There’s Been Just Enough Time… for a PMC Send-Off in Rhyme!

Toivo, Lotika, Gregg, Kevin, Erika, Joanne and Ravi receiving instructions from the organizers Eilidh, John and Dana. No cheating.

Thank you for all of your support for the Pan Mass Challenge 2017!  It was the last training weekend for #PanMass2017 and we are ready to go.  The miles are logged and it is time to turn the pedals and have some fun!

Our last training ride was a group scavenger hunt, clues all given the form of a verse.  Please enjoy our “masterpiece”!

Donations can still be made via the links at the bottom.

A Moving Poem….

by Eilidh

As you set off from the house it’s always tempting to wander
You might want to head to the woods for a gander
If you do walk into Great Brook, for a ramble today
Please take one of these or you could well lose your way…. <Lotika finds the maps>

 

 

Fresh dairy ice cream at Great Brook is so fine
At Lowell’s junction please check carefully the sign
Great Brook’s ladies are quite big and hairy
But how much milk is put out by the dairy?
<Gregg finds the sign, Toivo counts the cows; 10 gallons x 70 cows is a lot of ice cream>

 

At this heart shaped pond, boy scouts placed helpful stone seats
Here you might find some beautiful treats
We certainly hope that you will want to wear them
And Selfies will prove the all places you dared them
<leis abound>

 

As we reach towards the end of bike path
I’m sorry to say that Dana insists on some math!
Look in the bin and your brain may start to spin
But good news for geeks as there’s something to win
<sans calculator, Ravi produces the square root of the magic PMC number 48 million! and wins… a new brain cell!>

 

As you ride along pretty Carlisle roads
you should spy a teeny tiny abode
Be very careful though who lives in this house
The sign says more fearsome than a mouse
As you approach beware, beware – but we’d like a creative photo if you dare
<professor Gregg carefully approaches the attack duck>

 

Where the Pope eats his strawberries is where Eilidh takes rest and nutrition
Here you should spot a stone with historic inscription
Look at the dude and note what date he is telling
Write it down, turn, head to Concord, no yelling
<April 19, 1775, now off to Concord!>

 

Feel America’s history swirl all around you
As you admire an old bridge and a minuteman statue
Two straight trees stand guard over National Park benches.
Treasure’s hidden there –
But only for wenches!
<Erika and Joanne sporting their mustaches>

 

Moving from history we’ll do our ecological duty
As Thoreau summons us all to admire Walden’s beauty
We’ve heard Concord locals are a tiny bit weird
So disguise yourselves with fluffy white beard
< .
..well nothing else rhymed with beard!>

 

Although Walden’s lovely there’s no time to roam
John’s  burgers are calling and it’s time to go home
You should follow your noses back to Monument street
And say hello to the watery horses you meet
<Joanne the equestrian>

 

There’s just one last stop at a pretty Carlisle beaver lodge
But look about you and do not even think of to dodge
If you do you’ll miss out on our one final prize
Our hat adornments for this year’s PMC ride!
<oh my! helmet hippos!>

And so back to burgers and even a beer
Next week’s the PMC, with good friends we’ll not fear!

We are ready!  Thanks to all of you for your support!

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304

Barbhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/BR0030

Christina: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0191

Kevin:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/KS0135

Gregghttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/GS0101

Juliehttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JM0546

Ravihttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/RP0074

Lotika: http://profile.pmc.org/LP0090

Eilidhhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/SB0247

Johnhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JC0474

Craighttp://profile.pmc.org/CB0203

Snappy doghttp://profile.pmc.org/TM0229

No Turning Around, We Are On Our Way!

 

A Saturday ride in Hollis was, well, just Ken described it would be:

The “full meal deal” of Southern NH hills, was about 44 miles worth of hills, hills and more hills. Walnut Hill served as the appetizer, leading into an extended main course consisting of Chestnut Hill and Roby Road (very steep; who knew it was possible to travel 3mph and not fall over?).  Greg, Ged, Ravi and Lotika partook in an extra helping of Summit Road to the top of South Uncanoonuc Mountain in Goffstown for some extra burn in the quads and a view at 1,321 ft.  A rolling descent took us to Amherst center at 37 miles in and a refuel at Moulton’s Market (hot dogs always available!). For dessert, a classic climb to Mont Vernon was planned but it proved to be the wafer-thin mint of which none of us could be convinced.

Eilidh decided to have a lighter meal of the rolling hills and gravel roads around Hollis village, which were filled with farm stands, fruit farms and even a winery. In contrast to the main group, progress here was made difficult not due to slopes but rather tempting donuts and roadside BBQ. A non hilly ride in New Hampshire was still over 2000 feet – nobody could call New Hampshire flat!

The following weekend, Craig hosted a fun ride out of Framingham with a fantastic turn out of PMC friends! Thanks Craig! (check out the photo at the bottom of the post).

