It amazes me at how many people will laugh or say "It can't be done". We hear it day after day from a lot of people, just because our sport, our music, our clothes or our disease isn't cool. The funny thing is that the poepl that are saying these things are the ones that don't get it. Chasing your dream or liking something that the majority does not is not wrong. At the end of the day it is about what makes you happy. Once you realize that other people will always laugh or make fun of you for things you do you will discover that you are better than those people that are picking on you. For you choose to be yourself and chase your dreams, that is what makes life so great. It is the person that is different that will change the world.
Yesterday was a beautiful early fall day, I couldn't have asked for better weather for another trail run. I decided to find a trail that was not known by runners, what I found was a challenge that made me fall in love with trail running.
As I prepared to jump in the car and make the twenty minute drive to my secret spot I started to worry about what the run would do to my blood sugar. It would not be a normal run but I had eaten lunch thirty minutes earlier and took less insulin to make sure my blood sugar would stay in range while running. I made sure to test before leaving the house, before stretching and before heading out for my run. As always I had my running fanny pack to hold my phone, GU, and the key to my car. With four cars parked at my secret spot I made sure I had my key with, so much for it being a secret spot.
As my run started I got my butt handed to me right away, a very steep hill lined with rock was a very difficult start. My run started with a hike not with a run, as I hit the top of the hill I found myself on a very steep ledge, one bad move and I would fall a hundred feet or so straight down (top left picture) eventually things would calm down and I would get into a very nice rhythm.
While I was running I was having flashbacks, I felt like I was seven running in the woods with my brother, he was probably chasing me with a stick but running on this trail made me feel like a kid again. I was running for forty five minutes before I decided to check my pump to see what time it was. I was in a zone and I was loving every step that I took, I was in the middle of nowhere running for fun and I loved it. No clocks, no cars and no people it was just me and nature and I loved it. I loved that I wasn't running the entire time, sometimes I had to walk because of steep hills and lots of rock. My feet and ankles took a beating as I was having to pivot and dodge trees. It was a new experience but one that I loved.
For the past twenty-four hours all Leanne has heard about is how great my run was and how much fun I had. I have about two months before the snow starts flying and I hope that at least one day a week is spent on the trails. My blood sugar post run was above my set range so I have work to do which is a good thing because I have my sight set on a 50k trail run in April!! The craziness has just begun!!
I feel that I have typed this next sentence a couple of times already. As my racing season comes to an end the changes to my basal rates are very important. The truth is my racing season doesn't officially end until the Saturday before Thanksgiving, I will not be racing with the consistency that I had in the spring or summer but I will still be racing. With at least one duathlon and at least three 5ks my racing season is far from over.
That doesn't mean that I will not have to make changes to my basal rates, with the days becoming shorter most of my training needs to be done in the morning before work. I will miss my evening runs and rides but it is time to transition to fall and winter workout hours. This morning a trip to the YMCA from 5-615 was the workout of the day, 40 minutes of cardio and it was off to the weight room. I believe that the weight room was the cause for my blood sugar being below my set range for a majority of the day. My body is very use to the cardio workouts making the transition to weight training will be tough one moving forward.
As always I will be testing my blood sugar before going into the weight room and after, I will also be using a food diary to see what foods help post workout. Along with that i will be tweaking my basal rates with the help of doctor who will be receiving weekly reports as I transition to my fall and winter schedule. I love the relationship that my doctor and I have, I love that I can email him and receive a call or an email within hours. I have found that having an open line of communication with my endocrinologist has helped me tremendously as an athlete with diabetes.
Sometimes it is good to step back from the running and cycling to enjoy another sport and give the body a night off. All summer I have been playing in a golf league on Monday nights, I knew that managing my blood sugar would be just as important while golfing as it is while doing endurance events. That sounds crazy but I can't golf well if my blood sugar isn't in range. If it falls below my set range or goes above the set range I lose focus and become short tempered. With a blood sugar out of range my golf game goes from bogey golf with a few pars to double bogey golf which is something I try to stay away from.
