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Plains & Pastures Bike Tour (2013)

I'm so proud to live here! Fredericton folks are just AMAZING!!!  Thank you one and all!!  My team raised over $2000.  The support was humbling.  What a great place to be!!!

Mind you, the journey isn't about me - it's about people who fight this horrible disease on a daily basis.  If you're reading this now, I hope you'll come back and sponsor me in the ride next time. 


Bike for Breath

Many thanks to everyone and their generosity.  The amazing people in my life supported me to the tune of $377.  Some days it is just great to be here!   (Fall 2012)


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Bike for Breath: Success!!

Sunday October 14th was NB Lung Association's Bike for Breath.  It was also POURING rain.  I had promised too many people that I would do it - so bike it I did.  YAY ME!!

Yes I'm bragging.  Blatantly.  Careful observations of the jiggy on the side will show you that I've lost 102 pounds so far.  Bike for Breath was all about a personal challenge.  Why did I even sign up?  BECAUSE I CAN.  It's just that simple.  Because I can.  I chose the 20k route and decided to push myself to sustained capacity over the whole route.  The route was flat railroad grade and there were crosswalk volunteers at every road.  I knew it would be the best opportunity I'd get for such a test.

In short, my time was a personal best.  20k in about 55 minutes which means I was averaging around 23-24 kph.  Compare that to spring (April) when I started biking to work (13-14 kph).  My bike is affectionately known as "the Beater" -- a trusty generic mountain bike that's never met a mountain.  He sports some pretty nifty handlebars known as "ape hangers" in the motorcycle world.  

This is the front of the pack for the 20k.  Most of the group had mountain bikes.  That's me in the blue raincoat, neon yellow gloves and my trusty Beater.

The young chap in the front right was the first one back, beating me by a long minute.  The senior gentleman in the pinkish poncho was just slightly ahead of me as well.  In conversation he let it drop that he had biked about 5,000 kms this summer.  Now THAT's a brilliant way to enjoy your summers when retired!!!!  I was absolutely thrilled to finish within sight of him!

I learned a lot about gear too.  Applying the same principles as scuba diving wetsuits, I was soaking wet but with multiple layers that were soaking wet - I was still warm.  My hands were dry.  My coat was enough to keep the windchill off my arms & upper body.  The only issue was the ventilated sneakers that were just starting to get cold by the time I biked home after the route (at 30k or so).  Note to self: find some gaiter's!

What did this prove?  That I can bike 30k in the rain and still be comfortable.  Stylish?  Nope!!  But as a trial run for the Plains & Pastures next year it was a resounding success.  

Strange as it may seem though - Bike for Breath wasn't actually about me.  Go figure!  It was a fundraiser and thanks to a load of fantastic people in my world, I was able to raise $377 for the Lung Association.  Thank you so much!!


Bike for Breath

I signed up for a fundraising bike ride today.  Bike for Breath is in support of the Lung Association.  I've committed to a 20km ride on Sunday October 14th.

I thought I'd be real cute and put the fundraising thermometer thing on this page but I can't figure out how to do that and nothing I've tried makes it work so you can just point and click.  SIGH.  Please just copy the link, then it will take you to my fundraising page and you can see how far I've got on my fundraising goal.

Many thanks for any and all support!