Virtual Tour de Cure Twin Cities 2020

The morning of Saturday, June 6th, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN dawned sunny and beautiful. I walked to the local Farmers Market and got some lettuce, kale and radishes. Then I came home and packed up my 4 water bottles, my riding nutrition which included Skratch Labs and a few other random carbs in case of … Read more

Endurance is a decision, not a quality

“Endurance is a decision, not a quality.” ~ John Munger What is endurance? How does one endure? How much can one endure?  These questions have entranced me for much of my life. It’s what drew me to Vipassana meditation almost 20 years ago. It’s what captured my imagination and my body when I discovered my … Read more

Tour de Cure Twin Cities, recap by one Red Rider

Last Saturday, June 1st, 2019, I rode 46 miles on my bike as part of the Tour de Cure Twin Cities. It was a beautiful, sunny, perfect weather sort of day. Doing the ride was a bit of an athletic stretch for me because I really haven’t done much training this spring. The longest I … Read more

Back in the saddle…cycling training starts NOW!

I made a vow that I would officially start cycling training again by March 1st. And that’s today, so here I am! I got my bike set up last weekend. No small feat, as I had to change out the rear tire and wipe the entire bike off, yes it was covered in dust!! Plus … Read more

A story of trigger finger surgery and healing with type 1 diabetes

As you might know, I’ve had type 1 diabetes for 37.5 years and I have recently experienced my first significant diabetes complication. The name on the street for my complication is “trigger finger.” It began about four years ago. A few of my fingers, on both my hands, started catching and hurting. I asked my … Read more

Race report for 2018 YWCA Women’s Sprint Triathlon for a 2x cancer survivor who has type 1 diabetes

It’s a week later and I finally have enough energy and post event reflection distance to write up my triathlon experience for what is my 99th or so sprint distance triathlon. Okay, I confess, I’m exaggerating. I did my very first sprint distance triathlon in July 2005, which was just 13 years ago. No way … Read more

Confessions of a one breasted bionic endurance athlete

Eight years ago this month, I found out I had breast cancer for a second time. In August of 2010, I had the cancer infested breast cut off. I tend to be a minimalist, so I only had the one breast removed. I don’t have any genes that say I’m at genetic risk for breast … Read more