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“When I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, my Doctor told me to find another sport because I wasn’t able to do an endurance sport. I proved him wrong."
My name is Valentina Chacin, I was born in Venezuela but raised in Miami FL. When I am not on my bike I am a full time Real Estate Agent. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 21 and I race my bike to share awareness of the condition and to show other Type 1’s you can do whatever you set your mind to. I founded a Non-Profit Organization called Extra Sweet where we educate on Diabetes and collect funds to provide medical supplies to families with no resources.
“OptygenHP helps optimize my VO2.”
"EFS has the perfect amount of carbs and sugar to fuel me but not to spike my sugar levels like other hydration mixes. On top of that, the taste is yummy!"
"HALO has helped me protect my ligaments and tendons to avoid any injuries, especially during the off-season."
Goal(s) for 2023:
Personal goals are to continue working on my Real Estate portfolio and grow in theindustry to be the best agent I can for my clients.
What’s your favorite quote and where did you first hear it?
Faith over Fear. My dad once said it to me in Spanish and later with time it ended up being the saying my husband and I tell each other.
What’s the best training advice you’ve ever received and who gave it to you?
Suffer in trainings so races don’t suck as much.
How did you get started in your sport?
My dad had a bike shop in Miami and I used to come home on Summer from College. I began working there on my days off and fell in love with the sport.
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
Insulin and a hair brush!
If you could have one superpower, which would you choose and why?
To heal sickness and I will heal everyone’s pancreas so Type 1 Diabetes is no longer aproblem.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Describe your first bike.
My first bike was heavy!! I loved it so much it was the one that got me hooked in the sport but I always dreamed of something lighter.
Describe yourself with one word.
Guilty pleasure food item?
Where is your “happy” place?
What is something that you learned from a parent or grandparent that has guided you in life?To never lose Hope. Faith has been a huge part of my life thanks to my parents andI feel it has calm me down in the most difficult moments of my life.
Who is your favorite band or artist and their best album and song?
Franco De Vita (Spanish Artist). Their best album is Primera Fila.
What word do you hate the most? What word do you love the most?
Love the most: Chocolate
What’s your favorite smell?
Freshly baked cookies
When I’m not riding/running or otherwise crushing it in my sport, you’ll find me:
Being a full time Real Estate Agent and working with my clients whether getting them the house of their dreams or selling their homes.
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