Mr. E's Fundraising Page
My name is Kris Emanuel and I am raising money for the Culture of Care Program because I believe in the vision these amazing practicioners have for their patients. As a music educator myself I was inspired by the Craig Foundation's willingness to explore all of the options in helping people not only manage but also improve their lives after being impacted by brain and spine injuries.
Sometimes it is vital to go above and beyond what is provided by insurance in order to do what is best for a patient, and it's amazing to see these wonderful people provide services like music therapy, recreational therapy, schooling, and so much more to increase the quality of life of the people affected by these injuries!
I continue my training on this day, July 23, keeping in mind that every pedal I make, every mile I complete, is now to fulfill a greater mission - to help other people and give them quality help.
Thank you so much for stopping by my page and considering a donation or to help in some capacity!
My Personal Web Log
We Did It
Today I made the attempt to ride 100 miles via the #P4P2019 Century Ride supporting the Craig Foundation.
The short story is that while I failed that goal, I still did my absolute best and kept myself safe the whole time. Thanks to my friends and family, the goal was crushed to raise funds for the foundation (and could get more crushed by the end of the day!)
Success is sometimes measured by the greater whole and is larger than just how your personal story fits into it. Overall, this was a win for raising awareness of this organization and how they support people to have fulfilling lives after brain and spinal injuries.
Next year I will return to this, and I will not be alone in doing so. Personally I am not only going to train harder for this, but will work harder to support the cause! #EmpoweringLives
by Kris Emanuel on Sat, Sep 14, 2019 @ 8:23 PM
One Day More
Thank you to my parents for the support as well as my wonderful in-laws for volunteering their Saturday to transport and be available throughout the day.
This is going to be a challenging ride full of many obstacles but I trust my Athlean training and all of the cycling rides I have done before this. This, for me, is 7 years in the making and I am so glad I can do this for a good cause in the process.
Saturday's ride is going to get crushed!
by Kris Emanuel on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 12:36 AM
The Final Week
This has been a challenging journey working my way up to the 100 mile ride next weekend! Last week I pedaled over a half century in the most mentally challenging ride I've had in my life.
Around 30 miles into the last ride my legs were tired and mental negativity was creeping its ugly head in and I had to continue to refocus and stay determined to reach my goal and make it to the event. Slowly, but surely, I was able to conquer those inner demons and successfully complete my last ride.
Today my bike is back from the shop and I am going to do my final preparation at 75 miles ahead of next week's ride. I'm looking forward to the event and know that any pain or struggle I feel is fine. I am in admiration of the people who have had traumatic, life changing injuries and how so many have moved forward from their life, never throwing in the towel.
I know this is important work and I'm excited to push my page this final week to reach my donation goal!
Onwards and Upwards,
by Kris Emanuel on Sat, Sep 07, 2019 @ 10:40 AM
Headed to finish Week 4
I woke up late last Saturday, knowing I wanted to get an early start on the 35 mile ride and, against my better judgement to try and fit that into the week, I headed out late during the heat of the day. I was determined to stick to the plan and not let things get the better of me or be used as an excuse.
The first hour went by smoothly with a great pace and the normal amount of stopping for water. I've been trying to keep the heart rate to 50-60% capacity during this portion since these miles will be early in the 100 mile ride in September.
As I got into the 2nd hour after the snack break, the heat began having an impact on me and it was challenging to keep focused on each pedal and my mind kept wanting to say "it's okay, turn back now" but I kept breathing and focusing on the road ahead of me, deciding it was best to not take the extreme my mind was defaulting to but to accept that a few more stops may be helpful, especially without any shade.
Despite all of these challenges and the headache that was forming underneath my helmet, I was able to persist and complete the goal for the ride AHEAD of my planned pace (which means I need to make the goal for Saturday's 45 mile ride a bit more gutsy!)
I definitely learned the importance of body regulation through this experience. It may even be beneficial to spend a few days in a sauna or doing hot yoga or something to get used to the heat and to perhaps carry a few different items to help keep the body temperature down and combat the heat, rather than succumb to its intense gaze.
I am looking forward to continue this training process and having conversations with colleagues and friends about this ride and what the Craig Foundation has been doing to help their patients not only survive brain and spinal injury, but get back to a quality life afterwards! This IS important work and it must be supported!
Onwards and Upwards,
by Kris Emanuel on Thu, Aug 08, 2019 @ 11:34 PM
I am Signed Up!
I began training for a century ride last week and, after a week of researching different rides and what these rides were trying to do to impact the world, I was happy to choose Pedal 4 Possible as my selected ride for 2019. As I stated in my message above, I love the work the Craig Foundation is doing and how committed they are to helping the people in their care and I will be continuing to train this week for them, building up to 35 miles by Saturday with the ULTIMATE goal of completing the 100 mile ride for the event on September 14th!
by Kris Emanuel on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 @ 10:10 AM
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