When I left the house around ten my blood sugar was at 280, not perfect but I was starting to come down so I figured I would be fine. I rode for just over an hour and had no problems diabetes wise. On the bike however things were very tough, the wind coming off of the ocean was wreaking havoc on my cycling. Having to lean into the wind so you don’t blow over is not fun, what is fun is riding with the wind at your back. For those not familiar with Westerly, the road that abuts the beaches is just over two miles long and very flat. As I approached this road a family passed me in a minivan, I thought to myself I wonder if I could stay with the van all the way down the road. For the next five minutes I felt like a pro cyclist, my average for the two miles was 27.8mph, my usual average is around 17mph. I lost my imaginary race to the van but I learned that I could stay tucked and in the highest gears for a good amount of time. The rush of going 31mph on a bike is indescribable, next time you’re in the car get up to 30mph roll down the window and feel the rush of air hitting your face. Now imagine being on a 16lb bike with 23mm tires, one wrong move and you’re going to meet the pavement. Cyclists need to have something wrong with them mentally to do this day after day, I will admit I’m a little crazy for riding like a mad man but that rush lets me know that I’m alive. When I arrived home my blood sugar was 83, I could take a little insulin, clean up and enjoy the rest of my Sunday.
As I rode today I thought a lot about the events of yesterday’s meeting, again I can’t thank everyone for yesterday. The tears came rather quickly as I rode the final ten miles of my ride. I say this all the time but I do because it’s true, I never thought I’d be in the position. I love my life and I love the people in my life, I’m truly blessed. For the people of Westerly or anyone that will see me ride or race my bike you now know what is going on in my head. I’m sure it’s not what you thought, but that has been my entire life, I’m not what a lot of people think, give me a little bit of time and I will shock you as a person.