2020 USA Cycling Olympic Long Team

Photo: Gabe Llyod

One step closer to the Olympic Dream 💫🇺🇸 The hard work continues. ⁣Let’s go!

USA Cycling announced their Olympic Long Teams and I’m thrilled to be named alongside such a badass group of athletes. ⁣it’s been an incredible journey so far.⁣

What’s this all mean? Well, it’s been a 2-year long process for track athletes in their disciplines to qualify for Tokyo as a nation. We’ve been competing and accumulating points at Pan Ams, World Cups and the World Championships. Now, American athletes must be selected for Team USA. The Final Olympic Team will be named in late spring of 2021. ⁣

I want to continue to prove to myself what I’m capable of as an athlete and what is possible with #diabetes. ⁣

Women’s Track Olympic Long Team!

My Coach, Andrew Harris pushing me up for the sprint at the 2020 UCI Track World Cup in Milton, Canada. Photo: Casey Gibson

My Coach, Andrew Harris pushing me off for the sprint at the 2020 UCI Track World Cup in Milton, Canada. Photo: Anja Thomas

2020 UCI Track World Cup in Milton, Canada. Photo: Kyle Helson

Keep Thriving

Happy Memorial Day! 🇺🇸 Today we remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. Our frontline looks a little bit different at the moment and my thoughts are with all essential workers. Thank you ❤️🦸‍♀️🦸‍♂️

I hope everyone is continuing to do well and if you’re not, that’s okay too. If you’ve felt a lot of different emotions in this time, you’re are not alone ❤️‬ You are loved and you do matter. ⁣

⁣Your physical and mental health are a priority and from my experience, exercise is the best medicine! Keep in touch with your loved ones that are near and far — thanks to video calls I can “see” my dad in Germany! And maybe even pick up a new hobby. I’ve been enjoying a lot more gardening these days and it’s gratifying. ⁣⁣⁣If you can, shift your energy to what is important to you.

Keep thriving ❤️ Gardens don’t bloom overnight. ⁣

Photo by: Matt Jones | @thevelodrome

St. Luke’s Hospital Partnership

I couldn’t be more excited to partner with St. Luke’s University Health Network to help promote #diabetes awareness and a healthy active lifestyle in my local community — I’m proud to call the Lehigh Valley home ❤️! ⁣⁣

The announcement was set before we surged into a pandemic, but we have some exciting things in the works. A BIG thank you to all the staff, doctors and nurses working on the front lines. I’ve had a virtual doctor visit from home, which was convenient and effective. I’m really looking forward to joining forces with St. Luke’s! Let’s all continue to do our part ☀️⁣⁣

Some photos from last summer’s first annual St. Luke’s Pediatric Diabetes Fun Fair with legend, Larry Holmes! Can’t wait for days like this again with my diabetes superheros!

2020 Olympic Games Postponed

The International Olympic Committee postponed the Olympics until 2021. A difficult decision, but the right one for our communities worldwide. People’s health are a priority. The decision will also allow all athletes the same opportunity to prepare and compete equally, which is important in the spirit of the Olympic Games. ⁣⁣

Qualifying as a nation has been a 2-year long process. Decisions and selections still need to be made by our National Governing Body. ⁣

Despite the circumstances and facilities closing, I’m making the best of it and and simply enjoying quality time at home. I have no doubt we will get through this together, and all be better because of it. ⁣⁣Keep believing!🙏🏼💙

Stay safe, healthy and wash your hands!⁣⁣

#ChangingDiabetes

📷 Casey Gibson

My Review: Shimano S-Phyre RC901T

Smiling over these beauties! Shimano’s new S-Phyre RC901T track shoe is 🔥 I’ve been using the RH320W road shoe for years and absolutely them. ⁣

I currently have full custom track shoes for racing and I’ve been looking for another track shoe to train in and be my back up pair. There aren’t too many track specific shoes in market and I’m excited about the new S-Phyre RC901T and share my experience! I feel that they would work too if you’re a criterium and time trial specialist. ⁣

When I look for a track shoe, I want a shoe that’s reliable, good looking, but most importantly stiff. I’m impressed with these! It’s a low profile shoe, with a stiff sole heal support, minimizing food movement, which kept my foot firmly in position for direct power transmission. The BOA system works great, so my foot feels snug and they’re quick and easy to take off – had no trouble and velcro steps didn’t get in the way. The only downside is that I got a blister on the inside of my foot, but that’s totally common with new and especially stiff cycling shoes until you break them in. Can they please come in more colors?!?⁣

Disclaimer: Everyone has a different experience with cycling shoes, so definitely do your research, but I highly recommend #Shimano and have been using their shoes and components for most of my entire cycling career! ⁣⁣

#RideShimano #ChangingDiabetes

Thank you 2019!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year! 🥳 I’m reflecting back on 2019 and it’s been a great year with Team Novo Nordisk!⁣

I kicked off the season with a few UCI podiums, a UCI Sprint win, 3 U.S. National Titles, and 1 Pan American Championship Bronze medal in the Sprint. At the three recent UCI Track World Cups, I finished 4th, 10th and 13th in the Sprints and hitting some personal bests. ⁣

I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m grateful for all the support and inspiration from my team, USA Cycling, Edge Cycling, my personal sponsors, supporters, friends and family. Thank YOU 💙 I look forward to 2020! ⁣

Let’s continue #ChangingDiabetes! ⁣

📷 The Valley Preferred Cycling Center and Tim Burton Photography

2020 With Team Novo Nordisk

⁣Inspire • Educate • Empower 💙 ⁣

📷 Matthew Jones

I’m excited and looking forward to another great year with Team Novo Nordisk and Novo Nordisk!

I can’t believe 2020 will mark 10 years with the team!!!

I remember it like yesterday, traveling around America, racing crits and learning how to manage and race with my diabetes. It was like learning how to ride all over again. It was so tough. Some days I felt strong and some days I didn’t and was off the back. My blood sugars were a mess. There were so many days, on and off the bike, I even questioned if I was good enough.

I’ve now been living with diabetes for 12 years and I’m not questioning myself like that anymore.

Diabetes doesn’t define me, but what I do with it does.

There are still days that are difficult, where my diabetes is unpredictable, even though I try to do everything right. It’s impossible to have the perfect diabetes. I have grown and learned to embrace the challenges with diabetes, through ups and downs, cool diabetes gadgets and to simply seek advice. Which in turn, has given me the knowledge and will power to better manage and live with diabetes than I did 12 years ago. So that I can, most importantly, live a healthy & long life, and currently race to my fullest potential.

I’m so grateful for the team’s support and can’t thank them enough for giving me the confidence to live and race with diabetes to my fullest potential. ⁣⁣

📷 Josh Burton

It’s amazing to witness the lives and perspectives we’ve changed for people living with #diabetes. One pedal stroke at a time… riding my bike gives me a greater purpose

Thank YOU for continuing to support and believe in me.

This team is family and racing in this kit means the world to me.

We are #ChangingDiabetes! 💙❤️🇺🇸 ⁣⁣

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