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Reached 2 big milestones yesterday, and this weekend a 3rdjs5280
Apr 10, 2002 9:37 AM
Last night I took one last ride before breaking down my Zeppelin in preparation for the Ride for the Roses this weekend. On that ride my computer rolled over the 2000 mile mark, my first 2000 miles as roadie. Yesterday also marked my 5 year anniversary of finishing chemo. An important date because even the doctors can say I'm cured now :-) Personally I'd say I was cured a long time ago and these past few years have been about fulfilling my obligation as a cancer survivor, helping the fight against cancer and helping those fighting it. My third milestone I'll make this weekend, riding 100 miles in the Ride for Roses. I don't remember when, but sometime in the last five years I told myself I was going to ride that ride in celebration of my 5th year. It's the reason I bought a road bike and got into the sport. A short time ago a 100 miles seemed like a Herculean event. Well, I couldn't wait 5 years so I bought a road bike last February and rode in last year's ride. This year I'm just as excited to go back, will reach my goal, and I have you people here to thank for it. Just over a year ago I had no idea about heart rates, spinning, eating properly for a long distance event, proper bike fit, aerobars, the merits of Campy vs. Shimano ;-) I learned a vast majority of this from your posting here at the RBR. Now those things are a part of my life, it's not just a hobby, it's become a lifestyle for me. It's what I look forward to do doing in my free time. Something that has pushed me further than I thought I could go and brought much happiness and new friendships into my life. Yesterday I sat down to email people who helped me on my journey to this milestone and it's only fitting I thank everyone here because you all definitely played part in me reaching my goal. 100 miles, no problem. So, thank you to everyone for replying to my questions and sharing the knowledge and happiness that road cycling has brought you. It has meant a lot to me and has helped me grow as a person beyond what I thought I was capable of doing.

John Spangler
Denver, CO

P.S. A special thank you goes to those of you who donated to the LAF to support my ride. Hope to see a bunch of you there! I will be attending the Peloton Project Appreciation Party so look for me, wouldn't be surprise if people have name tags so put your Handle on there too!
Congrats, John...Spinchick
Apr 10, 2002 9:48 AM
on all your milestones - but especially the 5 years cancer-free. You're an inspiration to many, I'm sure. Keep up your great attitude!
re: Reached 2 big milestones yesterday, and this weekend a 3rdt-bill
Apr 10, 2002 9:54 AM
I hearty congratulations to you! You've already done something exponentially more difficult than most of us have... 100 miles should seem like afternoon stroll. Have a great time & good luck. I hope the weather worls out for you!
way to go!Jekyll
Apr 10, 2002 9:57 AM
Congratulations on your anniversary and turning such a difficult experience into an inspiration. Very glad to see that you are turning your experience into a way to help others by raising funds for the Ride for Roses. Way to go!
Rock on man! Keep riding! -nmfloatch
Apr 10, 2002 10:00 AM
You have a heart just as big as Lance's...Gregory Taylor
Apr 10, 2002 10:01 AM
...if not bigger.

Have a good time in Austin. And give my regards to the Dudes and Dudettes of the Peloton Project -- I made it to Austin for the RFTR in 2000, and had an amazing time. Bring a camera, take it all in, and then come back and tell us about it!
What an inspiration you are!Slipstream
Apr 10, 2002 10:19 AM
A special star spanglered banner to you. I read Lance Armstrong's book last year and also bought several copies to give to relatives and co-workers.

I can only imagine what you have had to overcome along the way. Somehow you did it. That in itself is an amazing accomplishment. But you pushed yourself even further which speaks volumes about your character.

It is posts like this that makes me again appreciate Spirito's words, "All cyclists are family."

btw, do you have a resume?
re: I hope you smile all the way!dzrider
Apr 10, 2002 10:53 AM
I like to view endurance events as celebrations of my day to day efforts. You have so much to celebrate; I hope you enjoy every moment. We all benefit from hearing stories that tell not only of surviving but of a better life at the end of the struggle. Congrats!
Thanks for the gift.Len J
Apr 10, 2002 11:25 AM
You have once again reminded me of what is important in life.

Congratulations on the 5 yr mark (Hope you have 50 or so more).

Enjoy yourself this weekend and remember that the ride is an outward manifestation of your own internal joy. Keep on sharing it my friend.

I'll be there with you in spirit.

John, Email me. I want to get together this weekendDave Hickey
Apr 10, 2002 1:33 PM
Congrats on the 5 years. That is a great milestone. I'm going on 7 and I'm thankful everyday. Please email me at I'd like to me you in Austin on Saturday.

Have a great time, John!Elefantino
Apr 10, 2002 3:35 PM
You've earned it, again.

Let me know if the margaritas have any tequila in them this year. And say hi to Elli and Bianca for me.

man, that's really cool.dustin73
Apr 10, 2002 5:00 PM
i'll probably see you out there riding somewhere.

enjoy the'll be fun.
re: Reached 2 big milestones yesterday, and this weekend a 3rdharlett
Apr 10, 2002 5:28 PM
the irony of life as it sometimes is--
we need to cherish what we have within our health,
our strength and of course our hair
seem so insignificant when it's always there--

have a fun and enriching 'cancer free' weekend-- *S*

Nice touch of chemo humorxxll
Apr 11, 2002 1:49 PM
We should all be thankful for our health. As a survivor of cancer I know that all to well.
Have a good ride JS. You will be riding with some great people!!