Undefeated/EOD Ride


THE UNDEFEATED EOD 2-DAY BIKE RIDE


WHAT IT IS
The Undefeated EOD Ride is a 2 day, 200 mile bike ride supporting our Wounded EOD Warriors and their families. All proceeds from the ride benefit the EOD Warrior Foundation, (http://www.woundedeodwarrior.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping EOD technicians and their families overcome the challenges they face after an injury or loss.

EOD techs take on one of the most dangerous jobs in our military, working across all service branches -- Air Force, Marines, Navy and Army. As bomb disposal experts, their job ensures the protection of fellow service members from unexploded ordnance -- a critical mission in war zones where insurgents use IEDs as a weapon of choice. Due to the dangerous nature of their job, EOD specialists experience one of the highest percentage rates of injury.

The EOD Warrior Foundation provides essential financial and emotional support to our wounded service members and their families -- fulfilling needs that go beyond the constraints of our Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Jim W. and Tim B. on the California Coast, Oct. 2013

WHEN
TBD (October)

WHERE
San Diego, California

ROUTE
2 days, 200 miles, LA to San Diego

WHY I'M RIDING
Initially, I was challenged to take on this ride -- and I don't often back down from a challenge. From the moment I arrived in San Diego in 2013 for my first EOD ride, it became personal. The people I met, and the friends I made, are amazing, courageous, kind, and generous, and touch my heart in so many ways.

There are very few people who deserve our support more than the men and women who serve our nation, and I'm grateful for their commitment and sacrifice. This ride is an opportunity for me to collectively show our gratitude by doing something I do well -- gathering support through family and friends to ride and raise money for our wounded EOD techs and their families.

Thank you for your support!

A PERSONAL CHALLENGE
When my friend Matt asked me to ride the EOD ride, I really didn't know what I was getting myself into when I casually said, "sure". I put it out of my head while concentrating on getting back on the bike after a crash... but kept coming back to the EOD Ride after my recovery. In January 2013, I thought of my promise to Matt to look into the ride, and got in touch with one of the organizers in charge. He promptly welcomed me to ride and that was all I needed.

After the hits I took a few years ago with a crappy hematocrit and the struggles I've had to overcome that, topped with the pre-PMC crash that wiped me out, I needed something to really shake things up. When I looked further into this ride, I saw a fundraising need I couldn't ignore, and knew it would help me focus on something meaningful while getting back on track.

This isn't just a physical challenge... it's a fundraising mission. For me it involves stepping up and moving beyond my comfort zone in asking for support on behalf of our wounded service members and their families.

Love those hills. We've got this.

TRAINING
It's not easy keeping my training going through the winter months. It's really tough. But, our cycling season is short here on the East Coast, and I know I can't start my training from ground zero in April, expecting to keep up with folks who ride year-round. So I ride through the winter -- outside when I can -- in sub-freezing temps. (Yes, I do.)

It seems like every winter is worse than the previous one. If we're not being pounded with snow, we're stuck in a bitter polar vortex. It takes a lot of effort and motivation to keep a training program going through a long Boston winter.

My plan has always been to stick with what has worked in the past, including snowboarding, (great crosstraining!), and hitting the gym and indoor trainer when it's too icy to ride.

Honest truth, I'll never be as fast as the California riders -- they really are a competitive crew -- but I can still rock this ride. I have a terrific group of trainers behind me throughout the season; Christine Hopkins and Keli Howe cover the muscles and core... coach Shayne Gaffney on the bike... and great teammates to train with all season. My back is covered.

I also have an amaaaaaziing support team behind me -- Vanderkitten VIP. The ladies all kick ass and I'm inspired to reach my goals with them.

The Fab Five. Tim, me, Schreck, Julia and Jim.
Best. People. Ever.


SO... YOU ALL KNOW HOW THIS WORKS
I'm focused on raising as much money as I possibly can for the EOD Warrior Foundation. I hope to raise $5,000 -- but you know I really want to raise more than that. The EOD Ride isn't as well known locally as the PMC, Tour de Cure, Best Buddies Ride, or MS Cape Cod Getaway. I ride several charity rides during the season... but this one really touches my heart and I hope my friends, family, and community will get behind me on this and show our wounded service members their support.

I know I push the limits on my fundraising requests. Really, I do. I hope you know how grateful I am for your generosity.

Please remember that no donation is too small. It might just be a $20 bill you can spare. Coffee money. Skip that trip to Dunk's and come ride with me and I'll make you your coffee. (No, seriously! Come ride with me!)

I'll even make you muffins.

Undefeated EOD Ride, Day One

As soon as I register, I will let you know, and include the fundraising link. 

Thank you, always, for your support.


Tam

Undefeated EOD Ride, Day 2

Tim and I take a break, Day 2

Not far from the finish. GREAT TEAM. Shane, Brad, Me,
Tim, a friend of Jim's, Jim, Jason, Morgan, Julia,
and Schreck (behind the flag.) Just awesome.
Thank you for your support!

Several images above © Robert Binder 



To read blog entries from last year's Undefeated EOD Ride, click HERE
Thanks for reading!