A New Best Friend

By | March 4th, 2017|BLOG, Celebration, Family, Friends|

Growing up mom was always there. She was the one who got us up in the morning for school, made sure we had a good breakfast and were ready to go. She was the person who cooked us dinner and made my sister Cindy eat her peas!!! (Cindy hated peas!) Even though mom was a [...]

2016 A Year of Highs and Lows

By | December 31st, 2016|BLOG, Celebration, Family, Friends, Motivation, Racing, Training|

Well 2016 has come and gone with some amazing highs and some really sad lows. I never thought that a year could be such a roller coaster. But life is funny like that, you never really know what is around the next corner in our ever changing lives. But it is how we end up [...]

10 Days Until Rio

By | August 30th, 2016|BLOG, Family, Friends, Motivation, MS, Training|

Well I have been in Italy for 2 and a half weeks so far and this morning I farewelled the rest of the team as they headed to Rio.  Stuart Tripp (hand cyclist) and I are the only two riders left in Italy with an amazing team around us, Lia - physio, Nick - coach [...]

A Week in Montichiari

By | August 19th, 2016|BLOG, Celebration, Family, Friends, Motivation|

It’s hard to believe that a week has gone by since we arrived in Montichiari for our pre-Rio camp. It has been a good week of getting over jet lag and getting into the final preparation for our ‘Road to Rio’. Actually when I think about it the last 4 years have flown by and [...]

Preparing For Death

By | June 15th, 2016|BLOG, Family|

I have wanted to write this piece for a few months now, but it has taken me this long to actually put my thoughts on paper and if I am to be really honest I just wasn’t ready to write about it. After watching my mother and sister deal with my father’s failing health I [...]

A Final Farewell

By | March 28th, 2016|Family, Motivation|

Yesterday we said a final goodbye to a man who was loved, respected and revered. With over 250 people attending his 'Celebration of Life' at the small Melville Presbyterian Church in Scarborough (Toronto, Canada) there was not even enough standing room. There were people from all walks of life, from all different areas of his [...]

Saying Goodbye

By | December 28th, 2015|Family|

Tonight as I helped my mother get my father into bed I leaned over, kissed him good night and said goodbye to him. I explained to him that I was going home the next morning and would be leaving early, probably too early for him to be awake. I had told him this a number [...]

Reflections

By | December 17th, 2015|BLOG, Celebration, Family, Friends|

I’m sitting here in San Francisco waiting for my last flight to get me back to Toronto for Christmas, people watching and wondering where everyone is going? Each airport I have been at in the last 20+ hours have been jam packed with people no doubt heading to spend the holiday season with loved ones, [...]

The Distance Between Us

By | October 10th, 2015|Family|

The last couple of days have really made me realise how far away from my family I really am.  I had been chatting with my mom and sister just a few days ago when things seemed fine.  Then you get that call "Dad's had a fall".  With that one call I sat on egg shells [...]

Rest, Recover, Reconnect and Rejuvenate

By | October 3rd, 2015|BLOG, Family, Motivation|

After what seemed a very busy year it was time to take some time off to rest, recover and reconnect with Russ then come back rejuvenated and ready for the next year which will be huge!  I had come home from South Africa not even wanting to get on my trike.  I unpacked it and [...]