Little Wee Science CornerPrecision Medicine – Right Treatment, Right Patient

Precision medicine (formerly called personalized medicine) takes into account what is known about an individual patient’s genetic profile and tries to match this with targeted therapies. The aim is to treat a patient with the best agent or combo of agents for the most successful outcome.  The Dana Farber is a leader in this research and has an excellent site dedicated to precision medicine along with short helpful videos right here.  Worth checking out.

Thank you for supporting our PMC ride and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute!

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304

Barbhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/BR0030

Christina: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0191

Kevin:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/KS0135

Gregghttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/GS0101

Juliehttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JM0546

Ravihttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/RP0074

Lotika: http://profile.pmc.org/LP0090

Gedhttp://profile.pmc.org/GO0025

Eilidhhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/SB0247

Johnhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JC0474

Craighttp://profile.pmc.org/CB0203

Snappy doghttp://profile.pmc.org/TM0229

Ravi, Dana, Joanne, Gregg, Kevin, Julie, Craig, Snappy Dog, Lotika

Time for Maple Pi and #PMC2017

Pan Mass Challenge training started a number of weeks ago, but the blog lagged behind like a dropped cyclist. Let’s get this #PMC2017 blog season back on the road!  This year, to spice things up we are trying out a different feature at the end of each blog, our new “Little Wee Science Corner”.  But first, an account of some miles:

An abbreviated version of the Apple Pi ride was held on Canada Day starting from Gregg and Julie’s Apiary in Carlisle.  It was a very hot day and a perfect opportunity to try some new electrolytes:  Skratch Labs and Perpetuem both get high marks for not being too sweet.  Move over Gatorade!  Along with hydration and a bit of chocolate, Old Littleton Road was conquered by one and all with a reward refuel stop at Harvard General Store and a flying descent down Oak Hill Road.  We arrived back with time to jump through the sprinkler, get a tour of the garden and marvel at the 25ft hops!  (I’m coming back for brewing season).  Delicious burgers and salads were served to the ravenous riders drinking Molson Canadian and the others were fed too!

Canada Day comes to Carlisle!

  • Miles:  49.5 (50 for Ravi because he rode around in Gregg’s driveway)
  • Riders: eight
  • Flat tires: one (we were glad for the rest stop)
  • Wildlife:  one fox, one rabbit, bazillion chipmunks, and a giant snapper but that was before the ride

So we are back again reaching out for support for our PMC ride (fundraiser links at the bottom of the blog)!  100% of funds raised go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), a comprehensive cancer center and a world leader in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research right here in Beantown.  Curious how the PMC donations are used at the DCFI?  Click right here.

 

Our New feature:  A Little Wee Science Corner (…because you can never have too much science!)

Clinical Trials:  a short lesson, an excellent podcast and a searchable link

New cancer treatments are developed over many years of research and testing, and a critical component is conducting clinical trials with patients.  The DFCI is one of many centers where patients can access clinical trials of new cancer therapies and information can be found here.  An exceptional blog post and quick podcast can be accessed via Cancer Mythbusters, Episode#5: Cancer Clinical Trials, where a DFCI physician answers common questions about clinical trials and busts some commonly held myths at the same time.  Check it out!

Many other centers conduct clinical trials on all kinds of conditions.  An extensive listing can be found at http://www.clinicaltrials.gov

Thanks for your support!

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304

Barbhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/BR0030

Christina: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0191

Kevin:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/KS0135

Gregghttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/GS0101

Juliehttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JM0546

Ravihttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/RP0074

Lotika: http://profile.pmc.org/LP0090

Gedhttp://profile.pmc.org/GO0025

Eilidhhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/SB0247

Johnhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JC0474

 

Thank you! #PMC2016 is a Wrap!

Thanks to our supporters!

An account of this year’s Pan Mass Challenge is documented below:

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Thanks to all of you who supported us during our training and our ride.  On Aug 6 & 7, 4000 volunteers were out in force making peanut butter sandwiches, filling water bottles, tuning bikes, fixing tires, and guiding traffic for over 6000 riders.  The men and women in blue made sure that the intersections were safe to cross and gave us the thumbs up.  Thanks to the family on the bike path with the freezies and the Twizzler kids in the dunes.  Special shout out to Rob from Cycle Loft for rebuilding Kevin’s bike for Sunday roll to Provincetown.  Weekend memories include cheering with residents, the steel band, and the bagpipers while rolling through on Cherry Street in Wrentham before lunch, and a poignant reminder of why we ride as we pull into Lakeville pedal partner stop, where kids with cancer meet up with their teams.

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Every rider has a story.

You can contribute until Oct 1 right here:

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304

Kevinhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/KS0135

Joanne: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JW0323

Erikahttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/EF0060

Jeanhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JA0203

Jean Renehttp://profile.pmc.org/JG0427

Eilidhhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/SB0247

Johnhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JC0474

Barbhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/BR0030

Christina: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0191

Craighttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0203

Gregghttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/GS0101

Juliehttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JM0546

Ravihttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/RP0074

Lotikahttp://profile.pmc.org/LP0090

Snappy Dog: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/TM0229

monarch

Wheels Up! #PMC2016 Here We Go!

