Why You Need to Ride a Bicycle
There are lots of great reasons for riding bicycles but if you are a prostate cancer survivor, or if you have been diagnosed with a pre-cancer condition, getting back on a bicycle may just save your life.
30% of Cancers Can be Prevented with Exercise and Better Nutrition
American Cancer Society research shows that a third of all cancers are directly related to poor nutrition and lack of exercise, which lead to excess weight and other adverse impacts on the body.
Why We Created the PCAP Mileage Challenge
I was diagnosed with Stage 2 prostate cancer 10 years ago at age 58, just after my older sister died from pancreatic cancer at age 62.
Think I was shocked? You bet I was. But I had spent a career in the US Army and my second reaction was to create my personal prostate cancer survival plan, because research shows that prostate cancer recurrence – if it recurs – generally happens around the 10-year mark.
What I needed to Do
No one knows exactly what causes prostate cancer and, at last count, there are 34 different variations of prostate cancer. So, I looked around for elements of prostate cancer recurrence risk that were within my personal control.
The three elements I found I could control were . . .
- my weight
- my diet
- my mental outlook
And the simplest way for me to do all three was to get on my bicycle and starting riding. In the past 10 years, I’ve averaged just about 2,000 miles per year. I’ve traveled to a lot of fun places, met a lot of really great people, and dropped 12 pounds, putting me just about about at my optimal weight.
The Mileage Challenge was Born in 2012
Last year I realized that I was closing in on the number of miles around the world at the equator – 24,901.6. So, I got together with the great designers at Primal Wear and we created the official PCAP Around the World Jersey you see above.
How to Get a PCAP Around the World Jersey
These custom jerseys is available through the PCAP store after you certify to us that you have ridden the required 24,901.6 miles. You can track your mileage in Strava.com, MapMyRide.com, or your own mileage log.
When you are ready, send an email at MileageChallenge@ThePCAP.org, post your picture on our Facebook page [Prostate Cancer Awareness Project] holding a sign that you have ridden the required 24,901.6 miles, and we’ll send you the price and code for ordering your jersey. You don’t have to be a prostate cancer survivor to earn a jersey. What are Your Next Steps?
- Get on your bike
- Start logging your mileage – Strava.com is a great tool, but you can use MapMyRide, or even track your miles in Microsoft Excel
- Post pictures of your adventures on our Facebook Page – Prostate Cancer Awareness Project
- And, finally, activate your free prostate cancer early detection system at ProstateTracker.org
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Thank You for Your Support
Robert Warren Hess
Prostate Cancer Survivor
Class of 2003