Who Doesn’t Need Helpers??

Even Santa has helpers!  And so do I!

Over the past three months, many of us have come together to create Ride Hard.  Breathe Easy.  As I mentioned in my last blog, we’re talking about progress!

However, for me to get my butt across this country starting in late August, I need some real training help and advice on bikes.  So over the past month, three more people have joined the fold and will help me on this journey.

Workin’ on my fitness 

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Jen is workin me!

Jen Campbell is an exercise physiologist, runs Spark cycling and fitness in Elkin Park, and is already helping me with my core.  While some people may think I am already “buff enuff,” I get to look in the mirror and admit, I need some help.

Jen is great at what she does. She’s demanding, and she too has been impacted by lung cancer.  Jen’s mother is a lung cancer survivor.

So far, Jen has me doing Pilates (yes, REAL men do Pilates), TRX, some work on the BOSU, and many other exercises.  In addition, Jen will host a spinning fundraiser to support us later this year.  Much more to come, and thank you, Jen!

Pedal harder; pedal faster  

Nick Rogers will be my biking trainer.  Nick is from Breakaway Bikes Training and is an accomplished biking expert.  He finished 10th in the World Championships in 2015 as a member of the US National Team.  Yup, that’s 10th in the whole ^*&%* world.  Nick is a graduate of Temple, and he too was hit by lung cancer.  Two of his grandparents have succumbed to this dreadful disease.

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10th in the World!!

Nick is going to teach me how to bike (properly), and God bless him for taking on this chore.  Nick will be setting up my overall training regimen, and measuring my indoor and outdoor bike training progress.  Nick, I promise that my handlebar will not have tassels and the training wheels will come off soon.

Nick and I will start working together in early February.

Which will be the lucky bike? 

Lastly, Bob Burke from Guy’s Bicycle’s is here to help.  Bob is helping me and my brother Tom select a bike.  We are looking at an indoor trainer, a power meter (sounds way cooler than doing Pilates), and a host of other biking accessories.  Bob, I can’t wait to get that kick-stand!  And I’ve got to say–if you too want to bike long distance, go to Guy’s Bicycles in Feasterville, PA.  For Tom and me, it was important to “talk to Bob” about everything.

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Picked the Cannondale after talkin to Bob!

Bob is excited to help, and he will connect Ride Hard.  Breathe Easy. to the local biking community.  His enthusiasm is contagious, and Tom and I are thrilled that Bob is part of the team.

So today, I picked my BFFFD (Best Friend for Forty Days) and it will come home next week so I can start riding.  I looked at a bunch of bikes, including Trek, Cannondale and Specialized.   And the winner is…..the Cannondale Synapse!!!

The ACS Bike-a-Thon

On a very different note, Karen Owens, my oldest sister, is doing the ACS Bike-a-Thon again this year.  Her daughter, Bridget, has started a team in memory of Mom.  So if you want to ride 20, 30, 40, 60 or 100 miles on June 11th, join the “Kathleen’s Krew” team.  If you aren’t sure how to register, let me know.  Or Karen.  Or Bridget.

As I look forward, the next month will be busy with us picking out the route, finalizing our logo, planning how the money raised will help lung cancer patients and many more things.  We will also start planning on the technology we will include to make the ride safe, engaging, and fun.  We will have health statistics, miles, location, pace, power, video, etc.  And remember, we all want the entire world involved.  So continue thinking about what YOU will do to make a difference in memory of Mom and everyone impacted by lung cancer.

For now, I ask you to do one thing and consider doing a second thing.  First, if you haven’t done so yet, please follow the blog by clicking on the “follow” button in the bottom right side of this blog.  Secondly, be sure to ask others who care about cancer or biking to follow the blog.  Together, we will make a difference.

Our mission is clear.  Raise awareness and fund research for lung cancer in memory of Kathleen Matthews.

Our resolve grows stronger every day.

And I am so grateful for all of the help.

I will get back to you again in February on my next blog.  And as my friend Yanni told me the other day, “It’s time to record everything while we are creating Ride Hard.  Breathe Easy.”  So video is coming.  She insists that we can become a YouTube sensation!

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