A Long Ride And A Short Ride

By: Don Ward
By: Don Ward

I had a great (busy) day Saturday. Come along for the ride.


I've ridden on a camel in Israel and in an F-16 with the Thunderbirds.  These were a couple of wild rides too.

Here's the long and short of it.  I did some riding on Saturday.  Two very different rides, for two very good causes. 

The long one was a spin-a-thon.  The American Diabetes Association had Gold's Gym locations across the country set up special spinning areas (spinning is riding a stationary bike in a group while a trainer shouts out increasingly difficult commands, to up the speed and the resistance on the bike.)  Several of us from KKTV went to Gold's in Colorado Springs to put in a 1-hour shift on a bike to raise money.  Anchors David Nancarrow and Shannon Brinias were there, so was producer Mark Lammers and Cyndi Tressil from our creative services department.  An hour on a bike at your own pace is one thing, having an instructor order you to work harder and harder is another.  This is really hard!  I had only done it once before at the same fund raiser two years ago.  Try spinning, you are really tired and sweaty at the end of the hour.  Any time I'm tired and sweaty, I figure it was a pretty good workout!

Here's a picture of me, mid-spin, starting to feel it!

11 News Anchor/Reporter David Nancarrow put in an hour on the bike too.  That's him in the foreground below. 



11 News Producer Mark Lammers is on the far right of the picture below.  He says it was easy.



My  Co-Anchor on 11 news at 5:30 and 10, Shannon Brinias did some bike time too.

OK, that was fun, and that was the first ride of the day.  The second ride was a little shorter, and a lot harder.  Shannon and I were the emcees for fund raising dinner for an organization called Newborn Hope.  It's a great charity, formed to help families with premature babies. The event included a silent auction, and a live auction, and it raised thousands.  It was a Western themed party, and there was a mechanical bull at the Penrose Events Center for pre-dinner entertainment.  I have never been on a mechanical bull before, and never even considered it as something to put on my to-do list.  I'm about as much cowboy as I am hip-hop dancer.....ZERO.  But it was there, it was free, and I decided to give it a try. (two tries)

It actually went pretty well.  The guy at the controls can throw you off any time he wants...luckily he chose not to.  He told me to lean back when the "bull's" head was down, and forward when it was up, and to hold on as hard as possible.  Part three of the instructions made sense!  I was up for, I don't know, maybe a minute the first time.  It finally got hard to hang on as the electronic monster threw me around.  It starts to hurt the insides of your legs too, your gripping the pseudo-animal with all your might just to stay on.  Eventually I fell off.  One guy in the crowd told me, "You fell off gracefully."  I don't know if that's good or bad.

It went better the second time. The operator moved the bull a little faster and wilder, and I stayed on a little longer before I "gracefully" made my dismount.  This time I felt the back of the Faux-Bovine brush within about a foot of my real head as I went down.  That was enough for me.  You do sign a waiver or a hold-harmless agreement before you're allowed to saddle up, and the bull-man kindly offered to bury me right in the dirt of the Penrose Arena if my fake-animal encounter proved real-fatal.  That too would be a "graceful" way to go.

Below are a couple of pics of yours truly aboard the bull.  Another guy in the crowd told me I looked,"just like John Travolta" .  I think he probably meant Travolta in "Pulp Fiction" not "Urban Cowboy" .  Anyway, I'll leave the bull riding to the bull riders, and go back to the stationary bike.  At least it doesn't throw you off.  The last picture is a more tranquil moment in a "Cattle Saddle".  No joke, the steer's owner says his name is Burger King.  The steer, not the owner.  Anyway, that picture will be my Christmas card this year.....or maybe not.


This is harder than it looks....and it looks pretty hard!   I know, I just make it look difficult.

Here's  "Burger King" the Steer.  I suppose he'll eventually be a whopper, or a few hundred whoppers.

And finally, the real part of the evening, Shannon and me as masters of ceremony for the Newborn Hope "Rhinestones and Rattles" event.

Thanks to The ADA at Gold's Gym, and Newborn Hope at the Norris Penrose Center for a couple of rides I won't soon forget!

We'll talk again soon.



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