They call it "dry heat". Imagine taking part in a 111 mile bicycle race around the perimeter of Tucson, Arizona with 12,000 friends in 100 degree heat and 30% humidity levels. I call it suffering....mixed with a lot of fun. This year, I'll be taking part in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes in Tucson raising funds to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). If you ask people with T1D, they will tell you it is difficult and life threatening. And they know it never goes away.
I am asking for your support. Please donate to my personal fundraising efforts. By doing so, you can help me make a difference for millions of people living with type 1 diabetes. I have seen the devastating affects of T1D in my own family. My nephew, Ethan, was diagnosed a dozen years ago as a nine year old. That's twelve years of insulin shots (not a cure but a treatment), twelve years of numerous daily blood tests, twelve years of carefully monitoring every bit of food/drink that he consumes. It's a daily struggle.
Did you know that:
As the leader of the type 1 diabetes community, JDRF unifies global efforts to cure, treat and prevent T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. Won't you please give to JDRF as generously as possible?
Thank you for your support!
PS. See if you can find me in the video. (At 3:10 and ??? ) This ride will be my 7th ride for JDRF !!
Off the Balance Beam
The Tough Mudder is done....time to get back on the bike. I'm just hoping the cold and snow will hold off until after my ride. The Tough Mudder was fun but Tough. 12 miles of running through grass, gravel but mostly wet mud interspersed with 22 obstacles -an ice bath, 12' walls to climb over, swimming in mud, electric shock...fun stuff like that. In other words: Endurance and pain tolerance will not be a problem for my 111 mile Tucson ride.
Thanks again for the support. I'm $89 short of minimum and $1089 short of my goal. Not bad. I have 60 days (30 days after ride) to raise the funds. No Problem!!
Two months until the ride and I'm nearly to the $4000 minimum funds raised. THANK YOU.
Right now, I'm doing a workout balancing act. Why? The Tucson ride is on November 23rd, but I have another event on October 20th - the Tough Mudder. The TM is a ten mile run interspersed with 20+ obstacles like crawling under wire, jumping into a pond of ice, fun stuff like that. So I am trying to train for both events at the same time. The ride takes hours and hours on the bike, while the Tough Mudder takes hours running and a lot of time in the gym hitting the weights. This does make for a busy fall.
Since the daylight is leaving us, I have been trying to run in the mornings (versus the summer when I rode) and do some long rides on the weekends. Lunchtime is for the gym. So far it's working. I guess we'll see how I feel the end of October and the end of November!! I'm just hoping the bitter cold and snow holds off until after the Tucson ride.
Three Months to Go
One of my concerns has been the fact that I have not had any really loooooong rides this year. 111 is a long ride even if it is mostly flat. On this previous Sunday, I joined our local JDRF team for a 90 mile ride through the hills and hollers of Northern Kentucky. The stats: 90 miles, 5000 feet of climbing, 17 mph average, 90 degree high humidity miserable heat.
If I can ride 90 miles through the KY hills in that heat, I will have no problem riding 111 flat miles with 12,000 rides to draft off of.
My fundraising is at $2800 and growing. Thanks for the support.
It's mid August, so its' only been five months since my first update. At this point, I have about 1700 miles in my legs. My only concern about my preparation is that my longest ride of the year is 75 miles. I may have ridden the 75 mile route 4 times, but it's still no where close to the 111 miles I will have to ride in Tucson. I think it's time to start riding Sunday centuries to prepare. That means: up at dawn, pedal, pedal, pedal, pedal, get home at noon, eat, nap. Perfect day. I want to have 3000 miles completed before I hit the Cincinnati November cold.
Thanks for all the support!!
I signed up for my 7th...or is it 8th?....JDRF Ride To Cure. $100 down....$5900 to go. It's hard to believe while I sit looking out my window at bare trees, 40 degree temps, and a few clumps of snow on the ground that I will ever be ready for a 111 mile bicycle race. But I'll be ready. thanks for the support!!
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