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Supporting liveSTRONG day

Dear Friends,

Today (10/2/2010) is LiveSTRONG day. I’m be joining thousands of people across the world wearing yellow in support of the 28 MILLION people living as a cancer survivor. Will you join us? Click the following link to find local events that you can take part in. It might be a bike ride, taking cookies to a pediatrics hospital or gathering with friends. http://www.livestrong.org/Take-Action/Livestrong-Action/Livestrong-Day-2010

I also wanted to share with you a video that a friend from Alpheus Media produced for LiveSTRONG. Please take a moment to watch this- http://www.youtube.com/user/livestrongarmy?blend=2&ob=4#p/u/0/hL8mCjS0Noc

Inspiring isn’t it? So how will you take action? As many of you know I will be riding 90 miles for the Austin LiveSTRONG Challenge on October, 24th 2010. I have set myself a fundraising goal of $1,000. To date many of you have helped me raise almost $300 already and I am extremely grateful. We’re entering the final month of fundraising and I need your help to meet my goal. Can you help by donating $28 in honor of the 28 million people living with cancer? Let’s do this, let’s make a world without cancer. http://austin2010.livestrong.org/andrewcollins

 -Andrew

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I’m gunna TRI

So last Sunday afternoon I hooked up for a ride with my buddies Matt & Luke. We were in the mood for a leisurely stroll as neither of them are big cyclists (yet) and I wanted to get some miles. I decided I would ride to Matt’s to add some extra distance. 7 miles in the headwind later, I arrive and the three of us head off. Luke is a very physically active person and last year did the Rookie Tri. We were enjoying the ride and talking about how Matt & Luke both rock at running, and how I had just taken up swimming again. At some point during our ride, we all came to the conclusion that we would go home and all register for the Rookie Tri. Which after I got home, I did. Crap, did I just do that? There’s no backing out now. Fortunately for me the stats for the Rookie aren’t too bad. It’s a 300m open water swim, 11 mile bike ride, and 2 mile run. The bike and run I can do in my sleep. The date is May 9th, so that gives me plenty of time to remember how to swim adequately and to continue to work on my form. On that note, the swimming is actually going ok… I have to keep reminding myself that I’m not trying to sprint, just endure. I’ve gotten some great pointers from some of my Tri friends including Iron-Man Gustavo who owns VO2TC. I feel more comfortable now since I’ve done several brick’d workouts, and think I’ll be able to juggle adding runs and swims to my weekly regimen while maintaining cycling as my predominant form of calorie burn.

Riding Pedal Thru The Pines

I had been wavering on what rides to do in the coming months and solicited feedback from everyone. I appreciate those who voiced their opinion in my poll. I have gone ahead and registered for the first ride which will be on March 6th. I’ll be doing the Metric Century (65 miles) in the Pedal Thru The Pines ride. It promises to be a beautiful ride outside of Austin in Bastrop, TX. The ride is hosted by and benefits Family Crisis Center. There’s still time to register for all of you on the fence, so come on out and join the fun! I hope to get a couple of other long rides in before then, but we’ll see how the schedule goes. Several of my Team Austin Cycle Camp peeps have registered, so it should be lots of fun.

Which Rides for March?

I’m having a hard time choosing what to ride this March, help me pick.