Meet Silvi, age 35

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Final Update

After 10 weeks and 7000kms this bridge is all that remains…

Nick Jonas Meets the Team in Napa

Napa, CA

Thank you to our amazing sponsors @knowfoods for keeping us fed and healthy all summer AND for buying Bessie so I can take her home with me!

Biking beyond Type 1

[Post originally published on Nevada Appeal, available HERE.] 

Diabetes may seem like a debilitating diagnosis, but 20 cyclists are working to prove this isn’t the case by riding over 4,200 miles across the United States.

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Update from Silvi!

As I’m coming into my final 3 days of cycling across America my heart is so warm and full to get these lovely notes from my Godmother, my cousins Jill & Richard, and bestie from uni Aundrea. Thank you – it means so much!

in Nevada!

Update from Silvi!

110 miles. 4 summits. 115° heat. 15mph average. 1 more great day with these two! They made me feel strong on the uphills and super fast on the descents.

Made it to Nevada!

Update from Silvi!

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!

Update from Silvi!

Oops I did it again…
3 days, 3 mountain passes, 3 diabesties & 12,163ft of elevation.
I *literally* rode my bike over the Rockies!

Update from Melissa!

 

“Wishing you strong legs only. Your spirit and heart are already strong”. Crushed the Rockies with these two rockstars today!

#whendadalwaysknowswhattosay #topoftheworld #almost #bikebeyond #livebeyond @beyondtype1daily @beyondtype1 #iamspecialized #iamspecialized_wmn #whatsworthit #cycling 

Update from Silvi!

The best part of having sportstagid as a sponsor is they’ll let you write anything you want on your bracelet…even blatant lies!

Boulder, CO

Update from Silvi!

Bike Beyond hits the Lake!

Boulder, Colorado

Update from Silvi!

Rolling into Boulder today, made it to the top of the climbs but then missed out on the descent thanks to a flat that refused to be fixed #bikebeyond#livebeyond #diabadass #itsokthereisbeerhere #themountainsarecalling#colourulcolorado #iamspecialized #iamspecializedwmn #dexcom

Denver, Colorado

Update from Silvi!

 

In the past week I’ve cycled:
5 days 
456.7miles 
In temps over 100°F 
Through rain & distant lightning 
Then today I RODE MY BIKE into DENVER 

Into Colorado!

Update from Silvi!

I am doing things on this ride I never thought I’d be able to do. Yesterday I rode 💯+ miles and felt good so I decided to do it again today! 💪#bikebeyond #livebeyond #iamspecialized #iamspecializedwmn#backtobackcenturies #alsobacktobackflats #diabadass#cruisingtheoughColorado

 

in Kansas!

Update from Silvi!

🌽🌽🌽🚲🌽🌽🌽 #bikebeyond #iamspecialized#iamspecializedwomen #whatsworthit

Beloit, Kansas

Update from Silvi!

Wizard of Oz theme at #bikebeyond today – anything to take our minds off the miles (92.7), the heat (102F) and the hills (2,725ft). Here we’re pretending to be dead. Spoiler alert: we didn’t have to try too hard. #TeamTopless #gingham&braids #dorothy #livebeyond #diabadasses#savasana #🔥 #🐫🐒 #jackcomeback #weresoscared #mooparty#delerius #emotionaldexcom #???

Odessa, Missouri

Update from Silvi!

The van died and then we almost died in the Missouri heat…but thankfully John came to our rescue 😇🙏 #bikebeyond #livebeyond #vanlife#literallyhotashell

Lawrence, KS

Update from Silvi!

Dream Team killin’ it today at lunch and water stops (as usual) #bikebeyond #livebeyond#diabadass #arrrrriba #burquefiesta #knowfoods#lunchofchampions #ourwaterissocold #thecoldest#waterstopatthewatertower 

Topeka, KS:

Update from Silvi!

Best. Host. Yet. 🐶 #twinsies #bikebeyond#livebeyond #newteammascot #neverleaving#bestdayyet💕

Canada Day in Centralia, Illinois

Update from Elliot!

Loved celebrating Canada Day 😄🇨🇦 with Canadian teammates Silvi and Matt and the rest of our awesome team!! Special thanks to honorary Canadians, Walt and Amanda for all the sweet festivities!! ☺️ 🇨🇦 #canadian #canadaday#bikebeyond #bikeacrossamerica #cycling#goodglucos

Canada Day in Centralia, Illinois!

Update from Silvi!

Celebrating in style thanks to the #bikebeyondcrew! 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 #canadiandiabadass#sunneversetsoncool #sunneversetsoncanadaday#uCANadaiCANadaweCANada#thegreatwhitenorth #buddy #imnotyourguypal#youcouldntwheelatiredownahill#canadadayinamericawithmexicanfood

Canada Day in Centralia, Illinois

Update from Matt!

