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Ryan Reed's journey back to the track with Dexcom

April 15, 2019 by Scott Johnson

Today, Ryan Reed takes us through his journey back to the track with Dexcom and DGR-Crosley and we learn what his day with diabetes and racing looks like!

He’s become an inspiration to young and old alike with his determination to pursue his dream of racing as he manages the ups and downs of diabetes.mySugr Bundle - Unlimited Accu-Chek Guide test strips

In our chat today, Ryan talks about the joys and challenges of racing both cars and trucks, how he deals with the challenges of diabetes, and how he feels about working to inspire people with diabetes to chase their dreams.

Summary

  • Ryan’s journey back to the track
  • How Ryan stays busy in diabetes advocacy and racing all the time
  • What life might look like if Ryan were not racing for a career
  • How does Ryan manage his diabetes on a daily basis?

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Scott Johnson: Have you ever been in a situation where life is zooming by at a million miles per hour, but you need to figure out a way to steal a quick glance at your blood sugar, and you just can’t figure out how? Well, today we are catching up with professional NASCAR racer, Ryan Reed, to talk about how he pulls it off.

Scott Johnson: And you know what? It doesn’t matter if you’re racing around a track at hundreds of miles per hour, racing your kids to school and practice, or simply racing to finish your next task at work. Our goal is to keep diabetes out of the way so that we can keep doing what we’re doing, right?

Scott Johnson:  What’s up, Monster Tamers? Welcome to another episode of “Live, with Scott!” Thanks so much for tuning in. My name is Scott Johnson. I’ve been living with diabetes since I was five years old, and the diabetes social media space, that’s you, by the way, has been an important part of my wellbeing for a long, long time. Thanks so much for helping me along.

Scott Johnson: As your host today, I am thrilled to connect you with Ryan Reed, because it’s not every day that you get to hear from a professional athlete about living well with diabetes while constantly working to master his craft. While we get going, please share a quick hello in the comments and let me know where you’re watching from. If you know anyone that might find this helpful, please do me a favor and share this with them.

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Scott Johnson: Now, let’s dive right into our discussion with NASCAR driver, Ryan Reed, who lives with type 1 diabetes.

Scott Johnson: All right, Ryan. Great to see you again. Thanks for coming back.

Ryan Reed: Yeah, thanks for having me. It’s been a little bit, but I’m excited to be back on.

Scott Johnson: Yeah, always a pleasure to chat with you. So fill me in. It’s been a busy time for you. Talk to me a little bit about your journey back to the track.

Ryan Reed: Obviously, I feel like life, as most folk living with diabetes know, that life has tons of ups and downs and challenges and bad times as well as good times obviously. And so, at the end of last year, when I was told that I would not be going back into the full-time NASCAR program that I had been in for the last five years, it’s super scary. I’d gotten very comfortable and I had dreamt about that for my entire life, being able to race professionally in NASCAR and a lot of great times.

Ryan Reed: But also too, I mean everything happens for a reason and was able to have a great support team around them and my parents and just a lot of people around me, and my girlfriend that got me through the challenges and it’s like, “All right, now I look forward to what’s next.”

Ryan Reed: And so, after that, it was kind of re-shift my focus on getting back into a race car, and also too, if I wasn’t racing full-time, what does that look like? Is that something that there are good things that can come from that? I mean, are there things that I want to do or haven’t done because I’ve been racing full-time for so many years and so, a lot of things that I kind of shifted, and a lot of areas that I started to be able to think about that had never thought about.

Ryan Reed: And so, yeah, I mean, first of all, fast forward now into March, I wasn’t out of the race car for too long. Dexcom came on and sponsored at Las Vegas that ran for a team DGR-Crosley, and it was really cool. I hadn’t run a truck, and I mean it’s still one of NASCAR’s top three divisions in motorsports. I raced in Las Vegas, which was one of my favorite tracks close to where I grew up in Bakersfield, California. So it was kind of a little bit of a homecoming for me, and we ran really good. DGR-Crosley’s a young team, and we were able to go down there and get a top 10, and kind of a one-off start had never worked with those guys. So there was kind of some immediate success. And so it was cool to see. It was a big confidence builder for me knowing that I could hop right back in and get the job done. But it was also really cool to see Dexcom support me. They’ve been a supporter of mine for a number of years and be able to see that support from them was pretty awesome.

