Happy Friday from Burlington, VT!
Tomorrow at this time, I will be three hours into a 100 mile bike ride with my Logistics Leaders for T1D Cure teammates and many others in support of JDRF and its vision of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.
If the weather forecast is correct, it will be raining tomorrow during the ride, which means I’ll be invoking Rule #9 of cycling:
Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period. Fair-weather riding is a luxury reserved for Sunday afternoons and wide boulevards. Those who ride in foul weather – be it cold, wet, or inordinately hot – are members of a special club of riders who, on the morning of a big ride, pull back the curtain to check the weather and, upon seeing rain falling from the skies, allow a wry smile to spread across their face. This is a rider who loves the work.
The real badasses, of course, are my daughter and everyone living with the daily challenges of T1D — many of whom will be cycling in the rain tomorrow too. Whatever challenges I face tomorrow are by choice; those living with T1D have no choice — they have to check their blood glucose levels and take insulin throughout the day to stay in a healthy range. Go too high and you feel like crap, go too low and you can pass out or die. As someone once said, living with T1D is like living with a colicky baby that never stops crying. You simply can’t ignore it if you want to stay healthy and alive.
That is why I ride — to find a cure so that my daughter and millions of others don’t have to live with this ever-present burden.
I’ve reached the starting line, but I’m still short of my fundraising goal. However, it’s not too late to support the cause. You can make a tax-deductible donation via my donation page. Any amount is greatly appreciated because every dollar gets us closer to a cure.
Thank you for listening and your support!
Moving on, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week:
- UPS Reaches Tentative Deal With Teamsters to Head Off Strike (NYT)
- Trucker Yellow Prepares to File for Bankruptcy as Customers Flee (WSJ – sub. req’d)
- FedEx pilots reject tentative deal, supervised talks likely (Reuters)
- Peak Shipping Season Is Fizzling Out for Freight Companies (WSJ – sub. req’d)
- SoftBank forms joint venture with Symbotic to build AI-powered warehouses, ups its stake (Reuters)
- IBM Cloud Carbon Calculator Helps Organizations Advance Sustainability Objectives and Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Why America’s Largest Tool Company Couldn’t Make a Wrench in America (WSJ – sub. req’d)
Since I’m not in the office today, I’ll share my commentary (and photos from the ride) next week.
This week’s “Song of the Week” is what I’ll be singing in my head throughout the ride tomorrow. “A miracle mile, where does it lead to?” A cure for type 1 diabetes, that’s my destination.
“Miracle Mile” by Cold War Kids