On September 25th I’ll be riding in this breast cancer awareness and fundraiser ride.
As a survivor, I’m excited to be able to participate.
You can help me with the fundraiser part of this effort here:
Use the QR code or go to the website for more info.
The website https://www.tourdekomen.org/2021 also has a donation button!
My Breast Cancer Story
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.
Love & respect,
Get 2 (or more) of your friends to register and we'll refund you 20%!
Your friends will ALL receive 10% off their registration too, using a code they will receive from your referral.
Some things will be different this year, but riders will still be
with three aid stations & rider discounted no-host style food & beverages at the finish.
New for 2021
Rolling start between 7 and 8 AM
Start & finish at Route 66 Junkyard Brewery
Register at BikeReg
Mark your calendar!!
Short Loop: 60 miles
Long Loop: 80 miles
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:
Even during a pandemic, cyclists can be killed.
This link will take you to more pictures and a nice story in the Taos News https://bit.ly/TaosMcLaughlin
On Wednesday, July 1, I was in the Taos, NM area to install a ghost bike for Mark McLaughlin, who was killed Friday June 26, 2020. The exact location is 163 State Route 230, Arroyo Seco, 87514.
The event was at 6:30pm.
About 20 people, family that came in from out of state, and nearby residents, attended.
Here is the original report from Taos News. I don’t have any other details about the crash.
Report on Bike Day at the Capitol from Khal Spencer
Use the contact form if you have questions or to coordinate travel to Santa Fe.
Also, check out the Saturday
Gran Fondo [Taos, Mora, Angel Fire]
September 22, 2019
Plan to celebrate the fall equinox with us in beautiful norther New Mexico
Martinez family honoring Gregory Lee Martinez II; 1986-1994.
10005 Lyon Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Most Ofrendas at NHCC are created by school children from across the City.
Duke City Wheelmen is proud to be included in this tradition. We have created Ofrendas since 2010, initially with the help of Jacobo de la Serna.
Go by National Hispanic Cultural Center and see all the Ofrendas
October 16 – November 10; 10 am to 5 pm
Visit NHCC November 2 @5:30pm to make your own Ofrenda related art
Participate in the Despedida, Dia de los Muertos Celebration, November 3; 5-7PM