takes place on Friday, February 20 from 1 PM to 9 PM, and on Saturday, February 21 from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Race participants receive an organic cotton event t-shirt, personalized bib number (if registered before January 1), athlethe's reusable goodie bag and a shell themed finisher's medal.

Go to to register online before 2/17/09.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Friday, November 14, 2008

Turkey Trot 5K/10K

BlueCross BlueShield of Florida presents the Turkey Trot 5K/10K run on Thursday, November 27th. The run, which takes place on Thanksgiving morning, starts at 7:30 AM from Tropical Park in Miami, Florida.

For further information visit:

Proceeds from the race will be used to benefit Miami-Dade Parks Youth programs. You are also encouraged to bring food for the canned food drive.

This is race #3 of the BlueCross BlueShield of Florida running series. According to the race brochure, "The series is a way for South Florida to get up and go. With 10 races based around the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, everyone can plan their training and get in shape by running or walking any or all of the races. Anone who completes 6 of the 10 races will receive a special award."

Take care,
Lynn Smythe

Friday, October 31, 2008

Pedal for Prevention

Pedal for Prevention, created by Expresso Fitness and the American Diabetes Association, is the first-ever virtual ride-a-thon, taking place in conjunction with National Diabetes Awareness Month. To participate visit There you can create your own personal pledge page, find participating gyms and then raise money by logging miles on Web-enabled Expresso Bikes at the gym of your convenience between November 2 and November 16.

Expresso will track riders' mileage and the total funds raised by each rider. 100% of the proceeds from Pedal for Prevention will go to the American Diabetes Association. The goal of Pedal for Prevention is to educate Americans on the importance of exercise in managing and preventing type 2 diabetes, especially the 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes and 57 million with pre-diabetes.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Charity Garage Sale for Team in Training

The Delray Beach Team in Training marathon team is holding a garage sale on Sunday, November 2nd. Team in Training is the main fundraising program for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. All funds raised at the garage sale will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


WHEN: Sunday, November 2nd - 7am

460 NE 36th Street
Boca Raton, FL

There will be bagels, hotdogs, clothes, kitchenware, baby stuff, lamps, etc.
Stop by and support the cause (or at least email this info out to all of your friends). :)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Product Endorsement Disclosure Statement

Charity Fitness Events is produced by freelance writer Lynn Smythe, AKA the Bike Diva

Bike Diva Product Endorsements
The Bike Diva is occasionally contacted by marketing companies to see if she would be willing to provide an endorsement for some of the products their clients manufacture. The Bike Diva would need to receive one or more samples of the product to test out before an endorsement can be written.

Disclosure Statement
The Bike Diva may receive free merchandise in exchange for writing product endorsements. Bike Diva NEVER receives monetary compensation in exchange for product endorsements. The Bike Diva personally tests each product that is submitted for review. Products are tested in a variety of conditions including road biking, mountain biking, trail running and road running. Products submitted for review may undergo additional testing by amateur athletes that participate in marathons, triathlons, duathlons and other sporting events.

Here are links to the products that have been endorsed by Bike Diva site.


Jig-A-Loo All Purpose Lubricant
Jig-A-Loo Giveaway & TNT Yard Sale
Pictures From Jig-A-Loo Giveaway
Jig-A-Loo or Jig-A-Patch for Free

Bethesda Sunscreen Soap

Review of Bethesda Sunscreen Soap


PowerBar Products
Review of PowerBar Gel Blasts
Energy Gels for Endurance Sports
PowerBar Endurance

Action Wipes

Review of Action Wipes
Products Used During Intracoastal Century Ride

Items that are currently being tested for a future product endorsement.

Bike Diva is currently working with the following companies to test out and provide reviews of their products:

  1. Hydrapak - hydration packs
  2. Oakley - sport performance eyewear
  3. ZICO - pure coconut water
  4. VE2 - Energy Gum
  5. Nexcare - waterproof sports bandages
  6. Vital Action - sports performance water
  7. Detour - activity bars
  8. YogaFit - yoga DVD for Cyclists
  9. EKHO - WM108 and WM128 heart rate monitors and Bee Fit pedometer
  10. Dr. Jeff Spencer’s bookTurn it Up! How to Perform at Your Highest Level for a Lifetime
  11. Todd Crandell’s book Racing for Recovery: From Addict to Ironman and DVD Addict: Racing for Recovery, The Todd Crandell Story
  12. Tom & Jerry Caraccioli’s book Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.
  13. Expresso Fitness - I’ll be traveling to a local gym to try out their upright stationery bike.

Future Product Endorsements
If you are a marketing company, or company representative, and would like your product endorsed on the Bike Diva site, please contact Lynn Smythe for further details. The Bike Diva writes for other sites including Charity Fitness Events and Charity Mile, so there is a possibility that the endorsement will appear on one of those sites in addition to or instead of the Bike Diva site.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Monday, October 13, 2008

3rd Annual Halloween Costume Birthday Party

Rob's Birthday Party
If you've been to the last few Team in Training cycle team rides, you should have gotten your invitation to Coach Rob's 3rd Annual Halloween Costume Birthday Party. Photos of some of the decorations can be viewed on Photo Bucket -

Here's the details on the party for anyone that needs them.

What: Rob's 52nd Birthday Party & Halloween Costume Party.

When: Saturday, October 18th 8 PM to MIDNIGHT (Rob's actual birthday is on the 21st).

Where: Smythe Residence, Country Club Acres (CCA), 5312 Cleveland Road, Delray Beach. CCA is a non-gated community. Google our address if you need directions. Call if you get lost, but I'll probably be playing with ghosties the night of the party and won't even hear my phone.

This is a BYOB party. If you would like to indulge in a few spirits while at the party, please bring them with you. We will have bottled water, soda, ice tea and other non-alcoholic drinks available. And there will be lots of yummy food and Halloween candy too. If you are planning on bringing a bottle of wine with you, remember to bring a corkscrew. We don't own one!

Note: Please, no presents, unless you are going to buy Rob that new $12,000 time trial bike he wants. Donations to Team in Training always accepted, I'll make sure they go to TNT and not to Rob's time trial bike fund.

Questions? E-mail Lynn:

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Team in Training Jewelry Party Fundraiser

My friend, and fellow Team in Training cycle team member, Eileen Schectman is hosting a jewelry fundraiser at her house on October 1st. The jewelry is from Premier Designs.