The league usually tees off between 4pm and 5pm which gives me just enough time to run to Subway once I leave work, eat the car and then go out and golf. I would make minor insulin adjustments for my dinner and for a majority of the summer my blood sugars were in range. As always I would make sure that I had my meter with me so that I could test if I started to play bad, even with my blood sugar in range this happens sometimes.
Last night my partner and I had a very intense playoff match with two very good friends of ours. Unfortunately I had to stay at work a little later than normal which did not allow me to run to Subway for my dinner. My blood sugar was in range as I left work but I had no idea how to cover for a cliff bar and a Gatorade. I would make sure to test every three holes so that I knew where my blood sugar was, after three holes I was one over par and feeling good. Then my blood sugar would fall just below my target range, that is when my golf game went south as well. I would quickly get my blood sugar back in range and as soon as I did my focus and normal golf game returned.
What I thought would be a relaxing Monday night all summer turned into a diabetes management course for twelve weeks and I love that. If I'm not learning about myself and my diabetes each and everyday then something is wrong. That is what makes diabetes such a great disease, it will keep you on your toes and teach you a lot about yourself!!
This past weekend I had the honor of being with members of the Team Novo Nordisk Development team as the raced in the New Haven Grand Prix and the Mayors Cup in Boston, Massachusetts. This was my first time being in the crowd for a CAT 1 bike race and my first time being behind the scenes to see just how much work a team does before the race.
The New Haven Grand Prix
I arrived in New Haven two hours before the race to make sure I was on time and able to get a good meal before meeting up with members of the team for an interview. As strolled the streets around the race course it hit me that this wasn't the kind of race that I'm used to competing in. From barriers to cops checking bags it was all new to me, as a racer the only thing I see lining the course are family members and cars with angry drivers because they have to wait for these want to be athletes to pass so they can drive on the road. After a nice dinner that had me talking to myself as I got ready to interview Team Novo Nordisk members.
I would be interviewing Brais Dacal and Quentin Valognes, two men that I know nothing about, I know that they are great cyclists but after that I knew nothing. Luckily Friday night was like a mid July evening so that I could say that I was sweating because of the heat and humidity. As I approached the team van I was shaking like a teenage boy that was about to ask a girl to prom. I'm not sure if I stuck out like a sore thumb but Brais saw me with my camera and came right up and introduced himself, not far behind was Quentin. As Quentin approached I was worried that he was the Team Novo Nordisk security guard. Quentin is a big boy, his quads are the size of small children and he has the upper body of a body builder. I was quickly put at ease as he shook my hand introduced himself and pulled up a chair for me to sit in. That was the common theme of the weekend as I was with the team, they are just amazing people that are very caring. As we sat down I knew that I had about twenty minutes and didn't want to disrupt anything before the race. I always love to ask Team Novo Nordisk members what the jersey means to them, Brais would give one of the best answers that I have ever heard "As I put on my bib, I think... I'm lucky to be with such a great team. The jersey means the world to me, it inspires so many and inspires me." Quentin would say "It means that we are inspiring, educating and empowering everyone affected by diabetes. I'm happy to be a part of that" As we chatted more about how they got into cycling and their dreams we started to talk about diabetes. This was the perfect opportunity to ask what they would say to a child that was newly diagnosed. Brais who is a very genuine, caring, and unselfish individual would say "Diabetes teaches you a lot, for a newly diagnosed child diabetes can be scary, when I was diagnosed I was scared. As time went on I worked with my doctor, I learned more and more, I would say that it takes work but you can still pursue your dreams. Diabetes doesn't have to stop you!!" As I was taking my notes I got chills, if I had a week to prepare an answer for that question I don't believe I could give a better answer.
As the interview came to a close I quickly thanked Brais, Quentin and the team for their time. They would insist that I could stay but I didn't want to be in the way so off I went to get a good spot to watch the team race.