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Thanks to everyone for your generosity in contributing to our ride to raise funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  This event is not possible without you!  Alongside 6000+ other riders, we are going to pedal our way across Massachusetts this weekend.  We are ready to do this 192 mile trek!

Buckle your helmet…here we go!

It’s not too late to contribute!  100% of rider-raised funds go to supporting the important work of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute!  Thank you!

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304

Kevinhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/KS0135

Joanne: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JW0323

Erikahttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/EF0060

Jeanhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JA0203

Jean Renehttp://profile.pmc.org/JG0427

Eilidhhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/SB0247

Johnhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JC0474

Barbhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/BR0030

Christina: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0191

Craighttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0203

Gregghttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/GS0101

Juliehttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JM0546

Ravihttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/RP0074

Lotikahttp://profile.pmc.org/LP0090

Snappy Dog: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/TM0229

monarch

Take What You Need

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#takewhatyouneed

Take What You Need: Love. Hope. Strength. Healing. Peace.  As we approach the last few days of our training for the Pan Mass Challenge, we think about what the patients need, what their doctors and caregivers need, and what the researchers need.  Recent advancements in cancer treatments have shown that research is yielding better results for patients.  The Dana Farber Cancer Institute plays a big part in caring for patients and is very active in conducting research with the funds raised from the PMC.  Please help us raise the money needed for this continued effort!

IMG_6980On Saturday, we rode again with some of the Platelet Pedalers out of Newburyport to the Nubble Light House in Maine and back again.  Twelve riders clipped in at 6am in anticipation of 95F (35C) heat, armed with Gatorade and determination.  We made the usual stop at Cere’s Bakery for breakfast, the lighthouse for a photo opp, and the Beach Plum for ice cream.  We clocked 77 miles in the heat.

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Dana, Craig, Lotika, Christina, Julie, Barb, Ravi & Gregg. Eilidh and John (not pictured)

The Emmaus, Cycle for Shelter ride out of Haverhill, NH was held on Sunday.  This well-supported 62 mile ride was our largest group ride of the summer.  With one weekend left to train for #PMC2016, we are getting in our last miles, catching up with our cycling friends and thinking about the big ride ahead.  The volunteers have already been hard at work preparing for PMC weekend.  The countdown is on!  Let’s roll!

100% of rider-raised funds go to supporting the important work of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute!  Thank you for supporting us!

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304

Kevinhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/KS0135

Joanne: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JW0323

Erikahttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/EF0060

Jeanhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JA0203

Jean Renehttp://profile.pmc.org/JG0427

Eilidhhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/SB0247

Johnhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JC0474

Barbhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/BR0030

Christina: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0191

Craighttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0203

Gregghttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/GS0101

Juliehttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/JM0546

Ravihttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/RP0074

Lotikahttp://profile.pmc.org/LP0090

Snappy Dog: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/TM0229

monarch

Willsboro Wandered Off…

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After a fun time in Burlington, at the Vermont Brewers Festival on Saturday, it was time to put on some miles on the bike on Sunday.  With a little online investigation, a group ride was located, sponsored by the Green Mountain Bicycle Club – it even included a short ferry ride across Lake Champlain from CharLOTTE VT to Essex NY!  About 15 locals joined in for the 40 or 50 mile loop in NY called the Willsboro Wanderer.  You would think the name of the riding club would have tipped us off, but it didn’t.  Joanne and I were surprised to be met with a 2 mile ascent straight off the ferry – and elevationno one was slowing down.  That’s when we truly realized we were in the Adirondacks.  The climbing did not stop.  For 40 miles (elevation gain of 2934ft).  When we were able to look up, it was a beautiful ride through the mountains, passing by tomato farmIMG_6600s and corn fields and the Meadowmount School of Music.  Needing a bit of a break, we did a small jaunt to Dogwood’s Bakery for a refuel .  Kevin, the ride sweeper, stayed with us through the route and was rewarded with a brew at the Old Dock Restaurant while waiting for the ferry.

The weekend before included a short rainy ride out in Cornwall, Ontario where this city kid spotted 6 ground hogs, a deer and two fawns, two turkey families and a bike path that abruptly ended. This year’s training has officially included two countries.

Preparing for #PMC2016 and 192 miles is no easy task and the count down is on.  There are 2 weekends to go, and some of us (me) are behind in our mileage.  These days, any short early-morning rides end with a climb up Park Ave to get ready for the hills in the dunes on Day 2 (right Kevin?).

As always, we are riding for our stories and for yours. Please help us reach our fundraising goals!

It is not too late to contribute to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through the PMC!  Please support us today!

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304

Joanne: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JW0323

Kevinhttp://www2.pmc.org/profile/KS0135

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