Monday, July 30, 2012


Did the Mercer Island loop again today before work. Saw three big ass black tail deer there. Practically ran into one coming around a corner.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Courage Classic - Post 2

Raised $550.00 now. Only 200 to go.

Also I've rolled over 6000 miles just one week late of my 3000 mile a year average.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Courage Classic

I decided to ride in the Courage Classic. It's a 3 day ride over 3 mountain passes in the Cascades covering 178 miles. It's similar to the distance I rode in during the STP but where the STP was relatively flat the Courage Classic has about 2500 feet of elevation gain each day. Although STP was only over 2 days this ride is over 3 so it breaks down to around only 60 miles a day. Am I worried about the climbing? Well I've done Chilly Hilly several times and it has just as much elevation gain in one day as each day of the Courage Classic so no.

One aspect of the Courage Classic, however, is that every rider must raise a minimum of $750 for charity. That, in itself, might be my greatest challenge. So far I've raised 1/3 ($255) towards the goal. Here's a letter describing the ride, what the money goes to and a link for anyone that wishes to donate -

Dear friends,

I am participating in this year’s 21st annual Courage Classic Bicycle Tour, August 4-6, 2012.  The Courage Classic is a 3-day, 173-mile ride that traverses the Cascade Mountains, including Snoqualmie, Blewett, and Stevens Passes. 

The ride is well known for its beautiful scenery, the camaraderie among the riders, the food, and the incredible support from the Rotary Clubs of Pierce County and United Parcel Service.  But the Courage Classic is so much more than that.  It is the largest single funding source for the Child Abuse Intervention Department (CAID) at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA.

Each year the CAID provides treatment to more than 500 child victims of abuse.  This crisis is not limited to our community.  In fact, the national average is that one in three girls and one in five boys will become the victim of abuse by the age of 18.

The Courage Classic is really a good news, bad news story:  The bad news is that child abuse is pervasive in our society; but the good news is we are doing something about it.  Last year alone, the Courage Classic raised more than $739,000 for the CAID at Mary Bridge.  And since its inception in 1992, the event has generated more than $5 million.

That’s where you come in:  In order to participate in the Courage Classic, all riders must raise a minimum of $750 in pledges.  I have created this online fundraising site to make it as easy as possible for you to contribute to my efforts. Please consider making a 100% tax-deductible pledge to this very worthy cause.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!

-Brian Pickart
Courage Classic Rider

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Ride of the day was from home up the waterfront, across the Ballard Locks, Fremont, Downtown and home. For future reference that route is about 23 miles. I just weighed my bike without the large saddle bags and it's a little over 37 pounds.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Today's ride was the straight shot down Interurban South and back with a little jaunt to the post office in Auburn resulting in 58.62 miles. Funny little side note, my banana exploded. I had it lodged in my spokes as I've seen other people do and as I was zipping down a hill it flew out, hitting the fork and exploding everywhere.

Monday, July 09, 2012

I-10 Challenge

A friend and I have been using the Endomondo app to log our miles. He created a challenge for us. The Interstate 10 challenge. The length of I-10 is 2460.3 miles. Our point of the contest is to log as many miles, and of course, be the first to do it. The contest started July 1st which put me at a bit of a disadvantage because I was in San Diego for that week. So far he's logged 100 miles in incremental rides of about 20 miles per ride. I need to pull something out so I did a 32 miles ride today. The Mercer Island loop. The weather is perfect. Summer is finally here in Seattle. This will motivate me to get back out there instead of just riding to work and back.

Also I'm at 5,812 (17,144) miles on my odometer. I have to get 188 miles in one week to maintain a 3000 mile a year average. I don't know if that's going to happen.