The place for "techies" and others to NOT talk tech!
I've called this "The place for techies and others to NOT talk tech!" -- I'm a "techie" (I really don't consider myself a geek although I have been called that also!).  I have a tendency to bury myself in the work I love doing, but I'm not one dimensional!

I'm looking at this site to provide some relief to the one dimensional "techie" and "workaholic" within me.  I'm looking at this site to be a mixture of interesting "stuff", away from work - whether "techie" work or other.
The Pan-Mass Challenge -- Biking for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute

The annual Pan-Mass Challenge ride on August 2nd from Sturbridge to Bourne will once again pass my home in Mendon.  I will be one of the approximately 3,500 riders, as will my grandson and daughter! We will be riding as Team ThreeG3N, that's short for Three Generations of Coley's riding.

The 108 mile 1st day ride is the most difficult terrain, with its most difficult parts in the 30 miles prior to reaching Mendon. It is both fun and serious. 

On the serious side is the fund-raising commitment that each rider makes when signing up for the ride. This year will be the 35th year of the ride, and the goal for this year is to raise $40,000,000 through the efforts of some 5,800 riders, supported by some 3,500 volunteers along the way.  Also on the serious side is the training for the ride -- it is for sure an "endurance" event.  Most riders will spend in excess of 1,500 miles of riding during their pre-event training.

The fun of it is in the joining with thousands of others who are committed to doing what they can to support other riders with their experience, and at the same time to raise the funds in these tough times.  Most riders ride because cancer has come uninvited into their lives, sometimes with devastating, heartbreaking results.  A cancer diagnosis is never a welcome one.

I will be writing about my experiences in my NoTechTalkBlog and my Team ThreeG3N blog.

On June 9th, 2012 I had the opportunity to participate in the opening ceremonies at Fenway Park during the singing of the National Anthem prior to the Red Sox vs Nationals game.  It was awesome!  I have posted a few pictures taken during the event.