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Jim Malone
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Here is a summary of my bike ride. Feel free to share with your friends and colleagues, who may be interested in supporting me on future rides.
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Here is my summary of my 4th JDRF Bike Ride for a Cure in the last 4 years. I hope you enjoy reading it and feel free to comment on it the pass it along to friends who might like to help me next year!

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Jim's Bike Ride in Death Valley 17 October 2015

I was planning on riding my second century ride this past weekend at the JDRF Ride to Cure Type 1 Diabetes, but Mother Nature had other ideas. If you happened to read my blog from last year, you will recall that I completed 97 out of 102 miles in Nashville, TN before running out of gas. This year I completed my first century in September as a training ride in the suburbs and corn fields north of Indy. When my group of 14 other fellow Indiana JDRF riders descended upon Death Valley last week, we were met with torrential rains, road flooding and mud slides in the surrounding area. The ride had to be re-routed to avoid those areas, but was still planned for 100 miles. But on the evening before the event, the ride director announced that one leg of the course had to be scrubbed so we could only ride 70 miles. All eyes did not weep at that announcement, especially mine!

So on Saturday morning at 7:15AM 300 riders headed out into the desert. The roads were smooth (and relatively flat!), the scenery fantastic, and the SAG stops well-stocked with liquids and nutrients. Volunteers were fighting over refilling our water bottles! The air temperature started out at 65F and gradually increased to upper 80's with moderate humidity. Not much different than my training rides in central Indiana! Speaking of training rides, I had some difficulty maintaing adequate hydration in the hot, humid conditions of summer and only got through some of those rides with the help of the excellent bike coaches that rode along with me. That was my biggest worry heading out into Death Valley. But by hydrating 48 hours before the ride, and drinking 2 full water bottles of Gatorade, alternating with water, every hour, I was able to pee twice over the 5 hour ride. Victory was mine! I rode across the finish line with 3 of my riding buddies (all younger than me by the way), and celebrated with an ice cream popsicle and a cup of cold draft beer. They tasted so good, I even had seconds!

Kudos to JDRF for putting on a great ride (doing it in Death Valley since 1997), thanks to great coaches like Kevin G, Michael S, Sam S, and Gary M (the fast one), and my riding buddies and weekend roommate, Richard, Kevin, Sean and Tom, and the rest of my wonderful Hoosier teammates, for making the weekend a blast. Along the way the Indiana contigent raised over $60,000, placing fifth overall in the team standings, and contributing to the $1.5M total funds raised for JDRF and Type 1 diabetes research in one day. And of course I cannot forget to thank the over 90 friends, relatives, and Lilly colleagues who contirbuted to my ride, allowing me to participate in this excellent adventure. Thanks to all of you for your financial and emotional support. Let's do it again next year!
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