TD Bank Boston Mayors Cup
Saturday at the Mayors Cup was a day that I will never forget. As always I arrived earlier than I needed to, I would get a nice five mile run in before being able to sit down with the team. This time I was myself, I had met the team the night before and got a good feeling for how the pre race routine would play out. Being early I got to sit down with the team director, I would learn a lot about the members of the team and how they are a family. This piece by inCycle shows how the development team is a family, they live together and have to learn to live together much like college roommates. As the team arrived I quickly saw just how the five members that were racing together were a family. Just as the van parked the family started to come out and setup for their pre race routines, each member Quentin Valognes, Brais Dacal, Zvonimir Jelinic, Emanuel Mini, and Umberto Poli came over shook my hand and said hi.
As the bikes were unloaded and prepared for the race the team sat down and talked about the course and how to ride the course. As an amateur rider it is amazing to see the details that they go over pre race. As the pre race meeting ended Brais came over and asked if I would care to join him as he went to find a coffee. This was not planned, I was just going to take some pictures and be on my way. Brais and I walked a block and talked about my story, here was a pro cyclist living with that I look up to and he wants to hear about me. I gave the readers digest version of my story and Brais said "You are why this team means so much, you are the inspiration for all of us. We race for people like you." I couldn't believe it and I still don't.
As we arrived at the Dunkin Donuts, I warned Brais that this was not coffee. What he calls coffee and what Dunkin Donuts calls coffee are two different things. He looked around and quickly said "Lets try the store!!" At the store Brais and I discussed just how different his home country of Spain and the United States are. He looked around the "pharmacy" and said "Spain doesn't have this, pharmacy just have drugs, butcher just have meat and supermarket has all the other stuff" After hearing that I had to ask about how different the food was, after a quick laugh he said "Very different, lot more stuff in the food here. I put on two kilos (5lbs) after a week of coming here, I can't lose that." Hearing that was very interesting and I'm now very interested in traveling to Spain to see just how different the foods are.
As we arrived back at the van I got to see the work that the team does when it comes to diabetes. All of the work that I put in while training and racing is the same work that the team puts in. It doesn't matter the level that you are racing at, you have to put in the work when it comes to diabetes. You may have to test your blood sugar multiple times before a race. The team keeps a very close eye on everything when it comes to the riders and their diabetes. I was blown away by the amount of work they do and how they truly monitor every single item that enters their body when it comes to food before a race.
As I watched the team race Friday night and Saturday afternoon I felt like I was watching members of my family. I was that crazy fan yelling and clapping, I had the honor of meeting and being around the team for two days. I can't thank the people that made this happen enough. It was truly an honor and a weekend that I will never forget. I started a blog to share my story, the blog has grown and I can't thank my followers enough. I feel blessed to have the chance to interview Team Novo Nordisk members, it has made me a better person. The truth is that you don't need a blog or special credentials when it comes to Team Novo Nordisk, each and every member of the team is amazing. If asked to sign anything or if you just want to say hi to team members Team Novo Nordisk will take the time for each and every fan. To learn more about the team, go to www.teamnovonordisk.com.
Most people have one electronic item in their life that they can't live without. No pun intended but I can't live without my insulin pump, it is always on my hip and sees everything that I see. As I was driving home from watching an amazing pro bike race in Boston I got to thinking what my pump might say if it could talk.
I'm not trying to brag but my pump has seen some very intense sporting events, traveled half of the country, met celebrities, spent two days with a cycling team, and met a couple senators. It has also been on my hip for some of the toughest moments of my life, it sees me cry when I'm trying to hide my emotion because I need to be strong for others. It is the only one that can hear me when I talk to myself in good times and bad. It has vacations on my dresser when it is time for me to shower and for other more intimate moments. If my pump could talk I would pay it off so it could not speak of those moments.