Here are the details:

Eileen is hosting a Premier Designs jewelry and fashion show

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Come out to help a good cause. We'll share the latest in accessorizing for the fall. It's a jewelry show loaded with fun and fashion. Designer inspired quality jewelry at affordable prices ($8.00 to $98.00)

When: Join us on Wednesday, October 1st. The fun starts at 7 PM.
Where: 1024 SW 42nd Ave., Deerfield Beach, FL

To add some excitement, we will be raffling off some fun prizes and jewelry!

Eileen is asking everyone that plans on attending the event, to please RSVP to 954-429-0241 or 305-283-5748.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Hold a Yard Sale as a Charity Fund Raiser

ABOVE: Members of the 2008 Team in Training cycle team at the yard sale.

Charity Fundraising Yard Sale
On Saturday September 20th, members of our Palm Beach Team in Training cycle team held a yard sale to help them raise funds for the Leukemia Society. My husband, the team coach, and I hosted the yard sale at our house in Delray Beach. We have a large yard, 6/10th's of an acre, and two driveways, so we knew we had plenty of room for a yard sale.

We parked all the team vehicles in one of the driveways, and setup all our merchandise along the edge of the front, semi-circular driveway. That still left plenty of room for customers to park along the street, although we still had a few that tried to park in our neighbors driveways.

Although we had TONS of donated merchandise to sell, and a huge crowd of people, we still didn't raise that much money for the 4 members of the team that were conducting the yard sale. 99% of the yard sale customers were from another country, and didn't want to pay very much for any of the items. They were looking for bargain basement deals. We didn't want to end up with a bunch of unsold merchandise, so we priced it to sell.

Not a lot of Dough
The team raised around $440, which split 4 ways, was only $110 for each participant. We started setting up for the sale at 5:30 AM and the sale went until 1 PM. This is the first yard sale I've ever taken part of. I've heard of other Team in Training yard sales where they've made a ton of $$, so I don't know why ours was any different. We also had all kinds of information setup on Team in Training, and we were all wearing Team in Training shirts. We had a donation jar setup, since we were raising funds for charity, but we only collected a few donations.

One of the yard sale participants brought along their two daughters who were a great help. Their older daughter helped us setup for the sale, at 5:30 AM! Their younger daughter setup a lemonade stand and sold that during the sale to help raise a few more $$.

Too Much Work
It was a lot of time and effort for not very great results. We started collecting donated merchandise 6 weeks before the sale, so our house looked like a total disaster area. I doubt I would ever donate the use of our house for another yard sale, especially since we didn't even collect any of the money. I am one of the cycle team mentors, so I was doing the sale to help out some of the cycle team members that were having trouble with their fundraising goals.

The one nice thing, was being able to hang out with the cycle team members. On our weekly rides, all the talk is about training, nutrition, etc... Nice to get to know our team members a little bit better. 7 of us went out for lunch afterwards at La Bamba's in Delray. Mexican and Cuban food - yum! I got the pork chunks with black beans & rice and plantains - delicious. I even had a beer to go along with my meal!

Take care,
Lynn AKA the Bike Diva

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Team in Training Yard Sale

Each member of our Palm Beach Team in Training cycle team has pledged to raise a minimum of $2,100. The money that each team member raises goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To help some of our team members with their fundraising goals, my husband and I are hosting a yard sale at our house this weekend.

What: Team in Training Yard Sale to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

When: Saturday September 20th
7 AM to 1 PM

Where: Smythe Residence
Country Club Acres
5312 Cleveland Road
Delray Beach, FL 33484

Contact Lynn Smythe:

If you’ve been following my Bike Diva site (, you will remember that I did a review on Jig-A-Loo all-purpose lubricant on August 25th - Jig-A-Loo’s marketing company contacted me to see if I was interested in conducting a give-away of their product on Bike Diva. When I told them I was involved with Team in Training, and we were having a team yard sale on September 20th, they sent me a whole bunch of stuff so I can setup a display of Jig-A-Loo at the sale.

What’s up for grabs? Three Jig-A-Loo baseball caps, 3 Jig-A-Loo t-shirts, 12 full size cans of Jig-A-Loo and 24 sample cans of Jig-A-Loo. Show up the day of the sale, get a free sample can of Jig-A-Loo (while supplies last) and sign up for your chance to win a t-shirt or baseball cap. FREE is always a good thing.

Note to our Team in Training cycle team: If you are attending the yard sale, please wear a Team in Training shirt, either your cycling jersey, t-shirt, tri tops, or those cool new shirts Jill handed out last week. I’ll be taking lots of photos of everyone to place on my Bike Diva and Charity Fitness Events sites and to send to the Jig-A-Loo marketing company. Great opportunity for your 15 minutes of fame!

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Monday, September 15, 2008

Haulover 5K Road Race

The Haulover 5K road race takes place on Sunday, September 21st. The race starts at 7:30 AM from Haulover Park in Bal Harbour, Florida.

The Haulover 5K is race #1 of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Running Series. Other races in the series include the Florida Turkey Trot 5K/10K on November 27th, and the Florida Holiday Run 5K/10K on December 13th.

Pre race registration is $20, the fee to register the day of the race is $25.

You can register for the Haulover 5K on the website. Additional information on any of the running series events can be found on the Run Miami website.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Marathon Fundraising Letter

I'm getting ready to send out fundraising letters to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, while I train for the Disney Marathon. Here is a copy of the letter I'll probably be using. The ideas for the letter came from the Charity Mile website. Thought I'd post it to the Charity Fitness Events site, in case anyone else needs help wording their fundraising letters.



Without a doubt, I am getting ready for the biggest challenge of my life. On January 11th, 2009, I will be running in my first marathon at the Disney Marathon in Orlando, Florida. That’s 26.2 miles, and yes all at once. Luckily, I am not doing this on my own. I have joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. Through this program, I have great coaches, mentors, and teammates whose support will help me cross the finish line.

As I run the course, you will be with me in spirit, and your sponsorship will inspire me to run stronger and faster to the finish line. A donation of one dollar per mile is suggested, but whatever you can do to contribute matters…it all adds up! With over 75% of your donation going directly to research and patient services, you truly can make a difference.

