Early this morning my hosts had prearranged for me to speak at a local elementary school. Before the presentation the gym teachers had shared that if I could ride down the sides and come up to the front this would be great! We continued to talk. The room filled. It was in their gymnasium. When it finally filled all that was left of the floor space was the row down the middle. This was the only option so I pedaled.
I spoke about running and now my ride. I talked about states and what I ate. I shared about what Diabetes was and asked if they anyone with any sort of the disease. It went great. In these saturations I like to cut it short to be able to answer questions. When I did a “million” little hands went up asking me about animal sightings and past and current bike accidents. They asked if I got hurt running and I told them of running in the Leadville Race series with beat up toe’s. They asked me where I started and where I was going. I shared that I stuffed all my gear onto those bags on my bike. I asked if they had any ideas for my bikes name. They came back with the name Thunder.
After the presentation as the kids began to left some high-fived me. Some teachers told me thank you. Then I was introduced to three students from the school that are type-1s too. We talked about insulin pumps and exercise. When the room was empty a teacher shared that a student had to miss the presentation because of a test. She had been diagnosed just last week. No fear. No worries. I asked her how she was doing with it so far. Told her about Diabetes camps and that never make it an excuse. It may be a gift teaching you to be strong.
Later in the day well into my ride these were words I needed to live by too. Lots of hills. A strong wind and now a looming storm. Keep pedaling. Tomorrow night more families, adults and children to talk with in Jackson, MS.
Late in the afternoon I made it to the state of