“One hundred miles?!?! There’s absolutely no way I can do that.” At least that’s what I was thinking right after dinner on August 16, 2013—the night before my first century ride. This was right before my uncle and I decided that we were riding, at the most, forty miles the next morning. Everything that could have possibly gone wrong went wrong in the worst way possible, but somehow, I managed to complete the entire ride. To put my struggle into perspective, on the first big hill I got a flat that slowly deflated my tire, making that hill much harder than it needed to be. While I was more than ready to hop in the SAG vehicle while they were fixing my flat and just ride that back home, I am very glad that I kept going and was able to finish the ride. . In addition to the flat and just exhaustion from all the exercise, my blood sugars were all over the place throughout the entire ride; starting the ride in the mid-300s, hitting the first big hill at fifty miles in the 400s, and then finishing the last hour of my ride in the 50s. For those of you who don’t know, a nondiabetics blood sugar is typically between 80 and 90, it would be very difficult for you to function properly with blood sugars as high as 400 and as low as 50.
The one thing people don’t typically understand about diabetes is the challenge of blood sugar control. To most people, blood sugar control just seems like a simple math problem: sugar(food)+insulin(shot)=good blood sugars. Well that’s not quite the right equation. When you factor everything in correctly it’s more like sugar+insulin+adrenaline+more sugar+exercise+more sugar+more insulin+different kinds of insulin=still not perfect blood sugar control. Yes, its tough and I still haven’t even come close to mastering it after sixteen years, but I do have hope that I’ll never have to learn to master it. We will find a cure before I learn how to solve this never-ending equation.
This is where I need your help. Last year I was able to raise around $3,000 for my first century ride, and I would like to thank everyone again for all of their support! This year I want to increase my goal by $2000 because this will be my second year riding. This is a big amount to increase my goal by, but I believe that we can do it. Thank you so much for all of your support!