More importantly even than my physical commitment to the program is my commitment to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in its effort to battle Leukemia and related cancers. These diseases strike over 107,000 Americans each year and acute leukemia is the number one cause of death of children under the age of 15.

Research is the key to finding a cure, and funding for this research is essential. I have set a personal goal to raise $2,400 toward this effort. If possible, please send your donation, along with the enclosed pledge form, to me by November 19th so I can monitor my fundraising efforts. However, I will continue to accept donations until the day of the race.

You can send me a check, made out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to my address listed below. Or, you can make a donation via credit card by visiting my online fundraising website:

Thank you for your support,

Lynn Smythe

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

More Running

Running- running - more running. Am I getting any faster? I don't have one of those fancy running computers, would like to get a Garmin Forerunner 405, but they are very expensive. I use Map My Run, to figure out how far I go on each of my runs. I have a Freestyle Watch which has a stopwatch function, so I know exactly how long each of my runs last.

Run Analysis
Did 6 miles on Monday in 1 hour 10 minutes. That means I was doing 11.66 minute miles.

Went for a 34 minute, 3 mile run with the Delray Beach Team in Training marathon team tonight. That comes out to 11.33 minute miles.

Sunday's 8 mile run, completed in 1 hour 36 minutes = 12 minute miles.

So I guess I do go a bit faster on the shorter runs. But not by much.

Half Marathon Goal
I'm doing my first half marathon on December 7th. I originally thought my goal would be 2 1/2 hours or less. That would come out to 11.45 minute miles or faster. I have 3 more months to train for the half, so I'm setting a new goal - to do the half in 2 1/4 hours or less. That would mean I need to average 10.3 minute miles.

Thinking about running tomorrow morning, or I could sleep - tough choices!

Take care,
Lynn Smythe

Sunday, August 31, 2008

8 Mile Marathon Training Run

I just got back from doing an 8 mile run/walk. I was originally planning on getting up at 5:45 AM this morning, but was lazy, and stayed in bed instead. So I went out tonight, at around 6:30 PM to go for my run. It took me 1 hour 36 minutes, certainly not a land speed record, but I am improving. The first time I ran this distance, it took me almost 2 hours to complete.

8 miles is still along ways from the 26.2 miles of a full marathon, but I've got to start somewhere. I'm doing the Disney Marathon on January 11th, 2009, so I still have a bit of time to get some training runs in!

Here is a link to the route I ran, starting from my house in Delray Beach, which I mapped out on the Map My Run website. I also map out my cycling routes on their companion May My Ride site.

View Interactive Map on

Lynn’s Training Schedule:
I'm training for the following events through the Team in Training program, to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please consider making a donation towards my fund raising campaign to help raise money for this worthy cause.

10/26/08 - 20th Intracoastal Century Ride - 100 mile bicycle ride - Cocoa Beach, FL
12/07/08 - Marathon of the Palm Beaches - 13.1 mile half marathon - West Palm Beach, FL
01/11/09 - Disney Marathon - 26.2 mile marathon - Orlando, FL

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Volunteer at Marathon of the Palm Beaches

My friend, Shannon Cash, just forwarded me the following information on volunteering at the
Marathon of the Palm Beaches which takes place on Sunday, December 7th, 2008. Shannon,
and my husband Rob, have both signed up to volunteer at this event, as part of the Bike Patrol.
They will be sweeping the course to see if any runners need assistance during the marathon.

I will be running in my very first half marathon at this event, as a training run for the Disney
Marathon, as part of the Palm Beach Team in Training marathon team. Team in Training is
the main fundraising program for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Volunteer Registration Now Open!

The call has gone out for the more than 1,000 volunteers needed to "run" one of the most
exciting events of the year--- the 5th Annual Marathon of the Palm Beaches, to be
held Dec.5 – Dec.7 in downtown West Palm Beach. See our website for the complete schedule
of events. This is a unique opportunity for volunteers to sample behind the scene operations
of a successful and professionally managed running event.

Race organizers are encouraging volunteers to register online. Volunteers may choose from
17 interesting categories where assistance is needed. Please go to our website under
Volunteer Job Description to view the different categories and details regarding each area
of opportunity.

Click here to volunteer now:

All volunteers will receive an official Marathon of the Palm Beaches T-shirt and will be invited
to the post race party on Sunday, December 7th at the Meyer Amphitheatre. Volunteers must
be 16 years of age to participate unless in a group with adult supervision then 13 to 15 year
olds are allowed. We appreciate the support and enthusiasm of all our volunteers and in
advance we thank our entire team of volunteers who have generously donated their time and
effort to make this year's event a spectacular success.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva


14th Annual Buddy Walk

Due to financial constraints, my husband and I usually enjoy making coffee at home, in lieu of purchasing a cup of joe at the local coffee shops. The other day, we gave in and went to Starbucks. As I was waiting for my venti caramel macchiato soy, I saw a display of brochures for the Buddy Walk.

I picked up a brochure so I could add the details of the event to the Charity Fitness Events site. The Buddy Walk benefits the National Down Syndrome Society.

14th Annual Buddy Walk. One mile advocacy walk or 5K (3.1 mile) fitness walk/run.

Sunday, October 19th, 2008.

John Prince Park center drive pavilion, Lake Worth, Florida.

Registration begins at 8:00 AM. Walk begins at 9:00 AM. Register by October 9th for $12 per person. Registration the day of the walk is $20 per person. Registration includes the walk, t-shirt, refreshments and entertainment.

Visit the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization:

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

AVDA 5K Race in Delray Beach

AVDA 5K Run/Walk

Help STOP Domestic Violence! Saturday, October 11, 2008, Anchor Park (A1A), Delray Beach. The AVDA (Aid to Victim's of Domestic Abuse) 5K Run/Walk is held each year in Delray Beach along A1A. It's a great day for a family outing and all ages can participate in the 5K, which is only 3.1 miles long! Get out those running/walking shoes! We challenge local companies, schools and organizations to form teams and participate! To add to the excitement of the day, teams or individuals who raise the most funds are awarded prizes. Proceeds support AVDA's Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing and Outreach Programs. Call for more information: (561) 265-3797 ext. 102.


