As I thought about which product I would order first I was instantly drawn to the cycling kits, what better way to show support for the team I love than by wearing the kit all over New England. I then thought about the unwritten rule of cycling "under no circumstances should a replica pro team kit or a national/world champion kit be worn unless you’ve earned it. The only acceptable team kit is your own club kit." Cyclists are a strange bunch, we think we are disrespected by people that drive cars and we pick on the person that is dressed like Peter Sagan. I once went past a rider that was covered in the Team Trek Kit, when I got to work a coworker asked me if I passed Andy Schleck on my way in. I laughed and said "Yes he must be training in Westerly to get ready for the Tour" We are all guilty of wearing a teams kit, I even did so when I first got in to cycling, I bought the US Postal Teams kit because I loved Lance and that team was the team that started Lances' historical run.
With that said why do I have two and soon to be three Team Novo Nordisk kits? The answer is simple, this is the first team of its kind in the world. It doesn't matter if you ride a Mountain bike for ten minutes around the block, if you commute to work via the bike or if you're a hardcore cyclist that rides thousands of miles a year. If you have diabetes, care for, or are friends with someone that has diabetes you are allowed to wear the kit whenever you please. Buy the hat, the polo shirts, and the leisure jacket, wear anything and everything that has Team Novo Nordisk or Changing Diabetes on it. We are all members of the team and we owe it to the team to do our part. If you wear the hat out to do errands or wear the polo to play a round of golf you are helping not only the team but everyone that is affected by diabetes!! Team Novo Nordisk is changing diabetes and they can't do it without your help.
Personally when I put on a Team Novo Nordisk item I get chills, each and every time. I'm not saying that because it sounds good or will bring more visitors to my site. That is the truth!! I remember sitting in my room when I was a teenager wishing that diabetes was cool, I would cry because as a diabetic I had no one to look up to, all I ever wanted was an athlete with diabetes to look up too. We now have that with Team Novo Nordisk and it is one of the best things to ever happen to me as a diabetic. Whenever I train I have at least one Team Novo Nordisk item on, on the bike I dream of a car going by me with a child living with diabetes inside of it. Maybe that child can't stand living with diabetes, if that child sees me riding my bike with the Team Novo Nordisk kit on he will learn about the team and what is possible with diabetes. I wear the cycling jersey while running half marathons, the pockets in the back allow me to carry all of my supplies with me. I have had other runners ask me if I was a member of the team, "I tell them that I'm a diabetic and that I don't belong to the team but love what they are about." That is all it takes, someone sees the jersey, hat, or socks they know about the team and will tell others who will in turn look up "Team Novo Nordisk" on Google. Wear your Team Novo Nordisk apparel with pride because you are helping to change diabetes!!