Pan-Mass Challenge Update: So What’s New?

It has been a while since I posted here about my efforts as a participant in the Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual two-day ride to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. These pre-spring weeks can be tough, in that it is not yet warm enough or light enough for me to get outside on the bike for training, and we are still almost five months away from the event–it seems so far away! Yet there are some interesting bits going on:

  • Fundraising is on pace with last year, which always amazes me. A huge thank you to those who have sponsored already. We are at $845 out of our initial goal of $4,200, and it would be wonderful to reach $1,500 by the end of March. Can we do it? Can you please help? To sponsor me, please go to my PMC page at
  • I really like the look of this year’s logo. It’s great that the PMC goes for a different visual style each year

  • Training – I am not one of those hardy souls that bikes in the cold and dark of winter mornings; staying in cycling shape in New England takes a concerted effort. Last year, friends got me into spin classes, and that made a different. I have kept them up this winter, and feel ready to go. Of course, this being March, I am itching to get out on the road- soon.
  • Another aspect of training that made a big difference last year was riding regularly in a group. I rode more, and we pushed each other.  I’m looking forward to the start of the “5:37 Club” rides.

PMC 2009 - Doug Haslam's Ride

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