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September 12, 2014

Last time you checked in with me, I was telling you about my sweaty morning commute, how I was preparing and the story of why I chose to ride in my first MS: City to Shore ride. The feedback I received was amazing, especially from that high school friend I mentioned. Her and her mother both shared my blog on Facebook (more than once, actually), singing my praises for riding and being an advocate for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).


But it’s funny, really, because the real reason I’m riding and being an advocate is quite the opposite. I’m not riding to be recognized for doing a “good deed.” Nope; I’m doing it in honor of those suffering or those lost to MS.


The rest of Team ChatterBlast is also doing it for that reason, too. It’s what drives us. I’m lucky to have a team that is ambitiously active in training and fundraising for the ride, so the riding tips and fundraising ideas are always flowing. Our Account Director, Lou Perseghin, sent out an email to everyone over the weekend recommending we put the link to the team’s fundraising page in our signature, along with the Bike MS logo. Now, not only are our efforts on social media and offline, they’re also in our emails to clients, partners, friends and family – constantly planting the seed to donate to the MS Society.


When it comes to fundraising for the City to Shore ride, ChatterBlast’s motto is “leave no stone unturned.” Another fundraising tip the team shared with us “newbies” was to send out a LinkedIn message to all of our connections. Even though you might have only met a LinkedIn connection once at a meeting or convention, it’s remarkable how willing people are to donate for such a great cause.


I’m still inching my way toward my goal of $1,000 fundraised, and I’m confident I’ll reach that by the end of September, before the race. My riding confidence is also inching toward where it needs to be to take on the 80-mile ride. As I mentioned in my first post, I take a round trip commute of 18 miles to work as many days as I can. The nine mile rides in the morning and evening have been a great confidence and endurance builder for me, but I was online casino still looking for more. During the race, there are rest stops with food, drinks, trainers and bike mechanics every 12 miles. So, I decided it was time to take my training past my daily commute and on to a longer route.


Yesterday was the first time I rode over nine continuous miles and I’m going to be honest with you – from a beauty pageant perspective – it wasn’t pretty. My face was beet red, sweat dripping from head to toe and helmet hair like you wouldn’t believe. But besides the aesthetics, I did just fine. I hopped on the same Schuylkill River Trail I take everyday, but this time I headed west toward Conshohocken. The 14-mile trek to the belly of the “Conshohocken Curve” was the extra training boost I needed to prepare for the ride. As Creative Director, Matt Ray, has preached to our team over and over again “practice makes perfect.”


The ride is now a little over two weeks away and I’m continuing to step up my preparation. Stay tuned for another installment of “Diary of a First Timer: MS City to Shore Ride” where I’ll talk about the bike inspection process, final training efforts (including stretching tips from our friends at United Fitness), and the unveiling of the #TeamChatterBlast jerseys.


To make a donation to help Kurt and #TeamChatterBlast raise money to battle MS, go HERE. To learn more, go HERE and HERE.

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Kurt Gies

According to multiple sources close to Kurt, he wears hats. He also likes dogs. The rest is really a mystery.

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