Six months ago, two young analysts from my firm asked for my help to form a Pan-Mass Challenge team (this will be my 14th year riding and raising money for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber). They didn't really know what that meant, or much about cycling. But -- they had energy, enthusiasm, and organizational skills. I committed to being their Denzel (minus the crack pipe).
On our first ride in April, they learned about cycling Rule #9, grinding out 35 miles in 40 degree temps. Today, our third ride, was a chance to test Rule #5 -- a train ride to Newburyport ("Clipper City"), and a 75 mile winding route back to Boston. Our crew of 11 was up to the challenge, enjoying the history of Essex County -- "Washington Slept Here" -- 17th century houses. We waived Rule #83 for Alex, who endured two flats plus disintegration of his riding shoes (first for me). We even got a chance to retest Rule #9 in the "City of Sin". Son Ian did his first century on his own bike! A more complete trip than our last visit to Essex County.
Overall -- an awesome day! Can't wait for the next Training Day. And -- if you would like to support our Pan-Mass Challenge effort, you can make a donation here.