Monthly Archives: May 2011

Balance.

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Good Morning!

I need to get caught up so I can do daily blogs on the end of the day rather than blogging on the day after… We will have to see how that plays out.

I will be taking today off from riding and focusing on a light jog and a swim (Sean and I have a tri on our one year anniversary in 17 days!).

I have begun  seeking sponsorship. Predominantly approaching cycling businesses like Trek, Louis Garneau, etc. Each week I will spend about three hours on preparing all of the “behind the scenes” needs for the ride. Thus far, we have a couple folks that will be coming out with us and joining for various legs.   Please let me know if you would like to get involved on some capacity.

With sincerity,

Colleen

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Sunflowers and a Spine.

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Last night Sean and I went for an “after work cycle”.  We biked 33 miles around some picturesque hilly areas along the shoreline.

Evening ride after work with husband

Name: Track 013
Date: May 24, 2011 4:47 pm
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(valid until Nov 20, 2011)
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Distance: 33.1 miles
Elapsed Time: 2:09:27
Avg Speed: 15.3 mph
Max Speed: 28.5 mph
Avg Pace: 03′ 55″ per mile
Min Altitude: 23 ft
Max Altitude: 193 ft

As we cycled, I thought about this journey.   I have been involved with PeaceJam Northeast for about five years. Initially my role was serving as an advisor for an exceptional group of youth in St. Albans, VT.   Now, I have the joy of working for the organization that I watched change youth lives.. and give youth a voice.   Cycling always provides an opportunity for reflection as well as a “self-check” time with your body and mind. When riding, you must stay focused at all times on the terrain, the environment, and the hundreds of vehicles that whiz past you.  Cycling provides elements of empowerment, awareness, and the need to find your balance with risk.

Such is true when we teach non-violence.  Non-violence is not the absence of “having a spine”, nor does it mean you want to throw sunflowers at everyones feet and sing “KOOMBAYA!!!”.. However, I do love sunflowers.

Rather, everyone can be angry.. It is easy to get ticked off when someone puts their fist in your face, trashes your community park, or hurts you or a family member.. but how can we solve violence with violence? How can we create awareness and change? THAT takes a spine.

The Nobel Peace Laureates that are involved with PeaceJam have encouraged youth and adults from around the world to find their passion within one of ten Global calls to action.

Global Call to Action-1

http://nextgenleaders.org/PeaceJam%20Programs.html  (Click on Global Call to Action).

I have found my passion within the realm of Investing in Human Security, and our Environment.  We need to be able to support one another and our planet that God has given us.

This evening we will do another cycle ride.  Starting next week, the goal will be do get a century ride in once a week (as long as my body allows it!).  Stay patient with me as I learn this program 🙂  I have not worked with Word Press before and have a lot to learn about the functions!

And so the journey goes on….

With joy,

Colleen

Peace is not for the weak.

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Today, I start a journey of awareness… Not only do I desire to raise awareness about PeaceJam Northeast, but also to raise awareness about the power of human strength and perseverance.

In 117 days I will be joined by my sister-in law to take a 500 mile journey throughout New England and New York.

Over the next three months I will be training and preparing my body both mentally and physically for this journey. The goal is to raise $ 10,000.00 for PeaceJam Northeast. The funds will help hundreds of youth participate in the program and meet a Nobel Peace Laureate.

I hope you can join me!

With joy,

Colleen

http://www.razoo.com/story/Cyclingforpeace