Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Monday, 16 December 2013

November 2013 Training Wrap Up

Well better late than never! Not sure where this month has gone.  Work and life in general has been very busy.  We are in the depths of winter and the majority of my training has been inside unfortunately.  I do usually run outside however have my limits as to how cold I will go out in.  I have gotten a lot of time in on the bike (spin and little J in my living room) and quite a lot of strength training.  I actually have hired a personal trainer to work with me twice a week to work on strength and core.  I have noticed that the stronger I am getting the better I perform on the bike and run.  I want to see how some structured strength/core will help in the upcoming race season.  

Here are the numbers: 

Hours of training = 49.7 hours
Bike (including Spin) x 13 = 363.7 km's
Run x 9 = 94 km's
Swim x 2 = 5,000 m
Weights/tabata/core= 17 hours 45 minutes
Rest days =5

December has been great so far and I am enjoying being able to do what I can.  I am itching to get out snowboarding soon!  Also, Ryan and I booked a trip to Mexico in February.  I can hardly wait for some sun, sand and relaxation :)

Thursday, 21 November 2013

An Open Letter to Diabetes

I was asked to write a blog post about how it feels to have Type 1 diabetes and I said that I would love to! This really got me thinking. I mean I live with the damn disease every day but I don’t always think about it.  I think I actually avoid thinking about it for many reasons.  I decided to write an open letter to diabetes explaining how I feel about it (him? her?).
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Dear Type 1 Diabetes,

We have been together for just over two years now and I have never really told you how I feel about you.  First of all I want to make it clear that I do not want to be with you, never have and never will.  Unfortunately for us both it looks as though this relationship is here to stay.  I think honesty is very important in relationships, so here goes.

I really feel like this is a one way relationship.  I spend a lot of time thinking about you every single hour of every single day and I do a lot to take care of you.  Sometimes I make a mistake and you let me know, but often I feel like I do everything right and you just act like a total jerk.  You are very needy and time consuming; sometimes I feel so drained by you and wish I could ignore you.

The times you sneak up on me are not appreciated and I wish you would stop.  Like at Thanksgiving when all my family was around and you decided you needed to be the centre of attention.  Sitting at the dinner table with my loved ones with my insides shaking, my brain turned to utter mush and drenched in sweat was not cool.  I felt terrified I was going to pass out and really had to concentrate to keep my eyes open.  I could tell everyone was worried and I don’t like worrying my loved ones.

On that note, you make me feel self conscious at times.  I often feel stares from strangers when I am testing my blood sugar or funny looks from people when I fish out my insulin pump.  This is not so bad really.  It is when I have important things to do I worry you will throw a temper tantrum.  Like when I have an important work meeting and I go low or high.  Having to discreetly fish out glucose tabs and force them down without making a fuss.  Trying to articulate clearly in a meeting when my head is so sluggish and words won’t come together and things I know well disappear from my mind.  Or in the middle of a tough spin class and no matter how much juice or glucose I take you won’t listen and I have to stumble off my bike, explain to the instructor in front of the entire class that you are acting up and I have to sit down on the floor.  The looks of pity I get make me feel so self conscious and I want to disappear into a hole at times.

You won’t be surprised to hear that at times you frustrate the hell out of me and in fact have the ability to make me very angry.  Why can I eat the same breakfast week after week with no issues and all of a sudden you decide to change things up, sending me skyrocketing into orbit or down low into the depths of despair?  Why I can have many days of successful runs, swims or long bike rides and you behave like a perfectly trained pet and then suddenly decide you don’t like our usual routine and throw me right off.  Why sometimes you do prevent me from doing the things I love.  This one is the one that makes me so mad. I spend a lot of time taking care of you in order that I can do what I want.  

One other thing, you are bloody expensive to take care of!  Between the test strips, meters, pumps, needles, pump supplies, insulin, glucagon, back up supplies, bigger purse, extra food and all of the doctors expenses you are one high maintenance partner to lug around!

