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Park to Park Pedal in Lincoln County, NV: October 11, 2014

October 2nd, 2014

Park to Park Pedal Extreme in Caliente, NV

This is one of the best rides you’ll ever do.  It’s well supported and it’s run by the most friendly people you’ll ever meet along any organized ride.

DATE:  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11th, 2014

LOCATION:  KERSHAW-RYAN STATE PARK in CALIENTE, NV
Just a few hours drive from Las Vegas, NV! Make a weekend out of it and go hiking on Day 2 at Cathedral Gorge!

RIDE OPTIONS:
There are three ride options for all levels of riders: 40, 60 and 100 mile options.

The 100 mile option takes you through 4 Nevada State Parks that are breathtaking!!  You’ll definitely want to stop and smell the roses on this ride.

Even better… ALL RIDE OPTIONS receive a T-shirt, free continental breakfast the morning of the event, a fully supported ride with rest stops and SAG, and a post-ride DUTCH OVEN DINNER.  It truly is one of the most unique ride experiences you’ll have!

BENEFITS LINCOLN COUNTY NEVADA AND THEIR STATE PARKS:
BikingLasVegas.com supports this ride once again (4th year), and is proud to be a promotional sponsor to help aid our State Parks up in Lincoln County to raise money for their beautiful parks and campgrounds.

RIDER CAP:  250 Riders
If you want to register for this event, register now vs. later.  They were very close to filling up their event last year, so we do expect this year to sell out!

COST TO REGISTER IS $80

REGISTER FOR THE LINCOLN COUNTY PARK TO PARK PEDAL HERE:
http://lincolncountynevada.com/park-to-park-pedal-event/

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE PARK TO PARK FROM BIKINGLASVEGAS.COM:
Every year our group goes up and we have such a great time!

  • We start off with our FRIDAY NIGHT PASTA POTLUCK DINNER AT KERSHAW-RYAN (thanks to Mark Bergtholdt for starting this annual tradition for us!).  Every one brings an item to the potluck and we cook the pasta and sauces right there on the spot.  Hey… we need our carbs!  :D
  • Saturday - DAY OF THE RIDE. We take pics and goof off along the way… enjoying the beautiful scenery and fantastic support.
  • SATURDAY POST-RIDE: We eat the yummy Dutch Oven dinner at Kershaw-Ryan campgrounds and then hang out after having smores and/or toasted marshmallows.
  • SUNDAY RECOVERY/DISCOVERY - the day after the ride, we go hiking at one of the nearby parks like Cathedral Gorge!

WE MAKE A FUN WEEKEND GETAWAY OUT OF THIS… and so far everyone has always enjoyed it!

I hope to see everyone there again this year… enjoying this truly unique ride.

QUESTIONS?  POST YOUR COMMENTS BELOW AND I’LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER.

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A Message from A Member: David Walker

October 2nd, 2014

I received an email from one of our members who had a health incident while riding his bike.  He wanted me to share this with you and to thank those who came upon him that day and helped him.  Whomever you are… thank you for taking the time to help out a fellow cyclist when you saw he needed help.  It’s because of people like you that make our cycling community so great!  Thank you!!

Message from David Walker (Pastor Dave):

Hello Lisa,

Just wanted to say to you how awesome the Las Vegas bike community is, and you are responsible for that in a large way. On Thursday I was riding the bike path west of the 215 right at Summerlin pkwy. Was feeling light-headed so I stopped my bike. What I didn’t know was I had a 99% blockage of my right coronary artery and was having a heart attack on the path. I awoke to some fellow cyclists taking care of me and calling the paramedics. From the time that the fire dept loaded me up to the first cut in the cath lab was just 39 minutes. I have no idea who the riders were, but they saved my life! Minimal cardiac damage due to a strong heart from years of riding. I’ll be out of the hospital tomorrow and looking forward to getting back on the saddle when the doctor clears me. Thanks for all you’ve done.

David (Pastor Dave on the street).

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When injury is holding you back from cycling

September 18th, 2014

Hi everyone… I just wanted to share some experiences I have had over the past few months from injury to depression to recovery to getting back in to riding to another injury, etc…

For anyone who does not know me very well, I have been off the bike since August 3rd with a back injury. I had a collapsed disc injury back in January 2013 that I will have to live with for life.  My L5 disc spacing is deteriorating and will never get better.  The ortho doctor told me I will have to live with this for the rest of my life.  He told me it will happen again, and it will be painful.  He did not recommend surgery though, because the pain is not a daily nuisance in my life.  I had ‘another incident’ and the pain was horrible enough to keep me off the bike and go to physical therapy 2x a week.  But, unless I’m living with the pain daily, he recommends I just keep doing what I’m doing.

We, as athletes or fitness buffs (whatever you choose to call yourselves), are not used to being sidelined.  I was extremely depressed during my injury and was in such severe pain that just walking from my couch to the kitchen took every ounce of my energy. I literally looked like a 100 year old woman, taking baby steps because the pain was so terrible.  I can honestly say I never wish any of you this type of pain.  That being said… the depression and sadness I experienced was spiraling and I never thought I’d be able to ride again (yes, I am that dramatic!)  But it’s true!  Unless it happens to you, you have no idea what it feels like and how devastating it is to your mental state.

That being said… flash forward to a week ago, and I am finally getting the doc’s orders to come back on the bike… slowly.  I rode both Tuesday and Thursday night social rides last week.  I rode slowly and only rode for 20 - 25 miles each time. For any of us who bicycle all the time, that’s easy!!  Well, I felt great until Friday.  My back is fine, but now my left knee is back to giving me problems and again, I’m being told to stay off the bike for a little by my physical therapist.

I am going to the ortho doctor again next week to discuss next steps in my knee recovery, but for now I thought I would share with you my frustrations.  It’s really hard for active people to sit along the sidelines and not be involved, to not be able to just jump on the bike and ride, ride, ride till my heart’s content.  But, for the long-term benefit, I am following doctors orders.

Please, if there’s anything I’ve learned from this experience is this… make sure you take good care of your bodies.  I bicycled for more than 6 years and never stretched before or after my rides.  I ate well, I did circuit training, etc… but I never added stretching to my workout.  Please make sure you take the time to stretch a few times a week.  I know many of you have touted yoga, and I am working that into my weekly routine… although it’s not one of my favorite things, I feel I will grow to like it more as it does give me a feeling of inner peace.

I’m sorry if I’ve been out of the peloton and unavailable… I know some of you have been keeping in touch. But for those of you who didn’t know… now you do.  This injury had really gotten to me this time, and until I can get my knee in good shape, I’m afraid I won’t be able to take the lead and help as much as I have in the past.  I’m counting on all of you to use the website to communicate with each other, since I may not be able to send out messages as frequently as in the past.

Thanks for listening everyone… and please… keep pedaling!  Just work in some stretching, core exercises and strength training.  Add some dimensions to your cycling routines and hopefully you won’t have the issues I’ve been dealing with.

–Lisa

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