One for the bucket list
Friends, listeners and even Curt Harnett teased me and it turns out they were right; I did the Ride to Conquer Cancer from Niagara Falls to Toronto on Saturday and Sunday and I'm still here.
The thing is... I had never cycled 100km in a single day. And when I went for a high speed run a few weeks ago to start getting ready for the event I did thirty km and wanted to throw up. So I’m not kidding about how afraid I was that I would conk out in the first ten km and embarrass myself.
My history with cycling has an important connection with NewsTalk 1010: when I first came to Toronto to do the afternoon show I was alone and I had a lot of time on my hands. I started riding my bike just to pass the time and so I could become more familiar with the city. It was an amazing experience. Almost every day I set out in a different direction and when I saw something that raised my curiosity I would check it out. I explored strange dead ends, historic buildings, abandoned cemeteries and all of the trails that wind through the city’s ravines. By last year I was so committed I bought myself my dream bike.
So why was I terrified of the Ride to Conquer Cancer? Who knows. I’m afraid of everything I haven’t tried yet (especially raw sea urchin). But there was no weaseling out of the ride. I had promised my friend Maureen who is a breast cancer survivor that I would be part of the HicksFire team which brings together two families that have been directly touched by cancer. The only thing that was going to get me out of this thing was being doored during a training run and surprisingly –this being Toronto- it didn’t happen.
Anyway.,... not to drag this out. I did it and I loved it. The weather was spectacular, the company was amazing, the riding was fast and furious, occasionally a little dangerous (when you ride in a close group of bikes one small miscalculation is enough to take a dozen people down).
And I found out just how much I love cycling in spite of the stupid pants and shoes.
So it's another one for the bucket list and many thanks to all of you who supported me.