Team Canada coming in hot (minus Eliot)#canadaday #bikebeyond #WeTheNorth 

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Update from Silvi!

Yesterday was a big day! 💯 #bikebeyond#livebeyond #diabadass

Bike Beyond Picnic!

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

 

Kentucky

Update from Silvi!

Getting up and over the hills of Kentucky the only way I know how! And some wise words from Mr Jefferson #bikebeyond #livebeyond #diabadass#thehillshaveeyes #notsponsoredbyskratchlabs #yet #skratchlabs#doubleddownmyucanshakethismorning

Update from Kentucky!

 

Ride all the tractors!

Little Miami River

Update from Silvi!

Team Braless tearing it up today – we took our hydration packs off and it was awesome! #bikebeyond #diabadass #livebeyond#trespasserswillbeprosecuted #wewerenottrespassing #teammapleleaf#toofasttoofurious #bikeacrossamerica #iamspecialized #scopethesecalves

Update from Melissa!

 

Longest short ride day ever, saved by awesome#diabadass teamies

Bridge of Dreams, OH

Update from Silvi!

Before #bikebeyond started I was hesitant to take these bike-over-head-victory photos. It didn’t feel like I had earned the right until I got to San Francisco. I’ve taken a few since starting (obvi – they make for total #diabadass photos) but today was the first day I feel like I earned it. Today was tough…but I was stronger 💪 Whoever said Ohio is flat, lied. 🏔📈 #bridgeofdreams #omnipod#generationucan #iamspecialized

Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail

Update from Silvi!

#TeamTopless rides again 🔥🔥🔥🔥#bikebeyond#livebeyond #diabadass

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Update from Silvi!

His & Hers #bestsaddle #bestfriend#enjoyeverymile #bikebeyond #brookssaddle

Cleveland, OH

Update from Silvi!

Rest Day Best Day in #Cleveland #bikebeyond#sunneversetsoncool

Darlington, PA

Update from Silvi!

#shouldhavestayedinbed #bikebeyond @genucan UCAN Hydrate works great to clean out road rash too! #canihavesomemorphinestat 💊💊💊

Silvi Doesn’t Let Anything Hold Her Back

[Post originally published on SOOToday.com, available HERE.]

By: Darren Taylor

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Mason Dixon Line

Update from Silvi!

Crossed the Mason-Dixon Line yesterday and danced across it like a leprechaun!

Pittsburgh, PA

Update from Silvi!

Rode into Pittsburgh today after 80+ miles, insane heat & humidity followed by a crazy thunder & lightning storm and flash flood warning!#diabadass indeed 💉 #livebeyond #bikebeyond

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Update from Silvi!

Van Day doesn’t equal Rest Day #bikebeyond#livebeyond #diabeticsdontpacklight

Washington, D.C.

Update from Silvi!

I made it to DC! I cannot believe I cycled here!#what?! #somanymiles #bikebeyond #diabadass#livebeyond

University of Maryland Medical Center

Update from Silvi!

I guess you could say we’re getting along OK 🌭#bikebeyond #diabadass #livebeyond#dinodogsofsummer #teamdunkindinos#whereathedunkinbathroom #brontosaurusdog#brontosaurusneckisthebestpart

Update from NYC!

Finally getting together with everyone after months and miles of training was completely overwhelming. Rather than feeling like meeting a group of strangers it was more like reuniting with long lost family!

I’ve Got Soul Video

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

 

EMBRACING THE UNKNOWN AND BEYOND WITH T1D

I was diagnosed in the 80s. Not that long ago, but T1D and I go back to a time before the internet, smartphones, and CGMs (luckily I didn’t have to suffer through a time without home glucose meters).

Growing up as a diabetic before all of this technology came into play meant that things took a bit longer and required a bit more blood, but, in hindsight, it also meant freedom. I had to learn quickly to handle this disease on my own because I couldn’t share my sugars with my mom while I was at school and she was at work, and I couldn’t send a quick text asking anyone how much insulin I should take. And that freedom meant that I was confident to take my diabetes and explore as my world grew.

It’s not that my parents didn’t care, they just did a really good job of hiding that concern and worry from me. Really, without all of that technology the only way they could be hyper-vigilant is if they followed me around 24/7. I never thought twice about whether or not I could do something with diabetes because nobody ever told me I couldn’t.

I wasn’t reckless with my T1D except for a few of my teenage years, I am human afterall! I travel with extra supplies and backup plans. I always make sure at least one person around knows about my T1D and what to do in an emergency. When I wanted to get my first tattoo I contacted my doctor to make sure it would be okay. (Remember I couldn’t just Google it and I didn’t know any T1Ds with tattoos!)

