Looking back before looking ahead

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This is the time of year when we look at ourselves in the mirror and say “what comes next?”

It’s that transitional period when the fall season is coming to a close and you head into the winter training season deciding what’s in store for the new year. Maybe you’re fortunate enough to have a long-term, multi-year plan for your cycling, running or multi-sport career, but for most of us who are balancing work, family life and training, our plans often change from month-to-month, and sometimes even more often than that.

While I’m still deciding what’s in store for my own 2014 season, I figured I’d give you a look back at the accomplishment of 2013 I’m most proud of.

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In late June, my wife Emily and I rode 1,200 km from Vancouver to Banff as part of GearUp4CF, a fundraising ride for Cystic Fibrosis research. It’s a cause extremely close to our hearts as Emily’s cousin, who was her best friend growing up, died of the disease two weeks before her 24th birthday.

Emily raised nearly $8,000 in 2011 doing the GearUp4CF ride for the first time, and in 2013 we raised $14,000 doing the ride together.

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Each day of the journey I put together a video blog that documented that day’s adventure. You can see them embedded below. It was an amazing experience that I hope we can do again some day.

DAY 1 

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go6cfg_pHdk

DAY 5

DAY 6

DAY 7

DAY 8

DAY 9

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