#BloggingBeyond: The Day Before Launch Day

Hello!

Feast your eyes on my very first blog post. I’m going on a dope adventure, and you should live it with me vicariously through my blog. Here we go!

I'm going to speed through the past two days to catch you up on what's been happening since team #BikeBeyond arrived in NYC on June 2. 

DAY 1

  • Arrived at Hotel in Brooklyn @ 12 pm. 
  • Met the team !! 
  • Built our dope *ss Specialized road bikes from boxes shipped from AROUND THE WORLD. 
  • Got ready for dinner
  • ATE DINNER AT CHEF SAM TALBOT'S RESTAURANT, PRETTY SOUTHERN. That was the best fried chicken I've ever had. Sam Talbot is one of Beyond Type 1's Co-Founders. Also, when I return to NYC next, Sam and I are going to cook up a storm in his kitchen. Hangout confirmed!

DAY 2

  • Here's where SH*T gets real -- we're actually biking across the country. That's not a joke. Want to know how I know it's not a joke? I'll tell you. It's because team #BikeBeyond got oriented from 9am-3pm hearing presentations about *SAFETY* | *LOGISTICS* | *EMERGENCY PLANS* | *THE DOCUMENTARY*| These are all things that my teammates have been working their *sses off preparing, and a HUGE shoutout to everyone of them. 

That was quite overwhelming to take in. When I'm overwhelmed, I sometimes learn things about myself....like: 

I have a weak spot: 

When people with T1D tell their personal journey living with the disease. I'm so humbled to find myself in the presence of a room full of people thriving with T1D -- It makes me emotional. 

AND I CRIED

As soon as I saw my family - Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, friend Zoe, friend Aaron - in the lobby, I immediately embraced them and cried into each and every one of their shoulders. 

THIS SUMMER IS GOING TO BE FILLED WITH ALL THE EMOTIONS

AND THEN

AND THEN

AND THEN

AND THEN WE PARTIED

Oh man, Beyond Type 1 knows how to throw a party. NYC marks the first party of the total 6 (official) parties to be celebrated this summer. It was DOPE. 

  • WE MET EACH OTHERS FAMILIES AND FRIENDS
  • WE MET THE BROADER NYC T1D COMMUNITY
  • WE DANCED
  • WE DANCED
  • WE DANCED

AND TOMORROW WE LAUNCH !!! 

STAYED TUNED FOR MY POV ON THE WHOLE THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-JESSE


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