Knollwood Country Club Sports ND Science Shirts at Send-off! (Saturday, July 17)

Our workout class surprised us by wearing Notre Dame Science shirts.

After many months of preparing for our ride, a lot of cross training and biking, we attended our last class on Saturday morning before hitting the road. Renate referred to it as our “last chance work-out.” We attended one of our favorite workout classes—a very challenging spinning and sculpting class that we have been attending on Saturday mornings at 7 a.m. and Wednesdays at 5 a.m. over the past few months at the Knollwood fitness club in Granger, Indiana. However, on this Saturday morning, we were in for a surprise! We walked in and saw that everyone was wearing a yellow Notre Dame Science “Take Notice” t-shirt—even the lawyer! It was touching and overwhelming to see so many people wearing ND science shirts in a health club. We are very grateful to the 5 a.m. workout crew for their support.

Our instructor picked a hot, humid place by the pool. The dry desert of Arizona just couldn't be replicated here.

We had a great workout. To be sure we were ready for the humidity of the Midwest, Kellie had us work out around the pool—the dry desert heat just could not be duplicated! Although on second thought, it may be better that we do not know what is awaiting us!

After the class, we were presented with an inspirational poster signed by many of the members that spin and work out with us. The quote on the poster read: “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” We are sure that we’ll be appealing to our perseverance a lot on the bike ride!

We would like to thank all the instructors at Knollwood for getting us ready for our ride. Special thanks to Kellie, Jenny, Cheryl, Ryan, and Greg whose classes were invaluable to us!

Thank you, Knollwood. See you in August. Go Irish!

7 Comments so far

  1.    Jenny Gruber on July 20th, 2010

    Greg and Renate, you are an inspiration to all of us. What a privilege it was to be involved in your training and preparation for this endeavor. You both have given your all and are truly prepared to complete this great goal and accomplishment. Ride strong, be safe!!

  2.    Matt Kaczmarek on July 21st, 2010

    We are very, very proud of you! Be safe, ride STRONG, and come back soon because classes just aren’t the same without the two of you!!
    – The Lawyer

  3.    Jen Adams on July 21st, 2010

    We missed you both this morning! 4 sets of 25 bosu pushups and 4 sets of 1 minute bosu shoulder raises…that had your names written all over it 🙂 We miss you so much! You are always in our thoughts and you are always a conversation in the spinning room. Take care and RIDE STONG Crawford kids 🙂

    Remember Philippians 4:13
    – Jen

  4.    Ryan McAfee on July 23rd, 2010

    Hope you guys are ready for take off! Cant wait to see your progress as you start the journey! We will all be thinking of you and cheering you on. The trainers are all glad to have been a part of your training!

  5.    Kellie Sade on July 23rd, 2010

    Thinking of you! Praying for you! Sending you LOTS of strength! GO! GO! GO! We’ll be watching and cheering for you the whole way!
    God Bless! – Kellie

  6.    Jenna Dunham on July 23rd, 2010

    GOODLUCK! We will be cheering you on here at KCC:)