Cologne Classic 2016

By | May 17th, 2016|Friends, Motivation, Racing|

On Friday we travelled from Belgium to Germany to take part in the Cologne Classic, which was also the German National Championships. The weather was fantastic when we arrived in the town of Frechen where we were staying. However on Saturday morning the change in the weather was drastic! We went from a beautiful 25 [...]

The Road to Rio Begins in Ernest!

By | May 9th, 2016|Motivation, Racing, Training|

This week my preparation for Rio has taken the next step.  I am currently in Belgium training for a few days before I head to Cologne, Germany for the Cologne Classic where I will race with the men.  Then it is back to Belgium for the World Cup in Ostend. This World Cup will be [...]

Defy The Odds

By | April 25th, 2016|Celebration, Motivation, MS, Training|

2 Days ago on the 23rd of April I celebrated the 18th anniversary of my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. On that day a very uncaring neurologist told me that "my life as I knew it was over, go home put your affairs in order before you become incapacitated." He told me I would never do [...]

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 [...]

It Takes a Team

By | February 6th, 2016|BLOG, Motivation, Training|

I have been a bit remiss in writing lately but I have good reason, I have been training hard! My road to Rio is in full swing and between upping the training on the bike I have really been working hard in the gym. But it isn't all about me, yes I am the one [...]

2015 The Year That Was

By | December 30th, 2015|Celebration, Charity, Motivation, Racing, Speaking, Training|

My last couple of blogs have been written with sadness in my heart, but this year has also been one of a number of huge highs to go along with those lows. With just a few days left in 2015 (where the heck did it go?) I thought I would write about those highs and [...]

Becoming an Elite Para Cyclist – Part 4

By | November 19th, 2015|Motivation|

As cyclists we all deal with pain and that pain can be just because we are working hard during a session or we are sore from a previous session. But we deal with it and we push through it because we want to get better at what we are doing. Most elite cyclists will give [...]

Becoming an Elite Para Cyclist – Part 3

By | November 15th, 2015|BLOG, Motivation, MS, Racing, Training|

I’ve now written about a couple of symptoms that I have to deal with such as heat intolerance and balance issues, but I think that one of the most debilitating symptoms is fatigue. Now I know a lot of people will say, ‘but I get tired too’. Unfortunately this type of MS fatigue is a [...]

Becoming an Elite Para Cyclist – Part 2

By | November 11th, 2015|Motivation|

When I am out training it is really interesting how many people give me a second look. You see I do stand out riding a trike, or as I say to the children I speak to, a tricycle on steroids! Most of the time people are intrigued as to why I’m on 3 wheels but [...]

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 [...]