Ryan Reed: And then, after that, it was kind of like, “Okay, well what now?” Obviously, I still want to be very active in the diabetes advocacy side. That’s something so important to me and is to encourage people living with diabetes to take care of themselves, manage their diabetes, and then go do whatever it is that you love to do. I’ve been so outspoken about my story and being told that I’d never be able to race again. I just don’t want that for anybody. This disease is so tough to manage day in and day out as it is, you don’t need to think that it’s going to stop you from doing what you love.

Ryan Reed: Just trying to be super active on that side. And then also a little bit of analyst worked on the NASCAR side of things. So I’ve been doing some analyst stuff for the truck series and on one of NASCAR’s weekly shows on Fox Sports 1, with RACE HUB, which is really cool. And so, I’ve just been in a bit different mixed bag of things that I’ve been able to do, as well as, obviously staying in shape for if the phone rings and I get the chance to hop into a race car against soon.

Scott Johnson: Yeah, you definitely sound like you’ve been keeping yourself busy, which is awesome and exciting. It’s exciting for me knowing you for many, many years and knowing that you’ve been a huge user and advocate of Dexcom, to see their name plastered all over that race truck it. It’s super cool. I love seeing that. I’m so curious to hear about the differences in driving a race truck versus a race car. Can you dive into that for a little bit?

Ryan Reed: Yeah, I mean, I think that for your average viewer, average fan, who hasn’t spent any time in a race car, it looks so drastically different. And really really, it is. It is so different to drive them, but not probably in the aspects that you think. You think of a car, especially a race car, right? They’re sporty, they handle super good. They’re really fast and they’re low to the ground, all those kinds of qualities.

Ryan Reed: And a truck, you think of it as being heavy and doesn’t handle as good and not as racy. But what’s crazy is that these NASCAR trucks, they’re every bit as racy as a race car. And honestly, what’s ironic about it is the trucks, of the three top series of NASCAR being trucks. Xfinity, which is what I’ve spent the majority of my time in the Cup Series, which is the top level of NASCAR, the trucks actually handle the best. And, as far as practice and qualifying and all this stuff that you go through throughout the weekend, they actually handled much, much better.

Ryan Reed: It makes my job easier in a lot of ways. Once you get into race conditions and you’re trying to race other people that they have their own sets of challenges and equally as challenging. But, it’s a lot of fun. It was very cool. It was something that I have not done in six years, I think it was the last time I raced a truck, so is able to kind of take me back to when all this first started and I was 19 years old and so green to the sport, and young, and kind of a wide-eyed and bushy tailed. It was cool to kind of go back and reminisce on all that and then also just enjoy being back in a race car and just having a lot of fun with it.

Scott Johnson: Yeah, I bet. There was an article I read last week sometime, I’m so ashamed of myself, I can’t remember the young lady’s last name. I think her first name was Ashley. But the thing that stuck out to me about the article was talking about, you were describing like just the differences in airflow as you were moving around trucks compared to your experience in the race cars.

Ryan Reed: Yeah, exactly. I mean air dynamics is something that is such a huge part of our sport with NASCAR. Every series, whether you’re talking about trucks, Xfinity or cup, aerodynamics is one of the premiere and most important things that go on within our sport. I mean, every single team has engineers and aerodynamicists that they focus on that stuff.

Ryan Reed: And so, the best thing that I always say when we’re talking about aerodynamics, so just really explain it at a very simple level to kind of wrap your head around and wrap your mind around it is, you’re driving down the road, right? You’re driving down your neighborhood, 25 miles an hour, you stick your hand out the window, you feel a little bit of air up against it, moving around.

Ryan Reed: Then when you’re going down the interstate, you roll your windows down, and there’s so much air, right? You could never drive down the interstate with all four windows down. And I mean, you got papers flying everywhere. You stick your hand out the window, tons of pressure up against your palm of your hand. Now imagine how much air there is moving around and how much force there is and you’re going to 180 to 200 miles an hour. You’re talking about hundreds if not thousands of pounds of pressure, moving around.

