Monday, June 2, 2014

Tour de Cure

On Saturday, May 31, I completed the 62 Tour De Cure, a cycling charity event for the American Diabetes Association. Here is an Endomondo picture of my route except the last 4 miles when my phone died. I am VERY happy to report that I averaged 13.1 mph. The course was mostly flat (climbs were less than 1000 feet total), however there was a stiff breeze. This year, my sister who has a son with Type 1 diabetes, rode with me as well as two of my own adult children (who both rode the 45 mile).

Here is my sister and I at the start and at the finish. We came in under 4 hours and 45 minutes which is not at all bad in my book! 

We came in under 4 hours and 45 minutes which is not at all bad in my book for 62 miles! A cycling charity event is a win-win, too, for the charity, in this case the American Diabetes Association and for me, the cyclist who trained hard. The 62 mile course wound around Minneapolis and St Paul, including a number of area lakes. All riders were well supported with volunteer staff and great food at all rest stops. There are rides from 7 to 100 miles, so a course for nearly everyone. Maybe some of you will consider this kind of event in your own future. 

The Tour de Cure was a good test to see just how ready I would be for the big ride I am planning in mid-July the Seattle to Portland ride. While there was not the elevation gain that I will have on the STP, there were many hours in the saddle and of course many miles. I was very pleased with my results. I was tired at the end, but, not exhausted. As a matter of fact I was pleasantly surprise at how much stronger my legs were than two years ago when I did the same length. I knocked off 20 minutes off my time from 2012.

I plan to put in many long rides over the next 5 weeks while I finish my training for the STP.  Look forward to catching up with you all now. Take care and TTFN,

PS: E. Jane, I can not access your blog!