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06 May 2014 @ 11:10 pm
Ride for Heart 2014 - Matching donations this week (May 5-11)....  
I am doing the ride for heart again, for the ninth time. I began participating in 2006 in honour of Kiran van Rijn, my friend and fellow student at the IHPSTS, who died at the age of 29 of a heart attack, September 21st, 2005.

I first heard of the ride for heart after someone in my circle suggested it as an appropriate way to honour Kiran. It also served as a way to challenge myself and see what I could do. I only really started biking a great deal in my last summer of high school and while I had used the bicycle to get around in undergrad and through grad school to that point, I still felt inexperienced. Even after nine years doing 50km in a few hours is still pushing myself, but I learned a bit about bike ergonomics and technique, and built up some endurance and skill so it is not as painful as it once was.

Me after the 2006 Ride for Heart

I've also been fortunate to find a group of friends who do this every year which makes it a lot more fun. Even though I can not often keep pace with them, it is great to meet up with them before the event and have lunch with them after.

I am not the most ambitious fundraiser, but I try to raise double the minimum. This week (May 5-11) there is the opportunity for on-line donations to be matched by Ride sponsor The Printing House.

So if you are interested check out my donation page here