Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Thin Blue Paceline

Last year I participated in the Police Unity Tour Wisconsin Riders Spinathon and one month from today I hope to participate in the 2014 edition. The Spinathon is an indoor cycling event that benefits the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The annual Police Unity Tour is a four-day bicycle journey of more than 300 miles from New Jersey to Washington DC. This year Wisconsin will be represented by numerous law enforcement agencies, including the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments of West Bend, Slinger, Jackson and Hartford.

The Spinathon will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Pleasant Valley Tennis & Fitness Club, 2754 Pleasant Valley Road in Jackson. Three different instructor-led training sessions will be offered: 8-9 a.m., 9:15-10:15 a.m., and 10:30-11:30 a.m. Last year I followed my own workout plan instead of following along with the instructors, and no one seemed to mind! You can do like I did and take your own bike and trainer, or you can use one of the club’s Spinning bikes. Register in advance (recommended, especially if you are not bringing your own bike) or at the club on the day of the event, beginning at 7:15 a.m. Your $25 registration fee gets you not just a fun morning of training, but also an event T-shirt, a water bottle, and one ticket to the summertime pig roast (and no, I don’t think the guys see the irony in a police-sponsored pig roast). If you raise more money, you get more stuff. See the brochure for all the details. If you want to help the cause by sending donations through me, I will be happy to accept them. If you are a Facebook user, you can indicate your desire to participate by going here, but don't forget to register officially!

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