100 miles on the bike with #diabetes! Success!

Two weeks ago today, on June 3rd, I successfully rode 107 miles on my bicycle at the Tour de Cure Twin Cities!! Because of the 80 mile ride I successfully did on my birthday on May 12th, I had excellent confidence that I could do the ride.

Much of endurance exercise is mental confidence and mental toughness. It’s taken me years to understand that. Grateful that I finally get it!

Here’s a digital story I did to thank the many generous sponsors to my ride. I offer it to all of you as well! I had a good time creating the story. Enjoy!

I can fundraise until June 30th. I’m $98 short of an even $3000! Here’s the link to donate if you are so inclined: http://main.diabetes.org/goto/mariruddy36

Diabetes Recap

I’m always amazed at how good my diabetes is when I do long athletic events. On the day of the ride, I didn’t lower my basal rate and in general I ate about 40 grams of carbs per hour as I rode. The only diabetes challenge I had was late afternoon, around 2:15 PM, my blood sugar dropped from 160 mg/dl to 65 mg/dl in about 10 minutes. That is a fast, steep drop and it caused my body to start shaking and I got really disoriented. My Inner Healer cautioned me and I listened. I stopped riding and ate some glucose tabs and sat on a bench overlooking the Mississippi River. I set my phone timer for 15 minutes.

That was a LONG 15 minutes of waiting! I knew I was likely to be the last person in, and taking a 15 minute rest stop was not helping!! I breathed into it and let the natural beauty around me calm my anxiety. I realized I would cross that finish line just fine!

I was indeed the only woman this year that rode 100 miles at the Tour de Cure Twin Cities. I hope that next year other women with diabetes join me!

Let me know your thoughts! I love to hear from you!

Go Red Rider!


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4 thoughts on “100 miles on the bike with #diabetes! Success!”

  1. Fucking awesome!!!

    I love the tone & pace of your voice. I love your success!!! I love the story you tell Mari…so good. It brings me to tears, thank you dear friend!

    • Damiian,
      Your vote of confidence in my digital story means the world to me!!! Thank you!!! Tears are a wonderful joy and gift!!! Much love and gratitude that you are in my life, even if I’m in MN and you’re in CA!
      Joy and love always!

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