Launching my LiveSTRONG year

Had a wonderful ride today: 4ok out along jericho and locarno beaches, up the hill past spanish banks, through UBC to SW Marine Drive and back.  A solitary ride that had me smiling almost the whole time despite the chill.

I’m now almost 2 years post chemo and have resolved to make this my “LiveSTRONG” year.  For me, this means that whatever I am doing, to do it with enthusiasm.  To dedicate myself to being better than ever.  To supporting Team Give’r to raise over $50,000 for Cancer Research.  We had a great day, preparing our meals and enjoying eachother’s company.  I made a savoury Miso Noodle Soup.  Myrna made a great Potato fry-up for breakfast and a fun chicken thigh thing from what we had in the fridge.

I’m enthusiastic about this year.  I’ll track my progress towards the big goal of dropping 25 pounds in 6 months and delivering a personal best for the 10k at the Turkey trot.

Stage 18: Firing down L’Alpe D’Huez to Athlete’s Village

Today was the 3rd and last day of our Live the Dream package.  After an early breakfast at the Hotel the riders among us flew down the 21 hairpins of Alpe DHuez.  We then rode on to Bourg D’Oisans to enjoy VIP access to the Start Village and riders enclosure. Graham Baxter took us to meet the Caisse D’Epargne team and had Luis Leon Sanchez and Alejandro Valverde sign my jersey. 

Alejandro Valverde Autographs My Jersey
Alejandro Valverde Autographs My Jersey

It was fun to be in the area, check out the bikes up close, and see how it all happens before a stage start.  The riders have to push their way through an incredible throng to get to the start…stopping to take pictures with fans all along the way. 

Myrna in the mix before the start
Myrna in the mix before the start

Col dIzoard

Ah France,

Ill apologise for the brevity of this post now. They dont use qwerty keyboards here; and i am delirious for a beer and something to eat:  From now on q is a:

rode through col dizoqrd qnd on to guillestre; sqw the tour go through guillestre qnd then rode bqck qround to serre chevqlier:  stqying qt the Hotel plein sud in serre chevqlier:

for the bike geeks; the col dizqoqrd waz fqntqstic:  20 k of climbing with a grqde thqt zent from 6% to 9% to 11% and eventuqlly q posted 12%!.  qn hour qnd 45 minutes of climbing on tilt much of the time


Getting ready for the Tour de France

I’m starting this blog 4 days before Myrna and I set off for our dream trip to the Tour de France.  We received the itinerary and the riding days are exciting and challenging.

I feel like I am ready.  Yesterday I hit out on a 65k ride to Horseshoe Bay and felt strong on the climbs, confident on the mini-descents. I felt very within myself…ready to take on the challenge of France in a light-hearted way.  How else can you approach riding parts of the scariest stages of the hardest bike race in history?

I’ve been steady on the bike the last 4 weeks…3-4 rides per week to get used to being in the saddle.

I am finding as the trip approaches that my vanity is starting to show.  I now have cycling socks for the first time.  My mountain bike shoes from 1985 have been replaced with roadie shoes…the first pair I’ve ever owned.  I have matching water bottles (they match eachother, not the shoes…I’m not that far gone).  Chief among these vanities are newly shaved legs.  I’ll just say that they’re taking some getting used to.

Bike insured, bike box reserved, bike tuned.  Here we go!