Thursday, March 27, 2008

Are You a Red Rider??

This years Tour de Cure is supporting and recognizing those of us that live with diabetes every day, and are riding in the Tour. The ADA will be giving Red Rider jerseys to registered riders with diabetes.
I think the jerseys look great, and I will proudly sport mine as a cycling diabetic!
Keep Riding!

For more information contact Micah at mbonkers (at) verizon(dot) net or Ruth at rfrobe (at) diabetes (dot) org. If you are a human, you can replace the dot and at with the proper symbols.

A Red Rider is...
...someone who lives with diabetes -
Type 1 or Type 2 - who can proudly
ride as an individual, with their own
team, or join the Red Rider team,
which consists of those living with
diabetes and their family and friends.

The purpose of the Red Riders... to support everyone who lives
with diabetes and showcase the
courage it takes to live every day with
this difficult condition - and become
your own superhero.

And being a Red Rider means...
...that you are not alone. With
hundreds of riders who may share a
similar story, and hundreds more to
support you, being a Red Rider can
help with your first step or your
millionth - in your fight to live a
healthier life!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Stage 1 Results and Stage 2 Profile

The starting gun has been fired and the Tour de Cure 2008 is off to a great start! Thanks to all the team captains for registering their teams and recruiting riders.

Team Stage 1 Results

Stage 1 recognized the teams that had 5 or more riders by the end of February. Of the 40 teams currently registered, 10 teams finished the stage with 5 or more riders. In no particular order, here are the teams at the head of the pack: Starbucks, Bio-Rad Labs, Team beat it!, Team Krocket Returns, AT&T Mobility, Bally Butt Burners, Team No Bonk, Gritty Kitties, Microsoft and Team Bonkers.

After studying the photo finish at the line (aka random drawing), Team Starbucks grabs the stage honors and team captain Marc Osborn makes off with the goods…$100 worth of gift certificates from our TdC-sponsor bike shops.

Stage 1 is over…but don’t soft pedal quite yet. We have 3 more stages to go and the podium pays dividends!

Profile for Team Stage 2 – March 1 to March 31

Stage 2 is dedicated to teams that have 5 or more riders AND have raised $750 or more in donations by the end of March. The captain of the winning team (determined by a drawing from all qualifying teams) will get $100 in gift certificates from our TdC-sponsor bike shops.

So rally your team, organize your break-away and start hammering!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Treats for Training

The weather is looking brighter; spring is coming.......... time to start training. That being said, there may be a few more rainy days (this is Seattle after all!) so why not spend those days fixing up your bike and testing your skills in the kitchen. Here is a little recipe that I would like to share to make your own energy bars for the ride. These delicious treats are simple to make and taste great. You can make them into whatever size you want and you won't have to fight those nasty wrappers, just pop them into a zip lock back and you are ready to go! I am not one to follow recipes and measure things, so I have left it pretty open for you to tailer these bars to your own desires.

Robin and Kevin's Energy Bars

Base, mix these over low heat

1 c. honey (or half molasses and half honey)
1 c. peanut butter
1.5 c. nuts

Add your combinations, once above is melted mixed

Powders (select 2-3)
½ c. carob
0.5 c. soy protein
½ c. soy flour
½ c. oats
½ c. wheat germ or oat bran
½ c ground flaxseed
½ c dried milk

Crunchiness (chose 1)
1 c. brown rice krispies
½ c grape nuts

Fruit (chose 1-2)
½ c. dried fruit (raisins, apricots, cranberries)
½ banana

Flavors (go crazy)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ c. crystallized ginger

The basic idea is to melt honey, add the peanut butter until mixed. Remove from heat, add rest of ingredients, then press into greased pan and place in refrigerator. It is a lot like making rice krispy treats. You will find that the batter is too wet if you do not add enough dry mixtures, that is why we have things like dried milk, soy flour, protein powder, etc. The mixture should be hard to mix and form into a ball to be the right consistency.