Support My Ride to Conquer Cancer"
Welcome to my Personal Page!
The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, is a cycling journey throughout Victoria's scenic countryside that I'm embarking on to fight cancer. It will be a challenge in a number of ways, but with my bike, my helmet, and your generosity, a real impact will be made!
So many of us have had our lives 'slapped' by cancer. I don't think our lives are touched by cancer, it starts with a damn hard whack, an impact beyond words. But, cancer reveals the resilience and strength of the human spirit, kindness and compassion and the importance of giving and receiving. Cancer reveals to us how much we cherish life.
I'm doing this ride, a huge challenge for me, as a tribute for those who have left me and those who have won the battle. This is my contribution to making a difference and I ask for your support.
Contribute to this history-making event with a donation. Funds raised in The Ride to Conquer Cancer will support Peter Mac, the only public hospital in Australia solely dedicated to cancer.
Thank you in advance for your help.
My fundraising has hit a milestone of $2000. Thank you so much to my friends and family who have supported me.
I've bought another gadget - a speed and cadence meter so I can get a better idea of my speed and more importantly how fast I'm turning those cranks! I think it's quite funny how technology gives me such encouragement. What a geek!
My training is progressing slowly. This weekend I have done two 50km rides along Beach Rd. I am no longer getting knee pain, I think because I am doing the recommended stretches and exercises.
This Ride to Conquer Cancer is such a great cause and I'm proud to be supporting it. I am also really lucky to have found a new passion. I think I've well and truly caught the cycling bug. Not a bad bug to catch though!
by Bruce Arthur on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 @ 2:24 AM
Firstly, I am really touched and honoured by my supporters. I have barely requested any money (yet); I have just let people know what I am doing and the response has been fantastic. As of today, $1,740 has been raised. I'm determined to raise a lot more and I'm sure that won't be a terribly difficult task.
Last Saturday, I increased my distance on Beach Road and managed to ride to Mordialloc and back home, a 47 km ride. So I'm about half way to one day's riding without following the next day with another 100 kms. So, I'm a quarter of the way to my target.
Thankfully, my knees didn't hurt so much after this ride like they did the previous week. Either I pedalled faster with less force as I'm supposed to do, or, the Voltaren worked!
Today I bought a heart rate monitor to help me with my training and to meet my geeky need for a new gadget. So with that and my iPhone, I'll be recording not only my rides but the training on the stationary bike at home during the week.
I'm also waiting on a great iPhone mount to attach my phone to my bike while I'm cycling... the Quad Lock, which I backed on Kickstarter. See http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rob-chris/quad-lock-iphone-case-mounting-system
I just found out that the guys from Quad Lock will be participating on the Ride to Conquer Cancer and I'm looking forward to meeting them.
My next training challenge will be to improve my diet and get more sleep!
by Bruce Arthur on Tue, May 01, 2012 @ 7:20 AM
Today I went on my first Saturday morning ride along the celebrated Beach Road. I really enjoyed cycling along the road with the foggy cold air in my face.
I was overtaken by single cyclists, small groups and big peletons! Thankfully, not to bruise my ego too much, I did overtake quite a few cyclists.
So this was a first for me, up early on a Saturday and overcoming my fear of riding Beach Road. My fears were unfounded, I felt completely safe.
For the record, as a baseline to see how I progress, I travelled 34.08 km to Beaumaris with an average speed of 23.05 km/h and a top speed of 40.67 km/h. I was riding for 1 hr 28 mins.
by Bruce Arthur on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 @ 8:34 PM