The park bench I bought in memory of my Mom and Dad on the seawall in Stanley Park. I miss you guys so much. They brought me here swimming and cycling as a little boy. I rode my bike a long ways from here, they would be happy to hear. Ashes in the grass behind, where mine will join them one day hopefully with a cedar tree!!!!
Hope to watch many sunsets thinking of them. Money goes to protect the trees in our wonderful park. Bench will be there in perpetuity (forever), and with the price of property down there I might just sleep on this bench!
My third cancer fight is on deck. This is a basal cell carcinoma on my leg the Doctor said. Likely from 10 years on the road,in all the deserts and sun on my "anti-cancer" rides.He is cutting it out and sending the lymph nodes in for testing. Luckily its not as dangerous as melanoma but regardless... its the shits. One day the Cherry Blossoms are so beatiful the next day it rains and they fade and all fall. Enjoy every day because the next day......Im still swimming Alcatraz, doing an Ironman in July and climbing Everest in 2019..... no matter what!
This class of children in New Zealand followed me a cross their Country.. I had to visit their class in Meadowbank School Auckland. It was an amazing visit they named my bike Sparkle in a contest. I told them many stories answered many many questions and we all shed a tear when I left. Below are a couple of the many letters I got includining one trying to set me up weith the teacher. Pic attached!
Hey Rudy, I know i have already sent you a letter but i was busting to do another one.I don't get much time because my brother hogs the computer and he is probably going to come down and get really furious at me. Now let's get on with the video. I love who you are,that's what make you an incredible,kind and caring person.You have always put in a lot of effort in saving the world. How do you feel about leaving your family and when are you going to achieve your goal that you have been aming for a long time. My teacher Miss Powers said when you arrive at Auckland you will be bike riding with her.I think you will really like her.Her real name is Niki. I hope you really like each other a lot and go on a bike ride together. From Ayzha:
Hi Rudy You are so brave you fight through freezing cold weather and I would get scared if I had to camp out alone. It must be scary I bet you miss your parents. I can't believe you missed Christmas but your doing the right thing for children wha have cancer you must have a sweet heart. Realy hope when you come to Auckland you really feel like you belong here. You must be tied. I bet It is amazing adventure around 30 countries it's amazing that you can do that.
The best way to train for open water swimming is to train in open water. Getting line of sight , speed adjustment bi lateral breathing working the currents are all key. When you live in Vancouver the water tempuaraure is now 46C. Killer whales just visited the harbour . First jump in its so cold you hyper ventilate ....but after a while... you never warm up.
With all my Triathlon training I figure I would challenge myself. I am registered for the Alcatraz Shark Fest swim. I want to prove Clint Eastwood escaped from Alcatraz in the movie. Its only 1.50 miles but there are extreme currents and the water is 60 F. You only have 75 minutes. Only a few people have died and there are sharks but no attacks yet. I am so excited I will do my best. I will bring my Go Pro and Canadian Flag that I have carried around the world to wrap up in after or drape over my coffin after.......Giddy up.
I have been fortunate enough to have a thirty year career as a professional firefighter as well as a ten year journey around the world so amazing it will fill a book soon. I have heard terminally Ill that were soon to die make speeches with such courage they brought rooms full of people to tears. I have escaped from the bleak basement of the Cancer Agency twice. I have held peoples hands as they died, hugged their families after they lost loved ones, brought people back to life that were dead, crawled out of fires that I never thought I would escape from. I have helped others that I completely trusted, that made me broken false promises that turned around and then betrayed me. But I completely forgive you now. The Jaws of Life.
Remember this song I sent you.
Today I swam whats called the marathon of swims. I completed the ironman triathlon required 2.4 miles in 90 minutes. Thats 50 minutes faster than the triathlon cut off time I need. I am so happy,150 laps of the pool. My Mt Everest Cardiologists medical altitude required heart stress test is in a few weeks so I should be ready.
The Australian girl lifeguarding told me if I wear a budgy smuggler and wax my chest hair next week, I could shave a few more minutes off my time. For those that dont know what a Budgy Smuggler is see attached pictures as to why a Speedo has that nickname in Australia
Its early March and I saw this track. Usually never before April would he rise. It means that hungry black bears are already slowly waking up. It means spring will come sooner. They stick their heads out bite some snow then go back in the den the first few waking days...... then finally they come out very hungry and ready to eat. Then I saw this bear and it surely means spring is coming.
Crossing the USA was a total of 5000 km from California to Florida and ten states. This was after cycling from Canada to Mexico previously. The maximum temperature was 52 C in the Sonoran desert and minimum 5 C in New Mexico. I raised money for the American Cancer Association and the Livestrong Foundation.
As you can see below Florida had several road blocks.
My Name is Rudy
I am a fire captain and cancer survivor.
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