I woke up on Monday morning and literally jumped out of bed at 5AM sharp. No alarm necessary. This was the aftereffect of my recent journey as a Triabetes volunteer in Tempe AZ for the Ironman…an adventure that I am sure will shape me for the rest of my life as a Type 1 diabetic.
Any regrets I had from not going to d-camp as a kid were obliterated before we even made it to the state line. The weekend had a much greater impact on me than I had ever expected.
I would like to thank all the participants (the triathletes, the volunteers, the kids, the parents, and the film makers) for making the weekend so memorable. Also my deepest gratitude to the entire Insulindependence and Triabetes family for continuing to inspire, educate, and explore.
Special shoutout to fellow SD road warriors Amy, Ashley, and Michelle. I promise to lay off the 5 Hour Energy’s.
Here are some pics I took…I wish I could have taken more and I apologize to the athletes and participants that I didn’t get. I’m sure other pics will pop up somewhere, just check in on the links above. I’l try to get some videos posted soon too.
Ashley, Insulindependence Chairman Nate Heintzman, Ph.D, Triabetes team captain Sean McKendry, myself, Amy, and Michelle
Triabetes team captain Anne Findlay and I
Triabetes team captains: Casey Boren, Heather Warren, Denise Ricci, Kevin Burgess
Myself with Triabetes team captain Sébastien Sasseville
Michelle doing some bike prep
Triabetes team captain Brian Foster
Triabetes HQ, race day, really really early.
Race status chart, HQ
President & Founder of Insulindependence Peter Nerothin with yours truly.