I would like to think that my pump and I have a good relationship. We often like to hurt each other, I hurt my pump when I fall off the bike and it pays me back when I'm changing and it falls off of my hip. Nothing is more painful than when my pump falls and pulls on the infusion site. At the end of the day i love my pump and can't imagine my life without it, I never want to take a break from it. I feel that I'm married to my pump and like any marriage it will anger me or upset me but with some patience and tweaks our relationship is back to normal in hours. To many it is just an insulin pump that sits on my hip all day, to me it is like a member of the family. It has been an amazing six years together and I can't wait to see what the next six years will bring!!
For six years I have been racing and training alone, I have a job to do and would rather do it than chat with someone while on the bike or while running. I have run races with a very good friend that has the same mindset, we will stretch and warmup together but once the race starts we don't say a word to one another. I'm an odd person I get that, and I get that having a partner is beneficial while training but it isn't for me.
Last night I went off about how happy I am that I have blood sugars in range during and after runs. That has helped to calm Leanne just a bit while I'm out on training rides and runs for hours. I have finally given in though and have found the perfect training parter. It is a female and someone that knows Leanne very well, in fact she gives Leanne a hard time when Leanne trains with her. For the past month "Minnie" and I have been training partners, I never wanted to be the parent that pushed their child to like sports. For just over a year "Minnie" has been at every race that I have competed in, as she has gotten a little older she mimics me while I stretch. She then asked to come with me, I didn't know what to do but was beyond happy. The first few runs were very quiet but as we both got comfortable the conversation flows like water. We have our own songs while running, we see planes and farm animals. It never gets old, until we are going up a hill and I hear "FASTER DADDY!!!" I think it is safe to say that I have become a much better uphill runner over the past month.
That is all well and good, it is a good story about a father and daughter running together. It happens all over the world so why should anyone care? It is another hidden gem that has made me a much better diabetic. I love my life and always make sure to have enough fluids, food and emergency items in case my blood sugar goes to low or to high. Now that I have "Minnie" as my trainer I feel like I need a suitcase for all of the supplies I bring with me. Training with "Minnie" is the highlight of my day and as the seasons change I'm already thinking of ways that "Minnie" can help me train in the snow!!
I'm still flying high from my blood sugar after the Surftown half marathon on Sunday morning. It wasn't one of my best times for a half marathon but I will take a great blood sugar post race than a blood sugar that is higher than my set range. If I had a PR and a bad blood sugar I would not be celebrating, I run for fun, diabetes is my life.
I'm still smiling because of the photo above, it appeared on Leannes timeline the other day marking two years since I had run the race. I remember the photo and what my blood sugar was, it was in range but a tad lower than I would have liked. Two years ago you can see that I was running for fun and diabetes was my life. I ran a PR that day and felt great as a runner. That photo was taken just seconds after the finish and the medal means nothing to me. It is not around my neck, the medal can wait to have its moment.
As I sit back and think about the diabetic athlete that I have become I can't help but remember the day it all started. I had just gotten my first road bike and was headed to work on my bike. I had eaten my breakfast and figured I'd be safe riding to work. Thirty minutes later I was sitting on a guard rail pounding a Gatorade and eating a power bar because my blood sugar was below my set range. This trend continued for months until I was lucky enough to speak with someone that broke down how to ride and control my blood sugar. I felt like I was in medical school, all of these new terms and diet changes. It was all new to me and I never imagined that I would still be riding six years later.
Don't get me wrong, I still have training rides and races where my blood sugar is not in range before, during or after a race. I don't want to sound like I know it all and run or ride with a blood sugar that you see on glucose meter boxes. I wish that I could but when I do I'm going to celebrate a great post race blood sugar. For anyone that has just gotten into any kind of sport with diabetes believe me when I say "It will get better!!" Just like training you have to put the work in when it comes to managing your blood sugars while racing. As always I'm here to help or to do my best to help people find an expert that can help them.