You also make me feel very scared at times.  When you give me high numbers for no reason and my head swims, eyes ache, body parts go numb and I just want to sleep.  When you give me scary lows which make my heart nearly pound of my chest, my vision go blurry, my mouth and tongue go numb, sweat to pour off me and to jumble my brain to the point where sometimes I am unable to speak.  When I wake up with a low blood sugar shaking and trembling only to realize that I am lucky I woke up at all.  You make me scared to go to sleep at times for the fear of not waking.  You have already done damage to my eyes, my teeth and the nerves in my body.  My feet still burn and tingle as a reminder that you are closely watching me, and it terrifies me. What do you have in store for me next?  My organs? My limbs?  It is scary to feel so vulnerable and helpless.

You do often make me feel determined however, so I guess that is one good thing to come out of this relationship.  I have been able to educate others, I have been able to do triathlons and have big plans for other distance events.  I have been able to meet and connect with some amazing people out there because of you.  Don’t allow that to make you feel too happy however, as we often spend a lot of time discussing how we wish you were no longer around.

The truth of it all is that you make my life harder.  You are my ever constant companion who is very deceiving to others.  People look at me and assume I am just fine. I mean, I look pretty healthy and do a lot of activity, but looks can be deceiving. You are exhausting and quite frankly I wish you would take a hike.

Yours begrudgingly,


Thursday, 7 November 2013

October 2013 Training Wrap Up

Hard to believe that we are already into November.  Snow is on the ground and it is getting chilly at night.  Winter is truly upon us.  We definitely lucked out and had a lovely long fall.  In fact I rode my road bike outside right up until the last weekend in October.  This makes me happy.  October was a solid month for me training wise.  I did attend some physio for the pain I was experiencing through the right side of my butt/leg.  They determined that I have a very tight IT band and need to work on building strength in my hips.  The physio said that is is very common in endurance athletes to neglect focusing on their hips as most would just think that your hips would strengthen with all of the running, biking and swimming. Turns out this is not the case.  I have a series of hip exercises to perform each day as well as instructions to use my foam roller more often and to stretch more diligently.  I went to four sessions and they also did some IMS and needling.  The IMS felt great, the needling hurt like a you know what.  I am feeling much better and my running is feeling good.
Now for the numbers:
Hours of training = 47.5 hours
Bike (including Spin) x 12 = 316 km's
Run x 12 = 109.6 km's
Swim x 4 = 8,700 m
Weights/tabata/core= 13 hours 30 minutes
Rest days =4

November has been off to a roaring start and I have been going to spin class and running outside in the snow and ice.  I really don't mind running in the cold so this is not bothering me too much.  Not a huge fan of ice, but not much we can do about it in this province.  Just need to be careful.  A girl I know was getting rid of her bike trainer as she switched from road biking to mountain biking a couple of years ago.  All she wanted was a bottle of wine and a donation to an animal charity.  Done.  I will be setting it up this Saturday and giving it a whirl.  As much as I do enjoy spin class, I love my bike and want to be able to do longer rides through the winter.  I don't want to leave my bike collecting dust until May when the snow melts.  She may get lonely :)

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

September 2013 Training Wrap-Up

Nearly a week late with my September numbers.  September was a good month for me, training and fun wise.  Ryan and I went to California for a week and had a fantastic vacation!  We went to a Stanford College football game, spend a few lovely days in Sonoma County in the cutest bed and breakfast, drove down the coast and then spent three glorious days in San Fransisco.  My second time to the city and still so much I want to see.  I did a lot of walking during the trip but no actual training. Despite that I still got a solid month under my belt.  I have been having some pain in my right butt, hip and knee area when running.  Because I am stubborn I have kept running on it, however finally decided to make an appointment with a physiotherapist. I am pretty sure it is my piriformis or IT band and it happens only with this leg.  ART and massage do help but this time around it is not getting better.  I want to nip it in the butt (literally) so I can get back to some longer distance running. 

