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Train, Plan, Sleep, Repeat!


How does one train for a 24 day bike ride? It’s hard to say there is one correct way. Everybody has different challenges and needs. For me, it was endless hours dedicated to road rides and indoor bike training, and adjusting daily routines and diet.

 For the above average athlete this may not be so much to ask, but for someone with a history of knee pain and other discomfort, it has certainly become one of my largest obstacles. From day one of training, I have been easing my way in slowly to ensure my knee does not act up again. While I made adjustments to overcome my knee discomfort, I still faced a difficult learning curve for what to eat and what not to eat before, during, and after each ride. Thankfully I had Hartley on my side to guide me with his healthy habits!

There is no rhyme or remedy to gaining the type of endurance necessary to last 24 days other than sheer dedication and a healthy mental state. Warning: Beginning indoor training for the first time, especially during the winter is horrible. My first class in December was not the most positive memory. To summarize, I walked in and impressed everyone in the class by telling them I am training for a bike ride to Halifax. I then proceeded to embarrass myself 30 minutes into the lesson by jumping off the bike mid-interval gasping for air. In my defense, the class was called ‘Intensity Tuesdays’ and was filled with experienced riders. The good news is that the training became much easier after three weeks. One of my greatest achievements this year has been proving to people that once I set a goal, I can stick to it. I have had the same fundraising goal and biking distance goal since last summer and I am proud that I have not once thought about lowering these goals. Over the past year I have gained confidence in my biking for pacing to keep stamina. So far this year, I have biked close to 3000 km leading up to the ride. I have come to the realization that regardless of the training I have completed during the past year, I need to be motivated on a day to day basis during my journey to Halifax, or I will not be able to complete 100+ km per day. ‘Luckily’ I have a great deal of motivation going forwards in this journey, and I could not have persevered without the help of so many kind individuals who guided me along the way.

My greatest supporter has definitely been Hartley. Not only has he been my health and fitness advisor, but he has been a major factor in making this journey come together. It’s simple, without Hartley, this journey would not be happening. He has supported me through the year and has taken on the challenge of dealing with me for almost a full month. Hartley and I know we are going to have a lot of fun throughout our travels, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us. In addition to my 2,200 km of biking, Hartley has 2,200 km of driving each way plus 100 km of running.

Before creating the Journey for Janice, I had never met another biker with a similar experience. Fun enough, I happened to meet another cross-country biker a few weeks after starting this project! That same week I was introduced to another cross-country biker. The first biker, Amy Tunstall, biked across Canada last summer raising funds for the Niagara Suicide Coalition for suicide awareness and prevention. The second biker is one of Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s ambassadors, Keith Martin, who biked across Canada in 2008 with four others in support of the organization. These two individuals have inspired me to bring my fundraising efforts to new heights! This ride has already become something much greater than we ever imagined and we have already doubled our initial fundraising goal!

As the Journey for Janice quickly approaches, I look back on this year in awe. The support we have received in memory of my mom and in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada has been amazing. I don’t think it has sunk in yet, but it is a great feeling to have already raised over $15,000 and an additional $5000 in sponsorship. We are incredibly excited for the journey that lies ahead!

Stay tuned for our blogs throughout our journey to Halifax!


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Journey for Janice: The Beginning


Hi! My name is Jordan Freedman and I am training for a month long bike ride from Toronto to Halifax.

Why would anyone do such a crazy thing you may ask?

It all started back in 2012 when I decided to turn one of my greatest passions into something truly meaningful. I have been a cyclist for as long as I can remember; during high school I increased my route distances to the point where none of my friends were willing to ride with me anymore. After reaching the 100 km milestone in 2012, I decided to ride for a cause and entered the Ride to Conquer Cancer for two consecutive years. Each year I finished the weekend proud of my performance and my contribution to cancer research, but I always felt like there was more left in the tank. I knew at that point I wanted to do something bigger.

My motivation for biking for charity comes from the passing of my mom, Janice Freedman, from Polymyositis, a form of muscular dystrophy. My mom was diagnosed with Polymyositis in January 2011; this disease slowly took away her ability to work, walk and even swallow. She battled through the disease and was strong enough to improve throughout the remainder of the year. In the winter of the following year, she relapsed with conditions worse than the previous year. My mom was not able to gain her strength back and passed away in April 2012. I have always wanted to dedicate something very special in memory of her and help others who suffer from similar diseases. A few years passed before anything really materialized.

One evening in June of 2014, I was hanging out with my two best friends – I will never forget this night as it truly sparked the idea for this ride. My friends were initially interested in backpacking across Europe in the summer of 2015, but after reviewing the finances, we decided it was not the best option for all of us. This is when I brought up the idea of biking across Canada. My friend, Hartley Ruch, was immediately interested, realizing that we would still be able to travel together, but this time for a great cause. That night is where this Journey truly began.

Hartley (R), and Jordan (L)

Hartley (L), and Jordan (R)

Over the summer, both Hartley and I were planning routes, talking logistics, and thinking about what organization we wanted to support. When we finalized our tentative plans, the route spanned over 2200 km! It could have been as short as 1800 km if we travelled through the United States, but we decided to stay true to our roots and go Canada all the way (I also really wanted to see PEI)! Hartley has always been an athlete so he was not satisfied with just acting as the support car the entire way. Hartley is not a cyclist, so he set a goal for himself to run over 100 km over the course of the trip. Early October is when we reached out to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. We were thrilled with their response and incredible support to help us reach our goals of completing this ride and gaining donations along the way!  It was truly a great month that motivated both Hartley and I to go through with our plans.  I met with the National Director of Individual and Corporate Giving for Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Kevin Harrison, and settled on the May 24th event start date. We also solidified the name for the ride which Hartley cleverly came up with, ‘Journey for Janice’.

In the days since, we have been working incredibly hard to make this ride a reality and have received incredible support from various friends, family and especially from Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Both Hartley and I have been training hard over the course of the year. I have been taking the 2200 km distance very seriously and I have been doing many indoor bike training sessions to keep in shape.

We are very excited for next few months leading up to the ride and the event itself! ‘Journey For Janice’ has already become larger than we ever imagined, but we do not want to stop here. We have high hopes to fulfill and exceed our goals along the way. We have an initial goal of $10,000 that we will hopefully increase closer to the event.  Our progress can be followed on our ‘Journey For Janice’ Facebook page: and donations can be made at our website:

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