On the way to the Shaman in Mexico there is a sight not to be missed. Every year hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies undertake a great journey of up to 3000 miles in their annual migration from Canada and the United States to their wintering grounds in Mexico. Once in Mexico, the monarchs congregate in the oyamel fir trees of Michoacan and Mexico states. The amazing thing is the butterflies on live 6 weeks. So they stop en route mate lay eggs and die. The newborn caterpillars turn into butterfly's and continue the journey. Its makes a humans life journey really feel so selfish and possibly even insignificant.
My full Ironman plaque came today from New York I could have cycled here faster. Other than a brutal nightmare being knocked down back in cancer treatment, this was likely the toughest 15 hours of my life.
I am proud of finishing it after surviving all that cancer shit.
You can overcome anything seemingly impossible if you truly believe you can.
Everest will be my next challenge.
I think I will hang the plaque up.
I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling about half past dead
I just needed some place where I can lay my head
Hey, mister, can you tell me, where a man might find a bed?
He just grinned and shook my hand, "No" was all he said
Things in trees !!!
If you ever cycle around the world you will find a lot of interesting things in trees. Especially in Australia, New Zealand, Morrocco where these are from. I filmed each one and the ceremonial leaving of an artifact. Thong (new zealanders call sandals thongs), shoe, underwear , koalas, monkeys and of course the desert goats in argan trees eating fruit. They are usually in the middle of nowhere. I left a shoe, thong and underwear... but had no extra bikes, koalas, monkeys or goats to leave.
My Dad was my hero. He was in the Red Cross during the WW2 as a combat medic saving lives. He never ever talked about it. I always wondered why. After about 10 years as a firefighter saving lives but also losing many and seeing some extremely horrible sights, I stopped talking about my work too. Dad I found out why!
I will never forget this day.... neither will some others I know. It's the most powerful full moon of the year. Your dreams will come true if you see it. Time for forgiveness.
My triathlon training pool. Record time is 2.4 miles in one hour twenty minutes. Finished full 2018 Whistler Ironman because of this amazing pool. I will train here again in 2019. Twelve laps to a mile. I coached a few friends here to increase their speed. Notice the showboat on the water and the lifeguard in a boat right in the water in 1945...not great for laps.
Drone pic see my bike?
I will go to Maui to try to set another world record climb up Haleakala Volcano on my bike this winter. Will be raising money again for cancer charity through some major supporters. Previous donors and an old high school friend now CEO of major Canadian fast food company and a cancer survivor may come on board in Maui.
The road up Haleakala is known as the world’s longest paved road climb and travels from sea level to an elevation of 3,055m. I have been up in 3:45 but have to beat Woods. Ottawa’s Mike Woods also a national team rider, has achieved the 56km Haleakala Climb KOM in a time of 2:32:24.
Never Forget 9/11
On that day
343 - NYFD
60 - NYPD
8 - EMT's and 1 NY city Patrol man all went to work and never came home again.
2996 people lost their lives. That day in my Fire station at shift change none of us went home.
In this pic Assistant Chief Gerard A. Barbara looks up at the burning towers. Moments later he would go in, never to return. All gave some...some gave all.
My Name is Rudy
I am a fire captain and cancer survivor.
In memory of the
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE