Excerpt from: Red Cross Talks
Posted on November 11, 2010 by Jen Mayville, Red Cross Roving Reporter/Communications Co-ordinator
They did it!
Congrats to The Ride for Red team who completed their 4,000 km journey in Santa Monica, CA on Friday.
The team, consisting of Miss Canada 2009 and three Olympic bobsledders, had been cycling 40 days in Canada and the US to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross and American Red Cross.
Talk about the ultimate spin class!
Read the Full Article on Red Cross Talks
11th November, 2010
Written by Christina Smith
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 09:50
2:45 am and just heading back with our clean, dry clothes to the camper hoping to hit the hay by 3. It’s been raining pretty heavily so we’ve been going through many changes of clothes preventing hypothermia and getting sick. Our mission to raise funds for the Red Cross is still going strong and made easier with the support from people back home, sponsors, our driver Travis and documentary director Mike! Thanks for everyones encouragement, donations and correspondence along the way!
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26th October, 2010
Written by Christina Smith
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 08:29
I’ve been resisting to start blogging because I wanted to start from the
beginning of how I got involved with The Ride for Red….well, it will have
to wait because I fall behind every day I hold off wanting everything to be
perfect. I have experienced so many memorable days on the bike that I can’t
let one more day go by without sharing it with you.
Spent most of the morning finalizing details for location of send off Sep
26. I applaud everyone who is working hard to do their part with logistics
and preparation for an amazing tour. Without the volunteers, the riders or
our fearless leader, we wouldn’t have a tour and be able to raise funds for
the Red Cross. Everyone plays an equally important role and is a crucial
piece of the puzzle. All require focus, discipline, consistent effort and
determination. I am so proud to be part of this organization! I hope
everyone enjoys following our group to our destination in Santa Monica from
our starting point of Calgary.
Today was 9 degrees Celsius, cold, rainy and windy. I hope the weather will
make a turn for the better when we depart on our great 40 day adventure. Our
full team will be here on Sunday (5 sleeps). I am both excited and nervous
as this is an indication that we are approaching D-Day (Departure Day). I
must face the facts that this weather will most likely be what we should
expect, and worse, on our trip through the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and
British Columbia. Today I must venture out to test (for myself and my team)
both my clothing gear selection to make sure I have the layers mastered for
warmth, comfort and functionality and also to see how my slick tires
function on the fallen wet leaves, the wet asphalt, the wet paint lines on
the road, maneuver wet curvey corners, descend steep wet hills at a fast
pace and see how effective the brakes work, and so many small details I
still am trying to figure out…but that’s the fun of it right? I don’t want
to spend another day on the wind trainer. Be gone strong and brave
one…embrace your journey….mount your Specialized horse and ride off into
the mist and low hanging clouds!
I was used to riding slalom around the grasshoppers on the trails during
these last few months, now since all the rain, it’s earth worms today! Thank
goodness when you accidentally run one over and split them in half, the two
sides stay alive some how…anyone want to tell me how?…I can’t remember
from school, but I think it has something to do with their central nervous
system or multiple brains or something. The grasshoppers aren’t so lucky
Covered 75.5km of terrain and had a visit @TheMainDish, but unfortunately I
had to take a ‘rain check’ (ha ha) for a meal stop as I had to get back home
before the extra dark clouds were upon me and the sun set. If you’ve never
biked in late fall, it’s pretty cold. When you work hard, you sweat. When
you stop, you start getting cold and this brings on the risk of
hypothermia…don’t want to get a chill and get sick either especially
before the big trip. Will have to go see my Naturopath Dr. Trevor Hoffman
@ParadigmHealth for a vitamin intravenous to assist my immune system in
having all the vitamin and minerals it needs to be the strongest and best it
can be before we set wheels towards the mountains in 12 days!
Christina Nathalie Smith
2002 Olympian Bobsleigh Pioneer
CTV 2010 Olympic Consortium Analyst Women’s Bobsleigh Racing
President Olympians Canada Alberta Chapter
Motivational Speaker / Author
(403) 589-SLED (7533)
1st September, 2010