Heather Friesen

Heather Friesen's Blog, on Cancervive

View my Blog, on Cancervive, below.

Rider

Age: 

41

Hometown: 

Calgary, Alberta

Occupation: 

Engineering Manager

What is your bike's name?: 

Alice

What is your level of experience with cycling?: 

Intermediate

How many years have you done the peloton ride?: 

3 years. 09, 10 and 12.

Why are you riding in the peloton?: 

I'm riding in the Peloton for all the friends and family I've had who never had the chance to ride, for those who rely on Wellspring, because I believe strongly in "paying it forward" and most of all simply because I can.

What are your top 5 inspirational songs you listen to while riding?: 

Anything with a good beat! I love to dance and I love to sing. I can't do either, but I sure have fun trying!

Who are you riding for?: 

Shae Walker. I'm riding for all the folks who can't ride with us. They all know who they are. Some are sick, some are healthy, some will find out years down the road that they need Wellspring. Some have left us, but they will always be with us. For everyone who has been, is, or will be touched by cancer. Those are the people I am riding for.

What do you hope to get out of the experience this year?: 

I hope to create more new friendships, ride safely, see the continent, spread awareness for Cancervive, share the experience with Shane, and enjoy the sense of accomplishment that goes along with something of this magnitude. It's an experience that I will have for the rest of my life.

What are you looking forward to most?: 

I'm looking forward to the chance to ride across the continent with my husband (Shane) and my sister and brother-in-law, Gwen and Andrew Harker. It's always a great experience to ride through the smaller towns and meet people along the way. Seeing the country from the back of a bike gives a different perspective than seeing it from a car! Of course arriving in Maine and seeing the warriors, family and friends when we ride in will be a very emotional experience and also one that I will be looking forward to with every pedal stroke.

What is your biggest fear for this journey?: 

I don't typically fear physical or mental challenges, so from that perspective there isn't anything in particular I find frightening. Having done the ride twice before, I now know that the one thing I should fear is getting to a small town somewhere with only one restaurant choice where everything on the menu starts with "chicken fried......." Now that scares me!

How have you been affected by cancer?: 

I've lost 3 very good friends recently, have watched loved ones lose their parents, and have experienced the helplessness associated with these losses.

If cancer walked into the room, what would you say to it?: 

I would probably ask "why". And I'm certain that I would be very dissatisfied with the answer.

What makes you pedal harder—(when the riding gets tough, what do you think about)?: 

When it's cold and crappy, or the hills are endless and I feel like I want to stop, I think about my dear friend Tammy's courage, my friend Dan's ridiculous laugh and Jodi's ability to see the positive in absolutely everything. Those 3 have inspired me many times over and over, and I know I can count on them to keep me going this fall and for years to come.

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