Dear Red Riders,
Happy Valentine’s Day to you!
If you’re like me, you get into the routine of living your life with diabetes to the point that you often don’t acknowledge the effort it takes. On top of that, you are training for, or thinking about, riding in the Tour de Cure this year. You might be planning to ride further than you ever have before. Or you’re trying to recruit more teammates or raise more money. Maybe you’re getting ready for the first ride of your life. Whatever goals you’ve set, I want you to know that you are amazing!!!
Year round, you inspire me: I read your stories online, I cheer when I see your jersey (even louder when it isn’t a Tour day). At the start lines of the Tour de Cure we join as a team, whether we’re riding for Team Red, a friends & family team, or alone. I am in awe of you, poised at the start, young and old, living amazing lives with Diabetes. Yes, you inspire me to ride. You also inspire me to keep paying attention to my own diabetes care.
When I put on my Red Rider jersey, I feel an encouraging hug from Mari as I head out for a ride. I hope you will too, and one from me. As it says on your shoulder, you are not alone!