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Ryan Reed: Then you mix in a pack of car vehicles going 200 miles an hour and then you have just a very turbulent air movement and you got air doing all kinds of different things that you would never think and you can use that air to manipulate cars around you. And so, a lot of people make the comparison of race car drivers to pilots because you have to have the understanding of what the air does, and what it can do, either benefit you or hurt you.

Ryan Reed: And so, you see a lot of guys that get in accidents in the first couple of races in NASCAR. It’s because they talk about it, they’re like, the guy took the air off me or you’ll hear phrases like that. And what ends up happening is as we all grew up racing lower divisions between 80 and 140 miles an hour, which is still, a tremendous amount of speed. And then you get into the top levels of NASCAR and you’re doing 180 to 200 miles an hour, and someone gets real tight to you, gets real close to you, and they don’t actually touch you, but they manipulate the air around you, and next thing you know, you’re spun out in the wall, wrecked it 180 miles an hour and you’ve destroyed your race vehicle.

Ryan Reed: It’s a very quick learning curve because you’ll tear up very expensive equipment very quickly if you don’t take the time to understand exactly what the air is doing. So it’s kind of my long-winded response to exactly, because like I said, aerodynamics is the most important thing in our sport as of today. And especially as this work progresses.

Scott Johnson: It’s fascinating to listen to you … Yeah, no problem.

Ryan Reed: You can hear my dog in the background.

Scott Johnson: Totally. Don’t worry about that at all. I think I could listen to someone who is an expert in that area talk about that all day long. It just sounds so fascinating. Talk, to me a little bit about how living with diabetes has … I like to think living with diabetes has made me an expert at rolling with the punches. Right? And so, and it sounds to me like you where you’re coming from, getting your journey kind of back on the track. You had your fingers into so many different things, how has type 1 diabetes added struggles to that and opened additional doors for you through that journey?

Ryan Reed: I speak more from my perspective, but challenges in my life were school. I was so focused on racing that, okay, I want to get through school. I want to get good grades So mom and dad will let me race. That was a choice, and you show up to the racetrack and there are so many challenges there, you’re trying to win, you’re trying to be fast and practice, you’re trying to qualify well, you’re trying to learn how to … I mean I’m the young guy trying to just do what I love to do, what I’m passionate about it and be the best at my sport. And that’s a choice.

Ryan Reed:  And like I’ve put myself in that position to deal with those challenges. And for the most part, everything I was doing in life was because that’s what I want it to be doing. Those are the challenges I wanted to put in front of myself. And then I get diagnosed with diabetes and no longer are these challenges that I want to do, the challenges that I have to do, and ultimately the challenges that I have to deal with to keep myself healthy and alive. And, if I want to be a race car driver, I have to be healthy. I have to take care of myself. I have to be an athlete, I feel perform at a high level. It’s a much different mindset and those challenges are every single day, from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep, you never get a break from it.

Ryan Reed: It’s not like school where you get Saturday, Sunday off, speaking as a kid and then, for me now as an adult, it’s not, okay, I raced on Saturday, now I get to hang out Sunday afternoon order pizza. Do you know what I mean? Like I don’t just get to walk away from it, you know what I mean? I don’t just get to mentally check out from it. You never get that break. And I think that people with diabetes really understand that. They really understand what I’m talking about when you just say you never get that break from dealing with it. And everything else in life, you can mentally check out from everything, almost everything else, you know what I mean? Except for challenges like living with diabetes.

Ryan Reed: And, it’s hard. It’s very hard. And those are things that make diabetes so, so difficult, and makes people just so frustrated and really makes life tough sometimes. But then also, silver linings in all this, there are people that I’ve met relationships that I have in my life because of diabetes that I would never have. You look at it and you say, “If I didn’t have diabetes, what would my life look like?” And, so many people that I know, so many things that I’ve done have been through, and so some of the rewarding stuff that I’ve experienced in my life has been through diabetes, with advocacy work and different things, and stories that I hear, meeting a family and hearing a five-year-old kid say, “I want to be a race car driver and I have diabetes and I look up to you.”

