Trek Women
March 30, 2009

"That Time of Year"

Armfarts2 Well, the birthday is over for another year and yes, once again we managed to get though the process.  I think as you get older the concept of the "UnBirthday" is a better idea.  (Do we all remember Through The Looking Glass?)  It all seems more special when celebrations don't take place on the actual day,  at least that is how I would like to think.  

I must say I received the great expression of love from each of my grandsons.  They both made me individual cards and they were quite proud to point out that each card was the recipient ot "62" brand new staples.  Yes, I said staples.  Thy were so proud of the glittery masterpieces that were certainly suitable for framing and I'm considering it.  

As a mother of two girls, I must say I enjoy two grandsons for all their innovations and inventions that they dream up.  The boys are very thoughtful and not the least bit intimidated about showing their affection for "Grand Marie.  Thank you also to my daughters and their husbands for helping me memember that age is just a number.

Thanks Will and Jack, Come Ride With Me.         

March 9, 2009

"I'm Very Fortunate"

N6195089915_1387303_8313906[1] I want you all to know how much I appreciate my life these days.  I am connected with truly wonderful people in my life that includes my family and my extended family.  I am often repeating a familiar phrase"You have your family you are born into and the family you create for yourself."  If you are lucky they will all share it with you, and that happens with me on a regular basis.  I am one lucky lady to enjoy a great relationship with everyone in my  "family" and hope that the dynamic lasts forever.  Now I belong to another family that is composed of two entities, Trek and LiveStrong.  These two groups of fine, fine people have provided me with a new direction to my life and I couldn't be prouder for the work we are all doing to promote a cure for Cancer.

Saturday night I had the privledge to ride my bike down Sunset Boulevard.  It was blocked off for one reason, to deliver a message that Hope Rides Again.  It's not easy for me to find my way to these events and participate somewhat by myself, but I dig down deep and muster my courage believing that it's the least I can do for those that cannot help themselves.  I walked my bike down Sunset in order to get to the starting gate.  I didn't know how to use the Metro Link so I did what I do well,  "Walk".  Once I get to where I need to be, I have learned to chat with people and make myself feel comfortable in my surroundings.  The only reason I am addressing this issue is because it would be good for all of us to experience a little discomfort as a way to reach out to others.  This is the mural that was painted on the side of the Montalban Theater, recognize the artwork?  The artist is Shepard Fairey.  Of recent note, he created the Hope poster of Barack Obama.  It was a beautiful night to listen to Lance speak of why he is returning to the bike.  He is a great young man that will help us all accomplish great things.  As someone who has been fortunate to hear him speak on several occasions, this thought is always on his mind... The LivesStrong message belongs to all of us and he will tell you that his name is not as important as all the volunteers that are responsible for growing this cause.  Give it some thought, we are being handed an opportunity to make a difference.

Thank you Trek and Thank you LiveStrong.

Come Ride With Me.    

March 5, 2009

"An Invitation"

Cayucos 153   I received an invitation last week from the Livestrong Foundation.  I am being invited to join a bike ride this Saturday evening that travels down Sunset Boulevard.  This is to kick off a campaign wherein 21 prominent artists will interpret and create a piece of art about the LiveStrong global fight against cancer and / or Lance's return to the bike.  All art pieces will be a part of a touring art show in cities like Venice, Paris and New York which will run through October, ending in an event on 10/2/09, where the pieces will be auctioned off with all proceeds coming to LAF.   

The event on March 7th will include Lance Armstrong (Trek Bicycles) and Doug Ulman (Livestrong Foundation President) visiting Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and then a ride down Sunset Blvd. with 500 local cyclists.  The LAF volunteers have been given 100 spots for the event and that is were I come in.  We ride our bikes to the Montalban Theater where we will go inside and listen to Lance and Doug  present the campaign and take comments from the audience..   

I am so excited to be able to participate in this event and will share my experience with you next week.  I will ride my FX2 , as I think it's a prfect fit for the social evening.  Too bad I don't have one of the newer FX editions to show off for Trek.  The FX2 model will look real nice becuase it has been on my trainer for so long, I hope she remembers how to act in public.  We shall see. 

Come Ride With Me.