I left home to attend university and never looked back. After graduation I moved overseas for a couple of years. I’m pretty sure I spent more time figuring out which clothes to bring than I did thinking about diabetes supplies. I’d just figure it out when I got there. And I did.

When I decided to spend three nights trying to survive in the jungle in Belize with with only a machete and my Bushman guides I insisted they let me take snacks and low supplies in case we weren’t so great at hunting and foraging.

The first time I tried mountaineering my guide thanked me for being so responsible with my T1D. Yes, he was trained in first aid and he was there to keep me safe but, just like always, I’m the one ultimately responsible for my sugars. Especially so when medical help is at least a day’s helicopter ride away!

I’ve travelled to over 30 countries and have had some amazing experiences. From scuba diving with sharks, eating my way through Italy, mountaineering in Canada, volunteering at an animal shelter in Nepal (where I also survived the earthquake), rock climbing, and now cycling across America with Team Bike Beyond.

When I first learned about Bike Beyond I actually didn’t want to apply. But my reasons for not applying had absolutely nothing to do with diabetes. (It was more because I had convinced myself that I hated cycling but that’s a different story for another time.)

Spoiler alert though: turns out I do not hate cycling. Just like before, I knew I’d figure out how to manage my sugars, even with all of the unknowns that will inevitably come up on this epic adventure. There’s a saying about a ship being safe in the harbour but that’s not what ships are built for. T1D or not, I have no plans to just sit safely in any harbour.

Getting Day One Done

[This entry was originally published on Silvi’s personal blog, available HERE.]

Start: Brooklyn, New York

Finish: Westfield, New Jersey

Miles: 22ish  Elevation: 469ish-ft

Best Part About Today:

After 1300 miles of training and 5 months of waiting, it finally happened. The ride has started and it was AH-MAZING.

This team is beyond anything I could have ever imagined and I am so awed and in love and impressed with all of thesepeople already.

What Could I Have Done Better:

My first instinct was nothing. It was day 1. Sugars were on point. Team was on time. Nobody crashed.

But then I volunteered to navigate the van (foreigners aren’t allowed to drive) and probably could have gotten us to the spots better. But I’m also happy to blame my drivers crappy maps app (not google :p) and the fact that we were navigating around the New Jersey Turn Pike which is generally horrendous.

Did I Try Something New Today:

Not really. Today was amazing but nothing was really new per say…. Save for the fact that it was my first ride with the team.

What Am I Proud Of:

I’m here 👊🎉

And I ended up being the go-to tent set up lady. Hopefully everyone wakes up dry tomorrow!

Home for the night

What Am I Excited For Tomorrow (Or Dreading…):

The rest of the summer!  Excitement and dread in equal measure still though

 

05/29 Pre-Ride Questionnaire

Tell us about the first time you rode a bike. 
I don’t remember the first time I rode a bike but just the other day I went for my first solo training ride and about 10 minutes into it I somehow messed up so bad my chain was totally jammed into my front derailleur and double backed on itself. It was a total disaster but I’m trying not to take it as a sign of what’s to come!

Tell us about a crazy moment or embarrassing experience with Type 1.
In my 27 years of being a diabetic I actually can’t think of anything. Lame, I know…

What would your spirit animal be?
A Quokka – it’s been called “”the happiest animal in the world”, they look sweet but have a salty side, and are notorious for raiding homes in search of late night snacks. Plus they’re totally adorable (below).

What’s your go-to low snack?
Trader Joe’s Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter – if you haven’t tried it yet, it’s magical. And using it to treat a low is one way to justify eating it straight from the jar, with or without a spoon.

Tell us something on your bucket list.
To fly first class – preferably by getting a free upgrade.

If your friends could pick three adjectives to describe you, what would they be?
Easy-going, Honest, Bubbly
Writer’s Note: I did actually ask a few of them and am quite disappointed nobody mentioned how funny I am!

What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why?
Inspired to Ride – a documentary about a group of cyclists who race 4,233-miles across America, riding 300 miles a day. It seemed like an obvious choice as I was scrolling through Netflix.

Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.
After years of begging for a puppy, a few months after I was diagnosed my parents finally caved. My brother and I had a very specific breed in mind so when one became available we immediately went to pick him up. Turns out he was born the exact same day that I was diagnosed. #kismet

What’s a super power you wish you had?
Being able to switch between being a land dwelling human and a sea creature that can live in the water and swim well, like a dolphin or whale. I’d swim all over the world and explore all the waterways and oceans.

Tell us something you’re good at!
Remembering song lyrics and karaoke – a highly underrated skill.
Laughing at times when most would cry or scream or give up or all of the above.

If you had a theme song for yourself, what would it be?
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off because 1. I’m super easy-going and am able to shake most things off, and 2. Because life’s too short to pretend you don’t like Taylor Swift.

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