Back to the cycling... and especially the Fund Raising... I want to thank my friends and family for helping me get to my goal of $10,000 for the Dr. Ryan Rhodes research at UVic. It feels good to contribute and I am sure all of my contacts have had that experience this year, for my ride and/or many other activities. We all thank you for all you do.
I had been on a very good track with my riding... getting up over 300 km per week for a sustained period. I have been ready for this ride for over a month. However, several weeks ago I had to really back it down... first I had some GI Problems that slowed me down a little and then my left knee started acting up.
This is the knee on which I had ACL surgery (1999) and a second procedure to correct some problems in 2003. I backed off the mileage and things started feeling better... as of last weekend I was back into long mileage, but had night pain that was not really tolerable. I decided to work with an orthopedic zyto see what could be done and yesterday we injected a non-steroidal product called SynviscOne.I was totally blown away by the work-up by Dr. Arturo Rodriguez in Guadalajara, to diagnose my problem, and the readily available product from Genzyme that would lub my knee for up to 8 months. After the ride, we will attend to any issues... but other than some cartilage issues, the knee that was operated on in Colorado by Dr. Jim Reese, I believe the Two Hills ride is well within my range of comfort.
I will be leaving Guadalajara on Wednesday the 17th and staying in Ottawa for a couple of days prior to the start of the ride. We meet up on the 19th and start the ride on the morning of the 20th. I plan to write updates here along the way... and perhaps upload some pics. When we get to Truro, my home town, we will be having a party on the Friday night and then a good send off to Halifax on Saturday morning. I am hoping we will have lots of additional riders for the last leg... perhaps my friend Chad Robertson will ride with us... he was my cancer surgeon during my cancer days. I hope to see him and some more of my friends at the QEII on Saturday or during the week following.
I plan to stay in Truro at a B&B there called the Belgravia... a beautiful in that is about 300 meters from the home in which I grew up during my time in Truro... good memories.
That's it till I update... BR