Another Great Contest — 26.2 Style

Distance: 35.5 miles
Time: 1:59:39
Average Watts: 176 watts
Normative Power: 206 watts
Average Heart Rate: 148 bpm
Total Work: 1,264 kJ
Average Speed: 17.9 mph

The family vacation in Park City was a little more busy that I initially thought it would be, so you guys need to excuse me for getting this contest started a little later than I thought I was going to. The good news is the vacation was awesome and I got in three really, really solid rides. I decided to suck it up and climb while I was there to help prepare for the Double Triple Bypass this weekend (is it here already?). This was the ride I did all three days we were there — it went from the base of the Canyons Resort to the Sinclair on the west side of town in Kamas. It was a fantastic workout because of the climbs — there were two good ones to get to Kamas and then one really tough one coming back.

I am really, really happy with the results of these rides. Day 1 it took me 2:20 to get this ride done because of the huge headwind and stormy conditions. Days 2 and 3 were sunny and about 60° at the start. Hydration, nutrition, and pacing worked well the second two days. I finished within :04 seconds on the rides on Days 2 and 3. The ride has about 2,000 ft. of climbing, which isn’t too bad in 35.5 miles. Here is the map and elevation profile.

The “Let’s Kick Cancer” Contest

I have hosted some epic contests on this blog over the years. Most of these contests have been for somewhat selfish reasons, but this one is going to be for a higher purpose. I am paying for the prizes out of my own pocket, and everyone will be able to enter the contest for a prize regardless of how you choose to enter. If there is one contest you want to enter that is related to blogs and pure awesomeness, this would be it.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I am riding LOTOJA through the Huntsman’s Hometown Heroes program. I decided to ride with this group because it gives my ride a more meaningful depth that will be nice for my first LOTOJA. Cancer has hit my family hard and you can read more about how and the program here. It is a solid group and I think one of the better ways to contribute to a very worthwhile cause. The Hometown Heroes program supports the Hunstman Cancer Institute, which is a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center, which means it meets the highest national standards for cancer care and research and receives support for its scientific endeavors. If you want to find out more about the Huntsman Cancer Institute, you can read about it here.

There will be two ways to win in this contest, and the exact same prize will be given to each group. The first way to win will be to make a donation to the Huntsman’s Hometown Heroes program and I will tell you how that works shortly. The second way to win will be through the traditional ways that we have used here  at Here are the rules…

Donations to Huntsman’s Hometown Heroes Program (Pool 1)

I am not looking for a specific amount from anyone, but for every dollar you donate, you will get one entry into this pool. People who have already donated will be eligible for Pool 1. What you will need to do is follow this link and donate through the Hometown Heroes program website.

Click Here to Donate

I will have a report from that site as to who donated and what the amount of the donation was. The contest will end at midnight on Sunday, July 10, 2011 so if you are going to be donating, please try and do it this week.

I am not looking for all the readers here to make a donation of course — if you would like to and it fits within your budget right now, that’s great. If your budget is too full of Gu and Hammer Gel, then let me provide you with another way to participate in this contest as part of Pool 2.

The Bloggy Way to Participate (Pool 2)

Like I said, I get that this may not fit your budget right now. So, let me provide you with another way to participate. Here are the rules:

  1. Be a Follower of — This has to be the easiest way to enter. If you are already a Follower, then you are already entered. If you become a Follower, then you have an entry. Let me make this clear — you have to be a Follower to win this. If you are selected as the winner and are not a Follower, I will pick someone else. It is time to come out of the woodwork lurkers…Number of entries: 1
  2. Post this contest to your blog and link to the homepage – Just mention the contest and provide a link in the post to The great thing about WordPress is it tracks your links automatically and I can track your entry without you sending me an email. You can get up to five entries in this category if you link to this contest on five separate days on your blog. Remember, the links have to be put up on your posts on separate days. Number of entries: 5
  3. Post a link to the contest on Facebook – I know this is a little cheesy, but it is another way to earn an entry, so why not? I can’t track the links from Facebook, so please email me once you make your post. You can get up to five entries by posting once a day for five days. This one is easy people…Number of entries: 5
  4. Make a comment on my posts from now until the end of day on Sunday — I want you to comment on this post, but comment on my other posts as well. I would love for you to share specifically how cancer has impacted your family if you are commenting on this post. I will be taking some of the better comments and stories and posting them one day next week so we can all be inspired. You can make as many comments as you like, but you can only get one entry per day. You can earn up to five entries in this category if you leave five separate posts on five separate days. The posts do have to be left by midnight MST on Sunday to count.  Those comments that refer to how smart and good-looking I am will get no additional consideration, just a big smile from me.  Number of entries: 5

This seems pretty straight-forward and simple. Obviously there will be more entries in Pool 2, but still, it is worthwhile to enter. You might be surprised and actually win.

Want to know what you are playing for?

I know I have people who read this who are primarily runners, others who are cyclists, and even more who are triathletes. Feeling like I belong to all three cohorts, I hate to discriminate against any one of the groups. So, for the person who is randomly selected by the random number generator (standard blog winner selection practices will be used here), I will give them a choice of a Garmin 310XT, Garmin Edge 500, or Garmin Forerunner 405. You will get a heart rate strap with the unit, but I won’t include a cadence sensor for the Edge 500. After the winner is selected, I will email you and post the name of the winner up here so everyone knows who won it all.

One winner from Pool 1 and another from Pool 2 will be selected so that everyone has a chance to win. I do ask for a little patience as I will be traveling back from Colorado and the Double Triple Bypass on Monday the 11th, so I may not get to the selection of the winners until late Monday night.

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...