Meet Cassidy, age 26

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Nick Jonas Meets the Team in Napa

Davis, CA

Update from Walt!

While my ridemates may be smiling , rabbit attacks are a real thing. Be careful out there…

Arches National Park

Update from Walt!

Cheesin and geekin over rocks at Arches National Park cause Utah rocks…

Arches Nation Park Moab, UT

Update from Walt!

End of day at Arches..

Moab, Utah

Here’s a video captured by Neil Greathouse of the brushfire that started right after lightning struck a field across from the house the team was staying in!

updates from Helen’s day in the van!

Lunch van duties today in the van with lovely Perri. It’s definitely not a rest day as your have to stick with the team providing water, food, low snacks and any other help needed. It was great to watch the team be so great, pushing so hard in crazy hot weathers, on a long ride with a lot of hills!


Weirdly I had the most hypos in one day today. Maybe after yesterday’s big ride? I like to look for patterns/trends in my sugar levels but mainly I like to accept it does whatever and I just aim to deal with it at it comes!
#bikebeyond #livebeyond #diabetesnz #biking #type1diabetic

 

Bike Beyond Picnic!

Thanks to Neil Greathouse for capturing this fun video of the team picnic!

 

Notes from Louisville, KY

I send a lot of letters. Birthday, holidays and exciting Tuesdays come along and I find myself dropping envelopes stuffed with emotion off at the Post Office. It’s not often I receive letters in response. Words in ink morphing into emotions leave a lot of people more vulnerable than they’d like to be.

Vulnerable.
It could be the descriptor of the summer. Each day of this journey we’re vulnerable. To our teammates, to the communities we meet, to the road.

Saturday night in Louisville I received a letter and two drawings. I took an isolated moment in a packed room to read the letter from Lindsay. Her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes less than sixty days ago. Her son sends a drawing of himself falling from bed to show he bruises just like his sister does from her new shots.

I cry at the table, in my isolated moment, on view for anyone around me to see. Life is going to be tough for Lindsay and her daughter. It’ll be tough for her son too. Type 1 Diabetes isn’t easy on a low-mileage-beautiful day riding from Carollton to Louisville. Type 1 Diabetes isn’t easy on the exciting Tuesday I write to my friends about.

To Norton Hospital and our Community Host, Nicole
To all the families that came to share a meal and a conversation with our team
To the individuals who wrote each of us a letter
To the Hardy Family and the households that welcomed us
Thank You

Type 1 Diabetes isn’t easy, but this community sure is full of heart xx cass

Dad Gives Important Advice To Daughter, Bike Beyond Team Member

[Post originally published on Map My Run Blog, available HERE.] 

Athletes Share Nuggets of Advice from Their Dads

By: Jennifer Purdie

Whether you follow in your dad’s athletic footsteps or you’re a first-generation athlete, your father probably played a role in your achievements. The same goes for age-group winners, pros and overall competitors. The following athletes share fond memories and provide the best advice from dad as we say thanks to all the dads out there who helped motivate us to become better athletes:

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Buddylou’s in Hancock, MD

Update from Walt!

When you get off the bike after a long day the only thing you wanna do is…

Rocky Re-Enactment!

Watch this video, filmed by Sierra in Philadelphia, as Walt, Cassidy and Meagan re-enact scenes from Rocky!

Westfield Serves as First Stop on Cross-Country Bike Tour for Diabetes Awareness

[Post originally published by TapInto of Westfield, available HERE.]

WESTFIELD, NJ — When Westfield dad Sid Bakst first heard about Bike Beyond from The Foundation for Diabetes Research in Livingston, he couldn’t help but offer his support.

“Diabetes is a disease that is near and dear to us and we are always looking for ways to help,” said Bakst, whose sons, ages 25 and 27, have been living with the disease since they were 3 and age 12, respectively.

The objective of the cross-country cycling challenge is to drive awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and to break stereotypes about the condition by showing the world that anything is possible, even when managing Type 1 Diabetes.
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I’ve Got Soul Video

Thanks to Neil Greathouse and Go Pro for this video of the riders!

