Dedicating 30th Annual Honolulu Century Ride to Ryan Suenaga

@postaday 263; #postaday2011.

New this year is our name on top. Cool! I also wrote @lavagal, and: In Memory of @rsuenaga. This ride is for Ry Ry.

Almost forgot to blog. Here on the laptop that requires extra push on the T key.

Slept in until 7:15 (WOW!) and headed over to Waikiki Elementary for our Honolulu Century Ride packet. My number is 116, John has 117. We also had a pair of numbers above 1200 and I’m a little concerned about having paid for an extra pair of rides. Sigh. The Hawaii Bicycling League works its butt off for this event.

Love the commemorative jerseys for this year! It’s the 30th anniversary. We’ll wear ours in the ride, and I look forward to wearing it in the future, too! I’ll toss it in the bicycle jersey rotation!

Ryan Suenaga with a MidPac Runners ribbon in 2010. Love ya, Dude. Miss you so much!

I’m a little apprehensive. I can’t wait until it’s over. I’ll update Twitter and Facebook throughout the ride and I’ll blog about it when we get home. You expected no less, I know.

This year’s ride is dedicated to our late friend, Ryan Suenaga, or @rsuenaga in our Twitterverse. We miss him. While I was held captive by my Achilles tendon burst for more months than I care to remember, he dedicated a run to me. He wrote my Twitter ID, @lavagal, on his running shoes that were about to be retired.

Ryan used to ride in the Century, too. He’s one of those guys you spotted out there so dedicated and passionate, but gosh sakes everything got in his way. Always a puncture or something that would make him tweet: “I SUCK.” Of course he didn’t. HE ASPIRED! As should the rest of us.

Tmrw’s hashtag: #HBLCentury2011! The Honolulu Century Ride departs Kapiolani Park at 6 a.m. and proceeds through East Oahu, Windward Oahu, to Swanzy Beach Park on the Island’s northeast side. The weather is supposed to be hot, sunny and clear, with kona winds. Did I mention it would be hot? I hope John and I can finish in less than seven hours. We’re doing 100. It’s a point of pride!