A part of me is very excited for the Team Novo Nordisk training camp and part of me is very angry. I will start with the excitement, the team members I was able to meet and talk to in Atlanta in December are preparing to change diabetes and dominate the 2017 cycling and running season. I still can't believe I was able to interview and hang out with these guys. It was like a seven year old kid from Boston being able to hangout with Tom Brady for the weekend. As a fan and as an athlete living with diabetes I can't wait for the season to begin. This is a make or break for the team, the pressure is on and the team is determined to prove that they can compete with the best cyclists in the world.
I said I was also angry that the team is at training camp and that is because I want to be there. I don't want to be there because of an invite because of the blog. I want to be there as a member of the team, last July as I was riding at camp with the development team I quickly realized I could never be a pro cyclist, especially at the age of 33. Maybe if I was 23 I could work my butt off to reach my dream as a cyclist but being 34 now my cycling career is over. Can I compete locally, probably but not much more than that.
What about running though? I run a seven minute mile, nothing impressive. I run a 1:45:00 half marathon again not that impressive. What about races that test someones resolve and mental toughness? The long distance races that beat you up both mentally and physically, I know how to suffer to achieve. I have just begun my career as an ultra runner and don't know what to expect but I have a goal and I have a role model thats has shown me that ultra running is possible for anyone living with diabetes. From 50ks to 100 mile races he has done it all and has taught me that it will hurt but you do it because of what you have in your life. You fight for what you love and when you do you can do anything.
As Team Novo Nordisk training camp begins in Spain I'm sitting at my desk with the goal of joining them in 2018. Is it possible? You better believe it is!!! A team that was built on one mans dream has a 34yr old kid in Connecticut trying to do all that he can to realize his dream. Win or lose I will be smiling and a better man because I tried as hard as I could to realize my dream. That is what Team Novo Nordisk is all about and is inspiring everyone living with diabetes!!