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Diabetic? Join the RED RIDERS
 Zin member offline
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posted 10/26/2007
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Red Riders at Tour de Cure Colorado
Red Riders Colorado!
Red Riders Colorado Team Captains & 3 members of the Pro-Cycling Team TeamType1
Red Riders Captains with TT1

You are officially and cordially invited to join us. "To what?" you ask. I could say things grand and broad such as: to embrace life, to enhance humanity, to make a difference. In the end, my hope is that by accepting this invitation to do one relatively small thing, you will end up doing those grand things. This invitation is to ride your bike. No matter who you are, or your abilities, as long as you can ride, you can do this. You can ride as fast or slow as you'd like.

Being a diabetic athlete means a dedication to trial and error. Every diabetic athlete I have ever met or read about is a meticulous record-keeper and is in his or her own way a scientist, continuously experimenting on his or her body to find the best combination of insulin, food, stress, exercise. The crazy thing is that the combination keeps changing and it is highly personalized, so there has to be a willingness to continuously revamp, re-evaluate, re-organize. Having diabetes and being committed to performance requires a degree of mental flexibility that deserves recognition and celebration. It is symbolic of what all of us as humans have to do to perform at high levels.

If you are a person surviving diabetes, I implore you to ride this year and do everything you can to declare your status, so others on the course and in the wider community have the opportunity to celebrate and be inspired by you.
If you are a person surviving diabetes, I implore you to ride this year and do everything you can to declare your status, so others on the course and in the wider community have the opportunity to celebrate and be inspired by you. You did not ask for your membership into the diabetic fellowship, but here you are and how you activate your membership is up to you. I ask you to get on your bike and ride strong and sure. The ride itself is the affirmation of your courage and perseverance.

If you don't live with either of these particular health challenges, why do I invite you to join? Because diabetes is simply dramatic representations of what each of us lives with on this human journey. All of us have challenges of one sort or another. It is our courage to overcome and make healthy choices about how we live, no matter the obstacles, that binds us together. I ask you to join the Red Riders in celebration of all that you have overcome to be where you are.

Join the RED RIDERS. If you have questions, email me using the Contact Form on this website . See you out there!

(extracted from Mari Ruddy's original invitation on the Tour-de-Cure Colorado web site.)
thread edited on 8/25/2008 at 11:34:44 AM

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posted 10/26/2007
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I won't be much of a contributer for a while but watch out when I get back on the road.

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posted 10/26/2007
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I joined, I will try and contribute some miles even tho it's gettin'
a might chilly. Going to the SEBC Moonlight Madness Ride tonight,
20 miles around the bike trail and a bunch of fun!

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posted 10/26/2007
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I joined.I am type2 diabetic and age 64.Rode over 10,000miles last year and will go over 11,000 this year. Thanks for the info re. club .

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posted 10/26/2007
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I am a type two diabetic. I recently changed jobs, which is four miles from my huse. That means I will definelty ride all winter. In the past I have stopped ridening in Febuary. Bike riding keeps my numbers in check and it helps with my stress level.

Gas, the price of a can of beans.

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posted 10/26/2007
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I will join only because it runs in my family.....

Mother is at endstage renal failure

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posted 10/26/2007
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I joined. I was diagnosed with juvenile (type 1) diabetes 35 years ago at age 12. Cycling has been my best weapon in fighting this disease. While staying active and physically fit is important for everyone having diabetes makes it even more important. Even though I have had this disease for so long I'm proud to say I have none of the horrible complications that can happen.

For the past few years I have been doing the Juvenile Diabetes Reseach Foundation (JDRF) Ride to Cure Diabetes which I think is the best kept secret in cycling. These rides are awesome and first class all the way. In 2005 I did the 100 mile ride through the Blue Ridge mountains in Asheville NC. Last year I did the 121 mile ride in Whitefish MT and also the 105 mile ride through the desert of Death Valley CA. This year I went back to Montana and did the Whitefish ride again. Here is the website for info on their rides.


Here also is a youtube video of the ride in Whitefish that someone made to give you an idea what it is like.


You can search "JDRF Ride to Cure" on youtube and find a lot more videos

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posted 10/26/2007
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I may or may not "belong" here. I just found out that an A1c test shows 6.2, and I see the doctor on Monday for more tests and of course his opinions. It runs in my family, and I'm wondering if the "wall" I've run into (no speed improvements and the feeling of utter exhaustion at 75 miles, then 60 miles, and lately 50 miles might be tied to fuel usage (i. e. sugar burning) shortcomings. So I'll know more next week. For tomorrow, it's the 35 - 45 mile club ride. I've been concerned about being able to keep up. My pals told me today, they'd just let me set the pace. This has been the best year ever for me, mileage wise, and my most metrics as well, so I have zilch to whine about. It will be nice to hear from folks how they manage their situations, as some of it may apply for me too.

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posted 10/26/2007
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Although I do not exhibit any symptoms now, my father and paternal grandmother had/have type II diabetes. I'm at risk and definitely support the RED RIDERS, yet hope I am never qualified to be a member!

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posted 10/27/2007
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like many here type II diabetes runs in my family. A recent A1c test shows that I am borderline and now my doctor and I are examining and doing everything we can to keep it at bay.

I have more blood work being done next week. I am hoping that changes in my diet and increases in exercise have helped. We shall see.

Good luck to all of you that are dealing with this issue.

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posted 10/27/2007
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I'm a type 2er and I read as much as I can about it. I read something yesterday on WebMD about a new study on insulin resistance. A group of scientists in China had injected insulin resistant mice (how they found insulin resistant mice I'll probably never know.) with revastol (unsure of the spelling), a drug found in red wine, grapes, peanuts and a couple of other foods, which resulted in the mice becoming less insulin resistant. However, they cautioned that a glass of red wine like I drink every evening wouldn't be enough, that to get enough revastol to have any effect, you would have to drink 3 liters of red wine per day. My first thought was, "That's doable", and I would probably a lot happier as well.

Think I'll go have some red wine. Merlot.
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