Wednesday, 18 January 2012

t shirt time

There comes a time in every man's life when he gets fired for wearing a t-shirt (frankly anyone who has seen me sans t shirt knows that that is far more offensive). What distinguishes the good men from the great men is a) whether the t shirt in question was pink and b) what he does with said t shirt.
Link
After a lot of negotiating with various companies I've come up with a few t shirt designs of my own, the idea being to boomerang all that negativity in a positive direction; namely diabetes research and giving to an organisation that ACTUALLY benefits diabetic people. so you can improve your fashion credibility, decrease your laundry frequency and maybe your donation will be the one which helps find the cure.

thanks to my people at diabe-tees.com I've come up with a few designs. I'd like to get your feed back in the form of email (james@insulinandembrocation.com) on the design and we'll begin taking orders very soon. all the profit generated will go to the JDRF, there will be no BMW driving business class flying CEOs here. the same is true for all the products from diabetees and they can print their (awesome) designs on any apparel. I'll be getting a few, I'm all about owning the 'betes and what better way to say that your pancreas isn't getting you down then plastering the message across your chest? And what's more, the shirts come in a
very slim and narrow cut” so maybe they might actually fit my t-rex upper body?

anyway here are the t shirt mocks - feedback, via email or comments appreciated
Link

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

learning to love riding

it's my first week back at school. i'm not sure if it's the new shoes, the shiny lunchbox or the bigger kids stealing my multicoloured biro or the getting up early but something seems awfully familiar. It's been a year since i had to do anything other than ride a bike for a living and, oddly i'm enjoying riding my bike now more than ever.

i've been commuting to Uni, right now i'm using my colnago but i'm working on a commuter bike from the junk boxes of various buddies, it's truly a monstrosity, i don't think any two parts are technically compatible. i'm getting up early to ride to uni and riding home by longer routes at night as well as hitting the gym in the day as time allows. on the weekends i'm trying to knock out 8-10 hours and to investigate the tail end of the winter seasonal stouts

there's something really refreshing about riding from A to B as opposed to riding for 300k or for 6 hours. it's nice not to look at your watts and its always rewarding to ride a beater bike past a guy on deep dish carbon wheels. it's about finding out what cycling is about which is being outside, pedalling and enjoying the view.

on the negative side my office is not going to be the nicest place to be a the end of the week as the laundry piles up, and the porridge oats, nuts and raisins in my cupboard probably don't make the basis of a varied diet.

big things are coming for team traveller, stay tuned and expect some announcements in the next week or so and please, please get over to pleasefund.us and contribute to the project. we've had hugely generous donations so far and we're working on incorporating our team stakeholders into the process of deciding our calendar and race schedule but no donation is too small, it's about having a stake in the sport and investing in the riders as people and the future of the sport, not the riders as products and clinging onto the past (treating people badly is the same, no matter whether you wrap it in funky golf socks or not).

so stay tuned and stay smiling 2012 is going to be great

Monday, 2 January 2012

Hungover and happy

Well it’s international hangover appreciation day here in San Diego (in that the number of hangovers is appreciating, not that anyone is enjoying them). This means a few things, one that there will most likely be a run on bacon for that all important breakfast. Two that the grid will see excess electricity demand as EVERYONE hoovers up after the night before and three that I have a US visa again. As of 12.01 am on the 1st of January. I’ve got no problems being in the US and team type one’s p1 visa has no prejudice on my right to remain, exciting hey? If it means I can do 100 miles in shorts on New Year ’s Day, and get a Taco Gobernador afterwards, I’m happy.

Appropriately I began 2012 upside down in a pile of my friends, and strangers on a sofa. I think I’ve spent most of 2011 in the same way, it’s been disorientating and at times confusing but being surrounded by great people, having fun, trying to make a difference and make new friends has made it all a great experience. My world might have turned upside down but it was the people I met who put it the right way up again, and now it’s more stable than it ever was before.

2011 has been a topsy turvy year to say the least. I am not a big one for looking back as there is so much future to look forward to, and we can actually influence that. But I do want to take this chance to say that I have had the most amazing year of my life. With all its ups and downs aside this has been a wonderful experience. For every one person who has hurt me (and especially one particular person) there have been a dozen who have helped me. I’ve learned so much about the fundamental kindness and humanity of people this year and I want to thank each and every person who has helped me. I lost a job, a house, an awful lot of money and lots of things I owned and I gained a vocation, a home, very little money and a lot of things I needed.

So if you’ll allow me; if you’ve sent me an encouraging message, fed me, let me sleep on your floor/sofa/bed/in your barn, passed me a bottle, bought me coffee, fixed my bike, given me insulin, given me sugar, dragged me across a bullring, published my story when someone threatened you, driven me somewhere, sent me peanut butter, taught me about wine or beer or bank accounts or visas or passports or marriage or fishing or growing up, baked me a cake, and indeed if you’ve just sent me your best wishes prayers and greetings or just smiled at me as I went by. Thank you. Oh and if you fired me from your cycling team; Thank you. I’ve really have learned a lot and it’s down to every interaction I’ve had. It would have been easy to give up, to stop riding bikes, to stop trying to help other people with my condition and to lose faith in people. But it’s thanks to the support of everyone else that I haven’t.

2012 is shaping up to be a great year. I’m hugely excited about my new team, I hope I can take just a small fraction of the positivity I’ve received and pass it on. If I can, the world will be a better place. Whenever things get difficult, and they will. I feel that I’ve a great reserve of fortitude to fall back on. All my friends all over the world have done so much for me and I owe it to them to succeed. I hope I can catch up with more of you in 2012, I hope we can share a meal and conversation as well as morals and compassion.

Stay tuned for more updates on the team, on how you can get involved, on the schedule and on the adventures we’re planning. As always, get in touch if you’ve any ideas/questions/burning issues to raise. For now, bon any nou, feliz año Nuevo, bonne année and happy New Year. I hope it brings all of you health and happiness.






-yep typed it with my thumbs: they're what makes us better than apes

Location:On a train to la