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Flying Fish Brewing-Bikes and Beers

By now you might be noticing a bit of a trend, I like to talk about working out and enjoying good food or drinks! This morning I took part in a 30 mile bike ride hosted through Bikes and Beers at Flying Fish Brewing Company, in Somerdale, NJ. In the price you pay to bike either 15 or 30 miles, a portion of the benefits goes to a local cycling advocacy organization to help improve cycling conditions in your city! (There are rides all across the US) How awesome is that!!!! So for this ride the money went to The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia!

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My Mom and I posing after the ride!

Being that we were riding in Jersey, there were some pot holes at the beginning of the ride that you really had to dodge! Other than that it was a really great ride. I clocked an average speed on my Garmin of 15.5 miles per hour with my max speed being 25.7 mph. The weather was pretty hot though. The only downfall was the ride didn’t start till 9:30am and toward the end temps were reaching close to 88 degrees.

After finishing the ride all participants received a Bike and Beers pint glass, koozie, raffle ticket, and two tickets to redeem for beer. I decided to be the designated driver for this ride, but don’t worry I picked up some beer to bring home. Later in this month I will be riding the Spellbound Brewery Century ride and the tables will be turned and my mom will be the DD. (Please always be responsible and have a DD!) Flying Fish offered four beer for riders to chose from; Daylight Savings IPA, Farmhouse Summer Ale, Bayshore Oyster Stout, or Hogfish IPA. My mom picked to have the Farmhouse Summer Ale and from the sip I tried it was very easy and refreshing to drink. Flying Fish does offer seasonal and other beers on tap in their tasting room. I would definitely recommend checking them out if you are on the East Coast or seeing if you get their beer in your local beer distributor.

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Bike for the Beer!

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” John F Kennedy

xo

Leann

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Always Wear Your Helmet

This weekend I took part in the Ocean to Bay Bike Ride in Bethany Beach/Fenwick Island, Delaware. With several routes a century (100 miles), metric centric (62.5 miles), 50 miles, 36 miles or 27 miles I originally planned on completing the metric century. I was just recently cleared to ride the bike, but the Doctor didn’t really know the distance I was looking to cover. I haven’t been on the bike since my injury and I knew it was going to be tough. Especially because I clip in and getting out would prove some difficulty for my left foot.  Out of the 62 miles I was able to cover 40. Acceptable. I’m pretty tough on myself when it comes to giving up or in, but I knew if I kept pushing I could set my recovery back further.

The main reason I decided to name this post, Always Wear Your Helmet, today during the ride, which covered some pretty rural roads, a man taking part in the ride was sitting in the middle of the rode bleeding from his head. Thank goodness he had his helmet on, which was severely broken, but it helped to protect him to give him minimal damage. I’ve seen several incidents in the city where a car just clips the back tire of a rider and it causes major accidents. I know wearing a helmet doesn’t look that cool, but it can defiantly save your life. Scrambled brain on the pavement or minor injuries? And just in case you didn’t know the law requires a minimum of 3 feet between a cyclist and passing car (in some cases I know this is impossible).


Safety is always very important when taking to the roads whether it being running or riding your bike. Overall, the ride was nice and the weather was perfect. We couldn’t ask for much better riding conditions, only for my foot to cooperate more and heal faster. I will be back to running as soon as I can!

See you on the road.

xo

Leann


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Bike MS

It’s that time of the year that I start raising money for a ride I will complete in September-Bike MS. I know its a ways off, but this year I have raised the goal of how much money I will be able to fundraise and the distance I will bike. 14022190_10104324653062473_7834320909764671262_n

Bike MS happens all across the United States. I will take part in the City to Shore ride from Cherry Hill, NJ to Ocean City, NJ. Last year I rode 80 miles and was able to raise $400. This year I have set my goal to 100 miles and $500 to help find a cure for MS. Last year’s ride was the first time I have completed Bike MS. I was riding with my mom, uncle, and a riding group in Jersey I complete weekly rides with. I thought half marathons and marathons had a ton of people show up, but it was amazing how many bikes were on the road for this great cause.

What is MS you ask? MS -multiple sclerosis. MS is a disease that effects information being sent through the central nervous system from the brain to the spinal cord and other parts of the body. The cause of MS is still unknown. It can be difficult to diagnose since there is no single test for MS. It tends to be more common in women then men. I have had a family member that passed away from MS. Through the cycling event I’ve learned how important it is to advocate for change, raise awareness, and be involved by volunteering my time in the cycling event.

My experience from Bike MS last year was amazing. It’s hard to explain how it was without sounding a bit ridiculous. If you have ever taken part in a race you know the excitement when you take the first step over the start line and when you cross the finish, but with the Bike MS ride it was a bit more personal. It’s an all day event, you meet people that are from all over the country, some biking with MS. It’s so encouraging. Bikes take over the roads. Riders are looking out for each other, making sure everyone is feeling ok and not having issues with their bikes. When you ride into Ocean City the crowd of people welcoming you is sensational. Being able to donate money from all of my wonderful friends and ride in their behalf was incredible. It made me so proud to have such a great support group that I call my friends. I can not thank you all enough!

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I can only ask of you once again to please help support my ride for this amazing cause. Help me to bring awareness to MS and help find a cure to end MS. If you would be interested in donating to my ride please click here. If you are interested in riding with me and joining my team click here. Thank you!

Don’t just ride, bike MS.

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xo

Leann