Hi Friends! Welcome to my JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes Page!
I’m cycling 100 miles this October as part of the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, to raise money for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. This is a cause I've been involved with for a few years now and I've finally made the committment financially and personally to do this ride. I chose to ride in Nashville since that's my hometown and is the place where I've had most of my significant athletic endeavors occur. Remember my first marathon way back in 2000?!
T1D strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet and lifestyle. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Insulin is essential to turning food into energy. T1D requires constant carbohydrate counting, blood-glucose testing, and lifelong dependence on injected insulin.
JDRF is working every day in drastic ways to change this. And every dollar I raise helps them continue to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community until a cure is found.
I have begun the hard part of training and fundraising for this 100 mile ride, and your gift today will propel me toward the finish line. Please donate and help JDRF achieve its goal of a world without T1D.
Please check back to view my fundraising progress as my Ride weekend approaches. Thank you for your support.
The Summer Months
it's hot out there people. So I've resorted to getting up before daylight to get in a few 20-25 mile rides before work during the week.
It's actually nice out there at dawn, and there are different things to watch out for, like rabbits and deer that decide to cross my path way too close - just like the cat tries to kill you by tripping you as you walk.
I'm planning on a 30-35 mile ride this weekend, and I've signed up for the 50 mile option of the Flight of the Dove in the upstate in August - that will be a good test of how I'm doing in my preparations.
Next weekend, I think I have to start hitting the hills in a big way. Nashville is going to be a very mountainous course, and I hate hills. I really hate them.
The back is holding up great now that I've taking 4 or 5 months off of all sorts of exercise, and it feels so nice to have some freedom back and be out there on the bike.
I've been giving a shout-out on facebook to all those who donate, as well as the official JDRF thank-you email. And I really love how much everyone gets into those shout outs!
Today's shout-out was to my boyfriend, and I got 2 additional donations as a result of that - so even cooler!!
I try to say something witty about the person, and how I know them. I kind of think that people may be donating just to find out what I might say about them - and THAT'S TOTALLY FINE!!! I will just throw this out there, the more you donate, the more awesome the post can be. just sayin'.
Love to you all.
25% of goal raised = 25 mile ride
I went for a solo bike ride this morning, setting out to do 25 miles. The first 6-8 were great, got through the traffic and out onto the less traveled roads where I could get into my aero bars and just cruise. But then the wind hit. And the next 19 miles were into the wind, even after I turned around, the wind shifted!!!! Grrr.
I could have cut some miles off and saved the legs and energy. I could have just ridden back home and had a snack. But I'm training for this ride to benefit my friends and all those with TD1, and they don't get the chance to take a break from that. Ever. So I rode on. I tried to increase my average pace, but the wind really held me back and kept me in my small chain ring for a majority of the ride, so I only averaged around 14.0 mph.
It was a beautiful day though, so much sunshine. My face even got some color! And there may be the slightest hint of a cyclist tan happening!!! Even with the wind today, I was reminded how much I love cycling. It's going to be a fun year.
The weather seems to be turning in my favor
Most of the time I complain for a day or so after the spring time change, but this year it was a welcome arrival. It meant that I can start biking to and from work! I don't live far from my office, but it's hilly in both directions. Riding my commuter bike, with the paniers and gym clothes and lunch and a book and a bike lock, it adds lots of extra weight so the hills are harder. Yay! Do you know how much I hate hills? Do you know how hilly the Nashville JDRF Ride is going to be!!!!?? Aughh.
But my first ride home was fantastic, nice 75 degrees, no asshole drivers honking at me. Even the road edges weren't too full of debris, probably thanks to the rain we've had recently. The utopia may not last, but it was a great first day.
And in a few weeks, when I've got my leg muscles used to working, I'll ride from the office to the Tuesday/Thursday night rides leaving from the Co-op. That group usually does 20-30 miles, with a couples of different speeds, so it will be a great weeknight ride to get back into. I'm looking forward to it.
I'm coming along well with my fundraising, this first month's push was fantastic and I had some luck with my Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Stay tuned for the next fun idea I have to raise money!!!
First ride of 2014!
This past Sunday I got on my bike outdoors for the first time this year! It was a short 20 mile ride with my friend Robyn, but it was 20 miles people!!! That's more than I've done on the trainer in the winter or at the gym on the stationary bikes. And wow - the soreness set it super fast! I was basically worthless the rest of the day but it felt so great to get out and peddle down the road.
The weather seems to be turning in our favor, so hopefully the weekend rides will kick into high gear very soon.
I got the chance to recall how much I love biking, which I needed. I needed a good mental "win" this past weekend.
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