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 am riding to do my very small part to fight cancer. To do something that supports the amazing centre, Wellspring Calgary, is the least I can do.
What are your top 5 inspirational songs you listen to while riding?:
I am the lucky co-captain of the Ambassador Team so when we train we do NOT listen to music. It's a no-no. But music I love on the road: 1) Life is a Highway, 2) A little help from your friends, 3) We're here for a good time, not a long time, 4) YMCA (just makes me laugh),
Who are you riding for?:
SO, SO many. For my warrior, Jo; for my forever-warrior from the Philadelphia ride, Trudy; for my Mom and Dad; for Jodie who is always tucked up in my heart and who I swear is my wind at my back when I 'need' it; for all the members at Wellspring who I have come to love...
What do you hope to get out of the experience this year?:
I hope to widen my Cancervive family, whom I love dearly. I hope to fall in love with my team-mates as I have done in the past. I hope to meet all kinds of new people who will insprire me daily...and I know I will.
What are you looking forward to most?:
I am most looking forward to seeing my Ambassador Team cross the bridge at the end.
What is your biggest fear for this journey?:
My biggest FEAR is that something will happen to one of my 'little chicks' (my team-mates). A fall, someone gets sick...I just couldn't bear it.
How have you been affected by cancer?:
I have been 'fortunate' in not having to go through the horrific journey of cancer. I have seen friends and family affected by this brutal disease, and wanted to give back. So I now volunteer at Wellspring Calgary, which is a highlight of my blessed life. I believe the BEST people in the world are at Wellspring.
If you have cancer, what is your diagnosis?:
I have not had 'real cancer', meaning I have not had to go through chemo, radiation, and had my life turned upside down. But, I have had 2 types of skin cancer, Squamous cell carcinoma and Basel cell carcinoma. No big deal...but I now know my body can make 2 kinds of cancer cells...I don't like that!!
What treatments have you undergone?:
Just minor surgery to have them removed.
If cancer walked into the room, what would you say to it?:
REALLY, do you really want to know what I would say?? Sorry you won't be able to print this...I'd say "F#@K YOU CANCER...AND YOUR MOTHER WEARS ARMY BOOTS!!"
What makes you pedal harder—(when the riding gets tough, what do you think about)?:
I think if Jo/Trudy/Heather/Dad... HAD to go through chemotherapy then I CAN do this, I WILL DO THIS!! They didn't have a choice...I do and I am going to do it. Then I think happy thoughts...the mountains, the blue sky/ocean, my husband and 3 boys...