First, I’m a survivor. Today, August 24, 2021 is over seven years since I received the diagnosis. In the 2,800 days since the biopsy report, there have been a lot of ups and downs in my case. But the really important part of the experience began much earlier than 2013.
I was a cyclist long before I received the breast cancer diagnosis. Long, like 30 years! So, one strength that I had from riding, racing, touring, mountain biking, etc. was understanding something about tackling difficult things. I had an extra bit of confidence that I could work through this new challenge because of the things I had accomplished as a cyclist. And I’m not talking a bunch of 1st places or gold medals, but a whole lot of just finishing, seeing incremental improvement with training, and a few top placings in competitive events.
I had also been hurt a few times in bicycle crashes, and knew a thing or two about recovery. I knew that recovery came easier the more fitness you had, so there was another plus that being a cyclist gave me in this new situation: I had some fitness! This did pay off for me as I was able to return to work and get back to other aspects of daily life more quickly.
The most important thing that I had from my cycling background was that I had something to look forward to after the surgery. I knew that being back on the bike would be good for my soul and help me heal physically and emotionally. And it was(!), and still is(!), as it reminds me of all the good things my body lets me do every day. I felt betrayed by my body at first, but as time went on I could see the breast cancer differently. It was a temporary condition, thanks to the access I had to a mammogram. So, the cancer does not define me. Rather, I am a woman who happens to have had breast cancer. I’m very grateful that the tumor was found when small and that my post diagnosis life has allowed me to continue my active lifestyle, including Le Tour de Komen.
Today I’m able to think about Le Tour de Komen as a breast cancer survivor. I’m able to tell my story. Above all else I hope my story will encourage women to be diligent about self-exams, annual appointments with their doctor and going for their recommended mammogram screenings. Neither I nor my doctor detected my tumor by palpation. The mammogram was essential for my early diagnosis, and it was only the second one I had ever had.
Long loop GPS track – Please note this track was made using some computer software, combined with track data from the previous course. There could be small errors. I’ll drive the course to set flag markers on Friday and upload that trace Friday evening. If riders use this track, plus watch for the flags, they will be fine on the 80 mile loop. The 60 mile GPS track is from an actual ride!
Because I don’t know your exposure or vaccination status, to mitigate the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the following steps will be taken:
Riders will not have numbers and course time will not be taken by event organizers;
To have your time put into the results, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org after the event. Times will be collected and put into finish order;
Riders will start on their own, or in a “bubble” they arrange;
The only in person registration activity will be at the Route 66 Junkyard Brewery between 6 and 6:30 AM and be conducted with masks on and adequate ventilation;
Masks will be required for riders at all of the three aid stations as well as at the start/finish;
Riders should not join with other groups or individuals on the road. Only ride with people you know or alone;
Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the aid stations and the start/finish. Please bring your own mask though, as there will not be enough for every rider at every point on the course where you must have one.
An open air post race no-host food and beer will be available at the Route 66 Junkyard Brewery. Masks will be required unless you are eating or drinking. We’ll have tables with 6′ distancing.
Please be considerate of others and wear your mask when not riding and you are around others!!
Use the contact form if you have questions or to coordinate travel to Santa Fe. Also, check out the Saturday RailRunnerSchedule
Also a big shout-out to those who have donated to DCW in order to help Nathan Alexander, who is from Princes Town in Trinidad & Tobago. Between the donations and Roger Ferrell’s investment, this bike was shipped out to Nathan this week! We’ll track his progress this season and post updates!
Ghost Bike for Christopher Greathouse, age 12, will be placed on November 10th at 4:00PM.
Original post said Sunday. Acutally, the Ghost Bike will be placed on Saturday, November 10. 4:00PM
He was killed on June 15th, 2018 while bicycling with his brother, Stanley. The crash happened at Moon Street and Los Arboles Avenue, just south of Candelaria in the North East Heights.
Duke City Wheelmen will help the family place a ghost bike made by Christopher’s brothers Stanley and Anthony. A metal plaque will be placed that has Christopher’s picture.
The family has stated that all are welcome at the ceremony where they will place the Ghost Bike at the scene of the crash and honor Christopher’s life. Ghost Bikes are bicycles painted white, placed where a cyclist has died. All too often, the cause of the death is a crash with a motor vehicle. The serve to remind us of the importance of driving attentively, the value of human life and the joy that riding a bicycle can bring to young and old alike