Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Quote of the Day

"The grass is always brown."

You hear of the quote "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence", but the truth is, the grass is always going to be brown, to you. It's human nature to keep wanting so when you get that green grass you envied, sooner or later it will turn brown to you. We see the things we don't have as better, but what we should be doing is accepting what we do have and doing the best with it. When you can do that and move forward with it, perhaps then, the grass will be greener on the side you're on.

#Never give up.
#Fall forward.
#Good things come to those who work.
#Live everyday loving life.

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
"In all these things we are more than conquerors."Romans 8:37

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The 200km Ride To Conquer Cancer

In June of 2010 I participated in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret Hospital. The journey was a 2 day 200km bike ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls.

Before this ride I had never in my 30 something years owned a bike. I never cared much for cycling. When I heard of this ride I decided to buy a bike and challenge myself to the 200km. Along with the challenge of raising the $2500 minimum. I did a lot of research on bikes but it was difficult considering I had no idea what to look for.

I ended up buying the Specialized Vita Sport bike from Gears Bike Shop located on Lakeshore Rd W. in Mississauga. They helped me out a lot in regards to what I was looking for, as they are a big supporter of the ride. They helped me choose a bike, fit the bike to my needs, gave great discounts for  the riders, and offered classes such as fixing a flat tire (thats the only one I went to). I really wanted to buy this really pretty pink road bike, but I was told that if I have never ridden before a road bike would be too difficult for me and it was way over my budget. Though my Vita, named Athena, was still over my expectancy. Athena is a hybrid bike, combination of features from both a mountain and road bike. Hybrid bikes are typically equipped with wheels versatile enough for road and trail.

Athena - Wisdom, strength and skills. 
(That's what I think of when I think Hybrid)

I'm not going to lie, I didn't complete the entire 200km as I was injured within the first 50km. A lady called out "to your left" then cut me off on my right. I hit her back wheel which threw me off of my bike, with her somehow landing on my head and her bike on my legs, then Kev who was following close behind me hit my leg with his bike, falling on top of me along with his bike. If you are having a hard time picturing this, picture me on the ground, with two people and two bikes on top of me. I rode in the emergency vehicle to the next pit stop with my leg wrapped up and iced. 

The stubbornness in me, however, did not allow for me to stop. Nearing Hamilton (of course I choose the most difficult part of the ride going uphill) I decided to mount my bike again and go. I was very very slow, in pain, and tired. I will admit to walking a lot of it. It rained that day. It was quite refreshing. When we reached the camp we found our tents, and unwound. We went for massages, there were yoga classes, food and drinks and my favourite, medication! I went for some anti-inflammatories and A535!

Early the next morning we grabbed some food and headed for our bikes. BLOODY HECK WHERE DID THIS PAIN RADIATING IN MY BUTT COME FROM???  Lol, I wanted to cry!!! But, off we went. I forgot to mention that the previous day, out of the 5000 people participating, I was number 5000, with the emergency vehicle following me close behind, every so often asking me if I was ready for a ride. Ummmm, no thanks! You don't know Sarah Edralin very well now do you? I don't give up that easily, even if I am last. I didn't finish last the next day :) I have no idea what place I came in but i wasn't last. That didn't matter anyways. What mattered was that I got the courage to do something I've never done before and I finished it. And I finished it because of my motivation:

My mom, Delma Edralin, age 58
Lung Cancer - Adenocarcinoma
1952- 2010 RIP

A few weeks later I did the Healing Cycle Ride for the Credit Valley Hospital's Palliative Care Unit. I lost my mom that summer. I never wanted to look at my bike ever again and so left it on my balcony to let the elements do as it pleased with it. $1000 + down the drain. I regret it now and actually crave to bike again. Today is the 2012 Ride to Conquer Cancer and today I feel the motivation to participate in it once again.

Cancer was not as evident to me until it hit home and I lost the most important woman in my life at such a young age. Now, I see it everywhere I go. I work with patients dying from it everyday. And though I lost someone from it, I can't stand the thought of many others losing their loved ones from it as well.

There are 2 things I remember vividly when I did the ride a couple of years ago: The voices of people on the sidelines throughout the ride yelling out "Thank you for saving our lives" and seeing my mom's face at the finish line.

If that's not motivation to do it again, I don't know what is.

My team 'More Than Conquerors': 
Matt Resnik, Kevin Varias, Myself, Joe Jimenez, Jon Edralin
(I have better pictures but my laptop is broken and they are all hidden away in it).

I hope to do so much more to help fight cancer. This is one way. Let me know if you want to join me next year.    The Ride to Conquer Cancer

I love you mom!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Quotes of the Day

Physical fitness can neither be achieved
by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.
-Joseph Pilates

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
-Vince Lombardi