Archive for July, 2013

What Can Be Said When Cancer Kills?

Monday, July 29th, 2013

There is so much more  that we need to learn about cancers.  Yes, there are many very active people who provide “Living Proof” of cancer survival.  I am very glad to be one, as is my wife.  Yet we do know, cancer also kills, leaving behind many shattered and broken hearts, mourning the loss of a loved one.

That was my weekend last.  At 40 years old, Karl Nawskon’s Fight Against Cancer ended.  All who knew and loved him are left with the memories of his “Superman” attitude.  If anyone could beat Pancreatic cancer, we were sure it would be Karl, but that was not to be.

This coming weekend is the annual Pan-Mass Challenge ride to raise funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.  Last year the combination of riders and volunteers raised $37 million dollars, and this year our goal is to increase that to $38 million.  Most who volunteer or ride have had cancer come too close.  Many are cancer survivors themselves.  Many ride in memory of a loved one who has succumbed to cancer.  This year I ride in Karl’s memory.  If you can possibly do so, please donate to my ride at this link “Joe Coley’s PMC Ride“.



My Ride Today

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

The rain continued to threaten, drizzled some, but not a washout and I got in my 50 mile ride.  While in Cumberland, Rhode Island a group of 8-10 riders passed me who were also on a training ride for PMC weekend.  There were a number of groups of riders seen today.  Once again I was reminded of the value of riding with a group.  It’s very different than riding alone as my rides usually are.

After some 40 miles of riding I found myself beginning to really struggle for no apparent reason — then I noticed my front tire was soft, a problem which I have been dealing with for my last few rides.  We (my bike mechanics and I) thought we had the problem resolved, but that remains to be seen at this point.  In order to continue I had to use my little bike pump, which is truly limited for just how much pressure it is capable of producing when I’m using it.  (I acknowledge that someone with more strength than I might produce better results :-) ).

In spite of the equipment problem I was satisfied with my ride, and have no qualms about riding the 80 mile PMC ride on August 4th.


Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Sometimes the best made plans just don’t work out.  I had my ride all planned out for this morning (53 miles), but have chosen not to ride early, and instead wait for the rain to clear out.  Looking at the radar, most of my chosen route for this morning is currently in rain.  As I was preparing myself to get on the road I thought I’d take a quick look at the weather radar and see if I might run into some rain.  Well, right about the time I did I heard rain — Oh well, hopefully I will be able to start riding  in another hour or so.  My destination hasn’t been wet at all.  I’m trying to get a final long training ride in before the PMC weekend on August 3rd and 4th.