Hello! My name is Lauren Evans and I am a part of the Marketing Committee for the YPLC. The Tour de Cure is less than 40 days away! Whether you are preparing to ride or cheer from the sides, the excitement is building! Today I bring you a special conversation between myself and Tim Rued, who is living with Type 1 diabetes, soon-to-be third year veteran of the Tour de Cure. Not only that, but he rides the 100 miles during the Tour!
Tim: My connection to the Tour de Cure occurred out of curiosity. I attended an organized Spin Class event at Lifetime Fitness and there was a booth with people signing up. I took a flyer and thought about it and then decided to get involved.
Lauren: How many Tours have you ridden in?
Tim: The 2015 Tour will be my third year of riding.
Lauren: How do you prepare, both physically and mentally, for riding such a long distance?
Tim: I prepare physically by attending spin classes on a regular basis throughout the winter so I am prepared to ride outdoors in early spring. One of the challenges with riding 100 miles so early in the season is getting enough mileage in on the bike outdoors due to the unpredictable and cool spring weather. I push it pretty hard early in the spring and begin riding out doors as soon as there is no longer ice on the roads. I ride in temps down into the high 30’s but draw the line. If it is raining (or snowing) I move indoors to spin class. I progressively work my way up to riding 200 – 250 miles a week, two weeks prior to the event, then I taper off by about 25% on mileage the last week before the ride.
In terms of the mental preparation, for me it is a matter of focusing on all of the positives about the ride. I divert my attention to the outdoor surroundings, fellowship with my riding partners and teammates, enjoying the rest stops. I try my best to take my mind off any negatives like pain because there will be some of that to endure. I have done some pretty extreme events in the past including a half-iron man triathlon and many road running races up to marathon distance so have developed some mental toughness and a fairly high pain tolerance over the years.
Lauren: What is a challenge of bike riding 100 miles with Type 1 Diabetes?
Tim: The biggest challenge is preventing my blood sugar from dropping too low. The most important thing I have found that works for me is to take only my basal insulin and no regular insulin the day of the ride. Another thing that helps a lot is to practice eating and drinking consistently on long training rides; using the same drinks, energy bars, gels, food and supplements, as I will during the event. For the event, I bring my own food and bypass most of what is at the rest stops to avoid stomach problems. It is also crucial to drink lots of fluids during the ride. I generally consume eight to ten 24-ounce bottles of water and Gatorade over the 7 hours. An important rule to follow is to drink before you get thirsty and at before you get hungry.
Lauren: Why do you ride?
Tim: The question for me is why wouldn’t I ride! I am totally invested in this event and fundraising because selfishly enough I want to be cured, I want to see my diabetic family and friends be cured, and I want to live in a world where diabetes is a thing of the past!
A huge thank you to Tim for taking the time to answer these questions. Good luck to him and all the other riders at the Tour de Cure this year!
Lauren Evans, YPLC Marketing Committee