I found myself asking "Why do I train, why do I race? Why do I beat my body up?" The answer didn't come easily, but the answer did come in time. I don't train or race for medals or the accolades, I race to live. Training and racing make me a better diabetic. I take the same mindset when I'm training into every blood sugar test that I do each and everyday. For years I have been hearing that I will burned out because I'm so hard on myself when I have a high or low blood sugar. Each time I test my blood sugar or take insulin for a meal it is like running a race. I can win the diabetes race because I'm in control. I want to be the best diabetic that I can be, because at the end of the day I'm not racing or being the best diabetic I can be for myself or to live. I'm doing these things because it is the only way I know how to teach "Minnie" and "Sharkie" that you have to work and things are not easy. Hard work pays!!!
All around today may have been one of the best half marathons that I have run so far. My time was a good ten minutes or so from my personal record but when everything else is perfect it is tough to complain.
To avoid traffic I would arrive an hour and a half minutes before the race, for forty five minutes I would be listening to some sports radio, texting Leanne way to early, and drinking coconut water. With thirty minutes until the race began I began stretching and tested before heading out for a warmup two mile jog. My blood sugar was above my normal range but right where it needed to be before I started a race. My warmup would go well and I felt very strong and very confident as I started my walk to the start.
Mile 1 to Mile 7
These were my enjoy the scenery and the race miles. I was looking to go at a nine minute pace and was spot on, I hit mile five as the clock read 44:01, a minute fast but all things considered I was very happy. My blood sugar started to level out and crept back to my normal range once I reached mile three. A couple cups of Gatorade and a GU in the first seven miles kept my blood sugar where it needed to be.
Mile 8 to Mile 10
This is where the race went south. For the past week I have been battling an injury in my neck. I don't know exactly what is wrong but I can't feel anything from my right breast to my elbow and the pain goes to my shoulder blade. Many co workers and my wife told me not to run. I'm to stubborn to not run, I signed up for the race and unless something is broken I will be running. During these miles I thought about pulling out of the race, the pain was taking its toll and my mile times were a minute slower than I wanted. I'm thankful that I had the honor of interviewing Stephen England in April because his words were with me when I wanted to quit. "I can't quit a race because I can't quit my diabetes" I said that to myself a few times. A half marathon with a neck bruise is nothing compared to the challenge that diabetes presents each and everyday. Once I hit the hill at the start of mile ten the normal Ryan came back, people were walking up the hill as I continued to push and ran up the hill. Wanting to quit and then digging down to climb the hill got me back into race mode.
The Finish and Post Race
The final 5k went very well, I ran the final 5k in 23:56 which I was very happy with. Post race everything went as planned, my blood sugar was in range and I was feeling great!! After a recovery snack and some insulin it was time to get back to normal life and hope that all of my post race moves would keep my blood sugar in range. I was succesful until dinner where I crept out of range. I'm currently trying to get hydrated, doing a little stretching and looking forward to watching Sunday night football before falling asleep before 9pm. I'm old, it was a great day and I can go to sleep with a smile on my face!!
Team Novo Nordisk is proud to announce that the team has been invited to race in Paris-Tours on October 11th. Paris-Tours is a historic one day race that began in 1896 and has been considered one of the most important classics in Autumn. Paris-Tours will begin just south of Paris in Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines and travel 252 kilometers south to finish in the city of Tours.
Team Novo Nordisk CEO Phil Southerland is happy that the team will be racing in Paris-Tours in October “One of Team Novo Nordisk’s major goals since the start of the season was to receive an invitation to Paris-Tours. Our committed staff and dedicated riders have already made 2015 our most successful season to date and we will come to Paris-Tours ready to fight for more results. On behalf of the entire team, I want to thank ASO for inviting us to race at Paris-Tours as it will allow us to reach even more people around the world and show what may be possible with diabetes."
Team Novo Nordisk General Manager Vassili Davidenko is also very excited for the team to return to Paris-Tours “Paris-Tours is one of the oldest bike races in the world. It has been one of our goals all season to participate in this iconic race. We want to thank the ASO for this opportunity. Our riders are ready to race and aim to add to the excitement that is Paris-Tours.”
