|Caught this Musky on a fly rod in Wisconsin, October 2015|
|On the Missouri River with Dad, October 2015|
I have been spared, but in 2015 cancer continued to devastate. I lost several acquaintances last year to various forms of cancer. One colleague at IBM was diagnosed in June with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and died within 5 months. One of my best friends had a close colleague taken in November. St. Jude's hospital in Memphis continues to be filled with young cancer patients. So I will continue to put my recovery to good use by completing endurance events and raising money for the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. Last year I executed the "Triple Play", the half-marathon, double century ride, and hike in Yosemite, and raised over $30,000. I spent time during the holidays thinking about what I might do in 2016, and what came to me is to commit to completing 10 century rides, for a one thousand mile odyssey. Why? Well, I like to push the boundaries of what cancer survivors can do, and I want to inspire others - to ride, to walk, to run, to give.
So 2016 will be all about cycling. I have already ridden 4 times since mid-December, 2 rides of 25 miles and more recently 2 rides of 50 miles. I will keep track of my training miles too, as I suspect that I will log another thousand miles or more in training. I have scheduled 8 rides so far:
April 3 - "After the Bridge Run Ride" Charleston SC
April 14 - "Tarwheel Century Ride" Elizabeth City, NC
May 1 - "Raven Rock Ramble" Raleigh, NC
May 14 - "Tour de Cure" Day 1 Raleigh to Sanford, NC
May 15 - "Tour de Cure" Day 2 Sanford to Raleigh, NC
June 5 - "Fletcher Flyer" Fletcher, NC (near Asheville)
July 16 - "Velo 4" Wake Forest NC
October 2 - "Bike MS Ride" New York City
There are two more rides that I need to schedule in the 2nd half of the year, and I will as soon as the various rides have dates selected and I can finalize the calendar. I am very excited about this challenge, as it will sustain my focus and interest for the better part of the year - I am glad that you will be with me along the way! Warm wishes for 2016!