Ryan Reed: I mean, those are words that I never in my life thought that I would hear. And growing up I just want to be a race car driver. I love driving race cars and it was what I love to do. And then now it’s turned into so much more and it’s been an amazing experience. And so, while I hate diabetes, I hate waking up in the middle of the night with a low and I hate when while I’m starving, want to eat dinner and my blood sugar’s high and I’m trying to wait for my blood sugar to come down before I … All those things, and, trying to go to bed and I have a low, all these things that you have to deal with are so tough. But then also too, it’s like how could I trade those amazing moments, those life fulfilling moments, you know?

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Ryan Reed: And so, I just think that, at the end of the day, when it comes to my diabetes, I quit looking at it like, what if I didn’t have diabetes? I do have diabetes, it’s what I have to deal with. And I get through the tough moments and look forward to the good moments. And so I think that, that’s been something that’s helped me stay mentally strong and not just in diabetes, but just in everything in life. There’s plenty of tough moments and there’s going to be a lot more. But there’s are also going to be a lot of great moments. And so, you can’t control every aspect of life. You just have to do the best he can with the cards you’re dealt and make the most of it.

Scott Johnson: Yeah, absolutely. And to think that you are one of those figures that a young athlete look at and say, “Diabetes didn’t Stop Ryan. So why should it stop me?” That’s a pretty big deal, you know?

Ryan Reed: Yeah, absolutely. right before we hopped on this, I got an email and it was a story about a 17-year-old kid and he lives with diabetes and his dad sent me … he had done a sociology paper and did it actually on me and my racing career, and what my diagnosis and everything I’ve been through. I read it literally 10 minutes before I hopped on this. There’s so much motivation in that for me and it’s so rewarding and it’s kind of hard to put in words. And the older I get, the more mature I get, the more I appreciate those things. It’ll be a Sunday afternoon and I’m watching a race or I’m hanging out watching football and you’re just like, “Wow, that’s pretty amazing.”

Ryan Reed: I’ve been a part of something like and it’s just so humbling. I mean, at the end of the day, it’s just very humbling for me and those kinds of moments are what it’s all about. racing and everything that I’ve done in my life, they shifted so much. I mean, I’d go back to my two-day tunnel win because those have been the highlights of my professional career, but also they’ve been to see the impact it made and to see what that those ones meant to people. Being in that moment, experiencing that joy of winning, which I’ve loved since I was a young age, like winning a go-cart race or winning the Daytona, I’ve loved it.

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Ryan Reed: But then, when I walk away from the race track and when I get done with the media center and I get on my phone, you look at your Twitter timeline or an Instagram post or you just see the response from the community and hat those wins meant to people, and how people will say, “That gives me confidence. I can do whatever I want in life just by having diabetes.” Those are words that I cannot put into perspective how much they mean to me and see that … I mean, at the end of the day, like after last year when I lost my ride and I didn’t know if I was gonna be racing anymore, those are the things that I thought about and I’m like, “You know what? I can’t quit.” Quitting isn’t an option; this is not just for me. This is for everyone that finds encouragement or anything else within my racing. I want to keep that going and I want to provide that for people as much as I possibly can. And also, I love driving race cars. So, there’s always that.

Scott Johnson: Yeah. Can you talk a little bit about how diabetes, dealing with those hard times, like he talked about those right before bed or you’re hungry, but your blood sugar’s high and the healthy habits that you have developed to take care of yourself as a person with diabetes and also a professional athlete? I’m imagining that that also builds in your resiliency that then you were able to lean on as you’ve gone through some of these hard moments in your racing career. Can you talk about that a little bit?

Ryan Reed: Yeah, for sure. It’s really interesting because diabetes is such a tedious disease. You change one thing and it can be anything across the board. You sleep a little less, you sleep a little more. You’re a little more stressed out, you’re a little stressed out, you’re a little dehydrated, you worked out a little harder that day or maybe you haven’t worked out in a couple of days. All these things, I mean, I see it so much, I mean, have such a huge impact on your diabetes and there’s no playbook. You have to look at it and so many times you have to be your own doctor and make these decisions that are really tough, you know?
And so it makes diabetes such a tough disease and you’re injecting, you’re taking insulin shots or whether you have a pump or maybe you’re taking insulin injections. You’re making these decisions that … we all know the consequences of what low blood sugar does. And then obviously, if you don’t treat high blood sugar, then there are consequences there.

