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What's Next for This Runner??

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's been a month to the day since I returned home after riding across BC for the Cyclebetes National Relay. I've been keeping up with my exercise somewhat, mostly with running, but I feel like I need an extra motivator - I need a race or an event to train for and keep me focussed.

There are three different half marathons coming up during the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend (Oct 8-10) and I've decided to run one of them, I just don't know which one! Two of them are on Sunday the 9th, and one is on the holiday Monday. The two Sunday races are the BMO Okanagan Marathon in Kelowna, and the GoodLife Fitness Marathon in Victoria. Both offer half marathon distances, both are within about 3 hours of my house and would require an overnight stay the night before. The Kelowna race I have done before. In fact, it was the first ever half marathon I ran. The course is pancake flat, and has some stunning scenery as you run from city center, along the waterfront of Lake Okanagan, to Summerhill winery and back. The weather should be cold but clear. The Victoria marathon, on the other hand, would be totally new to me. I don't know the course at all, but that can make it more fun. The weather is unpredictable in Victoria, however. It could be cool and clear, or it could be heavy rain, or anything in between...

Finally, the Monday race is the North Shore Half Marathon, which is basically in my back yard. It starts about a ten minute drive east of my house and follows the waterfront for 21.2 kilometers, ending about a ten minute drive west of my house. There is one long steep downhill, but otherwise it's flat. Again, weather is unpredictable in early October.

Registration for any of the races can be done up to 2 days prior to the race itself, so for now, I think I'll just keep training and see how I feel come race time!

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VICKILYN4 9/20/2011 9:35PM

    You are a running/biking fool!!! You go girl. I wish I had the motivation that you have. Whichever race you choose I know you will ace it. Good Luck and please keep in touch!


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LOREENYK 9/20/2011 3:08PM

    I vote for Victoria! Scott and I will be running the full and it would be fantastic to meet another Sparker!

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Cyclebetes Day 1 ~ Vancouver to Whistler

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Wow, what a day! Today's section was was substantially less mileage than the next few days, but it was still pretty darn awesome!

So here's the lowdown for the day. We left John Henry Bikes in North Vancouver at 10:00am ready to pedal. All of the team cyclebetes and team sanofi aventis riders started together, along with a number of other cyclists planning to ride with us to Squamish. The first 30km were awesome - great pace, wicked conversation, fun times. Then we got to horseshoe bay and I felt my blood sugar plummet, thanks to poor breakfast choices on my part. A whole lot of carbs later, and I was back on the bike, ready to ride! At least that's what I thought. By the time we hit Lions Bay I was in full hyperglycemic hangover mode, a typical reaction when I get really low blood sugar and then over compensate with carbohydrates. So off the bike I went, into the RV, to battle my bg back to a tolerable level. At Brandywine Falls I finally felt human again and jumped back out onto the bike to ride the last hour into Whistler.

Quite the day! Not at all what I expected from myself, but hey, I can only control my blood sugar levels so much...all in all I rode about 60km today, which is not far off what I had planned.

Tomorrow I am up first shift, at 6:00am, to start the 100km+ day for each of us! Lookin' forward to it!


The Countdown in On for the Cyclebetes National Relay

Monday, August 08, 2011

{Posted to my blog, Blood, Sweat & Carbs, on Aug 2nd, 2011. To read the entry there, click here:

11 days until the start of the 2011 Cyclebetes National Relay! 11 days until we ride 1045km from Vancouver, BC to Calgary, AB, to raise money and awareness for type 1 diabetes. 11 days. Wow.

Am I ready? I think so. I still have a little fundraising to do, and a few more hill training sessions, but I should be ready for the kickoff on August 13th. I've done loads of training over the past few months and logged hundreds of miles on my bike.

Am I excited? Extremely. Last year's ride was incredible. The scenery, the people, the support we received, all of it was magical. This year I'm thrilled that Vancouver is the launching pad of the ride, rather than the finale, and I'm super-psyched that the route has changed and that we're riding through towns I've never cycled in before. I know it will be an amazing experience again, and I look forward to blogging about it each day!

Am I nervous? Yeah, probably more than I should be. I know I've put in the work, but the hills involved this year do scare me. There are some serious elevation gains, as we have to go up and over two mountain ranges - the Coast Mountains and the Rocky Mountains. I'm not a fan of hills. I love riding on the flats, and I'm a bit of speed demon, so downhills excite me. I am much more comfortable doing 60km/hr on a twisty downhill than riding up a 10% grade. But I'll do it. For Dylan and the thousands of other people living with type 1 diabetes. And when the hills are really steep, and the pedaling really hard; when my thighs are burning and I'm gritting my teeth trying not to cry from the searing pain, I will think only of why I am doing this. To cure diabetes. Period. After all, a few hours of discomfort for me pales in comparison to what Dylan, and other type 1s live with each and every day.

Interested in riding with us for the kickoff community ride? Join us Saturday, August 13th, as we leave from John Henry Bikes in North Van at 10:00am, and ride with us to Squamish! Check out the following video for highlights of last year's 150km community ride from Hope to Vancouver to get an idea of what it entails! And visit Cyclebetes for full info on this year's ride.

Should you wish to donate to my 2011 Cyclebetes fundraising campaign, visit
100% of funds raised will be donated to JDRF.

And be sure to stay tuned to my blog as I countdown to this extraordinary journey!

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KELLEEH 8/8/2011 3:15PM

    You are AMAZING! I can't wait to hear about how this ride goes. I am truly in awe of your strength.

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W5VEOTX 8/8/2011 3:10PM

    Whow! 650 miles -
Did RABGRAI in 2008 and was just under 500 mi.
ALso what a cause.


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Exercise CAN be fun!

Friday, July 29, 2011

We've had a very slow start to summer here in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, we're still waiting for summer to arrive! But every so often we get a little glimpse of normal temperatures, and yesterday was one of those cherished moments. So for the first time this year, my kids got to partake in one of their favorite summertime activities.

Spark will not let me upload the video, so click the link below to watch it via my Blog, "Blood, Sweat, & Carbs"

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AEHEGE 7/30/2011 10:46AM

    That looks like super fun! I will tell my son and family who live in hot/humid central New York the idea for their trampoline. Thanks for the idea.

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"O is for Outrage" ~ 90 Years of Insulin and We Still Haven't Got it Quite Right

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Originally posted July 27th, 2011, on my blog, "Blood, Sweat, & Carbs". For full post, along with video and links, visit

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, the drug that keeps my 10 year old son alive. He, along with thousands of others, simply would be here if it weren't for the incredible work of Dr. Banting and Dr. Best. And while I am, and always will be, eternally grateful for this miracle drug that provides life-sustaining therapy for my son, I find myself unable to comprehend how, after 90 years, there can still be people on this planet without access to insulin.

This is simply unacceptable. We MUST do better.

On that note, the International Diabetes Federation has launched the "O is for Outrage" campaign. Their wish is for President Barack Obama show the world that he is committed to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by attending the UN Summit Sept 19-20, 2011.

What can you do to help the IDF? Visit their website and create a postcard, or use one of the templates provided. Submit it directly via their site, or save it and email it yourself. For full information, postcards, and to read more about the International Diabetes Federation's "O is for Outrage" campaign, visit:


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