The Adventure of the Month was on Saturday, March 21. I participated in the Tour de Cure ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association. My connection and the reason I ride in this charity event is my Sister in Law and my Aunt Barbara both have diabetes and live with it each day. I was part of the TSYS team this year and I personally raised $500 for the event while our Team raised $2,357 and the entire event raised about $400K for Diabetes related research and projects. By participating it is our hope this money helps find new treatments that will improve the lives of all people living with this disease.
This was the first real test of my progress on my replaced knee as I had prepared for the event with good workouts starting in January. The progress from January was good with strength, endurance and range of motion all making good progress. However, I knew I still lacked the endurance at speed that I had prior to surgery, so I chose to ride the 77 mile route instead of the 100 mile route.
I was able to cover the 77 mile course with the 1,800’ of vertical gain at an average of 19.7mph. It was a respectable time but not at my goal of 20 mph. My good friend George also rode and was involved in a crash early in the ride but seems to have come out it with scrapes on knee, hands, shoulder and back plus a bruised inner thigh and a broken helmet! The good news is that he was not hurt worse.
A very special thanks to those who donated to me to make this ride possible – Pam N., Paul and Betty K., Bev B., Bill S., Bob and Gerry M., Caroline V., Patricia and Ian H. and Rosemary C. Without your help I would not be able to participate and help this very important cause.