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Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training(8 posts)

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Trainingjagreenwald
Dec 17, 2002 8:09 PM
Has anyone worked with this group before? I occasionally receive pamphlets from them and they always sound too good to be true. From the paperwork, it says that they will provide a coach for the 4-5 months preceeding the event (in this case, a century in Lake Tahoe), flights to and from the event as well as accomodations during. Should I go to one of their presentations or is it like a time-share?
I believe you have to raise a certain amount of funds. . .js5280
Dec 17, 2002 9:29 PM
in order to qualify for free flights and accomidations. I think it was around $5000 or more depending on the event. I do believe the coaching is a free benefit though.
I started with these folks.PseuZQ
Dec 17, 2002 9:41 PM
Initial motivation was to be able to ride a century before my ex bf. ;-). I've ridden with them for a number of seasons. I keep coming back for the camaraderie.

I will let you do your own research re: the cause and percent of funds raise that go directly to research.

But here's what I got when I was a brand spankin' new newbie:
1) Non-competitive group rides every other week with kick-ass SAG. Groups are broken out by speed after a pace trial so if you smoke, then you ride with a fast group, and if you're slow, then you ride with that group. Most people hang out at the finish so even if you're the last person in there are people to cheer you on.

2) Skills clinics. We had, separately: Ascending and descending clinic. Basic skills/bike handling clinic. (closed lot with cones, etc.) Paceline clinic. Most of these were taught by an Effective Cycling instructor.

More on Team in TrainingPseuZQ
Dec 17, 2002 9:57 PM
3)All expenses *are* paid if you fundraise. The accommodations aren't extravagant but not crappy either. (Embassy Suites or Harvey's in Tahoe, for example.)

4)You get a neon green jersey!!

5) Raising the money isn't as hard as you might think. There are people who will help you do this.

6) We've had lectures from Arnie Baker and coaches from Wenzel Coaching.

If you're too cool for school then this may not be your cup of tea. The people are *extremely* nice and not snobby at all. You can show up on a beater. But I have also seem some very, very nice top-end rides. I'm not a "joiner" by any stretch of the imagination but I keep coming back (in various capacities, like mentor or ride support).

Full disclosure: If you're considering a triathlon, "hard-core" triathletes don't really dig Team in Training's participation in "their" events. Luckily, I generally don't give a sh*t what hard-core tris think. The Cycle team is a diffrent animal. (as is the Run team...all have different personalities.)

Give it a go. Lemme know if you want more info. BTW, I'm in NorCal.
re: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Trainingrookierider
Dec 18, 2002 3:40 AM
By all means go to a presentation. I just completed the Seagull Century in Maryland with this group and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Initially I was disappointed in the extent of the training; don't get me wrong you'll be ready for your event, but the whole purpose is raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The funds required vary by event. It is a huge time committment, but worth every minute. Hope this helps and good luck.
I have a question myselfjoekm
Dec 18, 2002 5:43 AM
I've heard of these people. Found them on the internet when I was researching Leukemia. My mother contracted ALL and is still fighting the illness.

Anyway, I'm intrigued but, with two small children and a relatively demanding job, there is no way I can travel the country riding events. On the other hand, I'm planning on doing a few local centuries next season and I'd certainly be willing to do a couple under their banner if that was possible.

Is it possible to just do occasional and local participation or are you expected to participate in major events all over the country?
Some answerstheBreeze
Dec 18, 2002 10:27 AM
I rode with TNT in a local event last spring. Generally things are broken out into two seasons a year, spring and fall, but that may depend on your local group. TNT trains you for a single event, so no, you aren't traveling all over the country riding in multiple events. For instance, my area (New Mexico/El Paso) will start training for the Lake Tahoe Century around the end of January. Then they will start a new season in August for El Tour de Tucson. We generally have a small number of riders.

Larger metropolitan areas may do events more often and have much larger groups. You will need to contact your local chapter to find out what events they are training for. You may be able to work something out to do local events, as you mentioned, "under their banner."

My father was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia about five years ago. It was one reason I joined TNT. Because the event I did was local, the dollar amount I had to raise wasn't that large, $2,200. The organization gave me lots of information and suggestions, and I found it very easy to do. How much you have to raise depends upon the event. They take the dollar cost of the event (hotel, airfare, event fee, etc.) and multiply by 4. That way a guarenteed 75% of funds raised goes to the L&LS.

The other reason I joined was to have nice people to train with. I was fit from mountain biking, but had little road experience. I really enjoyed the rides. It would have been nice to have more faster riders in the group as I found myself off the front and alone pretty regularly. In a larger group this probably wouldn't have been a problem. Through riders I met in TNT I hooked up with a great local riding club, which I ride with regularly now.

So I encourage you to contact your local chapter, or go to an information meeting.
I have a friend who is a coach for TNTWheelz
Dec 18, 2002 9:10 AM
If you like I can get you in touch with him to talk about it informally. Email me directly if you are interested.