Saturday, October 11, 2008


07:30 AM


Anchor Park


340 S. Ocean Blvd.
Delray Beach, FL 33483


5K Run / Walk (Adult) - $20.00
5K Run / Walk (17 and Under) - $15.00
Family Fun Mile Run / Walk - $10.00

Online Registration Closes:

10/10/08 11:00 AM

Commemorative T-shirt

Included in the price.

Race Bibs

Will be issued on race morning to all runners / walkers in the 5K. Bibs must be picked up at least 20 - 30 minutes prior to the start.

Chip Timing

The 5K Run / Walk will be chip timed. All participants must pick-up their timing chip at least 20 - 30 minutes prior to the race start. The timing chip must be worn during the 5K Run / Walk or the participant will not be eligible for any awards or listed in the results. All participants will be charged $30 if they fail to return the timing chip to the volunteers at the finish line.


Awards in the 5K Run / Walk will be given to the top 3 overall M/Fs, the top master M/F and to the top 3 M/Fs in the following age group categories: 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+.

Post Race Party

After the race, enjoy a terrific post race party with food and beverages, music, face painting, entertainment and raffle prices. After've earned it by working up a sweat and making a difference in your community!!!

Online Donations:

Click here to donate to AVDA 2008 5K Run/Walk by the Sea
Register for the AVDA 5K race on the website.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Charity Mile Website

While looking for sports related blogs, I happened to come across the Charity Mile website.

Every year thousands of people raise money for charities through walk-a-thons, marathons, century bike rides and other athletic events. Charity Mile provides information and tools so you can raise more funds and have a fun time at your event.

This site provides the following “My Space” style features just for charity athletic events:
Photo Gallery
Forum / Message Board
Training & Fundraising Tips
Interest Groups
Your Own Profile Page
Event Listings

Charity Mile is published by Step by Step Fundraising Inc. Check out the Charity Mile site when you get a chance and sign up to setup your free profile, participate in the online forums, find charity athletic events in your area, and more.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bike Diva is Doing Disney Marathon

I did it - last night I signed up to do the Disney Marathon, with Team in Training. The Disney Marathon takes place on January 11th 2009 in Orlando, Florida.

Since I'm mentoring the fall Team in Training cycle team, I can't get to the weekend team runs until after I've completed the Intracoastal Century Ride on October 26th. But last night I met the husband and wife Delray Beach marathon coaches. They do a team run every Monday and Wednesday night from Linton Blvd.

Geeez, guess this means I'll actually have to start running?

Couldn't get my husband Rob interested in signing up to do the marathon, but he said he could help me with my fundraising for Disney. If ya'll have any spare cash lying around - here's a link to my marathon fundraising page: Lynn's Disney Marathon Page.

I haven't quite finished my fundraising for the century ride, and now I've signed up to raise more money for the Leukemia Society - yup, I'm totally bonkers.

As a bonus for signing up for the full marathon at Disney, on December 7th, 2008 I'll be doing the half marathon at the Marathon of the Palm Beaches as a training run.

Hey, who wants to do the ING Miami Marathon? That's just a couple of weeks after Disney. And I heard it's a qualifier for the Boston Marathon - evil evil evil Just kidding, I'm in the "I just want to finish without passing out" crowd, not going for any particular time.

So if you happen to see a hippopotamus in jogging clothes, slugging around the roads of Delray Beach, please try to restrain yourself from making any derogatory comments. I've already been heckled by passing motorists and I don't need any more wise cracks. Unless you want to make a donation to my fundraising - in that case wise cracks are $25, gawking costs $50 and an entire heckling session will cost you $100.

I guess I should get a few photos taken of me actually running. The only action shots I have of myself are of me riding a bike.

Let the fun begin. icon_cheers

Take care,
Lynn AKA the Bike Diva, or should I call myself the Run Goddess now!?!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Time for a Marathon?

I am a die hard cyclist. But towards the end of last year I started thinking about doing a marathon before I get too much older. I couldn't really get into running last fall - had some knee problems with all the biking I was doing. I went to the Boca Raton Orthopedic Group and they did some x-rays - guess my left knee and a couple of my toes are already showing signs of osteoarthritis - bummer.

But a month or two ago I decided to finally start running. Well, it's mostly walking with bits of running thrown in. I call it going for a walk-about. I'm up to walking/running 2-3 times a week. I'm guessing I'm doing around 4-5 miles total in around 1 hour 15 minutes. Certainly not a land speed record!

I thought I was in decent shape, from all the biking I do, but dang. Running seems to use a whole different set of muscles and lungs than biking. I can barely run 5 feet without sounding like Darth Vadar's wife. But I have lost around 15 pounds since the beginning of the year. Some of that must be from the walk-abouting that I'm doing. So I guess I'll stick with it for awhile longer.

I want to get a Garmin Forerunner to keep track of how far/how long I'm actually running. But due to a lack of funds, will have to wait another month or so before I can afford to purchase the Garmin. I do quite a bit of trail/off road running in the woods, besides occasionally pounding the pavement. The Garmin Forerunner was recommended for trail runners as the GPS for the competing brands of running computers don't always work while you're out in the woods.

Since I have been involved with the Leukemia Societies Team in Training cycle team for the past 3 years, I've decided to do my first marathon with Team in Training. I am going to sign up for the Disney Marathon which takes place on January 11th, 2009. On December 7th, 2008, I will be doing the 1/2 marathon at the Marathon of the Palm Beaches. The Team in Training marathon team gets to do the Palm Beach Marathon as a training run as part of our training for the Disney Marathon. WOW - a marathon and a half for the price of a single marathon. What the heck am I getting myself into?

I haven't even done a 5K race yet but visions of marathons are dancing in my head. I went to the ING Miami Marathon website to find out more information about that event. It takes place on Sunday, January 25th and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Ha-HA!!! I haven't even completed a marathon yet and I'm thinking about the Boston Marathon? I don't think my time would ever be fast enough to qualify for Boston. I will be running in the "I just want to finish without passing out" group - so having a fast time isn't my top priority. But one can always dream.

The fund raising minimum for doing the Disney Marathon with Team in Training is $2,400. My husband, who is currently coaching the Team in Training cycle team, has no interest in participating in a marathon. But he said he can help me with my fund raising.

I'm still a few dollars short of my fund raising goal for the Cocoa Beach Century Ride which takes place on October 26th, 2008. So it's a bit early to even think about starting to fund raise for the Disney Marathon. The money I raise goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Here is a link to my fund raising page: Lynn's TNT Fundraising page. Please consider making a donation to help us find a cure. Thank you for your support!

