New York --> Illinois: 10 states, ~1,700 miles, 1 century ride and loads of time to think about all the random thoughts I've pushed aside in my past

When I signed up to bike across the country with Beyond Type 1, I knew it was going to be hard...little did I know. 

We're over 1/3 of the way done with our trip. I'm exhausted; feeling physically and mentally worn. Thoughts of wanting to quit have crossed my mind -- albeit prompted by a short lived infection I incurred in my "saddle area" for which I took a few days in the van to heal. I feel cut off from the rest of the world - my friends, my family, the news - yet strongly connected to the T1D community. The source is the bike. It requires all of my energy both on and off the saddle to manage my blood sugars, to stay alert while rolling on interstates, to navigate my riding group safely from point A to point B, to understand and appropriately address team dynamics. For me, the bike has become a mind altering drug that clouds reality, and also the antidote that keeps me sane and my mind clear. 

This may seem a bit dramatic. Maybe it is, but it's important to mention the challenges we face on this journey in addition to all of the smiling faces we see on the people we're inspiring with T1D.

About those smiling faces... :)

We've visited a diabetes camp, talked with families both newly diagnosed and veterans of T1D, educated random people on the street about T1D and the difference between T2D. All of these experiences are what make this whole thing worth it. When I am feeling exhausted, I'm energized by the inspiration we leave in our wake. 

We're showing people living with T1D that they too can #LiveBeyond. 

Team #BikeBeyond is living beyond by biking across the US, but hearing stories from the people we meet, how brave they are and how they live beyond is truly humbling.

I'm excited to keep rolling and pushing myself beyond my current limits. I'm excited to meet more members of the T1D community. I'm excited to continue spreading awareness about T1D. 

Thank to everyone who has provided support in some way, by opening their homes, donating food or money, providing shade on hot days or even reading this blog post! 

Please subscribe below for more updates about my trip and team #BikeBeyond! 

 Until the next time I find a spare moment, 

Jesse :)

 

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