Rain+wind+cycling = Give Up OR Keep Going?

Yesterday I was brave. I confess, I am a bit of a penny pincher these days and I my bravery was motivated in part because I had already registered to ride, meaning, I had paid the fee, better show up. The weather wasn’t good, and that’s putting it mildly. Granted, it wasn’t snowing, and it … Read moreRain+wind+cycling = Give Up OR Keep Going?

Focus on the goal, keep training when overwhelmed

I went to Mexico and I had a wonderful experience! It was so fun, that coming back to my part-time job as the Internship Coordinator at the University of Minnesota, my substitute teaching at Great River School, my side gig of helping people with their LinkedIn profiles combined with training for my 100-mile bike ride … Read moreFocus on the goal, keep training when overwhelmed

Tour de Cure Twin Cities 2016: Cycling, Walking & Smiling to #STOPDIABETES

Me & my boot sending off Red Riders!
Me & my boot sending off Red Riders!

Saturday, June 4th was intended to be the day that I rode my bike 100 miles alongside a few of my friends at the Tour de Cure Twin Cities. I’d trained for 16 weeks and then, when I was out walking my dog as I explained in my last blog; I fell and broke my ankle. No bike ride for me on June 4th, not with my leg in the air boot.

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Broken Bones, Diabetes and Cycling

<--- BreakOn Monday, May 16th I was walking my dear dog Echo. We were on a perfectly flat sidewalk. The weather was perfect. Echo was not pulling. I was wearing new boots that I had never walked very far in before. These boots have rubber soles. I think what happened is the rubber caught on the cement of the sidewalk, and caused me to trip and wobble. So badly, I fell hard to my left. As I fell, I relaxed as I learned years ago from my cycling coach. Nonetheless, as I hit the ground I heard a very loud snap.

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24/7 is Life with Type 1 Diabetes

photoRedRiderMariI’m about to celebrate 35 years of living with type 1 diabetes. Every now and then I take a deep breath and reflect on what it’s been like to have this disease that allows for zero vacations. It’s not been an easy road. That said, there are a few bright spots.

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One Happy Taste Agent for Skratch Labs!

Allen Lim & Mari RuddyI’m training for a big bike ride, 100-miles, that will be on June 4th, 2016. It’s the Tour de Cure Twin Cities. I’ve had type 1 diabetes for almost 35 years and I’ve worn an insulin pump for about 22 years. I’ve been wearing a Dexcom continuous glucose monitor (cgm) for just about two years non-stop. (I love it!)

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Stay Motivated: Training to Ride My Bike 100 Miles

It’s the start of Week 3 of the 18 week training program I’m following to get ready for the 100 mile Tour de Cure Twin Cities I will ride on June 4th, 2016. (I’ve raised $394 so far! Please click on the link and help me get to my goal!) I have to say, I … Read moreStay Motivated: Training to Ride My Bike 100 Miles

Holidays without Family, How to Survive

The holiday season isn’t easy for me. Can you relate? When I was a kid my mom had red velvet dresses for my sister and me, along with patent leather shoes. My brother was put in a shiny suit. Christmas was a big show. We drove a long distance to get to my great grandmother’s … Read moreHolidays without Family, How to Survive

Cycling 100 miles to Celebrate 35 Years of Living with Diabetes

I have decided to ride my bike 100 miles at the Tour de Cure Twin Cities on Saturday, June 4th, 2016. I realized that having a goal helps me focus my energy and plan my strategies for success. In 2016, I will celebrate living well with type 1 diabetes for 35 years. That calls for … Read moreCycling 100 miles to Celebrate 35 Years of Living with Diabetes

It’s World Diabetes Day!

In 1891 on November 14th, Frederick Banting was born. Banting and his colleague Charles Best discovered insulin in 1921. I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 34.5 years, and without the discovery of insulin, I would have long been dead. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the beta cells, which … Read moreIt’s World Diabetes Day!