The event itself was terrific. Everything was very well organized and the most impressive part was that they managed to seek out enough sponsors to cover the cost of the event so that all the $349,000 raised will go directly to support both the Maplesoft Centre's Cancer Coaching Program and the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre.
As some of you know, I actually reached my $1,000 goal and so, as promised, on Friday night I went from blonde to PINK!
|I can't believe how well the colour covered!|
I joined the rest of the "Pink Ladies" at the Ottawa Athletic Club on Saturday morning. The atmosphere was invigorating and we were all anxious to get moving.
After a few opening remarks, the exercise began with an old school hi-low aerobics class. I broke a sweat in the first 10 minutes and loved how intense it was. It also had me second guessing my ability to keep it up for the whole six hours!
Luckily, hour number 2 has a surprise in store with Richard Simmons leading a low-impact dance style class. I ended up on stage for the opening set and let me tell you, I had a blast! When I first heard he was coming, I was definitely a little creeped out. I'm not sure whether it's the short shorts or his gregarious personality, but it was a bit much for me. Now that I've "met" him in person, I have gained a lot more respect for him and really got a kick out of his workout.
It seems like the camera really had a thing for my pink hair - it made several of the local newspapers!
|Not sure why my arms are up, when clearly that is not what we're supposed to be doing! Photo credits to The Ottawa Sun|
|Stayin' alive, stayin' alive|
Photo credits to The Ottawa Citizen
|Got to love the wide angle lens - look how long my leg looks! |
Photo credits to The Ottawa Sun
The day continued with Zumba, Yoga, Kickboxing, Belly Dancing and even a free massage thrown in for good measure! While I found it to be a good workout, I didn't find it over taxing, although my knees and calves are a little worse for the wear today.
I ended the day with a quiet evening at home while the kids were out at Grandma's and Grandpa's for a sleepover. As I expected, I didn't make it much past 9pm before I fell into the wonderful deep sleep that follows a day of being active.
Once again, THANK YOU to everyone who donated to support this worthy cause and allowed me to participate in this amazing event.
I couldn't have done it without you.