2017 National Rider Blogs

Follow our National Riders and Volunteers as they embark on this incredible 17 day journey across Canada on behalf of childhood cancer. Follow their stories and see how it impacts their lives:


 

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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And so it begins

This ride is certainly going to define my year. Given the importance of the cause, I knew it would, and I’m still looking forward to all of the challenges that it entails. Training – Getting this old body ready for the ride: Training has started for me, but it has...
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Never Trained This Hard

This Coast to Coast ride is huge and requires intense training!  To ready myself so I can be a contributing member to the team, I’m training harder than I ever have before.  As you might imagine, cycling in Canada in April can be iffy.  Last April (2016) I was impressed...
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Never Trained So Hard

The SNKCR is a BIG ride – and requires a BIG commitment!  I’m doing my best by training harder than I ever have.  For instance, given the unpredictable (cool) Canadian weather this time of year, I thought my ‘record’ training for April 2016 was good – at just under 800km....
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It’s all about perspective.

So this week I’ve had a lot of time to think about the people I have ridden for and now I have some more names to add. About a week ago, I got a call from Tracy Rossetti (@MYBABBO), a SNKCR 2016 rider, who watered the cross-Canada seed in my...
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Spring Is Here

Yesterday was my first outdoor ride of the season and boy did that feel great.  So begins the start of my outside training for SNKCR 2017. Rode with my friend Micki for about 21k, wind in our face which was a little challenging but still amazing to be outside.  Felt...
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Beginnings…

Today was a good day. First outdoor ride of the season. The beginning of my training for SNKCR 2017. it was tougher than I though, but i was proud of my 62 km. And thanks to Graeme for pulling my sorry ass round the course. I was also reminded that...
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Ride Hard…

Well, we’re going to get to know each other through my blog and I thought I should come clean right away… I love to laugh. In fact, along with my brother, Rich, and daughter, Amie, we cycle by the motto:  Ride Hard. Laugh Harder.  Some of the best belly laughs...
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Fundraising Begins

It’s time to get serious about raising the $15,000 for my ride across this great country and to help all the children and their families fighting this terrible disease we call cancer. I am almost at the $5,000 mark so I feel good about that.  An amazing individual who I...
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Silver linings

Whenever I tell people what i do (paediatric oncologist/cancer specialist), the reaction is “wow that must be so hard and so sad”. Yes, it can be. Sometimes the hardest job in the world – to tell someone “your child has cancer”. Or to say “the cancer has come back”. But...
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Countdown is on!

I’ve got 2 things to celebrate: First off, I just passed the $2,000 mark in my fundraising for fighting childhood cancers! Onward and upward!  Second, I just realized that just 5 months from now I’ll be heading to Vancouver for the start of my National Ride!  😮