Take care,

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Halloween Costume Party

ABOVE: Jeeb's the Butler says "Welcome to the party, would you like some candy?"


ABOVE: Haunted Graveyard in front yard

ABOVE: Magick Alchemist's Lair

ABOVE: Mad Scientist's Laboratory

ABOVE: Witches' Cottage greets guests as they come through front door

Hello everyone,

Are you looking for creative ways to raise money for your next charity fitness event? My husbands birthday is October 21st. For the past two years we have hosted a Halloween Costume Birthday Party at our house in order to help us raise funds for the Leukemia Societies Team in Training program.

We find that we are more successful raising funds by hosting small events at our house, with our friends and co-workers, than trying to host large group fundraisers at a local restaurant or other public venues.

For the Halloween Party we had a suggested fund raising donation of $10 per person. Some people gave less, but many of our guests ended up donating more. We raised approximately $600 last year during our Halloween party. And we had a rip-roaring, hooting-tooting good time. WOO-HOO!!!

You could charge admission to your party, but this was also my husband's birthday party, so we didn't want people not to show up because they couldn't pay the admission fee. We setup a donation area on the breakfast bar in our kitchen. The donation area had a donation box, donation slips, pictures of our honored hero, pictures of Rob and I cycling in our Team in Training uniforms, copies of our fund raising letters, business cards I printed out with the web address for our fund raising site and our medals from the previous events we had done with Team in Training.

Throughout the night we would talk to small groups of people, or individuals, about our involvement with Team and Training and how we were helping to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Make the fund raising portion of the evening casual, no hard selling. You want everyone to HAVE FUN and not feel pressured into making a donation.

I am a Halloween nut, and probably have more Halloween decorations than Christmas decorations. I went a bit crazy two years ago, for my husband's 50th birthday party, and went and bought TONS of decorations. So now I'm one of those crazy people that starts decorating for Halloween around the middle to end of September.

We decorate the ENTIRE house, inside and out. We have a ton of decorations in front of the house, including a large cemetery area. Each room inside the house is decorated in a certain spooky theme. Last years room themes were:
  • Witches' Cottage
  • Mad Scientists Laboratory
  • Magick Alchemist's Lair
  • Victorian Parlor
  • Creepy Crawly Kitchen
I am a freelance writer, and a lot of my articles feature my own original recipes. So for the Halloween party I got really creative with food. Here is what we had at last years party.

  1. Bat Wings - chicken wings
  2. Bucket of Blood - punch bowl filled with pomegranate juice mixed with lemon/lime soda
  3. Dragon Poo - chocolate walnut fudge rolled into interesting shapes
  4. Pig Entrails - crock pot full of mini franks and baked beans
  5. Brain Salad - coleslaw
  6. Charred Bones - BBQ ribs
  7. Dried Scabs - dried cranberries and raisins
  8. Devil's Eyeballs - deviled eggs topped with an olive slice
  9. Flesh Rings - ham and cream cheese roll ups

Although most of the photographs that are included in this post were taken during the day, everything looks much scarier at night. The party started at 7:30 PM, so everyone was getting there in the dark - cool!!! We had tons of lights, strobe lights, black lights, spooky sound effects and all kinds of awesome things. Quite a few of our decorations had motion sensors on them, so they would light up, move and make noises whenever someone walked by them.

I'll be posting up information on the Girl's Club Tea Party fund raiser we hosted last year. That was a kid friendly party that took place during daylight hours. But our Halloween party was planned as an adult's only party - no kids allowed. Well, our kids, age 12 and 17, were in and out of our house during the party, but they live there.

The Halloween party was probably a bit too bawdy, for kids, and I didn't think really small kids would be too happy with some of the scary decorations we had setup. The party went from 7:30 PM to midnight. Some of our guests brought a few spirits along with them to drink, enough said. What happens at the Halloween party, STAYS at the Halloween party!!!!!

ABOVE: Fortune Telling Table

ABOVE: More decorations!

ABOVE: Festive Party Goers

Please note, the date of this year's Halloween Costume Birthday Party is scheduled for Saturday, October 18th from 7:30 PM to MIDNIGHT. Rob is turning 52 years old this year - SCARY! Ask nicely, and we just might send you an invitation!

Tour de Cure

I just spent an hour yesterday with Katie Hawken, the Manager of the south Florida American Diabetes Association. She saw my Bike Diva blog and asked if I could meet with her to talk about starting a charity bike ride, to benefit the society, in the south Florida area.

The American Diabetes Society is trying to bring a Tour de Cure ride down to the south Florida area next year. Right now they are looking at the first weekend in March. But Katie will let me know when she has a definite date. The other locations of the Tour de Cure in Florida are Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando and Sarasota. They are looking to start the south Florida ride somewhere in Broward County, that way they hope to attract riders from the Miami/Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County areas.

Katie is looking for feedback/ideas from cyclists familiar with biking in the south Florida area. Once she has a tentative route for the ride mapped out, she is looking for a few cyclists to actually go out and ride the route, or at least part of it, to let her know if it is a good or bad route to ride.

Rob and I were thinking about doing the Tour de Cure in Orlando for the past two years, but just never made it up there. I’m not sure of the exact miles, but I was just looking at the Sarasota Tour de Cure which has 100, 62, 35 and 15 mile options. Fund raising minimum is $150 per person. Proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association. You can register for the ride as an individual or form a team.

I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with my daughter which puts me at risk for getting adult onset diabetes. Both my sister-in-law and father-in-law have diabetes. So I will definitely be doing this ride in order to support the American Diabetes Association. The societies mission is “to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.”

Katie is also looking for volunteers that would like to be part of the committee that will actually be planning the ride. The American Diabetes Association is a non-profit organization and needs all the help they can get to help make this a really terrific ride. You can contact Katie my emailing her at

I’ll post up more information when it becomes available.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Team in Training FUNdraiser

Kathleen Pacheco, a mentor for the Team in Training marathon team, is hosting a fundraiser to help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The fundraiser takes place at Slainte Irish Pub, in Boynton Beach, on July 14th.

Here is a copy of the flyer she gave me. For further information contact Kathy at 561-373-9600.

