Minneapolis Biking Event: Why I Ride.

‘I have been biking my whole life, but finally purchased a road bike about 8 years ago.  I have enjoyed getting into the local biking community, and I am slowly getting comfortable in spandex cycling jerseys.  I don’t aspire to ever ride in a competitive race, but I have really enjoyed discovering the Twin Cities and outstate Minnesota via bike paths and organized rides.

In 2010 I decided to join some friends from Best Buy to ride my first Tour de Cure in Minneapolis
We rode the 45 mile route, and I felt great about the money I raised for the ADA, the accomplishment of riding that distance, and spending a fun day riding with some friends.  The route brought me through familiar neighborhoods as well as new parts of the town I never would have discovered.

The next year I recruited my wife Britt and a few friends, and our Best Buy team grew from eight to 15 riders.  We all trained a little more, and decided to tackle the metric century, the 67 mile route on the Tour de Cure.  It was a serious workout, but again the sense of accomplishment of riding with my wife and friends through this beautiful city, coupled with doing some good for our community, was well worth it.

So this year, I decided to take on the challenge of the inaugural year of the 100 mile route for the 2012 Tour de Cure.  I trained.  I cross trained.  I ate well.  I read about hydrating and fueling up during a long ride.  I was ready.  The day came, and we began pedaling into a perfectly beautiful sunny Saturday morning.  Our team hooked up with some great riders from Team Podium Wear, and we cruised through the first 35 miles.  Then, I hit the proverbial wall.  Britt was feeling great, and I told her to keep going with the rest of our crew.  She did, and they were off.

I spent the next 65 miles playing mind games, and pedaling.  And pedaling.  And pedaling.  I kept hearing the voice of my three year old daughter quoting Finding Nemo:  “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”  The rest stops and volunteers were a blessing.  I crossed over into St Paul.  The end was in sight.  At mile 90, I was almost completely mentally broken.  Then, it hit me.

My older daughter just turned seven, and she loves biking around the block.  Next year, I can recruit her, and we can bike the seven mile or maybe the 15 mile route.  I can check this 100 mile route off my bucket list, and get my daughter into biking the Tour de Cure!  That gave me the energy I needed.  I plowed through the next nine miles, only to find my wife waiting for me at mile marker 99.  She wanted to cross the finish line with me.  We finished strong together, and I crossed “Bike 100 miles” off my bucket list.

I am proud of the work I have done to push myself for the Tour de Cure, both in my biking and with my fund raising for the ADA.  I am very excited to get the whole family into biking, and I admit I am looking forward to a shorter route next year.  Setting an example for my daughters is so important to Britt and me.  Staying healthy with biking, being active in the community, and helping others by raising money are all a piece of that.  The ADA Tour de Cure is great for my serious biking friends as well as families, and I look forward to shifting into that “family” category next year.  Get your biking friends together, or your family members, and start a team of your own!  You won’t regret it.  Hope to see you there!’

– Mike Guild

Mike Guild has been part of the Best Buy Team “The Rimmerers” since 2010, and has served on the ADA Community Leadership Board since 2011.  Mike and his wife Britt live in South Minneapolis with their two daughters and dog, Nanook.

Register for the Twin Cities Tour de Cure on Saturday, June 1, 2013 by visiting www.diabetes.org/tour!

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