“Focus on the Fanny” Newsletter
Colorado Springs JDRF Carmel Ride Team
ONE HUNDRED MILES ON A BICYCLE!!!
How demanding! What an effort! What an inconvenience!
What a pain in the butt (figuratively and literally)!
In the big scheme of things though, this is of what we feel as having been blessed with a very
really nothing compared to the effort, responsible child, it isn't easy and requires
inconvenience and pain of juvenile diabetes. diligence and patience. We also are confronted
Children must endure incredible demands put upon daily with the reality that insulin is not a cure but
them at an early age in order to just get by. Our merely a form of 'life-support'.
daughter Margo was diagnosed with insulin
dependent diabetes at twenty-five months of age A number of members of the Colorado
and since that time has put up with countless finger Springs community and from around the country
pricks, blood tests and insulin injections. Although have committed themselves to helping find a cure
now she is now on an insulin pump and only has to for this disease. Our team has agreed to solicit
stick herself to change her infusion site once every financial support and each member has pledged to
three days, she still must test her blood sugar 6-14 ride 100 miles in an effort to raise money to help
times/day by the finger stick method. When she find a cure for Margo and the children like her.
goes through a growth spurt or is ill, her blood "FOCUS ON THE FANNY" is a group determined
sugars will often times elevate upwards of 3-5 to support the efforts of JDRF by raising
times normal and she requires even more frequent community awareness of this disease and, using
blood sugar measurements. In that long term our own "pain in the butt", to provide more
complications of diabetes are related to blood funding for research to help find the cure.
sugar levels, it is crucial that optimal glucose Our goal (other than to survive relatively
management is maintained. intact) is for each member of our team to raise at
Things have definitely improved for us least $5,000 to provide valuable funds to support
over the seven years we have lived with diabetes. the wonderful research being sponsored by JDRF
Margo has checked her own sugars by pricking her so that someday children like Margo will be able to
finger since the age of three, has been on the pump forget about the needles, insulin and
since age four and now is responsible for 'complications' associated with this disease.
administering her own insulin after determining
her blood sugar and calculating the number of Dr. Michael Barber
grams of carbohydrates she has consumed. In spite
Carmel, CA June 22 – 25, 2006
World in Pueblo and has volunteered to be our
Top Ten JDRF ride coach. Vance’s daughter Brandy
Here are the top ten reasons to donate to has Juvenile Diabetes and he’s become very
JDRF and support our ride! involved in the Ride to Cure Diabetes. Vance
1. To find a cure for diabetes spent a lot of time helping me understand what
2. You will be supporting many children a 100 mile ride would be like and what I
and adults living with diabetes would need to do to train for the ride.
3. You would ride with us, but prefer that A big old Schwinn bike with fat tires,
we ride for you fenders and a basket on the front wasn’t going
4. Diabetes needs to go away! to hack it for a 100 miles, I needed a “road”
5. You want to cheer the team on to the bike. I needed a light weight bike with thin
finish line. tires, something like 50 gears, shorts with lots
6. You want to receive a personalized of padding and shoes that clipped right on to
“Thank you” gift from Margo Barber the pedals. What ever you say coach…
7. To encourage 5 people who add up to
So now I’m the proud owner of a road
245 years to “go for it”
bike. It’s the middle of winter so I need a
8. Receiving a newsletter like this every
“trainer” so I can ride my new bike inside. So
other month will add to your cultural
now I’m the proud owner of a trainer. And
I’m getting real good at riding the bike inside
9. Finger pricks and insulin shots should be
on the trainer. My problems start when I take
a thing of the past and you want to be a
part of the cure
10. We will all thank you for your support! In all fairness, Vance said I would have
to get used to “disengaging” the shoe clips
Jacque Walsh from the pedals when I stopped. And I am
practicing, but this is a new trick and I’m an
old dog—practice certainly hasn’t made
Ouch—That Hurts!!! perfect yet. I have learned, a number of times,
that if you lean just a bit the wrong way with
I picked myself off the ground for the one foot still locked in the pedal—you just fall
second time in 10 minutes and checked for over. If you’ve ever watched the Benny Hill
damage. I had sprained my wrist and taken a Show with the old guy on the tricycle, it looks
little skin off the leg. The good news was the a lot like that.
brand new bike didn’t seem damaged at all; I I’m probably in for a few more “ouches”
had skillfully broken its fall. before it’s over. However, it won’t be
It seemed like such a good idea at the anywhere near the number of “ouches” that a
time, support JDRF in finding a cure by child with Juvenile Diabetes goes through in
raising money and taking a little bike ride – the first month of having to prick for blood
just 100 miles. I hadn’t been on a bike in samples and take insulin injections multiple
years and this seemed like the perfect time to times a day. A few bumps and bruises is
get started riding again. certainly a small price to pay if it advances
finding a cure for Diabetes even by a day.
