2017 National Rider Blogs

Follow our National Riders and Volunteers as they embark on this incredible 18 day journey across Canada on behalf of childhood cancer. Follow their stories and see how it impacts their lives:


 

Hills & Cancer

OK…so training is exhausting….no complaints- just an observation. It is the hills that get me good! Holy crow, I will never look at hills the same again. They used to be lumps of rock & dirt to me….now they are towering pinnacles of “hang on tight & push it to...
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The Hills in Life

Friday’s training ride was focused on hills. Lots of hills on the warm-up getting to the actual hill where repeats were going to happen, and then another long hill after the repeats. Rain and wind thrown in there as well. And I have to say, they were hard. I know...
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Training and Fundraising Update

Winter Training: I worked out 2-3 times a week at Go Girl Transformation Center (Dan Go owner) over the winter with excellent trainers. I started indoor cycle training 3 times a week using my bike on a trainer mid November 2016 – mid April 2017 at BI Cruppo with Vito...
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LOOKING AHEAD!

Well, with one month to go until the National Kids Cancer Ride, I have currently logged 4,064 kms of riding and 35,678 m of climbing.  Most of this I have done on my own, with the exception of a few group rides.  Most rides I have felt great, but there...
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Two Emotional ‘Highs’ In 4 Days!

I HAD to share this quick update on 2 emotional highs I had in the past few days.: First off, on Saturday I did a metric century with two other National Riders (Ken Cross/Kingston and Rich Meesters/Collingwood), then with them gave an address at the annual VanDyk Ring Toss Tournament....
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The Difference Makers

So, how did you kick-off your Canada 150 weekend? On Friday, June 30, one of my fellow National Team riders, Michelle Donais, and I had the privilege of visiting the McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton. Who better to guide us on our visit than Debbie McKeown, Clinical Manager of the...
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Conquering our big hills in life

This morning’s training ride was exquisitely beautiful. It started out at 6:55am, the sun was shining, the sky was blue, the birds were chirping their good mornings, and the roads were relatively quiet. I’ve been thinking a lot about my Mom this week … I miss and think about her...
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….& the summer begins

June 21st came & went…..summer has begun….the sun is brilliant as I sit in my yard & watch the clouds go by from my hammock (yes I trained hard yesterday & today is my recovery day so I am allowed for once- phew!).  I can smell the salt air from...
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Why do we do this?

On a personal note….I would like to think that if you are reading this, then you are really curious as to why a person such as myself would submit to the physical endurance of bicycling across Canada to help kids with cancer….am I right?  It is a discussion I have...
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The Smell of Spring

I was walking the dogs by the river last night and was struck by a sudden memory of the springtime of my youth. I was always outside growing up, playing, exploring, competing. While I don’t remember recognizing it at the time, I’ve found that each season has it’s own distinct...
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thank heaven for the flu

So I was sick with the flu for two weeks.  Well, that’s a stretch.  I was in bed for 5 days, and then upright but not feeling energetic enough to do anything for the rest of the time.  Two weeks.  And it felt like a lifetime.  And I was actually...
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My hardest day – So far

It began at 8 am with registration for the Festivus Games and putting the finishing touches on my table for fundraising, then I got on my bike and started to spin. Not long after, the introduction to the competitors happened, and I got a chance to say a few words...
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