As I went for a run this evening I left everything behind, no phone, watch or cares. Just run and enjoy it. My only motivation was to run the ten miles before Kate met me at our special ice cream spot in Mystic for a post run snack. 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 second 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.
Today they posted the video from day #5 and hearing Team CEO Phil Southerland speak was so 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.
Today I felt like a proud big brother (I forget sometimes that I'm 34 and older than a lot of the team members) as the 1:41 mark in the video below gave some great news to fans of Team Novo Nordisk member Sam Brand. Sam is a genuine great guy that went out of his way to say hi to me when I attended Talent ID camp last July and again at the Team Presantation last December. Sam is a pro cyclist that is in love with life and always smiling, in fact every member of the team is that way. They all know the ultimate goal and all remember being that nine or ten year old kid that dreamed of racing in the Tour de France. In 2021 when members of Team Novo Nordisk start and finish the Tour some will finish two or three hours behind the winner but they will have realized a dream. A dream that they share with over one billion people that are living with diabetes. It doesn't matter what your dream is, it will be difficult but never forget when that dream started, it is that passion that will carry you through the bad days and help you to realize your dreams!!