What is your bike's name?:
What is your level of experience with cycling?:
How many years have you done the peloton ride?:
Why are you riding in the peloton?:
I was initially recruited for the 2011 ride by Lavina Gilliland during a spin class. I had been looking for a new challenge, so it took about 3 seconds for me to say yes. It turned out to be such an incredible, rewarding, and life changing experience that I immediately signed up to do it again this year, and this time sponsor a warrior.
What are your top 5 inspirational songs you listen to while riding?:
Hmmm...I don't listen to music while riding outdoors, but for running I love "The Club Can't Even Handle me Right Now" by Flo Rider (I qualified for the Boston marathon last year largely due to playing that song on repeat for the last 10k!), and when I'm getting tired in spin class, the instructor knows to play Poison by Alice Cooper :)
Who are you riding for?:
My warriors, Nicola, who will be joining me in Maine, and Ines, who unfortunatley will be unable to due to continued treatment. Both are young women diagnosed with breast cancer and in various stages of what we hope will be recovery.
What do you hope to get out of the experience this year?:
Prior to last year, I had very little experience with cancer in my family or close friends and truthfully joined the ride more for the challenge and adventure. However, after meeting all the people involved with the ride and with Wellspring, as well as many of the warriors and challenge riders, that changed and I realized the importance and need for the programs and services Wellspring provides and the lifeline it has become for so many people. I hope I always remember how lucky I am and that just like we are all in this together on the road, we are all in this thing together in life too and we must take care of each other.
What are you looking forward to most?:
Mostly the camaraderie among team members and between teams - if we have anywhere near the amazing team dynamic we had last year, it will be phenomenal. I'm also really happy to have a warrior joining me in Maine this year. She is very excited to get away and to participate in the events of The Dempsey Challenge and I'm honoured to provide her with this opportunity. Thirdly, having grown up on the East Coast (Newfoundland), I really miss the fall colours as they are not nearly as rich out West, so I am hoping to see some beautiful leaves!
What is your biggest fear for this journey?:
That the weather will be worse than last year? Haha, not really as I don't think that is possible :) Truthfully I am most nervous about traveling through Canada, as we have less choices for routes and will be on busier highways than the secondary roads we were able to travel to Austin on. Happy to be going through both countries though, it's a beautiful way to see a country!
How have you been affected by cancer?:
I am so fortunate to have had little personal experience with cancer, but have many friends that have not been so lucky in their families.
If cancer walked into the room, what would you say to it?:
Get out, you are not welcome here!
What makes you pedal harder—(when the riding gets tough, what do you think about)?:
Last year we had a particularly grueling ride through rain, snow, darkness and miserable cold, but what kept me, and all of us, going was knowing why we were doing this. I also remind myself frequently that I am very lucky to have the health, ability, and free will to do something like this and that thankfully I, unlike those we are riding for, do not have cancer!