We all know someone who has been touched by cancer. Cancer is a disease that affects the whole family and network of friends, not only the sufferer.
My family life continues to be dominated by cancer since a diagnosis 8 years ago. We have spent many many days in post-operative care, countless hours in monitoring and doctors rooms, innumerable fretful and frightened times, and put a mammoth effort into engendering wellness.
It turns out that my husband is a survivor, defing all odds not once, but many times over. I'd like researchers to determine what makes Peter a survivor, and how those same conditions might be replicated or induced to turn other victims into survivors.
On 20-21st October, we'll ride 100km down to Mandurah on Saturday and 100km home again on Sunday to raise funds for cancer research.
I'm nudging 60 and haven't ridden much in the last 4 decades so I am taking the training seriously just like an old duck should! I am doing over 130km a week now, and will slowly build that up until I am doing 180km a week by July. I must say that after my long rides - currently 70km or so - I feel very very tired, but I'm determined to do it.
My friends are being wonderfully supportive, and not least amongst these is Peter, who is picking up the slack at home whilst I spend 2 days a week out training.
Any amount can be donated to this worthy cause. I would like to make a difference, and I hope you will help.
Update - August 24th
I can't tell you how pleased and proud I am that I've raised almost $3,000 so far! All credit and thanks go to my friends and supporters.
After training hard and conscientiously all year, and reaching a personal best of 100km in a single ride......... I've hit the wall and run out of motivation. Is it the weather? Possibly. I need to get this problem sorted pretty promptly, because there are only 6 more training weeks till The Ride. My training buddy Donna is back in town so we're going to hit the road tomorrow and hopefully blow away a few cobwebs.
I'll phone Luke the Ride Guide on Monday, too. He's hugely supportive and very motivating.........yep, that's what I'll do.
Update - October 18th
Ok, I got over my collywobbles and trained well through September and early October. I've done my last training rides, have started the serious business of carb loading and have had the bike serviced. I'm feeling nervous/excited/scared/ready. Yeehar!
Wish me luck!