On Monday of this past week, Cycling Coach Nicole Freedman, Diabetes Coach Marcey Robinson and I, worked with Sara Prevost, National Tour de Cure Director and Keith Prevost, film maker, to make a few videos for Tour de Cure cyclists with diabetes. An educational video that all Red Riders will get once they are registered for a Tour de Cure ride in the USA.
This is the little promo video we made to encourage people with diabetes to become a Red Rider. Please share this with anyone you think would like to ride their bike to Stop Diabetes!
Have you ever had a big dream? Have you ever wanted to contribute something to the world? You know, something that will make the world a better place? Have you ever felt called from your toes to the top of your head to do a particular something? Something that is so strong, on some days you wonder, “How will this crazy idea actually play out?”
If you can relate to any of these questions, then you can relate to what has been compelling me for the past 18 months or so. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer the second time in July 2010, and I successfully made it through treatments, I felt a burning need within myself to actually DO something with the little bit of time we each have in a lifetime.
I had conceived of the Red Riders and started Team Red and it had grown and many others had taken the original concept and exploded the original vision to a beautiful, grand scale. Special thanks to Sara, Mike, the Kens, Bob, Nicole P, Tami and all the others who believed and got behind it.
But the question still remained for me, “How do people with diabetes, both type 2 and type 1, actually successfully gain the complex knowledge and confidence to exercise, train for, and participate in, these cycling events and other endurance athletic events?”
I have been grappling with this question for years. It haunts and disturbs me that the western medicine model doesn’t allow for much, if any, integration between athletics and medicine. And that patients, me and you, rarely can get the instruction and education to gain the tools to exercise and train with profound confidence.
Profound confidence. Yes, that’s what compels me to stay up late and work on compiling the TeamWILD training plans. It’s the desire to create in the participants and members of TeamWILD profound confidence that keeps me searching for a few investors, more partners and sponsors, and live on the most fragile shoe-string budget of my life.
I didn’t develop profound confidence until I profoundly understood diabetes in MY body. We talk about how we with diabetes are all different. But what does that actually MEAN? How does that play out for each of us when we show up in the gym, on the track, at the pool, on a bike ride?
I have been very sick at times in my life. I have had some tough challenges to overcome, and I have a career working closely in inner-city schools with some of the most at-risk youth in America. And the ONLY thing that I have consistently seen that empowers people is EDUCATION and and education that gives ACCESS to smart people who are willing to share their knowledge and who are willing to BE on the journey with the one who desires to learn.
That’s what TeamWILD is: access to experts who will listen. Access to detailed education about diabetes and exercise that is woven in with fitness and athletic training plans.
Can you FEEL my passion? This is the most serious thing I have EVER done in my life! And I have not wasted much time in this life. And at the same time, I am having the most fun that I have ever had! This is the biggest clue that lets me know when I have my frequent attacks of uncertainty, that I’m on the right track.
TeamWILD is all of my skills, insights, previous life experiences rolled into one thing. And my deepest desire is to share this empowerment. And, having the coaches, diabetes coaches and amazing dedication of all the TeamWILD staff tirelessly working alongside me, reminds me that what we are creating and collectively sharing with you and the world, IS needed. Will work. And is worth continuing to create and share.
So, if you want to help out. If you want to get involved. If you know someone I should talk to, please let me know!!! And in the meantime, if you have been thinking of participating with TeamWILD, please do. Come to our camp in Boulder in June. Start a WILDfit program. Do a cycling or triathlon or a run program.
I will do everything, in fact I will do WHATEVER IT TAKES to help you on your journey to profound confidence, athletic empowerment and overall health. Please get involved! You are needed.