For the last 14 years that I’ve lived with type 1 diabetes, I’ve been a good patient, had “good” control and been a good advocate. In the last 2 months I attended the JDRF Research Summit and interviewed a few people living with diabetes. In my interview with Scott, he talked about the Red Rider program for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. During my last show, I talked about how the thought of riding a bike was very nostalgic for me and reminds me of very fond memories growing up.
The other two aspects that I’ve been struggling with are: hydration or lack of/energy drink addiction and trying to shave off a few pounds.
In an effort to better control my weight, continue branching out in my advocacy and gain excellent control, I’ve
decided committed to riding the Tour de Cure with only 1 month to train. To take it up a notch I decided to go straight to the 32 mile course foregoing on the 10 and 22 mile ones to push myself, hard. After not being on a bike for YEARS, my first 6 mile ride yesterday got me thinking I took on TOO much. But, stretching and pushing myself to the limit is what keeps me focused and motivated.
Starting a CGM and riding the Tour de Cure are two major moves I’ve made in the first half of 2012 that I feel is going to make this my best year ever with managing diabetes and doing the best I can.
If it is at all possible that you could donate, even the smallest amount, I would TRULY appreciate it.
I set a realistic goal for my first ride as I don’t have any idea what to expect or who will support me. I know I can do this and if all goes how I envision it, I’ll be doing the 60 mile course next year.