Phil Southerland, 25, is the founder and president of Team Type 1 monitored by FreeStyle (www.teamtype1.org), a cycling team comprised of 8 riders with Type 1 diabetes, who won their division in the Race Across America, in a time of 5 days 16 hours, and 4 minutes (3053 miles,) which is a new World Record. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors (please see website) we will be coming back to attempt to break our own record in 2007!
Phil was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 7 months old. With the guidance of his mother, and a competitive attitude, he has maintained an A1C between 5.8-6.2 for over 12 years now, except the past year when it has been between 5.2-5.7. Phil maintains that he is not living an adjusted life, but rather a normal life with small adjustments. Phil is quoted as saying: "I have never said 'no' to anything because of diabetes, I just made the adjustments so I could say 'yes'." Phil graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005, and currently works for the Northwestern Mutual in Atlanta, GA, as well as Team Type 1.
Thanks to recent advances in diabetes technology, Phil is hoping to lead the first ever all diabetic team to the Tour de France, and other top races around the world.
Team Type 1's motto is "HBA1C: Strive for 6.5" you can do it, we can help. Please contact Phil by going to the website www.teamtype1.org or via email at
phil AT teamtype1.org .