TT Thursday : V is for velocity

TT Thursday : V is for velocity

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my bicycle in the garage
my bicycle in the garage, flat fixed, ready to roll

Bicycling for Charity

Okay, I admit it’s been a long time since i’ve done TT Thursday and I’m late as it is. Truth is I’ve fallen off the wagon like mostly big time. I’m still good about no salt as I’ve gone long enough that my taste buds have changed. But …. carbs, sugar and fat have reappeared. And I got my car is fixed so I’m not walking to the bus stop like I used to which is half a mile away. I can get around easier but there is a price to pay. My weight is stable but I’m not losing at the moment.

Soooo.

The delay this time is that there is a Great Cycle Challenge in June to raise money for cancer for kids but you have to commit to bicycling x amount of miles and I was afraid to commit. However it is D-day and I have committed to 25 miles for the month of June. It’s not a lot I know but I thought it’s doable. Just a mile a day with weekends off.  That’s not too hard, right? I committed low on the amount to raise too.

As you can see, my confidence is not high on exercise. I can commit pretty easily not to eat certain foods but it’s been a long time since I’ve been active outside of walking to the bus stop and I’m not even doing that any more because I just drive. I still walk to take photographs though.

Still I want to do this.  My mom and my dad died due to cancer. It was difficult but they were old enough that they would have passed away in due time to something or another.  Life is followed by death. It’s the way it is.  However, since I still miss them, I can only imagine how much worse it is when your kid has cancer. My brother passed before my mom (liver  problems from alcoholism) and my mom was devastated. By the time, my brother passed as his oldest sibling I expected it because he wouldn’t stop drinking no matter what the doctor said. He thought he was invincible. My mom, however, expected him to live longer than her.  And he was 48 when he died.  How much worse is it if someone is a kid? I’ve never had a kid so I can only imagine.

So I’m going to do this.  If you want to help by donating, this is for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. This is the 4th year for the Great Cycle Challenge.  In four years, they have raised “$16,070,740 in support of research to develop better treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer”.  They have an app (who doesn’t?) to keep track of my mileage.

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary badgeIf you want to donate through my efforts, click here Mary on the Great Cycle Challenge.  If you have another friend who is doing it and cycling more miles, definitely go support them.  It’s different than some challenges as you don’t donate per mile, you just donate however much you want.  Like I said, because I’m a bit of a chicken and it’s my first time, I’ve only committed to 25 miles and a lowish amount.  If I raise more, it’s a plus.  If you want to do it, go for it and get your friends to donate on your efforts. If someone else raises more, that’s awesome. It’s all good. I’m not a hero type (if I was related to Spiderman, I’d commit to 200 miles or more but well, you know).  I’m just someone who wants to do a little good in this world if they can.


You can use the Amazon search bar to do any search at Amazon like I did for “bicycle”. I did do a search for “cancer research” but Amazon came up with no results which suprised me so “bicycle” it is.

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photograph by M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved.

8 Replies to “TT Thursday : V is for velocity”

  1. I think it is wonderful that you are helping such a great cause. I made a donation, I am sorry I didn;t have more to give.

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    1. no worries. even a dollar from the heart is a fortune. I feel blessed that you donated. I’ve reached 20% of my goal with your help already which is very cool.

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    1. I’m glad you survived. There has been a lot of research into breast cancer and I think the medications and treatments have improved a lot. This one is for kids but if I do alright on this one, I think there is a walking one here in the states too for breast cancer. My mom survived breast cancer for 8 years but her masectomy did not get all of it because metastasized to her breast bone. The medication slowed it down but also eventually started causing problems with balance and falling down — leg and hand shakes. Ironically it was falling down that killed her but without the medication she would have died within a year originally. Hopefully future medications won’t have that side effect. All the efforts of you and others raising money for breast cancer research will make that improvement. It’s awesome that you are survived and have walked for cancer.

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  2. I will donate! And you inspired me, as you know, I run, so I asked my husband to inflate my bike tires and I will do some cycling, too. Our neighborhood is good to bike in, but I am terrified on the main roads! Good luck with your fundraising, it is for a good cause!

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    1. Thank you so much. That is so awesome that you are getting your bike out too. If you want to do the Great Cycle Challenge, you don’t even have to even go on any road. Their app is supposed to work even on a stationary bike. Like you, I’m sticking to neighborhood streets —Arizona drivers are crazy fast on main streets.

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