Yes, it should be pretty obvious that I think diabetes sucks. Otherwise, why would I be working so hard to help eliminate it.
Anyways, I figured it was high time I started talking a bit more about the topic… so I created a category to discuss diabetes, Tour de Cure, and related topics.
As always, you can donate to my Tour de Cure fundraising ride by visiting diabetessucks.net.
If you are interested in seeing where donors to my ride are from, visit diabetessucks.net/map.
Team Novo Nordisk posed an interesting question on their website …
WOULD YOU GIVE BACK YOUR DIABETES DIAGNOSIS?
There are two sides to the question for me …
Well, it’s that time again.
The 2013 Tour de Cure is over and was an unqualified success.
Time to start thinking about the 2014 Tour de Cure.
I’m setting my goals pretty much the same as they were last year … I’m going to ride a metric century (100 km / 62 miles) and raise at least $5000.
To sponsor me, please visit my tour page “Ride With David“.
Once again I’m taking on the mantel of captain of Team RED. For the 2013 ride we raised, as a team, $50,000 and recruited 90 riders. For 2014 we’re shooting for 120 riders and $60,000.
Well, I did it. I rode a metric century (100 km / 62 miles) for the 2013 Chicago Tour de Cure!
That’s the longest distance I’ve ever ridden in a single ride.
I also raised $5,291 for the ADA. That made me a Champion on a Mission. A big thank you to everyone who sponsored me.
I’m super proud of myself for both achievements!
I was quite worried about the weather. The forecast was for rain, but thankfully the meteorologists were as accurate as usual, and the weather was perfect. Sunny, warm, but a bit cool at the start. Perfect riding weather.
I rode with my friends Marty & Steve. Due to allergies, lack of sleep, and the remnants of a bad cough, Steve wasn’t able to finish. Steve did do 45 miles which, under the circumstances, was pretty darn good. Marty and I finished the ride with few problems.
Below is a map and statistics of the ride from Strava…
Well, I’ve achieved my goal for the 2013 Tour de Cure!
Last year I raised $3500 for diabetes research & education … this year I initially set my goal a little higher than that … $4000. I quickly found out I have a group of very generous and supportive friends, family, & co-workers. My goal was (rather quickly) raised to $5000.
Last Thursday, I achieved that goal.
Am I going to stop trying to raise money? Of course not. More is always better.
Being involved in the Tour de Cure is a wonderful outlet for me … it’s a very worthwhile cause, gets me on my bike on a regular basis, and has introduced me to a lot of really great people.
I’m also enjoying getting Team RED transformed into something a little more cohesive. While we haven’t been able to get as many training rides organized (mainly due to weather), I’m pleased with what we’ve done so far. I’m hoping to keep Team RED organized as a group through the year so we can continue pulling together as a real team next year.
Last years Tour de Cure was great! I rode 35 miles and raised $3500 for diabetes education & research. I also met some really great people and got involved in a cause that I can believe in.
Riding in the Tour has multiple benefits for me … obviously raising money for diabetes research can only help… and riding is a great exercise.
So this year I’m stepping it up a notch.
The ride is over and I did my 35 miles.
I had a good time, got lots of exercise, met some interesting people … and got involved in a cause that both directly and indirectly effects me.
I raised $3380 … which made me an “Ultimate Champion for Diabetes”. I got a fancy shmancy gold medal and, theoretically, a champions riding jersey (although that didn’t arrive on time, so I wore a red riders jersey). The medal was kind of silly, but I would have liked to have been able to wear the jersey.
Riding helped me in many ways … there’s the obvious cardio benefit, which helps keep my diabetes under control, but it also helped me deal with the stress of my mom’s illness and passing. About three weeks before the ride, my co-worker Marty and I were planning on doing a 35 mile ride (following the Tour de cure route), when my mom was moved into the hospice unit at St. James Hospital. He asked if I wanted to cancel our ride, but I told him that I needed to ride.
I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me on the ride … your support is greatly appreciated.
I am participating in the American Diabetes Association’s annual Tour de Cure event this year. I am asking you to join me in the effort to Stop Diabetes by making a contribution to support my ride.
The dollars we raise for the American Diabetes Association fund research, provide services, and give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. I believe in the work they do, and I invite you to join me in this effort. More than 25 million Americans live with diabetes, and your support can and will make a difference in their lives.
Please help by making a donation – large or small – to support the work of the American Diabetes Association. Or, why not join me on the day of the event? Become a participant and side by side, as teammates, we can work together to Stop Diabetes!
Whatever you can give will help! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.
Thank you for making a generous contribution to this cause that is so important to me!
As someone who has type 2 diabetes, tracking my blood glucose levels is very important.
The problem is … tracking your glucose levels on a daily basis isn’t really enough … at least it’s not enough for me.
Everyone who has diabetes should be getting their A1C tested on a periodic basis. The A1C value represents a 3 month running average of your blood glucose levels. People with well controlled diabetes have an A1C level under 7%. Non-diabetic levels are below 6%. The American Diabetes Association has a good writeup on A1C.
Getting your A1C tested usually means going to your doctors office and having it tested. Sometimes this can be done with a simple finger stick blood test but, often, it requires a full blown blood draw (nobody likes those).
A few months ago a co-worker clued me in to the fact that Bayer had home A1C testing kits … so I picked one up to see how well it worked. It cost around $35 for 2 tests.
For those of us with Type 2 Diabetes (of which I was recently diagnosed), this article on the NIH’s web site might prove interesting. The conclusion was …
The results of this study demonstrate that intake of 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Bonus: Cinnamon tastes good in coffee.