As I went for a run this morning I left everything behind, no phone, watch or cares. Just run and enjoy it. With nothing on me, my mind was allowed to wonder, I began thinking about the start of my running "career". It was field day and I was in third grade, I was determined to beat a couple guys that were the better runners in the group. At the age of nine I was a dirty runner, I wanted the inside track and cut off one of my buddies as we took a sharp corner, he slowed down and that allowed me to sprint ahead and get the win. I then thought about my second start at running when I was happy with a twenty-seven minute 5k. I didn't know what I was doing and making it 3.1 miles was tough. I now run ten miles for fun. Diabetes was there for each start and keeping my blood sugar in range was never easy and made me angry. Today I can test three times in the hour before my run and know what to do after each test to keep my blood sugar in range.
Professionally each rider at Team Novo Nordisk started at the bottom one time, yes these are professional cyclists that race all over the world but they're told they aren't good enough and keep working to realize their dream. Team Novo Nordisk recently held their Talent ID camp and I must say the daily video recap of camp brought a smile to my face. Watching these boys and girls that are in their teens working to realize their dream was inspirational.
Team Novo Nordisk has made huge strides in the past couple of years as a professional cycling team but they still have work to do. It wasn't long ago that Phil Southerland was being laughed at because he wanted to start an all diabetes professional cycling team, again hard work and perseverance has been paying off as Team Novo Nordisk gets closer to riding in the Tour de France in 2021.