The fundraiser will include free samples of selected cookbook recipes from the fundraising cookbook Kathy, along with co-mentor Ashley Siegel, put together to help raise funds for their event. See my May 13th post for additional information on the cookbook.

Good luck Kathy!

Bowling Fundraiser

Viviana, a member of Team in Training, is having a bowling fundraiser to help raise funds for her event. The fundraiser takes place at Don Carter Lanes, in Lake Worth, on Sunday June 22nd.

Here is a copy of the flyer she gave me. Contact Viviana at 561-445-8382 for further information.

Good luck Viviana!

Monday, June 2, 2008

TNT Stretching Clinic

On Sunday, June 1st, after our team bike ride, physical therapist Vauleia Akimenko held a stretching clinic for members of the TNT triathlon and cycle teams. The clinic was held in Bryant Park in Lake Worth where we started/ended our ride.

I've attached a copy of Vauleia's business card to the top of this post in case anyone wants to contact her. I'm also including 2 pages of cycling specific stretches from Bob Anderson's Stretching book. Many of these stretches can be performed using your bike as a support.

Vauleia mentioned that stretching before and after doing a ride is very important to help prevent injuries. Now that our rides are getting longer, a good habit to get into, is to do a few stretches at the rest stop, while our muscles are warmed up. I find that stretching at the end of the ride is helpful too, but if I forget to stretch at the end of the ride, I always try to stretch out once I get back home.

Vauleia handed out a stretching, strengthening and injury prevention workbook at the clinic, which included b/w photos of cycling specific stretches. See Jill Kieta at the next team ride, if you haven't picked up your copy of the workbook.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Century Ride Tips

ABOVE: Team in Training member David Blackmon

My husband and I have been involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program for the past three years. This year my husband, Rob, is coaching and I am mentoring, the team training for the Intracoastal Century Ride. This is a 100 mile road bike ride which takes place in Cocoa Beach, Florida on October 26th.

We have a fantastic team this year - 21 members so far, and we are hoping to get a few more cyclists signed up. Our very first ride, for the fall 2008 season, took place on Mother's Day - Sunday, May 11th. One of our team members, David Blackmon, took the initiative to contact road bikers, bike manufacturers, team directors, etc, asking them for advice for a person's first century ride.

The question David placed to them was:

"Other than a new bike, what are your suggestions on the most important
upgrade/accessory for a beginner to intermediate level rider?... How would
you suggest a rider spend perhaps $100-$200 to best improve that rider's
experience and performance in his or her first century ride?"

Here's the responses David received:

Thank you for writing with your interest in Slipstream/Chipotle H3O. Your request is an interesting one and we gathered some tips from various sources for you and your team.

Though, ultimately, there is no need to spend money if you already have and been training with the correct equipment and clothing. But here are some suggestions nonetheless:

The right equipment means comfort. Your bike should fit you well and should be familiar. If you aren’t sure, have your local bike professional provide a fit-assessment. Don’t plan to ride a new or a borrowed bike on your first century. Consider having a tune-up before the ride, and carry a spare tire and patch kit, tools, a pump and knowledge of how to use them. Other essential equipment includes:

• A properly fit helmet
• Comfortable cycling clothing, including shoes, shorts, gloves and rain gear
• Sunglasses

Hope this helps. We wish you all great success in your worthwhile efforts.

Woody, Web Editor, Slipstream Sports, LLC

.... One of the most efficient ways to improve the ride quality of any bicycle, as well as shaving a few pounds of weight off your equipment, is a lighter, higher quality set of wheels. These will be lighter, ride better and are transferable to other bikes as you upgrade. Lighter wheels can shave several pounds off the average bike. They also feel great when you ride them too.

Good wheels can be more expensive than your budget you mention, so this might still be out of reach for you. If you have decent wheels already, you might have to spend $500 on a new set, but if you're riding some really low end, inexpensive wheels, spending just $200-300 can really improve your ride. Look for new or used options to help stretch the budget.

If you want to increase your rider comfort, you can invest in a premium pair of shorts or bib shorts. This might not seem like a big deal, but it can make a huge difference when you're training and competition over long distances. The more comfortable the shorts are, the more miles you will want to ride. Some shorts are cheap and wear out quickly. Some shorts, like the Hincapie HC-12 bib shorts, have a 4-way stretch chamois that moves with the body to eliminate hot spots and chafing. The high tech construction will hold up wash after wash for all your training miles. Cheaper shorts will degrade and fall apart much faster.

I hope these suggestions will help you make gains in your fitness and comfort as you pursue your cycling goals. Ride safely and have fun.

Steve Baker, Marketing Director, Hincapie Sportswear, Inc.

The biggest thing you can do for a Century Ride is the training and preparation that comes with the Team in Training program. Make sure you follow a consistent ride schedule and build your fitness over at least a 10-12 week period. It's been my experience that many riders try to shorten the process and miss many of the base building rides that are so critical for a 100 mile effort.

Also keep in mind that you will be much stronger if your weekly riding involves a balance of time on the bike each day. Many riders with stiff work and domestic schedules often try to "stack" their riding to two long rides on the will be much better if you can fit in an hour per day and keep the weekend rides at moderate levels, but building through the summer.

As for a moderate expense that will pay dividends I suggest you make sure you are using a good energy-electrolyte drink while riding and especially for any ride over two hours in length. Personally, I think EFS from First Endurance is the best product available.

Len Pettyjohn, Team Director, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team

That is great David! I hope to do a century ride this summer as well.
Good luck! ....

I would say that your best upgrade would be clipless pedals, shoes and good clothing. The shoes and pedals will increase your energy transfer and efficiency. The clothes will make you more comfortable for a long fun day in the saddle.

Also make sure you have enough water and tools with you. If you want to upgrade the bike, you may want to look at a new pair of wheels.
Have fun!

Jason Schumacher, Customer and Technical Service Manager
Trek Bicycle Corporation

...But I'm glad to hear you're getting involved with Team in Training. It's a great organization and you'll certainly get a huge amount of satisfaction from riding your first century. I'd say that the number one place to spend money in order to make that ride enjoyable is on a high quality saddle. Find a bike shop with a liberal return policy and try a few out. I went through probably ten saddle models before I finally settled on the Fizik Aliante, and now I wouldn't let any sponsor commitments make me change. Everyone's different, and it makes such a huge difference in comfort.

