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