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Monday, June 04, 2007

Becel Ride For Heart 2007

In-bike view of turn 2 at the Becel Ride for Heart 2007.

I survived the Becel Ride for Heart yesterday and hopefully the $2.7 million raised will help others survive their strokes and heart attacks. I raised $130.19 (Thank you, T-Mash, for the 19 cents), which accounts for 0.005% of the total.

Big help I was.

What WAS big was the crowd of riders squeezing onto the Gardiner Expressway early Sunday morning. If it wasn't for the folks at Becel hosing us down with margarine, I don't know how all twelve thousand of us would have fit.

After a few minutes Ry, Dave and I began to sweat and the greasy margarine dripped away. It was totally wild riding through the middle of Toronto, past the Rogers Centre, with towering buildings overhead. It wasn't long before we reached an on-ramp for the DVP – the first of a few downhill sections.

We didn't really stop until we hit the big rest station at the half-way point, 25 kms. We drank free bottled water, ate free oranges, then washed our hands with more free bottled water.

Towards the end the hazy sky became thicker, blocking the sun as our trio headed back towards downtown T.O. and the CN Tower. It started to rain a bit so we poured on what juice we had left and crossed the finish line after 2 hours of riding.

When all was said and done I rode a total of 51 kms (32 miles) and, during a big downhill section, hit 56 kph (35 mph). At the finish line there was a concert, news crews and huge crowds. Everybody was giving away free food, too. We ate cottage cheese, heart-shaped cookies and bagels with a whole bunch of chemicals on them. Oh wait, that was Becel.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Joy said...

I was leaving downtown TO just around the time they were closing down the Gardiner Sunday AM. Thought of your blog and your entries about training/the race...glad to hear it went so well!

12:51:00 PM

 
Blogger honkeie2 said...

I love my food loaded with chemicals!

1:38:00 PM

 
Blogger patti_cake said...

Well you did it for a good cause and yay for free oranges!

3:25:00 PM

 
Blogger Martini said...

Joy? Theatrechick73? I'm so confused!

Yes indeed, it was for a good cause. Thanks to all my friends and coworkers who supported me.

3:31:00 PM

 
Blogger ZoeyBella said...

Great job on the Ride for Heart. :) I've always wanted to ride in something like that

8:38:00 PM

 
Blogger Arlene said...

WooHoo, good job!!!!

7:10:00 PM

 
Blogger Rainypete said...

But the question everyone is dying to know is after all that training.....how's your ass???

1:17:00 AM

 
Blogger Aims said...

well done you! I'm with Pete, how is your ass?!!

4:13:00 PM

 
Blogger K said...

Good stuff! For a split second I thought you were part of the crew of naked bike riders most large cities in Canada saw over the weekend. Oh the horror...the HORROR....

11:40:00 PM

 
Blogger Ms. Creek said...

sounds like a wonderful time for a marvelous event and goOD FOR YOU!

you rock!

3:48:00 PM

 
Blogger Martini said...

My ass was tender, but everyone who I asked to give it a rub ran away screaming.

Naked bike-riding? My bare bones ass couldn't handle that!

9:49:00 PM

 

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