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Branded by Thirteen Fit Apparel

Here it is… our branded look! Our ideas came to life by the one and only Paige Festa, Owner + Designer of Thirteen Fit Apparel.

I met Paige at a CrossFit competition back in October 2016, and instantly knew she’d become Team Velox Rota’s new designer for our T-shirt’s. Not only did she design our amazing shirts for CCG 2017, but she also redesigned Climb to the Top and MuckFest as well as the Cape Cod Getaways shirt for 2017! Of course Paige has also designed 2018 TVR shirts for all 3 events!

When 2girls came to life a little over a month ago, we knew that the only person to help brand us, social media logos, shirts, biz cards and whatever else we decide to brand over the course of the next 5 years. (Speaking of 5 years, when we are done with the US, we plan on heading to Canada and Europe!)

The initial plan was the maze because we loved CCGs shirt and it truly represents a journey and that’s for sure what we are doing. A few changes as Paige created the design and we landed on this!

Wanting variety and a little pop the navy and orange stuck!! Get ready, Paige is about to mock up our first round of shirts for pre order to support us in our fundraising efforts!

Interested in a shirt?! Shoot us a message!! Looking to create your own look, team shirt, or wanna check out what Paige has to offer head to http://www.thirteenfitapparel.com or you can email Paige ~ Paige@thirteenfitapparel.com

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Ode to the flu

Thank you for keeping both of us down for 48hrs straight! Not the return either of us wanted post adventure in Texas!

I went to bed achey and incredibly uncomfortable Wednesday night. Was the adrenaline gone from Texas and my body rebelling? After not sleeping the entire night for 20 min on and off I finally fell asleep for 2 hours (after Haleigh ate breakfast!)

In the morning when I re-woke up had a text from Dayle saying she had food poisoning… weird did I have it too? Both experiencing the same symptoms? Definitely not good poisoning.

Fast forward we both went to the doctors… both sick… both got it from exhaustion and the woman sitting in front of us on the plane (and our personal driver who picked us up from the airport who happened to be sick while we were away ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ he will remain nameless for now ๐Ÿคช).

It’s never a dull moment with the two of us! This just a testament to what this journey is going to be like!

Update, we are both feeling much better now. Thankfully Skratch was there for the rescue! on and off the bike the stuff works. We both dehydrated with our illness which also caused massive headaches. The sodium and potassium in Skratch replenished us! Thanks Skratch!

Oh… and by tradition my parents left beautiful roses for me when dropping off Haleigh from her stay with them when I was away… they sat still wrapped until this morning… congratulation roses or feel better roses ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Itโ€™s Texas Time

This came to us when we realized the estimated times of arrival and distances did not have a direct relationship in Texas. For example, signs that read “1 mi to next stop” was really 0.2 Miles and a 1 mile walk to grocery store was well over 30 minutes walk. We don’t mean to throw shade, Texas. We love y’all and can’t thank you enough for everything.

Here’s some highlights of the weekend in no particular order…

Decked out in Primal Wear on our way- early flight & bike boxes all packed and ready to go.

MS cookies from the VIP dinner and expo.

Rise and shine! Day 1- Let’s do this! Time to embrace the suck!

Day 1 breakfast. $20 oatmeal with banana, berries, almond butter, potatoes, and bacon. Breakfast of champions.

Morning sunshine! ๐ŸŒž This is our MS Champion bandana. It comes with us for each ride. If you or someone you know has MS, we would love to add them to our bandana and ride for them! Please drop us a line so we can add their name! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Test

Smiles all around- riding strong on Day 1!

Day 1 friends – Jeri and John and a slick photobomb!

๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก #iloveyouAB ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก

No. That’s typically frowned upon.

Day 1 finish line smiles! #coveringgroundtoendms #teamveloxrota #houstontoaustinonabike #defendthekit

Texas sky at the end of Day 1. Gorgeous? Absolutely. But we are sunburned like no other.

Day 2 luggage is all packed for Austin! See you at the finish line!

Thanks to the crew at the Best Western for leaving us breakfast for our 4am wake up even though it was supposed to start at 6am. Thank you for leaving the Italian some Nutella ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Day 2 starting line with Ed and Eduardo! Starting the day with smiles all around.

Day 2 finish line smiles.๐Ÿ˜ Nailing 60 Miles at 18mph. #PassportProgram

Finish line celebration with Mynette. Shoutout to the folk at Bike Barn for the advice on packing up my bike to get home.

Fellow TVR Tribe member Bodil who also did the ride! TVR reunion!