Personally I can't wait for October 11th, to see the white jerseys of Team Novo Nordisk racing in France is just a preview of what is to come. Each day Team Novo Nordisk is working towards racing in the Tour de France, being able to race in Paris-Tours prepares the team for all of the pageantry that goes with a major European bike race. Each and everyday Team Novo Nordisk is proving that anything is possible with diabetes, on October 11th they will be showing the world that a person living with diabetes can be on the podium at Paris-Tours!!
All of the training has been completed, all that is left is to run the half marathon on Sunday morning. For any racer a lot goes into planning for the run, for me having a game plan is a must and I must follow it to run the best race that I can. My game plan starts on Saturday night around 8pm as I get ready to lay in bed and hope to fall asleep before 9. At 8pm I need my blood sugar to be in range, a number such as 130 would be perfect. A number that is range will allow me to get to bed as planned and not have to worry what my blood sugar will be at when I wake up at 4:49am. (I'm very superstitious, my alarm time can't end in 0 or 5)
When I wake up I will sprint to test my blood sugar and expect a number that is right in my set range. Things happen but I'm 99.9% sure I'll be in range Sunday morning. I will make my normal breakfast of two eggs, wheat toast and almond milk. I will take my normal insulin and setup a five hour temp basal rate. It is after doing that when the fun will start, I plan on getting to the parking area before 6am. The race is not set to begin until 7:30am that means my brain will be thinking about every mile of the race. That will get the adrenaline going which will raise my blood sugar and make the day a little tougher. My hope is to relax and listen to some sports radio before I begin to stretch. If I can find a station talking about the Broncos game later in the day I will be all set. My plan is to stretch from 6:40 until 6:50 or 6:55 depending how I feel. After that is a nice 5k to loosen up and warmup the body. I will be running that 5k in sweats and a sweatshirt to make sure I'm sweating. One more quick check of the blood sugar and then it is race time!!
The race is the easy part. I know what numbers I want and need to have a PR, each 5k of the race will be big for me. When it comes to my diabetes it should be all set, I will have my tester with me and plenty of GU. I'm lucky because a half marathon is becoming old hat, especially this race, one that I have run three times. I know the layout and know when I can kick to get the best time possible. Things happen though and again I will make sure that I have everything I need in case my blood sugar goes to high or to low when it comes to my target racing range. I'm excited for Sunday and plan on making up for the half that I ran in New Jersey back in April.
Last week when i was at my endocrinologist appointment she suggested that I move my insulin pump site locations around more. For most of the summer I had been using my mid section and for the two weeks leading up to my appointment my blood sugars were running a little higher than the range I have set for myself. For whatever reason Mondays were the toughest days of all, for the past three Mondays my blood sugars decided hanging out in the above my range area was the place to be. I would give myself insulin and nothing would happen.
Being an athlete my pump site locations are limited compared to a person of normal activity. Using my arms and legs so much while running or cycling if I was to put the pump site in one of those locations my body would be using the insulin differently than when the pump site is in my mid section. In the past I have tried using the upper portion of my butt, it is rather fatty and can't be used much while running or cycling. I ran into a problem because I was taking a lot more insulin than usual because of the amount of fat in my butt. (I now have a big booty complexion) The last option was my back, a site that I had used before with success.
For the past week my blood sugars have been right in the range I have set thanks to moving my pump site. It sounds to simple but it worked, I'm upset with myself because I got lazy and predominately used my midsection for months on end. Anyone conquering diabetes knows that when you get just a little lazy diabetes loves it and will take advantage of your laziness. As I prepare for my fourth half marathon of the season I'm happy to have my blood sugars in range. Sometimes it is the little things like a pump site that make the biggest difference. Not having to worry about my pump site on Sunday will not make me run any faster but it will make me relax and focus on the run.
