Steve Ahn, the guy in the center, taught my girls' science at Valle Crucis in middle school. He is responsible for igniting a passion in them for science which they continue to explore to this day. My children agree, if you could bottle Mr. Ahn's enthusiasm and ability to connect with students and inject said characteristics into the United States public education system then the state of education in America could quite possibly change overnight, in a good way.
Ok. We all love Mr. Ahn.
That said. Mr. Ahn is a Type 1 diabetic. He and two other local Type 1 diabetics are participating in Ironman Wisconsin in September as part of a team of ten Type 1 diabetics. You can read a whole lot about it here.
Or you may opt instead to check out Ahn's blog or his friend, Dave Shack's Blog and read as they suffer through the training process.
And did I forget to mention that Steve, Dave and the other Boone resident, John Moore will be part of a Discovery Channel documentary which will track their progress. Check out the trailer. They are the first three stars with speaking rolls. *sigh, movie stars*
I wrote a story about them in the paper which goes into a bit more detail. These guys have guts and I'll be sending in my check...but you don't have to.
However, when you read their blogs, you may understand a bit of the daily ordeal these guys go through even when they aren't training for an Ironman competition. Really, kudos to John, Steve and Dave, who now teaches middle school science at Valle Crucis. Go leave notes of encouragement.