Being involved in any way with the Ride2Survive, we all have some understanding and hope that we are having an impact somehow.  That impact can be funds for research advancements, inspiring healthy active living, inspiring others to give back....etc

Well here is a first hand impact that certainly brought tears to our eyes and inspires us as I'm sure it will inspire you! We had such a great training ride on Sunday and this email from someone we don't know was in our inbox before we got home from the ride....

Here is Tracy's email:


I just passed your group while I was driving North on 216th Street in South Langley and I'm still moved to tears.  I was behind the group for quite some time waiting for a safe time to use the oncoming lane to pass and gave a few honks when I did eventually go by them, I hope they know that they were 100% supportive and thank you honks.  I was diagnosed Feb. 14 with breast cancer, I'm 44 years old, have been very happily with my husband for 23 years and we have 2 wonderful sons, ages 13 and 16.  To say this was the most devastating thing to happen to our family would be a complete understatement.  However, from the moment I found out, I've been nothing but determined that I will survive this and post diagnosis, everything has been going very well.  I had a lumpectomy just over 3 weeks ago, I had VERY clear margins as my surgeon happily told me and the 1 lymph node removed was clear, now I am waiting to go the Cancer Agency for the rest of my treatment.
So, I just had to say a very, very heartfelt thank you to all of you, please know how incredibly grateful I am to people like you.  Until you are in this situation you have no idea how much it touches your heart and completely moves you to see someone wearing a daffodil, or a pink ribbon OR riding bikes, it means the world!  THANK YOU!
Most Sincerely,


You bet your chamois butter they will !


The fantastic, upbeat R2S crew at Pacific Centre this Saturday raised just over $3000 in 9 hours!  WAY. TO. GO!  Crew!  You did fantastic job.  I think we can consider the gauntlet thrown down, heads up all you other upcoming mall fundraisers, $3000 in a day is the number to beat!  Get out there and raise more money than we did!  We'd be thrilled to have that record broken...


Grand total for the Pacific Centre weekend, a whopping $5300!  Fantastic work, all - and thanks for your generosity, Vancouver!


If we can average just $1500 per mall fundraising day this year, with 18 days (20 days?) on the calendar, we could make $27,000 - $30,000 at the malls this year...


Or can we make MORE?


The training plan is listed under:


"User menu"  "The Rider Guide"  "Training Plan and Mandatory rides"


Or, you can link to it right here:


A few words about following it...


The training plan part of that document is an outline to be followed loosely as we all differ.  It provides sample ideas of what you COULD do.  As you can see, typically, Monday is shown as a recovery ride day (light spinning, NO hard work) and Tuesday is a full rest day.  Then Wednesday shows hill repeats (we should all be finding time for hill repeats)  Thursday is some other kind of workout, but NOT spinning or cycling, and Friday is again a rest day.


It often shows TWO long distance weekend rides on back to back days - and this can help build cycling endurance, (we'll all need that)  but you may or may not be ready for that just yet.  It is important to do a recovery ride the day after the last big ride of the week, and to have those off the bike days as well.


As Kerry suggested in the last meeting, if you are on the bike 3 times a week, for a good workout (not just idling along), with one of them being a LONG ride (several hours), you are probably getting stronger, if you do 4 times a week, it's even better.  3 times a week might be ~200km (2x 50 and 1x100), 4 times a week might be ~250-275+km (2x50, 1x100 & 1x75, say.)


Nobody can tell you exactly how many kms or hours per week are perfect for you.  What is important is that you challenge yourself on the hard workouts, push your boundaries to get stronger.  Make one of the rides a LONG ride, and GO EASY on your recovery ride.


I have made it a practise to always thank the ride leaders after every ride. Sunday Feb. 26 it was confirmed for me why this is appropriate. Twenty minutes in as we ascended the bridge I flatted. OK I suppose flat is not a verb but then how do you explain farted? I discovered the problem about 1/4 the way up but I decided that stopping there would cause a huge problem and potential safety concern for my fellow riders so I rode on rim till I could safely pull over without disrupting the flow (between the bridge cable stays). I don't know if that is proper etiquette or not, or wether it makes good cycling sense,  but for the price of a wheel I wasn't willing to risk the havoc that would ensue.

What are the chances of flatting on any given K of the 85 or so that we traversed? One in eighy five and I have to flat in the middle of the Alex Freakin Fraser!!! Despite my consternation, or perhaps because of it, I was immediately assisted by not one but two ride leaders! And a member of Abbotsford Fire & Rescue who was my riding partner when we were doubled up before getting to the bridge. Not only did they communicate the problem and arrange for the SAG to be available they even fixed the freakin flat in conditions that would make Robert Service shiver.

At the end of the ride the main thing on my mind was the condition of our R2S sister - Lynne (which I have just learned is favouarble) but right behind that was the sense of what sort of team spirit and support to expect on ride day. And that, my friends, makes all the freakin difference in the world!

Thanks again ride leaders and crew.