Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I have been looking over the years for a way to explain why we should often times listen to employees, medical patients, children and so on, when they say "ya but!". Lynnda sourced this one, and I think it demonstrates the reason very well...
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
While I am training for 'the ride' I also get to cross the Welland Canal that goes from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie. These "lakers" as the ships are known, are up-to 713 feet long... the 'bridge" or control room is at the bow and the living quarters for the crews and passengers are aft... yes, many of the lakers take passengers and the food/accommodation it great. Lynnda's brother, Walter, was first mate on several lakers, some quite famous like the Wheat King. These are the boats that are just like the Edmond Fitzgerald.
This laker is the "Montrealais"... it is headed into this Lock 2 on its way from the lower Lake Ontario to Erie... the spill gates will open, and the ship will raise to the new level...
This next pic is of the QEW highway that runs from Buffalo to Toronto, around Lake Ontario... it is here going over the Welland Canal... I will try to time a ride correctly that will show a boat coming through on the level, and towering above the cars that run along-side on service roads.
Yesterday's Century Ride for Cancer and the new Walker Cancer Center at the St. Catharines Hospital was great. We had rain threatening all the ride, but it never arrived. 433 riders raised >$200,000 for cancer treatment and care at the Walker Center... I felt good being a part of it and met many riders. The new bike was great to ride. Got many oogles from people since it is new and a Madone 5. It was a dream to ride, and I carried 28km for the average. Some great riders helped me along... pulling... but next year I intend to pull them!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Well, I mentioned in a past blog that I had bought a Trek Madone 5.2... I went to pick it up yesterday, with a lot of excitement. I have never ridden such a high tech bike, and my expectations were high... I got to BikeFit, the St. Catharines dealer for Trek in the area... these guys really know what they are doing!
They had sized me the day before, and they had my old Giant Cadex to help with the set-up. I arrived with my 20+ year old riding shoes by Look... since I have already invested untold amounts, I decided to use my old set up for shoe and peddles... and have my Shimano gear shipped to me from Madison next week. The first time in my life I did a rational thing with personal money! Ha!
Well, John and Rick, the owners started my though the final set-up... me on the bike on a dynamo trainer... measuring the angles of my knee and ankles during stages of the stroke... seat heights were adjusted and so on... then what happened... as I dismounted the front wheel un-ceremoniously slipped out, and I fell down and went bang! Holy Jehoshaphat... I thought I had wrecked the bike, John about pooped, and I felt like the old guy that had fallen and couldn't get up!!! Either that, or Arte Johnson's image of toppling off the tricycle on Rowan and Martin's Laugh In... what a mess! Well the bike survived, so now I don't have to "break-it-in" any more.
While I was at Bike Fit, I learned that a good friend and human being with a wife and three boys was killed in a farming accident in Pennsylvania... Ric Porter worked with us at Spectranetics. He was a fine Service Engineer, and was capable of standing in on complex Heart Cath and Lead Removal cases. He was a great guy... always smiling, rarely looking sideways... he got things done... customers loved him, our team loved him... his family loved him... all will miss him. It is a hard way to end a week... his funeral was Thursday... but he will be remembered for ever
Friday, September 10, 2010
Also, I want today to follow-up on an earlier posting about the area that I am doing my training rides... here near the Niagara River...
As I head south along the road that Winston Churchill once called the most beautiful in the world, I pass over the huge power generating station on the Canadian side of the river... and can look over at the American stations... an amazing thrill to see all of this renewable energy coming from the river... I keep heading south toward Niagara Falls. It is about 25km from the house to where I took these two pics... one below that I noted in my earlier post, with the old Cadex 980C and the one above of the Horseshoe Falls which is often referred to as the Canadian Falls.
It is a stunning sight each time I come to them... the roar is the first thing I notice, especially early in the morning... then the fact that although it is sunning out... I am getting wet! While I am already well into a sweat, it is the cooling mist that is getting me wet... and later in the day if I ride there, it is the rainbows that I notice the most... adding to the beauty.
You have to come and see the falls, whether you have seen them before or not... they have been preserved, and while as you can see in the upper photo, there are serious edifices to our material needs in the area... Parks Canada has done a spectacular job of landscaping the area... and lighting the falls. Yes, there are a few clip joints around... but the Asian and Europeans that come to view them wouldn't have anything to take home to augment the millions of pictures they take without the hats and trinkets...
More on the ride later... I will be doing a 100km ride this weekend in support of the new Cancer Center being built as an integral part of the new St. Catharines hospital. It is called the "big move" ride... I will be with some riding friends for four hours... riding among the country roads that support the vineyards in the area... more beauty... will take some pics...
Last night I entered the realm of the bicycle riders that have more invested in their bikes than their cars! Here in this picture of the American Niagara Falls, you can see my historical ride that I bought in Atlanta many years ago... more about the falls later... here is also the bike!
It is a Trek Madone 5.2. It is replacing my 1990 ride, the Giant Carbon Cadex 980C upon which I have many, many thousands of great miles. It was a fourteen gear ride that caused me to really learn how to climb hills with little help from the gears. The guys at Bike-Fit in St. Catharines told me that I have missed a couple of generations of bikes, even though I had upgraded the Cadex a couple of times. When I tried upgrading for 'the ride' they said... it is done! Even the carbon fiber is getting shook! A writer from the bike section of the St. Catharine's Newspaper tried to buy it from me during a training ride last month... he hadn't seen one in years, and it was a collectors item!
So, having rationalized the next investment in my life by committing that I wouldn't be replacing my 1998 Jeep Wrangler any time soon... it is the new Bike that will make it to Austin, TX. The name Madone came from Lance Armstrong, who rides Trek bikes... Madone is a road in the South of France near the Italian border that he used as a test for his conditioning during the years he was winning the Tour de France. Since it was Armstrong's book... "Its Not About the Bike" that had a lot to do with winning my intellectual (if not physical) war with cancer, and since I am using 'the ride' to Austin as my personal test... I chose the Madone all carbon bike. It is also the only competitive bike completely made in North America by Trek... the Madone 4.5 and 4.7 are actually made in Korea... not for me... my politics and economics are coming through, eh!
It will be a great ride.
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- Grad. Saint Mary's University, 1975, got into the medical device business initially in sales, then various management positions up to president, all in Medical Devices. I prefer therapy products over diagnostic, but they are all fun, and in a way have defined my life. I have now evolved, with help from my 35 year partner Lynnda with whom I now share every hour. I am into staying healthy, photography, kayaking, bicycling, gardening and two books a week. I wish I had gotten to this stage earlier!