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
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!
4 thoughts on “100 miles on the bike with #diabetes! Success!”
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!
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!
Congratulations Mari. You are indeed a “Super Woman”!
Thank you so much Michele!!!!
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