I wear my Team Novo Nordisk kit to every race, it was given to me as a gift from the founder of the team. I may just be a very amateur racer doing small local events but having that kit on I hope that I open some eyes and meet new people because of my jersey and because of diabetes. I also wear the jersey so that people who don't know about Team Novo Nordisk see it and say hey I should google the team.
After the race on Sunday I posted on Facebook "No clue how to do a duathlon diabetes wise!! Horrible blood sugars but a top ten in the race!!" I was angry that my blood sugar was so high obviously, I also was thinking if I was lower I would've done better. About an hour after my post a local pro cyclist commented "Sorry there is no prize at the race for blood sugar just your result. Good job!"
At first I was a little angry and had the "does he know how hard it is to race with diabetes" comment ready. I reread the comment and had an oh shit moment, he was right. Nobody in any race that I do cares what my blood sugar is, they just want to beat me. The officials don't care, the crowd doesn't care. I'm not the only one racing with a medical condition, the thing is I'm there for a reason. I can compete and my finish Sunday proves that, I have gotten to a point where I need to separate my personal social media profiles and my diabetes "diabetic cyclist" profiles. I think it means that I have gotten to a level as a diabetic and as an athlete that I now need to take that next step as both. I need to have more top 20 finishes and I need to do more as an athlete with diabetes so that I'm a role model to younger people with diabetes. I like that and I like the challenge that is ahead of me.