Ask anyone who’s trained hard for anything…. those moments come when it all gets on top of you and it becomes difficult to work out how you are ever going to reach your goal.
I started out being very unsure of my ability to even master the road bike. Then I doubted whether I would get fit enough to ride 1oo kms a day…. and I was at a loss as to how I was going to meet my fundraising target of $10,000. It remains a struggle to climb out of bed before 5am for three or more days a week to ride for 2 hours plus … and get the laundry done, get the kids to school, and be a nice person around the house, even before turning up at work with a smile on my face. A meltdown is just one spilt coffee or forgotten sports uniform away……
During and after a long, taxing ride is a good time to reflect again on the reasons for doing something this tough, and to draw on the emotion of personal stories. The photo above is of the beautiful Sarah, who I was fortunate enough to know for a couple of years…. best described in her own words from her blog:
“I am a journalist by day, blogger by night and lover of ice cream at all times. I used to edit Girlfriend magazine….Amongst other things I like swimming in the ocean, sunny days, riding my bike, wine, dark chocolate, a good book, great design, live music, laughing. I never met a piece of cheese I didn’t like.”
Sarah died in July 2013 from Ovarian cancer which she had battled for 2 years. She was 39. She was married to my husband’s brother, the love of her life. She tried all avenues to beat the cancer discovered when they were trying to start a family. Ultimately the cancer was detected too late…. she maintained her positive attitude and dignity, passing away at home on her own terms on a Saturday afternoon. The finality of the events that evening remain with me, breaking the news to family and coming to terms with such a loss and its impacts.
Sah was described by her colleagues as “grace personified” during her battle…. but she was not ready to die, and we were not ready to lose her.
Research into early detection of ovarian cancer remains vital to improve survival rates.
I will never be a cancer researcher, but I can raise awareness and money in support of those who are. I am determined to smash my fundraising goal and make it to the end of the Tour 200 in support of Tour De Cure.
Let’s face it, just like finding breakthroughs in cancer research, if it was easy everyone would do it.
EyesUp and stay focussed on the goal….
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You don’t know me Kristeen, but I am on the Tour de Cure journey with you. I expected a challenge but I thought would be double barrelled. The riding; that would be easy enough, and the fundraising; that would not. I didn’t expect the stories to be such a significant part. Like everyone I have losses to cancers, but when they come together with their recurring themes and poignancy the reasons to support the Tour de Cure becomes so compelling.
Keep telling the story Kristeen.
(I’m also enjoying your perspective on the bike riding )
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