2 girls, 2 bikes, 50 states with one down and 49 to go! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Don’t Mess with these 2 girls. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿšต๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšต๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Post 160mile feast: Interior Mexican. It’s a thing and is not to be confused with Tex-Mex. #themoreyouknow

Car ride shenanigans. And yes Rachael is stuck between 2 huge packed bike boxes and all our luggage.. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Hanging in Austin. We just missed Lance. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜†

One of Lance’s bikes at Mellow Johnny’s.

Caffeine.

The yellow jerseys of Lance Armstrong.

One of Lance’s bikes.

More of Lance’s bikes.

BBQ at Terry Black’s. Missing on far right is a huge pile of baked beans, shredded beef and sauce.

Austin airport waiting to board. One down 49 to go!

Thank you to all who made this possible from sponsors to donors, the MS Society, family and friends. Especially Michael Augustine, Jon Steppic, Chris Baer, and our TVR crew. We couldn’t do this without you.

To those living with MS, here’s to you. You are why we ride. Love to you all and see you when we land.

Dayle & Rachael ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Iโ€™m doing drafting

The comment of the day: “I’m doing drafting”….overheard by fellow BPMS150 rider ๐Ÿ˜‚

We got out late this morning so we didn’t get to start with the Top 300/VIP/Passport riders… not cool when there are 13,000 riders! Oh well.. we started rolling at 7:20am (instead of 645am๐Ÿคช), but rolled out with another LIV girl! We rode with Jeri and Jon to the lunch stop, but my calf (the one that I’m having surgery on in July) started to bother me a bit so we had to keep rolling our pace.

“On your left” was used a bit on the “hills”. We felt right at home with the rolling hills and cruised at about 25 mph for a good part with an overall average of about 17.5 mph. With the heat, crowd, and a few mechanical issues, we still squeaked out our goal to cross the finish line under 6 hours. Not bad for our first ride coming out of training in 34 degree weather last week! We were really good about hydration and nutrition. Reminding each other , especially toward the end gulping every few minutes.

Crossed the finish line, parked our bikes and headed right over to our friends at the Primal tent. We are pretty lucky to have had the welcome to hang out with them! Pat Mayben truly is one of the best! The shower trucks were nothing compared to what we get for CCG, no changing area and hotter then hell!

Got to see Ed again! Planning on riding with him and Eduardo tomorrow for a little.

Made our way to the top 300, had some Mexican and some amazing ice cream! Finally got to see Mynette again as well! Great high point to the day! Also met Gena, head of PR for the entire society! She and Mynette used to work together also, ironic! Hopefully we will get a little press tomorrow for 2girls,2bikes,50states!

It’s time for bed, 4am will be here fast! Night from Le Grange, Texas! Next post in Austin!

BPMS150 thatโ€™s a wrap

Well we did it! One state down and 49 to go!

The adventure started early this morning at our hotel, getting packed, figuring out morning nutrition, and getting to the lobby in time to catch the bus to the fairgrounds. Our morning snack was bananas with peanut butter and Nutella…mmmm. It was a rough morning- we were exhausted last night. I was humming in my sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค haha.

We made our way to the luggage truck to drop off our bags and there were our bike boxes. We were so excited to see them- it was all coming together. Then it was time to head over to the Team BP tent to hang with Ed and Eduardo (HRH of Tacostan). It was a chilly morning (mainly due to the sunburns ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ) but it warmed up once we got moving. Warm may be an understatement! Thankfully for Skratch Labs we didn’t dehydrate during the ride from sunburn on Saturday and 90degree weather (after cold and snow the week before!) We had a great clip for the day. We crossed the finish line today in 3.5 hours averaging 18 mph. Overall just a great ride.

Saw a CCG VIP jersey, and nonetheless it was Bodil Thomas, a TVR member! Convinced her to come back and ride CCG again this year.

We crossed the finish line, got our gear, took our bikes apart and made it back to Claire’s car (My sister), who also took us to Curra’s (amazing interior Mexican in Austin) and we topped off the night with some post ride treats from Voo Doo Donuts (yolo!)…mmmm old dirty bastard…mmmm (peanut butter Oreo).

Exhausted ๐Ÿ’ค tomorrow we head to Mellow Johnny’s then home to Boston. Goodnight

Embrace the suck

TVR has had a long standing relationship with BondiBand – they’ve been making our custom bands for a few years. Best headband to wear with a helmet!

But this is the hookup! Thanks Jolie, we will be Badass, motivating cyclists! Looking forward to representing a local company, especially down here in Texas!