About Operation Pedal 4 Vets

Follow my journey of raising awareness and funds for The Boot Campaign as I train to ride my bicycle on RAGBRAI (400+ miles across the state of Iowa) while wearing combat boots!

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Cause

I've been waiting to promote my 'Op' until I had my fundraising page set up so I could let everyone know a little bit more about where the donations will be going.

Today my fundraising page is ready to go! There is a donation link on the side of the blog or you can check it out by using this link: https://www.crowdrise.com/oppedal4vets/fundraiser/laceyh

The nonprofit that will be receiving the donations is The Boot Campaign.

The Boot Campaign is an organization that supports veterans and their families as well as partners with other veterans organizations to provide support in housing, job assistance, veteran wellness, urgent assistance, and family support. It was started by some amazing Texas women so I was even more drawn to this organization (For those that don't know me well, I love sweet tea and everything country. I sometimes think in a past life I was a southern bell or should have at least been born in the south.)

Read more about the Boot Campaign on their website: http://www.bootcampaign.com/about/

The Boot Campaign has some pretty impressive celebrity supporters and I know my 'Op' is very small compared to the national events and attention they can gain. However, I feel my fundraising goal will be going to something good and I hope at the very least I can raise awareness and show veterans that they have people that care!

I hope you can support the cause by donating. If you aren't able to donate, consider sharing this blog with others.

Thanks for the support!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BC Tees

Some new gear arrived today. If the boots don't grab people's attention, these should! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Photo Shoot Sneak Peak

Wednesday evening I was extremely lucky to work with Anna from Anna Hardt Design. She took some amazing photos of me with my bike and boots! Anna shared a sneak peak of the photos with me, so I'm sharing them with you!

Anna Hardt Design

Anna Hardt Design

Anna Hardt Design

Since it was a beautiful day the trail was pretty busy. We got some strange looks (one lady even asked if I was taking senior pictures... yea, only 10 years late!) The boots do a great job of grabbing attention and I can't wait to share with everyone I meet about the Boot Campaign!

Have a fantastic Friday and thanks for your support!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Learning to Ride

"It's as easy as riding a bike." After a week of breaking in the boots by walking around, I thought it was time to actually see if I could ride in them without too much discomfort or even see if the dynamics of the bike would allow for the bulky boots. So, today was the day! I did an easy 16 mile trail ride and was quite surprised at how well the boots felt. I still have my clip pedals on my bike so I'm hoping that pedaling will become even easier once I put on wider and flat pedals.

A strong head wind and some rain ended my ride so I hope that isn't foreshadowing our RAGBRAI weather! 

Here's to hoping this smoothy becomes my new normal!

Thanks for your support!