BREAKING NEWS: My husband Doug will participating in the Ride with me this year! He needs to catch up on fundraising, so please donate to his page instead of mine. His page is here: http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/dougryan
Hello! This year, I'll once again be taking part in JDRF's Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of other riders across the country to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D). Last year I rode 73 miles, which was the farthest I'd ever ridden. This year, I plan on doing the full 100-mile course. Here is why I'm doing this:
My 14-year-old niece Samantha was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 12 (click "2" under the photo to the right to see her picture). I am riding for her, and for all children and adults who have to deal with this disease and all that comes with it - finger pricks, insulin shots, counting every carb, and diabetes-related medical problems. Imagine telling a kid that if they go to a birthday party, or someone offers them a cookie, they have to count carbs and do math, and stick themselves with a needle - and they have to do this every time they eat. It sucks.
I was truly humbled by how many friends and family members donated to my ride last year. I wish I didn't have to ask again for donations. But T1D isn't cured yet. Samantha (and many many others) still have to deal with it, every moment of their lives. So I have to ask again, and I hope you'll donate - every little bit helps.
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.
Thank you for your support!
Spring has Sprung
Today I biked to work for the 2nd time this year. The first was last week, on a day when it was right around freezing when I left the house. I wiped out on some ice on a bike path (but luckily no bike or body parts were hurt). This morning was much different. An overnight rainstorm had cleared, the sky was blue, and it was a sunny 45 degrees. Beautiful! I can tell I'm not in as good shape as I was at the end of the biking season last year, but there's still time (104 days until the Ride, to be precise).
How to get a snowstorm
Well, I learned how to make a big snowstorm happen - start thinking about spring and bring your bike to the bike shop for a tune up. That's what I did last week, and we got 18 inches of snow. This morning, it was -3F when I left the house. But I'm picking up my bike this afternoon, and may ride to work on Friday. A high of 38 is predicted...
Last year, I discovered that in order to have better endurance biking up hills, I need to run once a week in order to get in better cardio shape. It seemed like just biking on hills wasn't getting me in better cardio shape. Spring training has commenced - yesterday I went running at the gym instead of using the elliptical like I normally do.
I've recruited my brother Ken (father of my niece Samantha) to participate in the Burlington ride! I look forward to riding with him, and visiting with his family during ride weekend. You can check out his story here (have a tissue handy): http://jdrf3.convio.net/site/TR/Ride/JDRFNationalRides?px=8414786&pg=personal&fr_id=3426
But don't donate to him - donate to me! :) This is a battle: who can raise the most?
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