Wix: What are you doing again?
Rob Woolfson (aka Type1Cycling): Riding my bike from Barcelona to Vienna!
W: Are you insane? How far is that?
RW: Maybe, isn't everyone here? Its 2300Km by the way, but that's not the worst of it, there is 33,000m of altitude - that's a lot of uphill riding.
W: Yeah I guess everyone here is a little nuts bit but I think you take the cake. Why on earth would you do this, is this fun for you?
RW: I am doing this as part of Team Blood Glucose's (TeamBG) Event - The Diabetes Grand Tour. We are raising awareness about diabetes, and more importantly the benefits of exercise on diabetes. We are doing research into the effects of endurance sport on diabetes and raising money for The charity TeamBG so that they can continue to put on events that encourage more people with diabetes to get out there and get active. At big events like this over achievers like my brother and me get to show people that our Diabetes doesn't hold us back, that there really is no challenge that we cannot accomplish despite the condition.
RW: I do have diabetes, but not THAT type of diabetes. There are two types, Type 1 (some people call it Juvenile Diabetes) which is an autoimmune disease that ends up with the body no longer producing insulin, and Type 2 usually diagnosed in older patients that often have lead unhealthy lives, they still produce insulin but have become resistant to it. My brother also has Diabetes he was diagnosed at 13 and myself at 27.
W: That's interesting, so what does exercise have to do with anything?
R: The key to a healthy diabetic life is balance. It is important that I keep my blood sugar with in a range most of the time. If I do not I could have some serious medical complications later in life. Exercise and staying healthy are key components in the balance equation. It also raises insulin sensitivity which is especially important for Type 2 diabetics as it could meant that along with a sensible diet they need no other treatment.
W: Wow this is a great thing you are doing, but how is Wix involved?
RW: As part of the Wix for the community project Wix is sponsoring me to ride the tour. It is incredibly generous and has allowed me to make a large charitable donation to the TeamBG cause as well as raise money from other people with out having to worry about funding the trip as well. It is really inspiring and heartwarming that the company I work for could feel so passionate about something I am involved in outside of work. I am forever grateful.
W: So glad we could help. How can other people get involved?
RW: I am currently finishing my training, and writing about it and more detail about the tour on my blog, during the tour I hope to update the blog and at least my twitter whenever I have access to the internet. I will be uploading my rides to Strava and Garmin Connect in case anyone wants to follow my exact progress. You can also visit the TeamBG site and read about what we are trying to do (sadly I haven't persuaded them to move over to Wix just yet). If there are any keen cyclists who like to track their rides I recommend using Strava, I have created a Wix group that you can enjoy so we can keep track of each others' rides.
You can also donate to TeamBG, there is a yellow donate button near the top right. When you fill in details please add that is either on my behalf or from a Wix employee.