I am writing to you on my way back to Victoria after a wonderful weekend resting and canvasing in Vancouver and Whistler!I was feeling very burnt out with everything at the end of last week and I decided that I needed to get away and take some personal time. Luckily, this corresponded quite well with a couple of opportunities for sponsorship that I needed to follow up in Vancouver, so after my ride on Thursday I put the bike away for a couple of days and headed for the big city.
I spent all day Friday meeting with possible sponsors and catching up with friends that I haven’t seen in a while (it’s hard to be social when your on a bike half your life). My meetings went quite well and I am allowing myself a slightly renewed sense of hope. Unfortunately, sponsorships and donations still have not been going well. The secure online donations page that I keep promising is still in the works and corporations are not being all that forthcoming.
On the bright side though, my speaking tour continues to move forward. Thanks to the wonderful partnership and the hard work from the people at CAHPERD I am well on my way to getting the audience I am hoping for! So much so I am starting to wonder when I am going to have time to ride/sleep/eat, ya know all those wonderful things, kidding, but it will be whirlwind of a tour.
Anyway, back to my wonderful rejuvenating weekend. My timing could not have been better this weekend was the first world cup in Whistler to get ready for the Olympics, and for those of you that do not know, I love ski racing. I spent all day Saturday relaxing on the slopes of Whistler, watching the mens race and doing a couple of runs for myself. It felt great to get back on the hill, I really needed to get some variety in my life and have a little bit of a break from the bike.
I’m back in Victoria now, rested, relaxed, and ready to get back to training full time. I’m really hoping to make the most out of the month I have left, and make sure I am ready for the trip. Everything is falling into place slowly but shurly, so I need to make sure I am ready to go.
Best wishes to everyone,