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Railroaded

When my daughter and I jumped off my front porch yesterday to take a stroll up the street with my friend Laurie and her beautiful baby boy, Adam, I was light and happy. It was a good day, a day … Continue reading

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PMC Paceline

PMC Paceline.

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Down to the Wire

It’s been a crazy, busy summer.  Yet, despite work schedules, personal issues, and the impending opening of my new bakery, Susan and I have managed to somehow get in all of our Pan Mass Challenge training.  The race is next weekend and Susan and I have logged hundreds and hundreds of miles over the past few months, leaving most mornings before 5:30 am and sometimes not arriving home until well into the afternoon.  As luck would have it most of our long rides coincided with the sweltering heatwave that passed through New england a few weeks ago.

Fran & Susan’s 2012 PMC Training Guide – Long Ride Goals

                     
                     

Week 

 

Beginning

 

Dist

   

 

     

1

 

May 14, 2012

 

30

           

2

 

May 21, 2012

 

40

   

 

     

3

 

May 28, 2012

 

50

           

4

 

June 4, 2012

 

60

           

5

 

June 11, 2012

 

50/40

           

6

 

June 18, 2012

 

70

           

7

 

June 25, 2012

 

80/50

   

 

     

8

 

July 2, 2012

 

60

   

 

     

9

 

July 9, 2012

 

90/60

           

10

 

July 16, 2012

 

80

           

11

 

July 23, 2012

 

50

           

12

 

July 30, 2012

 

70

 

But as hard as we train and as physically daunting as it seems on some days, I feel that I have not worked hard enough this year.  In trying to fit in all my training, baking, coordinating, running and swimming, and schedule maneuvering with the kids, I have forgotten one very important thing about the PMC–the fundraising. I have not spent enough time on that aspect as I started to feel a little bad about asking people for donations. Last year I had more time to make and sell necklaces and in previous years I was closer to my cancer diagnosis which made donating for some a little easier.

Granted, the PMC is about biking, but what it  really is about is raising money for cancer research.  Bottom line. I am doing this ride for one purpose only.  To make my own personal contribution to ending this disease that is, as we speak, still spreading all around us.  I personally had two friends die this year from cancer.  These were young, vibrant people with so much more to give.  Yet they were stopped in their track far too early….leaving many children behind to feel the loss forever.

So here I am facing the ride next week–a 192 mile ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown–a ride which I know will be filled with fabulous people, riders and volunteers as well as cancer survivors who stand on the side of the rode with signs that say THANK YOU FOR KEEPING ME ALIVE…  I would like to start my ride knowing I have done everything I can to reach my goal of $4200. I am almost there, but not quite. 

I can’t thank you enough, those that have supported our ride, those that will, and those that truly want to but just can’t swing it this time. I love you all and am grateful every day that I am physically strong enough to ride my bike in the name of those that cannot.

 

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At Your Service

I am your waitress. I am not your wife.  Or your child. Or your punching bag after a bad day. I am here to serve you. Make you comfortable and explain the menu in detail. Get you a drink, some … Continue reading

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Mix Master

  There is a roadblock that is making it impossible for me to write.  My friend Beth has been quietly nagging me to get at it.  So I believe once I get this out of the way, I’ll be on … Continue reading

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I’m here

  So alright, I know it’s been four months since my last post.  But don’t think I have forgotten about you.  It’s just that I have been very busy. Too busy for you, you say? Well, I know, I am … Continue reading

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Say Something

Yesterday I met my new oncologist, Wendy Chen, who replaced Dr. Anderson after she moved to Arizona.  She was nice enough– a little high-strung with a really bizarre, cartoon like laugh–but nice. I suppose you have to be a little … Continue reading

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Inspire Me

When I was in 6th grade I had to take the “Presidential Physical Fitness Test”–a series of skills that we all had to pass in gym like running, push-ups, rope-climbing and pull-ups on the bar. I liked that day in … Continue reading

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Shadoobie…..PMC Day 2

Friends are so alarming My lovers never charming Lifes just a cocktail party on the street Big apple People dressed in plastic bags Directing traffic Some kind of fashion Shattered ============================================== At 3:30 on Sunday morning at Mass Maritime, it … Continue reading

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PMC Update, Day 1 Sturbridge to Bourne

So, where was I?  Ah, yes, we hate cancer….A lot has happened since Friday night and I haven’t had a chance to update you all, but now I am home and I will try to bring you up to speed. … Continue reading

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