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Once again I get ready to embark upon the American Diabetes Association’s New England Classic Tour de Cure, this will be my 8th year. Can you believe it? When I started this back in 2013, I figured “okay, I’ll try this once and be done with it”, I never expected it to be an annual event for me. The people that I have met doing this event have been downright marvelous and make the journey worthwhile.
Supporting the ADA with the donations that you make on my behalf are amazingly important to the lives of many individuals with diabetes as this funds research, education and camps for the younger victims of this disease.
As I have done in previous years, I have regaled you all with stories from previous years’ events what makes you think I won’t again this year?
In 2013 when I started this, my buddy Lou and I did quite a bit of training to build up my stamina and miles so that this would be easy. Well, there were plenty times that I had to dig deeply into myself to get over that next mile, but I did it and damned it felt great.
2014 brought mechanical issues upon me, so wound up abandoning the ride part way into the second day. I spent the rest of that day working with the amazing volunteers, they are what makes this ride what it is. They do a wonderful job keeping the event moving forward and enjoyable for everyone.
2015 the temps were high, the ride difficult and yet first thought when getting off the bike was “when do I sign up for next year?” Go figure. At the time, I thought the shower I took on the second day was “the best shower ever” ™, little did I know.
2016, this was the year that my daughter volunteered, she was a huge help to the team she was working with. She rode in one of the SAG cars with the event photographer. Was in charge of the cowbell at one of the stops and all around great sport and cheered herself hoarse. For me, the event wasn’t quite as good. I failed to anticipate how cold it was and would be. I forgot my jacket and warmers, and paid the price. The cold set in so deeply I struggled to finish the first day and when I got to the showers took the longest shower I think I have taken. This was the “best shower ever” ™, took about 30 minutes of hot water just to feel my fingers again. Sorry to say, I abandoned the second day and took up a seat in the SAG vehicle with the photographer and my lovely daughter.
2017, due to back issues I opted to just volunteer along with my daughter and another friend. We had an amazing time helping the riders and other volunteers, so much so that I can see the absolute pleasure that can be had just by volunteering.
In 2018, with the back issues, I had a very hard winter with regard to riding and have borrowed a recumbent bike from another TdC rider, thank you Howie!, and am working on acclimating to riding it on the trainer currently. Once the weather starts to warm up I will be taking it out on the road to see how well I really do with it. I have to say, never thought in my early 50s I’d need to learn how to ride a bike. The recumbent really is a different sort of ride, same muscles but in a different configuration of use. Will still need to tweak the fit so that I can really be comfortable on it. Never got comfortable on the recumbent and with my back issues decided that I would drive one of the SAG vehicles and work with the volunteers again.
2019, the year of the warranty work. After spending part of the winter working on building up my fitness as best as I could, I wound up having surgery on my right knee in June, that shot all hopes of being fit for the TdC NEC, so it was back to SAG and volunteering. Which wound up being a good thing because just before the event when following up with my Ortho, it was determined that I had tears in my right rotator cuff. Had surgery on that this past September and am still working on recovering from that.
2020, I have just registered as a rider again for this year, my rotator cuff is coming along nicely and I have been back on my bike (granted on the trainer) but am on track to return to sufficient fitness to be out on the road in the spring. I plan to be on the bike at least one of the two days of the 2 day. Both if I have it my way!
As I am sure you have realized by now, this is an important event to me and something that matters to so many people. Please help me help others.
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