After that, a good pair of cycling shorts is also crucial. More money leads to a higher quality chamois (though none are actually made of made of chamois leather anymore), and that really makes a difference.

Also, clipless pedals are completely indispensable. Practice pedaling a full circle with them. Greg Lemond has likened it to pretending to scrape mud off the bottom of your shoe across the bottom of the pedal stroke. You can also practice by pedaling with one leg. If you're using more muscles in your legs, and not just your quads to push down, you'll fatigue a lot more slowly and you won't be as sore afterward.

But certainly do not waste money on fancy racing parts. That stuff only makes a difference when you're worried about the final 10%. If you're comfortable, just about any bike will be suitable for a hundred miles.

I hope that helps. Have fun.

Doug Ollerenshaw, Professional Cyclist, Team Rock Racing

Good luck to you and your teammates in TeamInTraining. It's a great organization doing good things.

In the $100-200 range I would suggest the following upgrades

1) Better saddle
2) Better tires
3) Better handlebar tape (better padding)

You can't do all three of these for $200, but you can do either 1 and 3 or 2 and 3 most likely (though there are saddles that run more than $200.

Better tires will make the bike feel and corner better. A high thread count is the key here, just like sheets. Anything more than 200 TPI is good. A better saddle is more comfortable and better bar tape will make not only the rider's hands more comfortable but their arms and shoulders more comfortable.

Patrick, Felt Bicycles

If you can afford it, and don't already have some, get clipless pedals and shoes. The increase in efficiency from platforms pedals is off the charts!

Jesse Lawler, Director Sportif, Jittery Joe's Professional Cycling Team

Monday, May 12, 2008

TNT Fundraising Cookbook

Ashley Siegel and Kathy Pacheco, are raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They are part of the marathon team for the society's Team in Training program. They are helping to raise funds for the society while at the same time training to complete a 26.2 mile marathon.

Ashley is the co-mentor for the 2008 Nike Women's Marathon team and a sophmore at FAU. Kathy is the other co-mentor for the 2008 Nike Women's Marathon team. Kathy's son, Kyle, is currently battling a blood cancer.

Ashley and Kathy put together a terrific cookbook as part of their current fundraising efforts. The cookbook is filled with favorite recipes from honored heros that are currently battling a blood cancer and honored heros that have lost their battle to blood cancer along with supportors and employees of the Leukemia Society. The cookbook, filled with lots of yummy recipes, is being sold for $20.

To make donations, or to find out how to purchase the cookbook, contact Ashley by sending an email to or by calling her at 561-502-6973. To learn more about the Leukemia Society or the Team in Training program visit or The printing of the cookbook was graciously donated by Trans America Printing.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Ride of Silence

Ride of Silence™ Press Release


Cyclists especially, but also runners, and others who legally share the road

The Ride Of Silence™

May 21, 2008, 7pm

• to mourn those cyclists already killed by motorists
• to raise awareness (among motorists, police, and city officials) of cyclists on the road
• to have motorists know we only want to share the road we ride on
• to show that cyclists are not going away

On the third Wednesday of May, at 7 PM local around the world, cyclists
will take to the roads in a silent protest of the carnage taking place
on the streets.

Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas in 2003 after
endurance cyclists Larry Schwartz was killed by a passing bus mirror on
an empty road.

The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no
faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride.

The ride hopes to raise cycling awareness during bike safety month to
motorists, police, and city officials. The ride is also a chance to
mourn, in funeral procession style, those who have already been killed.
The ride also requests black arm bands be worn, red if you have had a
bike/motor vehicle accident.

This event is a free ride, no registration fee, no aid stations; food and beverages will not be served. However, as our organization is a non profit charity, donations will be accepted, the proceeds of which will be used to assist those families of deceased and injured bicyclists who are in need of financial support.

Phelan is looking for as many cyclists as possible to join him in one
of many locations in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, South and Central
America and the rest of the world.

He can be reached at

The web site is

Monday, May 5, 2008

MS150 Bike Ride

ABOVE: Card Sound Bridge - 65 feet high, no shoulders.

My husband and I rode in the MS150 this weekend. The MS150 is a charity bike ride which benefits the Multiple Sclerosis Society. It was two days of riding 75 miles each day. We got up at 4:30 AM Saturday morning to drive 60 miles south to Coral Gables where the ride started. We were part of the 90 member Office Depot Foundation Team.

Boy am I freaking tired after riding 150 miles on my bike this weekend. Wasn’t supposed to have a headwind but we had a headwind both days - DANG. Pretty bad when you can only get up to 26 MPH going down Card Sound Bridge. Pretty steep bridge, should have been doing close to 40 MPH, but dang if that wind wasn’t trying to push us back up the bridge!!!

Approximately 2,700 bikers participated in the MS150. They started the ride in waves, letting around ?50-100 bikers start at a time. Took us an hour after the “official” ride start before we actually crossed the starting line. Day 2 we got closer to the start line - only took us 1/2 hour to get across the starting line.

On the first day, only 1.25 miles into the ride, we came across the first of many ambulances we would see during the 2 days of riding. There were a bunch of round-a-bouts at the beginning of the ride. Someone rode right into the r-a-b, hit the curb with their front tire and crashed their bike. The biker was still lying on the side of the ground when we rode by - not the kind of thing you want to see at the beginning of a 150 mile ride.

On day two, at the halfway point we had a rest stop at the Homestead Race Track. Got to do a lap on the extremely steep, banked race track - could you hear me screaming!?! Thought I was going to slide down the freaking side of the track, so I pointed the front of the bike back down and flew down to the flat part. Then I noticed everyone else was doing the same thing - AAAAIIIIIIEEEEEEE!!! The rest stop portion, with all the food and drinks, was setup in pit row, you know, where the race cars stop to get refueled/new tires. It was pretty cool.

I think I was more scared getting into and back out of the track. Had to go down this steep, unlit tunnel which had metal speed bumps. Coming back out we were in a huge group of bikers, whoever was at the front started screaming so we all started screaming going through the tunnel, which echoed, it was hilarious.

