Hello and happy new year! It’s been awhile! I hope your 2019 is off to a great start and the year brings many great things to come.
The new year is always a time of gratefulness and reflection, which is exactly what this post is about.
Some people's talent you can't help but fangirl over...Beyoncé, Tom Brady, Ellen Degeneres...and scholarship finalist, Brandon Krzynefski. Watch the video (right) and you will immediately see why. He's incredible. In fact, he is a 7-time national power tumbling champion and a World Team bronze medalist. WOW.
With all the negative news headlines that inundate our day-to-day lives (think iPhone notifications, newspapers, radio, TV...the works), it's easy to forget the goodness of humanity. At this point, you may be laughing. Understandable. But it's out there. Really. Everywhere we go.
Inspiration to the T1D community and friend of the ESC Scholarship Program, Annalisa van den Bergh, has found this to be especially true on her thousand-mile bike journeys across America. She has the stories and friendships to prove it. Now, she's sharing it with others.
Seemingly out of the blue, Angela asked if I had interest in running Boston 2018 with an Abbott bib. No qualifying required. Just a heck of a lot of training and using the Freestyle Libre flash glucose monitoring system to help manage my glucose throughout. She also asked if I knew another T1D athlete who would be willing to do the program….a.k.a. do you have any other athletic, just-crazy-enough friends with T1D who would agree to run the Boston Marathon?
I immediately thought of Pat. He hadn’t run a marathon yet, but was determined and had done plenty of running around the soccer field. Wouldn’t hurt to ask…
Turns out, Pat had already been training for a half, but Boston was on his bucket list. He said he would think about it…which really didn’t take all too long. Pat was in.
He rose to the occasion and I couldn’t be happier to have him by my side (before passing me) at the Boston Marathon on April 16th. Here we sit down with Pat to get an idea of his training, balancing T1D, and what he’s most excited about for Boston 2018.
Erik and I only did one true training ride before cycling across the country on Adventure Cycling’s TransAmerica Trail. Around this time a year ago, we hopped on the Metro-North with a few friends from our type 1 diabetes Meetup group and headed to Peekskill, New York...
...Both of our blood sugars kept dropping and it seemed no amount of granola bars and gummy bears would keep our numbers stable.
You get it.
The day after graduating from college in May 2015, one of my mentors, Dr. Ickes, had a final assignment: I was to submit an outline for The Marathon We Live: Training for a Personal Best in Life with Type 1 Diabetes...a book I pledged to write before starting medical school. I thought it would be like writing a college essay, but a bit longer. After making the outline, I would follow through linearly one section at a time and then tweak as needed. I estimated that with hard work, this process would take around 3-6 months.
As I tried (unsuccessfully) to rip an entire 180-page draft about nine months later, I realized how naïve that actually was. When I started to research and write, my outline changed. Many, many times. So did my target audience. So did my title. So did my tone. In fact, everything about every book I looked at changed.