Sorry I’ve been such a no show on the blog this past week, I’ve been trying to get some things in order for my big bike ride this weekend!


That’s right the weekend has finally come! I am getting all my things together to ride 200+ km to raise money for cancer research for the Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer. I have had a whole bevy of emotions flowing through me this week; I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve been anxious, I’ve been excited – you name it I’ve felt it.


Everyone at the training facility we own has been amazingly supportive and have really made me feel like I can definitely take on this challenge. Steve is seeing me off on Saturday morning in Toronto before heading back to London to train the boys and then is meeting me in Hamilton at the end of the first day and spending the night with me. After getting some comments from some readers (thank you!) we decided to stay in a hotel so I can shower and get a good nights rest before I have to head out for the second day of 100km. I think I have everything I need for the ride: sunglasses, gloves, lip chap, sunscreen, Honey Stinger energy chews, spare inner tube, etc. Is there anything that an amateur cyclist may not think to pack?


My family including my g-ma (grandma), Auntie Darlene, godparents, step mom, sister and Steve are all meeting me at the finish line. It also happens to be my sister’s 21st birthday on Sunday so after the ride we’re all heading to my godparents house for a nice BBQ. I’m so excited to have everyone together and will definitely be in the mood to celebrate after such a long ride.


I have started carb loading and must admit that I feel a little heavier than usual right now. Even though I’ve been sticking to clean carbs it’s still more than I’m used to. As a treat to myself I got a box of PC knock-off mini wheats to have for breakfast tomorrow. Anyone that knows me well knows that I cannot keep cereal in the house, I have no self control with that stuff. We’re also having some whole wheat fettuccine with chicken and roasted peppers and garlic tonight (I’ll take pics and post the recipe – it’s yummy).


I have a recipe for a delicious gluten-free nearly sugar free apple crisp that I will share with you after I make it again tonight. Last time the apples didn’t quite cook enough so I need to adjust the cooking temp a little bit.


Anyways that’s it for now, just wanted to give a little update. I’ll post the new recipes tomorrow along with a link to the youtube page where I will be posting race updates that I’ll be video taping from my phone along the ride for people to see and keep track of from. I’ll also be taking lots of pictures so if you’re on instagram (you should be!) follow me: PowerhouseChels


Have a super Thursday and if you have any cycle tips please share!







Excited, Nervous, Anxious…
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5 thoughts on “Excited, Nervous, Anxious…

  • June 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Coming from someone who has done this ride, you are going to have an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. Opening ceremonies made me cry and having my husband and best friend who was fighting Myeloma greet me at the end is something I will never forget. Make sure you pack rain gear and extra socks in plastic in your saddle bags or whatever you are using to carry supplies on your bike. Packing snacks for the ride is a good idea, the proper nutrition you need was not always available at the rest stops.
    Have a great ride!

  • June 8, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I am so proud and excited for you sweetie! Will definitely be thinking of you all weekend! You have so much support! You are going to do amazing <3 I LOVE YOU!

    Hehe, enjoy your mini wheats 😉
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    • June 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Meg! I’m definitely going to be thinking of everyone while I peddle away! xo P.S. The mini wheats were unreal!

  • June 8, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Chelsey, we are all so very proud of you and all you do. I know how much this ride means to you and know that your Dad is smiling down on you and will carry you through. I’ve already put in my request for cloud control. I’m so proud of you and the way you challenge yourself. You live your life with purpose and meaning and I know where that comes from. I will anxiously be waiting along with Alyxx at the finish line and ready for a tiny one to celebrate.

    Be proud of everything you do as I know he would be and always was. You resonate all those great qualities of your father and it shows. You are so loved!

    I hope you have a safe and enjoyable ride. You are an inspiration to us all and I cannot wait to see you Sunday!

    Lots of love,

    Auntie Darlene (aka Weenie)


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