 

FOLLOWING DAD — A BIKE RIDE ACROSS AMERICA

My father spun tall tales when I was a kid. He walked to school in the snow uphill both ways. Just ask anyone; he and his twin brother were the golden boys of Long Island basketball. The night he dipped his tires in the Pacific Ocean after biking across America he partied with the Bob Hurley.

 

Wait, what?

Of all the stories my father tells, my favorites have always been the memories of his bike ride across America with his twin brother and three best friends after college graduation. They had three flat tires on their first day and had no clue how to fix them. Elvis died while they sat huddled around a transistor radio in a Pennsylvania campsite. A mean dog chased them in a small town and Kel, his friend, sustained a concussion trying to swat it away. Dad still tells big stories from an epic summer, and I always wanted an adventure of my own just like that.

How would I make it happen? That was always the big question. Would my friends want to take to the open road and my disease with it? Where the heck would I store all my supplies?!

Bike Beyond is giving me the opportunity to accomplish my dream and to feel safe doing it. My new friends and teammates (all T1Ds) are ready for the road and they’re fine-tuning their management skills. We’re training hard to prepare for the 60, 70 and 90-mile days ahead of us. Members of the Beyond Type 1 community across the US are taking our breath away as they reach out to house, feed and support us.

Dad’s been giving me plenty of advice while I train for the coolest 10-weeks of my young life:

“Say, ‘no’ to nothing.”

“Dedicate yourself to your training.”

“There’s no such thing as flat – everything is either uphill or downhill.”

He has concerns too, most based around bike safety:

“On these small roads the perfect storm is an eighteen wheeler coming one direction and one coming the other direction and you’re meeting them at the same point. The road gets very, very small at that point and very dangerous.”

Surprisingly, his words of caution haven’t had anything to do with Type 1 diabetes. When it comes to my medical journey, this summer he couldn’t be more comfortable:

“I think as a group of Type 1 diabetics, you’re able to support each other. You can’t be in a better scenario. If you get into trouble, you all know how to support each other.”

He’s right of course. Who better to spot a low blood sugar in the middle of the Colorado Rockies than someone who knows the feeling of clammy skin and shaky hands? As teammates, we won’t just be supporting each other this summer; we’ll be one another’s lifelines. For over 4,200 miles we’ll be motivators, educators and advocates for each other first and for the Type 1 diabetes community at large.

We’ll also come away with a tall tale just like my dad.

05/29 Pre-Ride Questionnaire

Tell us about the first time you rode a bike. 
I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I was 11! Our family friend John taught me. We were on my parent’s street and I made him promise that he wouldn’t let go of me no matter what. As I was coasting down the block I turned my head and saw him standing in the cul-de-sac with a big grin on his face! I actually took my family to his memorial tree and told them that story before I gave them the news that I was accepted to the Bike Beyond team!

Tell us about a crazy moment or embarrassing experiencing with Type 1.
OMG. I had my insulin pump one month before I caught the tubing on the door of my bathroom and ripped my infusion site out. I yelled out to my roommate and she found me crying from laughter on the bathroom floor with blood just dripping from my “butt shelf” as the nurses call it. We laughed SO hard about that for so long – it’s the only time I’ve ever ripped a site out!

What would your spirit animal be?
A cat. Actually, my cat. Charlie-bones is totally me in cat-form. Mostly mellow, likes sleeping outside, will annoy you to no end when he wants something.

What’s your go-to low snack?
Juicy Juice apple juice boxes, I’m shameless about them! I’ll gulp down a kid’s juice box with a dog face on it anywhere and in front of anyone when I’m low.

Tell us something on your bucket list.
Other than biking cross country?! Thru-hiking the PCT!

If your friends could pick three adjectives to describe you, what would they be?
Thoughtful, motivated, adaptable (thanks ladies! xx)

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why?
President Obama’s farewell speech! I’m really going to miss the Obamas in the White House.

Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.
I’m terrified of heights! Which is totally nuts because I love hiking all the tallest mountains I can find!

What’s a super power you wish you had?
Dude. Carb counting is a super power! Sometimes I have it & sometimes I don’t.

Tell us something you’re good at!
Bringing people together! I’m also a really good terrible dancer!

If you had a theme song for yourself, what would it be?
Mistadobalina by Del The Funky Homosapien

If you had a nick name/alter ego for yourself during the ride, what would it be?
Pumprocker!