Friday, August 28, 2009

help liz and win some cool shit!

Please keep on reading! A little bird tells me the prize list will keep on growing....
Hello and thanks for taking a moment (or two) to read about the raffle I've put together to raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. First, a bit about me so you know why this cause means so much to me personally:

I was diagnosed with lung cancer on October 24, 2006. I was 26 years old and was an avid runner and skier. I loved spending any and all of my time outside, and as you can imagine, this diagnosis came as quite a shock. Since then I have undergone chemotherapy, had 2/3 of my right lung removed, and went through radiation and chemo once again. Eight months after my initial treatments and surgeries ended, I was re-diagnosed once again and I've been on chemo for the year and a half since. Despite the treatments, I still find time to run, ski, rock climb, hike, and ride my bike. I've found a lot of strength through the community offered by the Lance Armstrong Foundation; it teaches us that we are survivors from the moment we are diagnosed, and we form a powerful army against cancer. The Livestrong Challenges take place all over the country and offer different ways to be involved - from volunteering to riding 100 miles - in order to spread the word about the LAF. My first year, just six months after surgery, I rode 40 miles. Last year, while on chemo, I rode 100 miles. This year I hope to do the same, only this year, I am traveling to the home of the LAF, Austin, Texas, to do it.

I like to think everyone has given me some strength when I have needed it and this year is no exception. So, read on to see how you can have a chance to win some great prizes and take part in a good cause all at the same time.

The event: The LizLivestrong Raffle
The dates: now until Friday, October 2 (Livestrong Day)

The goods: [the good part!]
- a daypack from The North Face
- a Nuptse Vest from The North Face (
- a gift card good for one pair of Dansko clogs (
- a gift card good for $50 at Trail Creek Outfitters (
- a sweet pair of cycling sunglasses courtesy of Henry's Bikes (
- a new cable set up for your road bike courtesy of Gore RideOn (
- awesome goody bags with tidbits from The North Face, Cannondale, Livestrong, and more

What to do:
- go to It will reroute you to my fundraising website
- make a donation. Here's the breakdown:
1 ticket = $10
3 tickets = $25
7 tickets = $50
10 tickets = $75
15 tickets = $100
25 tickets = $150
35 tickets = $200
- once you've made your donation, please send an email to "". You don't have to put anything in the email - I just need a way to get in touch with you when you win!

- I will draw the winners and notify them over the weekend of October 2, which is Livestrong Day.

- think about making even a $10 additional one for a chance to win. At this time I am trying to raise $2,100 to hit my goal of $5,000 (which I have raised each year so far)

Please let me know if you have any questions! And please join me in a heartfelt thank you to the companies that have made donations thus far. If there is anything you'd like to donate (but not your old clunker, that is a different deal) please send word!

All the best. Be well and Livestrong,


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

the SHT...

This is why I trust Henry's Bikes with all of my bike-related problems:

Cottonball is a whiz kid.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

wilderness 101...

Not much to say here. This was the hardest 100 (and one) miler I've done to date. Some combination of a 2 day old hangover, unpreparedness, and the robust trails in State College sent me to a new depth in the pain cave. Still managed about 10 hours (10:09 or so).

The rigorous beating I received from the rocks, the cramps I fought from mile 27 on, and the loss of my favorite (expensive) Smith shades had me frowning and cursing for the entire 2nd half of the race.

Still, crossing that finish line is about as good as it gets.