After nearly 12 years of coding in ColdFusion, I have watched my weight climb as I spend more and more time behind a desk. Gone are the days when I could spend hours in the gym working to increase my 1 rep max when I used to powerlift. Yeah, I gave that up years ago. So in an effort to get some exercise I took up bike riding. After spending several hundred dollars on a decent mountain bike, I quickly realized that if you weigh more than 200 pounds, those seats are just not meant for you. Not even with padded shorts! Ouch!
So I went looking for a new option. I came across a recumbent trike that looked really comfortable. So I tracked down a dealer and took the hour and a half drive to go test drive one. It was like peddling a reclining lawn chair. Super comfortable! Needless to say, I bought 2 of them so my wife could ride along with me.
We wanted to set a goal for ourselves but not just some verbal goal that we could easily get out of. We needed to be committed to something so we had accountability. So we found out about the National Multiple Sclerosis Societies MS150 fundraisers. These are bike rides held all over the country that normally span 2 days and about 150 miles. There are options for 1 day events as well for more beginning riders but no-way was I going to take the easy way out! Im going for the whole deal. This gave us something to be accountable for. When you sign up you agree to raise a minimum of $200 via sponsors or you pay the $200 yourself. This was great, we were helping to raise money for a great cause and we had a goal to achieve.
Our riding is going good, we are doing 30+ miles a day on the weekends already and feeling pretty good afterwards so Im confident we will be ready come October 2nd when the ride takes place. I have lost nearly 30 lbs already as well which is a great side bonus.
Now, here is my problem. When we signed up, we had a friendly competition going about who could raise the most money for the ride. She works in the emergency room of a local hospital and the doctors there are all going crazy signing up on her sponsorship sheet. She is kicking my tail!!
I need some help in fundraising so I decided to give a copy of ColdFusion Builder away to a random person who donates $5 or more to my ride. I set a goal of $1000 in fundraising which is completely reachable considering there are individuals now who already have over $5000 raised and we still have 8 weeks to go!
I will enter all the names of those who sponsor me for $5.00 or more into a db table and throw together a quick ColdFusion template that will randomly select one of them. That person will receive a copy of ColdFusion Builder which includes Flash Builder 4 Standard.
*** UPDATE ***
After talking someone about this and getting a little more insight, Im changing the rules just a bit. For every $5.00 that you donate, your name will get entered into the database. So if you donated $20.00, your name would be entered into the database 4 times, essentially giving you 4 chances to win.
Donations must me received before October 2nd when the ride takes place in order to win.
You can donate online via the MS Society’s site and my personal fundraising page here. You must use this link to donate online so I get credit for the donation.
Im linking a few sites below if you are interested in reading a bit more about the National MS Society or the “Cycle to the Shore” event.
National MS Society, North Florida Chapter
BikeMS Cycle To The Shore Event
Feel free to comment with any questions.