I have a history of treating every training run or ride like it is race day. I get the adrenaline rush and come out of the gate like I'm trying to win the last stage of the Tour de France or the New York City Marathon. My first couple of miles are way to quick but after a few miles I settle into my groove. During these intense training runs or rides I will often forget to hydrate or afraid to stop because my times are so good and if I stop I feel that my training isn't succesful.
Yesterday I had a nice ten mile run that was basically running the Surftown Half Marathon backwards. I planned my run to pass a convience store right at mile five just incase I needed to stop for anything. With high humidity and tempatures in the low 80s a stop would be a good idea. As always my first three miles were run faster than I would have liked, I was at a time of 23:34 at the first 5k. I was feeling thirsty and knew that I had pushed to hard to early, I would have to stop and grab a Gatorade. Running with just six ounces of water and GU would not cut it. As I hit mile five I reluctantly stopped to buy a Gatorade. As I sat in the shade drinking my Gatorade and looking over my splits I started to think of how much better I was feeling. After a five minute break I got back to my run and felt like a new man, I settled into a nice 8:45 mile pace and enjoyed each and every mile that I ran.
After my break I felt like I could run for days and I haven't had that feeling in a long time. That gives me some confidence as I get ready for the half marathon on Sunday. I honestly think that a 5k warmup just before the start is a must to warmup my body and allow me to get most of the adrenaline out before the race begins. If I can get in to my groove early on Sunday I can kick hard for the final 5k which I would like to run in 22 minutes. I'm just happy that I have swallowed my pride and allowed myself to relax and stop for a drink. Not only did it help me as a runner it helped keep my blood sugar in range.
Team Novo Nordisk member Javier Megias showed that the team can ride with the big boys at the Aviva Tour of Britain earlier today. Finishing tenth at stage two lets every rider in the tour know that Team novo Nordisk is not messing around. Team Novo Nordisk also had David Lozano finish in sixteenth place which is a great thing to see as Team Novo Nordisk rides alongside big name riders like Mark Cavendish, Andre Greipel, Mark Renshaw and many more.
I have come up with an odd nickname for Team Novo Nordisk member Javier Megias, I refer to him as Mega Man. Megias has become one of the big name riders for Team Novo Nordisk. On August 22nd he rode a very gutty stage and came in second at stage 6 of the USA Pro Challenge, he finished in tenth at The Presidential Tour of Turkey in May, and had a seventh place finish in the SuisseGas Gran Premio Citta di Lugano in March.
Javier may be Mega Man and getting the press and top finishes but none that would be possible if it weren't for his team. Cycling is a very team oriented sport but only the rider that wins gets the press. I'm positive that if you asked Megias how he has been able to do so well this year he would give all of the credit to his team.
That is where the cycling and diabetes connection is made, like cycling diabetes is a team disease. Ask anyone that is a diabetes conquerer and they will not take credit for the great blood sugars or the A1C that is right where it should be. They will give all of the credit to their parents, friends, spouses and co-workers because everyone knows that you can not conquer diabetes on your own. You need a team to help you with everything that diabetes presents, from friends grabbing you juice to fix a blood sugar that is below your target range to your parents or spouse reminding you to test your blood sugar. If it wasn't for our diabetes team we wouldn't be successful. That is what makes Team Novo Nordisk so great and such an inspiration, they are a team when they are on the bike and they are a team that helps each other when it comes to diabetes.
Tomorrow Team Novo Nordisk will be competing in stage three of the Aviva Tour of Britain as always you can read about Team Novo Nordisk and their latest races and so much more at http://www.teamnovonordisk.com/
Ever since I was a young child I was always driven by the reward at the end. When I first got into cycling and running the reward was my health and just finishing a century ride and a marathon. I'm five years into my endurance career and I'm always looking for that next challenge.
I'm a middle of the road runner and above average cyclist, I won't win any races but I'll be in the top 10% of finishers. That's not bad, but I want to be better. As my racing season gets longer and longer each year I need something to strive for. For a diabetes conquerer that's has a very strict diet I reward myself with a blizzard from Dairy Queen for a top ten finish of a race or if I win my age group.
