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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm Back in the Saddle Again...

In Ajijic, the place in Mexico where Lynnda and I have established our home-away-from-home, we are enjoying a particularly beautiful 'rainy' season. The rain falls mainly in the night, and we get to see wild lightening strikes and sounds. The brown and yellow colors of the mountains in the winter turn to spectacular hues of green, contrasted with the beautiful blues of the skies. The silver lining of the clouds is the filling of Lake Chapala, the largest in Mexico, which gives up its bounty of water to the six million people of Guadalajara and our farms and people of lakeside.

It is around this beauty that I get to ride my bike, the 'Domane' as I call it... and train for next month's Two Hills Ride (my name for it) from Ottawa to Halifax... through the Adirondack, Green and White Mountains of New England. The terrain won't be different from here... up hill down dale and mountains occasionally that will challenge us all. We have been told we will likely see rain (unlike here, during the day-time) and possibly some snow. That will make it challenging... I put rain tires on my bike yesterday... but I don't have any studs! This week, after having pushed my mileage to the level the ride will require, I am already suffering from old age symptoms... a body that is saying "enough already" and a mind that is singing "I'm back in the saddle again". I will survive, happily.

And this ride, which starts just 31 days from today, will raise much needed money for research being done by the team at the University of Victoria in British Columbia that is headed up by Dr. Ryan Rhodes. They are researching ways to use exercise and diet to avoid over 25 diseases that include many cancers and chronic diseases... included are cardiovascular disease (heart attack and stroke), Parkinson Disease, Alzheimer Disease and so on. These are things from which we and our families, friends and acquaintances can benefit.

There is a cost to this research... particularly if it isn't done. Knowing what exercise to do; when, and how much to do can have a positive impact on the quality of our lives, if not length. Understanding what and how to eat foods that can have benefits in the same domain is just as important. Not knowing these things is costing society billions, hundreds of billions, each year. If we worry about the debt we will leave our children from the waste of government... shouldn't we worry more about the cost of living with our lifestyle that we seem to have unconsciously adopted.

A small investment in this research, through the Give to Live ride next month will go a long way... not into a dark hole... into ongoing research that has already produced results, and will continue to do so only with our help.
 
This is my last request for your help in raising more funding. To date, I have raised close to $9,000 between my Canadian Cancer Society receipted donations... and the Livestrong.org donations. Lynnda and I will make a donation to ensure we go over my goal, and certainly we will donate if our donations are over my minimum commitment of $10,000... but with this note, I ask that you consider a donation that in many ways covers the many human ailments in one package.

Some will read this note who have already donated to the ride... for this I thank you. I am not asking for "more". For you, this note is both a thank you and an update as to where we are. Those who have not made a decision to donate, please consider it. For Canadian tax receipts, please go to my site at the Canadian Cancer Society who manages our donations... http://convio.cancer.ca/goto/BRuceRoss  For American tax receipts, please go to http://laf.livestrong.org/goto/bruceross

Thank you

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Two Hills Ride... an update


Here we are on August 1st, with about fifty days of training and travel before the start of the Two Hills Ride with Give to Live... Parliament Hill to Halifax and the wonderful Citadel Hill. Here is a pic of our target in Halifax... It is right in the middle of the city, the highest point in the area, over-looking the harbor... so well fortified, nary a shot was fired... that's the way all wars should be fought... but that's another discussion...
                                                                                    
                                                                                      This is Citadel Hill in Halifax, Check out this video
 
                                                                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axBofDLwcVA
 
I have been increasing my normal riding program to the point where I have been riding around 300km per week with average speeds between 25 and 27km/h. I have been having some knee problems and when my bike started having some bottom bracket sound affects, I decided to take several days off. My knee is feeling better and the bike was serviced... just 2,000 km into this new ride, shouldn't be cranky yet... but hey it may have known that my knee was yelling at me that the climbing that I was doing had me overdrawn on my stamina account.
I should start sharing information with you, as committed. Here is some great news... we have raised $6,285 so far... toward the goal of $10,000. I have heard from donors that we have a few thousand coming, couldn't be more pleased to hear this. Also I have heard that it is a tough go this year for my friends... we have to recognize the environment we are in and also that in the early spring I was asked to raise money for the Heart And Stroke Cardiac Challenge... around $4,000 came in then... it was most appreciated, and I knew at the time I couldn't expect folks to come for this Two Hills Cancer ride, as well. Sooo, I have a bit of a hill to climb to the $10,000 but I will be persistent and will also be putting in another sizable donation myself.
 
The Ride itself has been mapped... here is the total route... Starting in Ottawa, we will cross over into New York State and then head east to the coast through the Adirondack, Green and White mountains of  New England and into New Brunswick. We will then skirt the Bay of Fundy and cross into Nova Scotia... on our last night we will stop in my home town of Truro, Nova Scotia. Then into Halifax in the morning... Hope I don't get lost...
 
The start and finish are not here, but I will post each day's ride as we move along
Suffice to say, while a beautiful ride, there are lots of hills in them-thar miles.
 
I very much appreciate the help folks are lending to my ride through the donations. I have a full belief in the work of Dr. Ryan Rhodes from the University of Victoria and the Livestrong Foundation. We are getting our money's worth, since there are no admin costs to this ride... all of your donation goes to where it needs to be.... thanks for that...
 
I will keep you up-to-date... BRuce 

 

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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!