My first stop had to be the bike shop.
Vance Hubersberger owns Vance's Bicycle Bob Smith
Don’t miss the JDRF Reach for a Cure Gala
March 18th at the BROADMOOR
TRAINING FOR THE time. Ride with a group. Support is great
when you become mentally or physically
100 MILE RIDE tired during the ride – plus it is more fun to
ride with friends. A group will also get you
100 MILES! What a great goal. out and riding when you would rather stay in
The challenge at this point is to be bed and lounge for the morning.
physically and mentally ready for the ride in
June. We have over 4 months to start Attitude
preparing for the ride in Carmel. Now is the The goal is for a fun and enjoyable
time to take a hard look at ourselves and ride. You want to finish comfortably. Some
commit to training so that this event can be a things that will help this are to change your
fun and fit ride. We have a fun group who position often. Move your hand position;
want to survive and ride across the finish stretch your back, arms, shoulders and neck.
line. So, let’s get started. Go Team!!!!! Get up off the saddle. Avoid staying in one
Equipment position too long. Take short breaks off the
bike, but no longer than 10 minutes or you
This means comfort. You should risk getting stiff. Again, find a companion
have a bike that fits you well and is familiar. or group to ride with. The ride will go faster
Get to know your local bike professional. and feel easier with a friend. If 100 miles
Have them provide a fit-assessment. After seems daunting, break it down into 4 – 25
sitting in the saddle for a few rides, you may mile segments. Mentally that will help with
find that the fit has to be tweaked – visit the the long miles. Find a mantra that keeps you
bike shop as often as you need as comfort is going – “I can do this”!
so important for those 100 miles! Train on
the bike that you will be riding in June. Nutrition
Other essential equipment that you need While training, you’ll need to bring
includes a bike helmet, gloves, bike shorts, water and food to eat on the ride. You
rain gear (yes, you will be riding in the rain should drink every 15-20 minutes. Don’t
at some point over the next 4 months!), wait until you get thirsty. Visit your local
sunglasses. Have fun shopping! bike shop and ask about energy drinks –
Training they provide calories and electrolytes that
you’ll need on your rides. Also, find a gel
If you start training now, you will that works for you. There a many brands
have ample time to prepare for the century and flavors to choose from. This is the time
ride. The core of your training should be to figure out what works for you, not the day
time in the saddle. Start riding at least 3 of the ride.
times per week. This will get your body
ready for the longer rides. The cadence of Have fun training!!!!!
your pedaling stroke should be easy to start.
Gradually increase your mileage as you train Angie Wagner
for the ride, increasing by about 10% at a
Fun Facts You Should Know About The Riders…..
(make a contribution and learn more fun facts )
Number of riders on this team who have been in a “ride” before? None – Zip – Zero
Total age of the riders on this team of 5: 245 Years!
Number of years this team has been involved with supporting JDRF: 32 Years
A New Challenge
Introducing the FOTF Ride Team
It seemed like a relatively easy
request at the time. It certainly would be
different than putting together the gala -
transforming an airplane hangar into a first
class black-tie extravaganza; organizing
and structuring over 200 auction items into
packages that made sense; serving 300
people from a 5x5 kitchen; making sure
our guests had a memorable evening and
wanted to come back the next time we
The challenge this time involved
going to Carmel, California for the
weekend and simply riding a bike....
simply riding a bike 100 miles. So here we
are (Dr. Mike Barber, Angie Wagner,
Jacque Walsh, Bob Smith, and myself,
Andi Chernushin) training for this 100 mile
bike ride. We are riding to raise money for
JDRF - the Juvenile Diabetes Research