Ryan Reed: And so we’re always balancing this act of trying to take the best care of yourself. But like the end of the day, you’re doing the best you can. When I get done with a workout, I ate breakfast and I went to work out, I was like, “Man, I nailed my mealtime, insulin. I took my long insulin.”

Ryan Reed: I’ve done everything right and then I’m halfway through working out, my blood sugar’s low, I’m shaking and I feel terrible and I can’t get through my workout. And my buddy who I’ve trained with every day, he’s getting through it now. It’s just so frustrating. And those are the times where you’re just like, why? Like, this isn’t fair that … I didn’t choose this, I didn’t do anything wrong. I just woke up one day and was really thirsty, had lost a lot of weight and now I have diabetes. You don’t know why this happened. I go and I drink a sports drink or I take some glucose tablets and I wait for 15, 20 minutes and I get back after it and, say that sucked, I didn’t want to deal with that, but let’s go get after it. Let’s keep training.

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Ryan Reed: That’s on the more of the professional side of how I deal with it. But at the same time, time, I get done at a birthday party or we’re out at dinner with friends and eat dinner and I eat too much bread before on meal and my blood sugar’s high at the meal and everyone’s eating dessert or having an after-dinner drink or something like that. I hold off because my blood sugar’s too high. You feel a little out of place or you feel like those times where you’re a little segregated. I think you have to find a lot of solitude and you have to be comfortable knowing that I took care of myself, and I did that. That was something I did for me.
Sometimes my diabetes management, I get a little selfish, and I’m just like, you know what, I did that for me, and I don’t care what anyone else thinks, or I don’t care that I didn’t do what everyone else did because that’s what I had to do for myself. Take care of myself. At the end of the day, the person who benefits the most is me from that. I mean it’s just kind of the way I look at it and I feel like, whether … Then when I get back on the racetrack and I’m in the best shape that I can be and not … and I’m most naturally prepared, and I feel great and I get in the race car and I feel great all race long and everything goes great and I get out of the car and I could celebrate a good finish. It’s all worth it, you know?

Ryan Reed: That’s what keeps you motivated. Even the times right now where I’m not in the car, I know that I have full confidence I’m going to get back in the race car and then when I do want to be 100% prepared and it’s because of the sacrifices along the way.

Scott Johnson: Yup. And making those decisions knowing you’re doing the best thing for you. I think that many of us would benefit from putting ourselves first and putting our health first. I think that’s a great thing to do.

Ryan Reed: It doesn’t always happen. There’s plenty of Sundays where I fall off the wagon and I call the pizza man and I sit on my couch and enjoy an afternoon. I mean, you have to have those times. I try to stay as mentally strong for as long as I can. And then when I give myself that reward or I fall off the wagon a little bit, I don’t beat myself up for it because I know … And then also, that helps me in those times. I know that I’ve worked hard, I deserve a break every now and then just as everyone does.

Scott Johnson: It’s about getting back up and moving on.

Ryan Reed: Exactly.

Scott Johnson: Another thing that diabetes teaches us is, you mentioned before the workout, doing everything right and then still running into trouble. That’s the nature of diabetes in many cases. But it’s our strengths of being able to get back up and keep going.

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Ryan Reed: Yeah. Every day, you learn something, you’re like, oh, I noticed, on days that I do more cardio, or the days that I left a little more, or this a little more adrenaline and this workout or different things like, oh, today’s a big day for me to find out on this. You worked really hard on this project or this certain thing and you’re going to find out the result that day, and it’s really stressful, my blood sugar is going to run a little higher.

Ryan Reed: I feel like I never stopped learning. And every time my life changes and every time my personal life changes, it affects my diabetes or how my professional life changes. And so I just try not to get too frustrated when things are a little different that day and everything doesn’t go according to plan. I just tried to learn from it and file it away and the next time that same day rolls around and be like, “Oh yeah, I remember why this is happening” and that can make the adjustment.

Scott Johnson: Yeah, I think that’s great. Be a student of ourselves helps a lot. You talked a little bit earlier about all the different things you were doing and starting to think about. Can we just imagine a world where and maybe down off in the future or if racing didn’t work out again, what could you see yourself getting involved in?