I have yet to get my blizzard this season and I'm not gonna lie I'm a little upset about that. I'm craving an Oreo blizzard which means I need to work harder and get that top ten finish!! The fall is duathlon season and I'm expecting a very successful duathlon season.
Tomorrow in Brussels the 2015 MHealth Tour will begin with twenty-six diabetes conquerers riding for nine days across Europe. For the next nine days you can follow the MHealth Tour on Twitter @mhealth4d and look for the hashtag #mhealthgt15 being used by riders of the Tour. You can also follow the MHealth Tour on Facebook at mHealth Grand Tour and finally you can see amazing pictures of the Tour at their Instagram page.
I'm excited for the 2015 tour, I'm excited to follow the tour and see how great the ride is. I'm excited to see all of the pictures and listen to the stories. I will be riding in the 2016 tour and can't wait to finally be on my bike in Europe. It is not just about the bike however, it is about diabetes and the MHealth Tour is all about diabetes.
The mHealth Grand Tour was developed to demonstrate how exercise and diet can help people manage (and prevent) diabetes. The Tour was also developed to demonstrate how new technology solutions can help people to address the challenges we face with diabetes, collectively and individually.
Improving connectivity and integrating technologies has the potential to further improve care. Mobile health (mHealth) solutions can help healthcare providers deliver better, more consistent, coordinated and more efficient healthcare, where and how it is needed, increase access to health services to remote or under-served communities, and empower individuals to manage their own health more proactively and effectively.
I wish all of the riders taking part in the ride the best of luck and encourage everyone that likes to ride a bike to checkout the website and look into the 2016 tour!!
I'm a very quite person that is complex and I would rather sit in my "Man Cave" and have a good cry about what is bothering me than sit and talk to someone about it. That may not be the best thing but it is what works for me, I know that my parents and Leanne don't like it but again it works. On Saturday night after a great dinner and night out with friends, Leanne and I returned home where we quickly climbed into bed. As we said goodnight I said "What is up with Pancreas?" He was lying on top of Rocket and Clara-Belle on his back and looking at us. Leanne was tired and was in no mood for my childish attitude as midnight was quickly approaching. She responded with "He's trying to see how low he can get his blood sugar" With that she rolled over and went to sleep. Normally I would laugh but this week with my birthday approaching that comment got me thinking.
As I laid in bed watching a baseball game I started to cry thinking about when I would go to bed without knowing my blood sugar or knowing how much insulin I had in my system. I started to think about the nights where I wouldn't fall asleep until 2am because I was scared I wouldn't wake up. I also thought about the nights that alcohol was the reason I fell asleep. For ten years I played Russian Roulette each night I climbed into bed, I don't know why I was victorious each morning but I would wake up with no problems. For the past six years I have had amazing control and have been able to fall asleep without any concerns, that makes me very happy but it bothers me that I still don't know why I didn't take care of myself for ten years.
I'm turning thirty-three this week and I'm lucky to be alive. I'm very happy that I'm still alive because I'm on the doorstep of my dream and have a family that means the world to me. I never thought I would make it past thirty, I don't know what kind of damage I did to my body in the ten years I didn't take care of myself but I know I did something. I often hear "Get over it, look what you have done over the past five years!!" I can't forget what I did for ten years, remembering how bad those ten years were is what makes me the man I am today. Without those memories I wouldn't be the athlete, man or husband I am today.
I'm on borrowed time, that is tough to type never mind think about. Ever since I was sixteen I have hated my birthday because I didn't think my life should be celebrated. However the past two birthdays that I have had have been worth celebrating. I'm finally happy with the person that I have become and I love that I have goals and dreams in my life. Thursday will be a very special day and I can't wait to spend it with the people that mean the most to me. It will be the days leading up to Thursday that will be difficult.
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