Day 1 Weight Loss Blog

So here we are…my 13th year riding and fundraising for cancer research.  I’m now 12 years removed from diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and being cured of Stage 4 Testicular Cancer (October 11, 2005 to March, 2007).  13 years of life that I would not have had if it were not for cancer research and the good people of the BC cancer community.

I started this blog back in July, 2008 to chronicle a celebratory trip to follow the Tour De France (CSC and Carlos Sastre’s year) and then to track my training toward the first Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2009.  Across that time I’ve raised just over $94,000 personally and the teams I’ve captained have raised over $560,000.  After taking a year off from captaining I’ve now thrown my helmet back into the ring to co-captain Team CCI.

My goals for 2019 are:

  1. Raise $5,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation
  2. Co-Captain Team CCI and complete the 2019 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
  3. Finally lose the 20lbs I committed to in 2008 (Target 195lbs)
  4. Chronicle training and weight loss up until the Ride in a daily blog

Day 1 of the commitment was yesterday so I’ll catch us up:

Day 1, April 30

  1. Morning weight and body fat: 214.5/26
    1. Measured with a TANITA scale
  2. Ketone level: none
  3. Dietary Calories: 1757
  4. Calories burned from exercise: 471
  5. Activity: 1 hr weight circuit
    1. Put together a great full body circuit that I am sure to repeat.
  6. Mood: Great, productive, happy
  7. Stiffness and pain on waking: 2


A friend of mine and I have been in an accountability pair for the past few years…regularly sending each other our weights as we work toward keeping fit as we get older.

Having this as a practice has shown me the ups and downs.

To demonstrate this, here’s what my report was this morning. Exactly 973 days after having started at a weight of 215, I’ve lost exactly 1/2lb net:

Day 973: 214.5 (-.5lbs) 100 day wt 208.5. 200 day wt (the low) 201.5. 300 day wt 208. 400 day wt 211.5. 500 day wt 217. 600 day wt 212.5. 700 day wt 215 (back to the beginning). 800 day wt 209. 900 day wt 211. 1000 day goal 205.  Aug 17 (Ride to Conquer Cancer) goal 195. May Week 1 goal  212. Wk 2 Goal 210. Wk 3 Goal 207. Wk 4 goal 205. Wk 5 goal 203.

My hope is that this blog will be an extra impetus to stay with the program.

Week 3 Training Blog, Ride to Conquer Cancer

Here we are 2 months out from the longest ride in my life, and training is going great.  Team Alberto European Extreme Style is coming together well on both the riding and fundraising fronts.  We are up to 25 riders now and with another $7,000 coming in from sponsors via mail we should be in the top 10 teams in total money raised.

Right on Track: We’re almost 80% of the way to our goal of raising over $50,000 as a team!


Saturday we did the ride out to Horseshoe Bay again under some beautiful sunshine.  It’s a rolling ride that should be quite similar to the trip down to Seattle so it is an appropriate test that we will be completing a couple times a month.  Rode with Dean, Kathy and Eilleen and felt strong as an ox on the climbs.  The 50k ride took us over 2 hours but we were pretty leisurely. 

The team has a pretty wide range of ability so we’re a pretty good cross-section of the people who will be on the Ride with us…from enthusiastic non-riders all the way up to the super-fit triathlete.  This is good because everyone should have someone to ride with all the way to Seattle.

We’re using the La Bicicletta Sunday morning rides as our team get-togethers.  This is a solid group for people who want a regular opportunity to ride in a pack at a moderate speed.  They leave at 9:30 sharp from the store at Broadway and Alberta each week (be there by 9:15 ready to go).

I’ve been riding to work through the midweek rains as well to keep my fitness up during the less than ideal weather and playing hockey where I can to keep the training up.


For a number of people on the team last week seemed to be the time to start fundraising in earnest.  There is still plenty of time, and we have some fun events planned in addition to everyone’s personal efforts.  In addition to Mike Scholten’s successful Burger and Beer at one20 pub in Surrey on Saturday, Kathy, Sue and Sarah have a great event planned at Red Square Tapas Lounge on the 30th:

Thursday April 30th at 7pm
Red Square Tapas Lounge, downtown Vancouver 1216 Granville street (near Davie).
We have collected some great swag for prizes – yoga membership, salon products and professional services, Lacoste bags, GC’s, bike gear…
$5 at the door directly to donation, gives you $5 off food/drinks.

Contact me at if you want to support the event.

We are also planning a gala event at our restaurant sponsor Hapa Izakaya in Kitsilano in June.  More on that later.

Monday-Thursday: Bike to work, 30 minutes round trip

Friday: Off

Saturday:  50km ride, 2:20:17 (frequent stops)

Kitsilano to Horseshoe Bay.  Great rolling ride.  Nice opportunity to climb in the big ring to build power and practice going downhill. 

We’re beginning to work out in our heads how long it will take to get down to Seattle.  Judging from our experience at the Tour of Courage in 2007 riding with Axel Merckx and Alex Stieda, we should be able to hold a pretty good speed without too much effort in a pack.

Just have to be fit enough to stay with the Pack!

Week 2 Training Blog

After an absolutely fantastic weekend last week, we’ve had a typical Vancouver week of rain.  Threw a wet blanket over outdoor activity.  Thankfully the sun returned today (Easter Monday) and Anita, Dean, Kathy and I jumped on our bikes for a most excellent 2 hour ride to Iona Beach and down by UBC.

Team Alberto is kicking into a higher gear with 2 months to go until the Ride to Conquer Cancer.   Lots of people putting renewed effort in, and Colleen just completed her goal of raising over $2,500. 

We’ve had a new joiner, Sid Segal, who completed a 500 mile ride in September where he and his daughter raised over $8,000.  They’ll fit right in.  I’ll be in Toronto next week and will be visiting Alberto Culver to thank the company for their sponsorship and do a presentation on the BC Cancer Foundation.  We’re going to totally blow away the goal of $50,000.

A week into my training blog and while I wasn’t able to shed any weight, I did lose 1% body fat.  Hoping that building muscle should pay dividends in the summer racing season. 

Was chatting on the bike with Dean about my goal of setting a personal best in both the Olympic Tri and the 10k this year.  I think the 10k goal is going to be the tougher of the 2, but am up for the challenge.

Monday: Walk to work; 45 minutes each way. 

Tuesday: Bike to work; 15 minutes each way. 

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Hockey, 90 minutes. Scored a goal and we pulled out an 11-9 win in a pick up game

Friday: 3 hour walk around Vancouver, The Seawall to Chinatown and around. Doing the tour-guide thing with Myrna’s friend Pam.

Saturday: Cycling 60 Minutes on the trainer in-doors

Sunday: Church, and Easter Pot-Luck Dinner.

Monday: 49.20 km Ride,  Time 1:57:44, top speed 63km/hr, ave speed 25.1 km/hr

Beautiful day to ride. Out to Iona Beach and back along UBC.  With a bit of a tailwind we were able to hold 40km/hr on the flat. I was a little bit wiped out afterwards, but it was Easter Monday so a day of rest was in order.