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 [...]

Be Grateful

By | May 20th, 2015|Family, Friends, Motivation|

This morning after my ride with the St. Kilda Cycling Club ladies I was driving along the beach and thinking about how grateful I was for my life.  This was brought home to me this afternoon when after sending a message to a number of girlfriends I received a reply from one of them that [...]

2014 Comes to an End

By | December 31st, 2014|BLOG, Celebration, Family, Friends|

As I sit here with a glass of wine to celebrate the last day of 2014, I'm reflecting on the year that was.  For me it was a fantastic year with many highs throughout the year.  For others it was a year of sadness, heartache and the unknown. Our world has been a place of [...]

Road Race – World Para Cycling Championships

By | September 2nd, 2014|BLOG, Family, Friends, Motivation, Racing|

Today was the last day of the 2014 World Para Cycling Championships and it was also my last ride of the competition in the Road Race.  I had such a good ride during the ITT that I didn't think it would be possible to have two perfect rides!  I knew that the day was going [...]