Well organized ride, lots of great food at the beginning of the ride, at all the rest stops and at the end of the ride at John Pennekamp State Park. Left our bikes at the park, picked up our luggage and took the shuttle 3 miles to our hotel. Stayed at the Holiday Inn Key Largo, poolside room. Very nice, 2 pools, jacuzzi, Tiki Bar, right next to Coconuts Seafood Restaurant. We took a nap before eating dinner. I had a HUGE bowl of angel hair pasta with scallops - nice not having to count calories. I burned around 8,300 calories during the 2 days - food is my friend. Think we were back in our room by 7:30 and fell asleep by around 9 PM. Got up at 5:30 AM to do it all in reverse on Sunday morning.

On Saturday we rode with some of our Office Depot team members for most of the day. Saw a lot of our other biking friends that were also doing the ride. Headwinds were a bit stronger on Sunday, or maybe I was just in a lot of pain and really TIRED. But the groups were spread out a lot more on Sunday, kind of hard to get the full benefits of drafting when you’re only riding with 2 other bikers for the last 30 miles or so. My average speed for both days was pretty close, but Saturday we rode at a pretty consistent speed. On Sunday it was a lot of too fast riding along with a lot of too slow riding.

Here’s my statistics from my 2 days of riding from my Garmin Edge 305 cycling computer. My husband says his computer showed we did 150.5 miles, not sure why mine says only 147.07. I think my heart rate monitor was also messed up a bit. It kept going on and off during the day, so I’m not sure how accurate the overall readings are.

MS150 Statistics

Miles Time AVG Speed Max Speed Calories Burned
2 Day Total 147.07 8:24:38 17.5 36.2 8293
Saturday 75:04 4:14:03 17.7 26.5 4205
Sunday 72:03 4:10:03 17.2 36.2 4088

I rode 150 miles this weekend and all I got was a stupid t-shirt and a dorky medal!!! There were a couple of official photography points along the ride. If I can find any photos of Rob and I online I’ll add them to this blog post - unless we look like total dorks, which is a pretty good possibility.

Take care,
AKA the Bike Diva

I uploaded quite a few photos from the ride to my Bike Diva website. Check them out when you get a chance.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Press Release: Schwinn Sponsors TNT

Schwinn Bicycles, America’s most recognized bicycle brand

Madison, WI, April 1, 2008 —

Schwinn Bicycles, America’s most recognized bicycle brand, is pleased to announce the signing of a partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT), the world’s largest endurance sports training and fundraising program, to become its first-ever national bicycle sponsor.

Under the terms of the two-year agreement, Schwinn will become the exclusive bicycle sponsor of TNT starting April 1, 2008. With the help of its dealer partners nationwide, Schwinn will provide relevant cycling information, bicycle demos, on-site event support and product discounts to the 39,000 cycling, triathlon and marathon participants who train and fundraise through the organization each year.

“For more than 100 years, Schwinn has helped people realize their two-wheeled dreams,” said Steve Reeds, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Schwinn Bicycle’s IBD division. “We are honored to carry on this tradition by helping Team In Training participants achieve their training goals.”

Now in its 20th year, TNT participants have raised more than $850 million for lifesaving cancer research and to help blood cancer patients live longer, better lives. The program provides coaching to help support participants crossing the finish line at century rides, triathlons and marathons.

“Over 20 years, we have seen Team In Training expand from a single sport program - the marathon - to a multi-endurance sport program with challenges such as triathlons and 100 mile rides,” said Nancy L. Klein, LLS senior vice president marketing communications. “We are thrilled to have Schwinn’s support because it’s a brand that people already know and trust.”
To learn more about Team In Training, please visit

Saturday, April 19, 2008

March for Babies

An online writing friend of mine, Angie Rayfield, is training to participate in a charity fundraising event. On May 4th, she will be participating in the March of Dimes, March for Babies walk.

Here's a message from Angie

"If anyone here is so inclined to make this organization part of their charitable giving plan for the year, I would be most grateful for any contributions made through my site, which is at March for Babies. Fond wishes and words of encouragement are also highly sought, and will be gratefully accepted. As well, of course, as suggestions for the appropriate charity-walk-cocktail.

In return, you will receive the pleasure of supporting a good organization. If you're in the US, you get a tax-deductible contribution. And most of all, you will receive my undying gratitude and toasts will be made in your honor from the aforementioned cocktail canteen.

What more could anyone want?"

Check out Angie's fundraising website: March for Babies. Good luck Angie!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Discount for Team in Training Members

Right: OYM owner Matt GoForth with customer Robert Smythe. Rob is being measured for a professional bike fit using the Wobble Naught precision laser bike fitting method.

A friend of mine, Matt GoForth, has recently opened a bike shop in Palm Beach Gardens. I just asked him if we could put him on the list of south Florida bike shops that offer a 10% discount to Team in Training members. He just emailed me and said “Absolutely, anything for TNT!”

Here’s his store information:
On Your Mark Performance Center
7100 Fairway Drive, Suite 39
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Phone: 561-694-6090

About OYM
I just wrote an article about Matt, his store, and his racing club: On Your Mark Racing Club.

Take care,
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva

Monday, April 14, 2008

Kari and Cheryl invite you to FLASHBACK to the 80’s

My friend Cheryl, who is a member of the Team in Training marathon team, is training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 12, 2008. Please visit her website to make a donation and get updates! Thank you for your support.

Cheryl is co-hosting a fundraising event at Aspen Jack’s in Delray Beach. Here are the details:

Host: Kari Haluska and Cheryl Goldstein
Location: Aspen Jack’s
307 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33483 US
When: Wednesday, April 23, 6:30PM
Phone: 954-336-0329 / 561-504-6790

Kari and Cheryl, along with Aspen Jack’s, are hosting a fundraising event. Our mission is to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for Leukemia, Lymphoma and other Blood Cancers.

Make sure to pop your collars, roll up those acid washed jeans and get your penny loafer wearing selves to Aspen Jack’s to totally have an awesome time with some valley girls and studs. Don’t be lame, get stoked and bring everyone and anyone or come alone to listen to some like for sure rad 80s music, play some bitchin 80s trivia and help raise some moola for a majorly awesome cause!

P.S. Bring beaucoup bucks (lots of cash)!!!!!!
Raffles and contests to the max!

Hope to see you there!

In order to maintain an accurate guest list, and be courteous to Aspen Jack’s, we ask that you please promptly RSVP on/or before April 19. To RSVP for this event, visit the Evite invitation page. Or email Cheryl at