Ryan Reed: Yeah, I mean I think that there’s so many different … It keeps me awake at night because I get so excited about all the different possibilities. I have two main passions in life and racing is obviously racing and diabetes advocacy. I mean I think that obviously I’m just very passionate about the sport that I’m in and I love racing and I want to see it do well and I want to be a part of it in some way, shape or form. Obviously right now my passion is being behind the wheel.

Ryan Reed: And then also too, I mentioned earlier on that, I’ve done some broadcasting and some analyst work, and I’ve really enjoyed that. I think that, that’d be a great big place may at some point in my career, I don’t know whether it’s sooner or later or where that exactly fits and only time will tell.

Ryan Reed: And then also the advocacy side, and I think that the advocacy side, it makes a lot of sense. I don’t have to put too much thought into it when I’m behind the wheel, it falls into place. And, I go to a children’s hospital, I go to an endo’s office or I go to a camp or I go to a walk, all these different things and I can make an impact. Or bring a family out to the race and have the kid check out the race car and see my CGM, see my Dexcom sitting on the dash to the race car, stuff like that, that’s rewarding for me. And it seems to make a very big impact for that kid or family.

Ryan Reed: And continue that. I mean, that’s obviously what I’ve done for the last five years and have been loved it and feel like it’s been successful on both sides. But then also too, what if I’m not racing? What does that look like? How does that shift? And I’m still kind of learning, you know what I mean?

Scott Johnson: Yeah.

Ryan Reed: I think that it’s given me the opportunity to be a little bit more of behind the scenes and give my voice to different organizations that make an impact and give my opinion on things rather than just be a face to something, be a voice for it as well. And work, as I said, I’ve had a little more time this year and so I’ve been more involved on a different side of things and just giving more ideas and stuff.

Ryan Reed: I mean that’s something that I feel like I’m still learning, and this year has been really good for me on that side of things. It’s made me look at things from a different perspective. It’s a journey that I’m excited to continue to go down and hopefully some things pan out over the next few weeks. I feel like I have so many irons in the fire, more than I’ve ever had in my life. And, so many different opportunities out there.

Ryan Reed: At first, when I found out, basically November last year that I wasn’t going to be returning to the same program, the Xfinity series with the same sponsor. And I thought it was the worst thing that can happen. I was just bummed out. Do you know what I mean? And change is scary for anyone. And then you fast forward five months, and I’m like, “this is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” Like so many things in my life had changed and shifted and so many opportunities and doors have opened.

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Ryan Reed: Just like being diagnosed, it was the worst thing. And then you fast forward and it’s like, I can’t imagine if this didn’t happen to me. Yes, it’s terrible. It’s tough, a lot of scary things, a lot of unknowns. But because of it, X, Y, and Z happened, and I’ve grown from it and all these different categories. And so that’s kind of where I’m at today. And so, I know that doesn’t give a lot of answer to your question, but basically, at the end of the day it’s a lot of learning and unknowns and that’s what life’s all about.

Scott Johnson: Perfect. And a very powerful way to answer the question. What a positive way to approach life in general and especially life with diabetes. And I’m very excited to see where that takes you. Maybe to wrap things up, let’s share with the viewers what you do on a daily basis to manage your blood sugars and keep yourself in peak performance so you can get out there and rock it on the race track or on the advocacy, whichever one you’re doing that day.

Ryan Reed: Yeah. The first thing I do, I wake up and I’m not a morning person, so I walked straight to my coffee maker and I get a cup of coffee. Eat some breakfast. I like to kind of front load my carbs in the day. I like to carve up in the morning with a little bit of protein, like maybe some waffles and some eggs. You usually do like everything’s whole grain or whole wheat. Coffee is the key component in all that to get me going. Put on like Sports Center or something in the background and then work a little, check my email and go through that side of things in the morning and then it’s usually off to see my trainer or do a workout that my trainer has you lined out for me. That’s anywhere from an hour to three hours depending on what the workout is. If it’s an endurance workout, obviously it can be a 10-mile run or a 30-mile bike ride or an hour and a half of swimming, something like that. The strength work is usually a little closer to an hour.

