Michael Schwab was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1974, this was truly a game
changer for him, but he has never looked back.
The doctors have counted him out due to this illness, but Michael has taken what
to many would seem an insurmountable challenge and turned it to his advantage, beginning
even as a teen to learn about nutrition and metabolism and endeavoring to stay on
the cutting edge.
Michael learned to embrace the spirit of adventure from his father who was constantly
taking him on wilderness expeditions as a child. In fact he is likely the first
type 1 diabetic to have lived with the Inuit people, traveling for 3 weeks on dogsleds
with his father and 3 Inuit guides far out on the Arctic Ocean in the winter 1975,
not even a year after being diagnosed.
At 51 Michael, a fierce competitor has never quit learning and is always looking
for new and better ways to help others get to where they want to be, whether in fitness,
life or of course triathlon.
As an older athlete, he loves to help people enjoy active lifestyles who have never
considered it a possibility before and then helping them to realize that there are
virtually no limits to what you can do if you set your mind to it.
Michael is currently Coach for the Indiana Cure Chasers JDRF bicycle team, loves
to help people go from square one on the bicycle to their first century. He also
holds certifications from USA Triathlon and USA Cycling, along with certifications
in advanced Video Run Analysis and Advanced Training Plan and Design.
It has been said that the best way to get what you want is to help others get what
they want, it just works out good for Michael, since helping others get what they
want is what he wanted in the first place.
Michael believes that the only real limits in life are those that you set for yourself.