While the weather outside is frightful, thousands of cyclists around the nation have visions of pedaling through heat and humidity, up steep hills and over the dunes of the Cape next summer. In order to stay PMC-ready, many cyclists continue to train in the off-season, enduring the often unpredictable winter elements. Below are five tips and tricks to stay warm and fit when riding this winter.
Elizabeth Fregeau, 49, of Portsmouth, N.H., is a two-time breast cancer survivor and role model for women, cancer survivors and PMCers alike. She is determined to live in the moment and is committed to helping prevent future breast cancer diagnoses. This August, she celebrated her 13th year riding and raising money for the Pan-Mass Challenge. To date, she has ridden hundreds of miles and raised more than $89,600 for the cause.
This past January, Mary Walsh, of South Hamilton, Mass. lost her husband and best friend, Ed, due to heart damage related to treatment he received in 1995 for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He had just finished a spin class when he collapsed. He was training for what would have been his 17th ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge.
For most marathoner runners, the onset of severe hip osteoarthritis would declare the end of their participation in athletic fundraising events. For Tony Brake, 49, of Evansville, Indiana, his diagnosis in September 2011 was the end of one chapter and beginning of another.
On Monday, July 29, Amherst residents Eric Heller, 59, and Bob Newcomb, 54, concluded their nearly 4,000-mile journey, “Coast to Coast to Cure Cancer,” to raise awareness and money for the Pan-Mass Challenge just in time to ride 190 miles in the 34th annual event.