Ryan Reed: From there, my afternoons vary, I mean, whether it’s, sometimes it’s getting on an airplane and flying somewhere and doing an appearance or to the race track and hanging out with the race team. And, even still, I still go to the racetrack a lot, even though I’m not racing full-time, I still go and just be there just because I’m so passionate about the sport and I have some relationships with the race track. I mean I’m still very active in the diabetes community as I’ve mentioned and find ad appearance or a conference or something.

Ryan Reed: Then also too, still searching for sponsorship and all that. So that’s a huge part of my daily routine is working really hard on finding partners to help me go racing full-time. So, and then also, I have plenty of hobbies. I love to golf. I have lots of dogs, so that keeps me busy. So I mean, away from all this, I have a girlfriend, dogs, family, mom, dad, and brother. All these things that keep me busy. And so, they’ve been great to me as I kind of figured out what life holds for me next. And that’s been really cool to see the people I think that, when, when life’s great, you see everyone around you and everything’s, awesome.

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Ryan Reed: And then when you fall on hard times, or not even hard times, but just, when life shifts and you take turns left or right, you really see who’s behind you and you get the chance to evaluate those relationships and I couldn’t have a better support team.

Scott Johnson: I’m so glad to hear that. Is there anything else that you want to talk about that maybe I haven’t asked about yet?

Ryan Reed: No, I think those are great questions and it’s been a lot of fun to answer them.

Scott Johnson: Yeah, great. Well, so much fun to catch up with you again, wishing you all the best in a fast motion around the track and best of luck with all the meetings, and thank you for all the advocacy work that you do. I’m quite confident that you’ll be doing that for a long time yet to come and reach out if there’s anything that I and we can do here at mySugr to help you along the way, and we’ll catch up again soon.

Ryan Reed: Thank you guys, mySugr is a great platform and something that I think has helped a lot of people with diabetes, including myself, and also my doctor. I know my doctor always likes to see mySugr and what my A1C is and that gives her a way to … My doctor’s in California. So I have a no excuse if I don’t get to see her every quarter. And so this is the way that she can keep me honest from across the country.

Scott Johnson: Yeah great. Love to hear that. Well, we’ll get you back on again soon for another update. And, thanks again for coming on.

Ryan Reed: Absolutely. I’ll talk soon.

Scott Johnson: Sounds good.

Scott Johnson: All right, there you have it. What did you think about that chat with Ryan? Let us know. And as a special thanks for all you watching, I have a fun mySugr tote bag with some goodies inside, like a pop socket, a few stickers, and I even tracked down another autographed copy of Adam Brown’s Bright Spots & Landmines book that I want to give away. To enter, leave a comment below. And before next week’s show, I’ll randomly pick a lucky winner or two and announce then announce them during the start of next week’s broadcast.

Scott Johnson: I did receive an update from the Miles of Portraits team, Erik and Annalisa, but the video didn’t come through, or I should say it’s on its way through. And I guess one of the challenges of internet connectivity and cycling from Los Angeles to Santa Fe, New Mexico is slow Internet from time to time. So, I got the message that the video is on its way, but I haven’t received the video yet, so we’ll be sure to move that schedule ahead a little bit forward for the next week and get that video. But, know that we’re still on track to get those updates for you as often as possible, pending weird technical glitches along the way.

Scott Johnson: But yeah, they are happy, healthy and making progress on their mission and their journey. So things are looking good in their world, and we’ll see them again as soon as possible.

Scott Johnson: Once again, today’s episode is sponsored by mySugr Bundle. Get unlimited strips, automatic supply refills, personalized support, and more all for just $49 per month. Learn more at mysugr.com/facebooklive.

Scott Johnson: And then, be sure to tune in next week where I have an inspiring episode with the amazing Phyllisa Deroze, a trailblazing blogger who brings an African American perspective to the blogosphere. She’s been active in the diabetes online community and strives to maintain a leadership role in educating others about type 2 diabetes from a patient perspective. And I cannot wait to talk with her.

Scott Johnson: Thank you so much for joining again today. Please give this video a like, share with your friends. Have another amazing day, and I’ll see you next week.


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