David P Posted July 9, 2003 Share Posted July 9, 2003 Hey everyone. Hope you're all making the best out of your own situations. I have just recently had a situation present itself that I found was too hard to ignore; it sort of snuck up on me, slapped me in the face and said, (in a Clint Eastwood voice) "go ahead, I dare you". Let me fill you in... After finding this website last Nov. and getting to know most of you (you know there's 154 people on this site that have zero posts - I think if I have some time this summer, I'm going to PM all of you zero posts and say HI!!) Anyway, after getting to know most of you and your situations, I felt as though I had taken my longevity for granted, and started thinking what could I do to give back. Being active on this message board is a real joy for me, but I wanted to do more. And yes, It did come down to biking. Each year I race in about 10 to 16 mountain bike races. There are a lot of competitors and spectators at each race. None of them know (except my riding buddies) that I race with one lung. I usually place third or fourth from last in my age category, but that's OK - my goal is not to come last - and I even won a race last year! So, I started thinking, "what if I made it known that I'm racing with one lung. It might make a good enough story that I could tie it in with fundraising for lung cancer research at each of the races I attend." Well, I've been too busy to get it going, but I did contact the Canadian Cancer Society, and they agreed to support me should I need it. That takes us to a couple of weeks ago. One of the races I ride in each year is the 24hrs of Adrenaline mountain bike race, which is mainly a team relay. I have been on a team of 4 or 5 for the past three years. The first rider rides the 7 or 8 mile lap up , and then down the mountain before passing the small batton to the next rider, who rides, then passes it on, and so on. After I ride my lap, there's three hours or so to eat, sleep, and work on the bike before I go out on my next lap. The goal is to see which team can ride the most laps of the course in 24 hrs. Well, you know, there is a SOLO category in this race. Yes, the goal is to see which individual can ride the most laps in the 24 hrs! The winner of the Elite group rode 19 laps in 24hrs last year. Our whole team rode 20 laps!! I've always thought the Solo riders were crazy. Until last year... The Solo World Championships were at our race last year, and the guy who won the World Title in what would have been my category, (45 to 49 yrs) rode 12 laps in the 24 hrs. If you broke that down, it was about two hrs per lap. I was riding laps of 1:10 to 1:35. Can you see it comming? Even if I were to slow down and pace myself, could I have ridden more laps than the guy who is now the World Champ? Here it comes... SLAAAPPP!! (Clint) " Go ahead, I dare you. Bet you can't do it." Well, guess what? Of course I can do it. Now, of course, there's no way the one lung guy could ever qualify to get to the world Championships (you must be in the top three in your category to get a spot in the Worlds - which are at Whistler this year, only 150 miles from where I live). Or could he? Nope. There are two age categories at the 12hr qualifying race, -30 and +30. If the one lung guy has to race against 30 yr olds, there's no way he's getting to the Worlds. Or is he? There are always 30 spots available for local riders to just pay their money and ride the 24hrs, not as part of the Worlds, but amongst themselves. Almost done. I E-mailed the woman coordinating the Worlds to ask if there are any of the 30 local rider spots left, and said, "like gee wiz, it's too bad there are only two age categories in the 12 hr qualifying race." She responded by saying, There's lots of room left, but don't worry agout the age categories; in the World Championships there are 5 year age categories. I'll take the results from the qualifying race and plug them into the our 5 yr categories. It looks like you're a shoe in to get to the Worlds." A SHOE IN!!! Did you hear that?? A shoe in?? Could the one lung guy get to the World Championships?? If I got there, could I possibly win?? This changed everything!! I was on the phone to the Cancer Society, had to find a coach, needed a nutritionist, needed to start a crazy training schedule - only one month to the qualifier, and two months to the big one, I needed to find some sponsorship, and I had to start a fundraising campaign. PHEWF!! Now, I was already working to plan a fundraiser event at the school I teach at that would support childhood cancer research and send kids to Camp Goodtimes - a free summer camp for kids with a history of cancer. It is sponsored by the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock, which is a group of Vancouver Island police officers who bike ride for 12 days from the north end of Vancouver Island to the south end, stopping in each community for fundraising events like mass head shaving. I thought it would be a good idea to present my fundraising money to the Cops at that event, and asked if a certain percentage could be earmarked specifically for lung cancer. I was told if I'm presenting at the Cops event, it has to go to Cop for Cancer. The lady began to fill me in on how the donations were distributed -- 30% would go to Camp Goodtimes, and 70% would go to childhood cancer research. Do you guys know there are children as young as 5 and 6 yrs old with various forms of lung cancer? And she showed me two articles on on kids who have had lobectomies!! All of my donations will go to Cops for Cancer. And I'll get my head shaved too!! The manager of the Fitness World Club has given me 6 months free working out time, and has offered to make up pro looking posters of me, send out press releases, and fundraise in his club for me. I have three weekend mall appearences set up with prize draws from local stores. I have three department stores competing against each other for fundraising, and I'm in the process of securing donations to cover some expenses to get to the two events with a support crew. (not a lot of luck with this yet, but once I get on TV and in the paper, that should change) And I'm even talking to a local community grocery chain to see if they can feed us. So, to say the least, I have a pretty busy summer ahead of me. Think of me when you're sitting around your pool; I'll be the guy out there on training rides of 10 and 12 hours. But it will be well worth it. Take care everyone. David Piercy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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