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Live Interview with Mari Ruddy, Founder and Director of TeamWILD

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Live Interview with Mari Ruddy, Founder and Director of TeamWILD

Time: May 16, 2013 from 1pm to 2pm
Location: TuDiabetes homepage
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Event Type: live interview, videochat
Organized By: Emily Coles
Latest Activity: May 23, 2013

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On honor of US National Physical Fitness and Sports Month we welcome Mari Ruddy to join us for a live-streamed conversation on the TuDiabetes homepage.

Mari Ruddy is Director of TeamWILD, has lived with type 1 diabetes for 30 years and is a two time breast cancer survivor.  She founded TeamWILD in 2008 after searching high and low for resources for women with diabetes who wanted to exercise safely and with expert guidance.

Mari is also the founder of the Red Rider Recognition Program that celebrates cyclists at the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure. Mari founded TeamWILD (which originally stood for Women Inspiring Life with Diabetes) after realizing that most of the cyclists at the Tour were men with diabetes. She wanted to support women with diabetes getting out there and getting fit. WILD continues to do this, and now also supports men!

Mari’s own athletic journey began with cycling, and she’s done multiple long-distance rides, including at a number of Tour de Cures.  She branched out into triathlons and was the team captain of the 2009 WILD team who raced the 70.3 half-Ironman in Austin, TX.

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Comment by Linda G on May 16, 2013 at 7:42am

Will unfortunately NOT be able to attend...I'll be knee deep in report cards.

Comment by Nyadach on May 15, 2013 at 11:52pm

Sadly going to miss out on tonight's chat, but do have a couple of questions if that's alright.

Every site I've seen tends to cover dehydration when hyper, and not also with a hypo during exercise. On long distance rides, using the usual consuming a lot of liquid carbs constantly to keep levels stable means you are carrying carbs instead of water (although the drinks are water based). Without feed stations is there any tips you have to avoid dehydration (see here for what this is referring to) other than dive into every passing shop to buy more water?

Any tips for a loon who's doing over 1000 miles unsupported (and carrying all food, med supplies, and camping kit on the bike) in a months time?

Comment by nel on May 13, 2013 at 10:59pm

I have to decline the invite to attend ...even if we do have some similarities as 1 ) living with diabetes for 30 years , 2 ) participate with Team Diabetes Canada, my next event to take place in Oct 20 , Amsterdam ; 3 ) am a breast cancer thriver sine 1984 Dutch genes supplied me with liking cycling :)

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