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.
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.
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