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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UCI Track World Cup in Hong Kong!

Hello, Hong Kong! It’s good to be back with USA Cycling and yes, all safe and sound here. This weekend, I’ll be racing the Sprint and Keirin 🇺🇸

After a 20+ hour travel day and currently a 13 hour time difference, the jet lag is real and my diabetes is, well, 24/7. 

I frequently get asked – “How do you do it?”

The human body is so complex and diabetes isn’t a one size fits all autoimmune condition. 

I do absolutely everything I can to manage my diabetes, even with experience and resources, I am still always learning and improving. When it comes to training and living with diabetes, I believe, mindset and preparation is key for performance and lifelong good health.

Many variables can affect my blood sugars. My goal is to focus on the variables that I’m able to manage (sometimes): Sleep, minimizing stress, continue good nutrition and doing my best to recover. 

While traveling, I pack enough snacks and my ingredients for breakfast. Some of my essentials:

Thankful for my personal sponsors, Honey Stinger and Klean Athlete!

My suggestion, continue your routine, but don’t be timid on switching things up to improve your diabetes management. If you absolutely love what you’re doing, are prepared and have a good mindset, your outlook on managing your diabetes and even health may change, and sometimes for the better.

There are resources available. My team, Team Novo Nordisk has some great advice: https://www.teamnovonordisk.com/sports-diabetes/racing-tips/

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Fun Fact: Half of my suitcase is food :p

Happy World Diabetes Day!

Hey, you there! Happy World Diabetes Day and Happy Birthday to Sir Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin in 1921. ⁣

Photo by: Dan Chabanov

Did you know, November is also Diabetes Awareness Month! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Diabetes is a chronic, autoimmune condition and I need insulin to keep me alive.

I’m in the driver’s seat & in charge of my type 1 diabetes. I’m grateful for the medication and resources to manage my diabetes that enable me to live a healthy life & compete at the highest level in sport. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Thankful for the incredibly supportive diabetes community worldwide and friendships I’ve made. There’s so much meaning behind racing in my TeamNovoNordisk kit. We inspire, educate and empower people affected by diabetes. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

Klean Athlete Homemade “Ice Cream”

⁣You scream, I, scream, we all scream for Klean Athlete whey protein isolate “ice cream!!!” 🎉🎉🎉 Had fun making these little yummy treats. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

👩🏼‍🍳👉🏼Use a large glass to mix all the ingredients – eye it and add in what you’d like. You can’t really go wrong! It’s all yum. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

My ingredients:⁣⁣⁣⁣

Ripple chocolate and unsweetened vanilla ⁣⁣⁣⁣”milk” – no affiliation, just enjoy their plant-based products

• 1 scoop each of Klean Athlete vanilla and chocolate ⁣whey protein isolate⁣⁣

I think next time, I’ll make a vanilla only, add in some chia seeds and fruit. What do you think I should add in next?🥳⁣⁣⁣⁣

Want to try Klean? 15% OFF! Use code EKLN-5612 at check out.

UCI Fire on Wheels

Hello, Trinidad and Tobago! Arriving straight from the Pan American Championships in Bolivia, I thought it would be fun to race the UCI Fire on Wheels and relax at one of favorites places with one of my favorite humans!

At the beginning of the week, during training, a group of kids came to visit the track and I was fortunate to share my experience & passion with them. I also did some sightseeing and we met the cutest homeless puppy — I wanted to take her back home 😍

It was a great weekend, winning both the UCI Sprint and the Keirin! Valuable points earned toward World Cup and Olympic Qualification. So happy to also set a new track record and seal level PB in the flying 200m with a time of 11.067! I’m very pleased with the continued progression.

Thank you to the organizers and volunteers for making it possible. I absolutely love coming to race in Trinidad and seeing friends again! Thank you to my friend Dennis of REP868 for the custom blue M&M shirt! Sooo cool 🤩

After a month of being on the road, from Colorado Springs, Bolivia to Trinidad – I’m ready to get back home and prepare for World Cup season! Thank you everyone for your continued support.

2019 Pan American Championships

The Pan American Championships in Cochabamba, Bolivia were hosted at one of the fastest tracks in the world, at an altitude of 8,500ft/2,590m. Thankfully, we had a National Team preparation camp in Colorado Springs at 6,500ft beforehand to get acclimated. It was for sure, a memorable week all around for Team USA.

Bronze in the Sprints, 6th in the Keirin and a PB in the Flying 200m (10.463)! Broke the National Record and then my teammate set a new one! Congrats to my teammate, Maddie Godby for setting the new Women’s National Record in the Flying 200m (10.414) and Kelsey Mitchell of Cycling Canada with a new Women’s World Record in the Flying 200m (10.154)!!!!!

I’m fairly pleased with my results and the progression. Walking away with some vaubable experience and Olympic Qualification points for Tokyo 2020. Thank you, USA Cycling for all your support – from coaches to staff. It’s always a privilege and an honor to represent my country, especially with teammates and an awesome support crew!

Thank to my sponsors & team, Team Novo Nordisk – we are #ChangingDiabetes 💙