I got a few nice long rides in on my road bike and participated in the Fall Harvest Ride.  It was a 65km ride and there were about 300 participants.  I had lots of fun riding with so many other people!  I love the fall colours while being out on the bike, just beautiful.  I will be sad when the snow flies and Little J will be staying inside.  I have decided to get myself a trainer so that Little J does not feel abandoned.  I have joined a registered spin class and am doing two classes a week.  Although they are about 90 mins each, they kick my butt each time.  The intervals and hill climbing are perfect for training. 
Now for the numbers:
Hours of training = 34.8 hours
Bike (including Spin) x 9 = 339.2 km's
Run x 9 = 97 km's km's
Swim x 4 = 8,850m
Weights/tabata/core= 6 hours 30 minutes
Rest days =10

So far October is off to a good start and I have done some short runs and spent time on the bike and in the pool.  I have been making an effort to stretch a lot more and also to get more strength training in.  Biking and swimming do not irritate my leg so I won't be surprised if this month is spent on these activities and not so much running.  I don't want to end up really injured!  Happy October!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Two Years

I wrote this 3 weeks ago and finally tweaked it today...

Two years - Sept 7, 2013

Hard for me to believe that two years ago today I was diagnosed Type 1 Diabetic. That day is still very raw and real in my mind, not sure if that will ever go away. In some ways I feel like I have been diabetic my entire life. I find it hard remembering my days before regular finger pricks, counting carbs, bolusing for food, suffering with lows and highs. I think the reason for this is that it is so time consuming it has become a routine. In other ways I still feel like this is still all so new to me. Not a week goes by where I don't have to adjust settings, where foods that were okay the week before no longer cooperate with my blood sugars. I have been really low (like 1.4 low) and not felt too bad and I have been a bit low (like 3.5) and felt like I was done for. Not sure I will ever get used to the desperation that comes with having a low blood sugar. The ultimate panic and need to surface from a dark place where everything trembles and words cannot form. When everything is in slow motion and all you want to do is either fall asleep or eat the contents of your fridge. I have learned that pretty much every Type 1 diabetic suffers lows on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Let me tell you straight up - they are hell. And let's not forget about the high blood sugars. The feeling of lethargy that sets in, the thirst, the need to pee, the inability to think straight, the extreme exhaustion and the feeling of guilt. Yes, guilt and shame is such a huge part of living with this disease. Every time I see a high number I feel so guilty, so ashamed. What did I do wrong, what could I have done better and a big one is what consequence will I suffer down the road.

All of this seems very doom and gloom so far, so lets get to the positive things about being Type 1 diabetic (and yes there are quite a few positives). A big one for me and something I have heard from manyT1D's is that I am very in tune with my body. I know what foods make me feel good and what makes me feel bad. The motivation to stay healthy and active is huge. Every day I run, bike or swim and this benefits me in all ways. It makes my mental state much more calm than it usually would be, helps my blood sugars stay stable and makes me sleep so much better. Balancing the activity is a challenge on its own - high blood sugars after intense activity and then crashing lows. Having my pump and being able to set temporary basal decreases is a life saver.

The one thing I have struggled with over the last two years is opening up to others. To the outside world I appear to breeze through dealing with Type 1 diabetes. I hate for people to see me at my most vulnerable and am used to be the strong one. I have problems talking about my disease and often hide it. I have been having lows whilst at work and while being out in public with others and have hid it well while inside I am crumbling. This is my goal for the next year, accept my disease and stop hiding the bad times, as they unfortunately occur regularly.

The last two years have been the biggest adventure of my life. I have travelled the world and lived in different cultures yet nothing has challenged me this way. Being in charge daily of your life or death is a daunting task, but two years in I am ready for the challenge.  Every day I hate this disease but then have no choice but to embrace it.  I cannot change my reality....I can only live with it.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

August 2013 Training Wrap Up

How the heck can it possibly be September already?  This summer seemed to fly by.  We are in the middle of a heat wave and it is wonderful.  It was 32C yesterday during my bike ride.  I will take that!  Fall is right around the corner however.  It is dark by 9:00pm and some of the leaves are starting to change.  Time really does fly.  August was a pretty solid month training wise.  I participated in my second sprint tri of the summer and had a blast.  I have been experiencing some pain and tightness in my back and right leg/knee.  My chiropractor has performed some ART and this has helped. Diabetes wise things have been going pretty well. I have definitely had some bad crashes which I need to figure out and work on avoiding. 
Now for the numbers:
Hours of training = 39.7 hours
Bike (including Spin) x 7 = 225.6 km's
Run x 15 = 150.8 km's
Swim x 6 = 13,350m
Weights/tabata/core= 6 hours 55 minutes
Rest days =7

September is going to be a good month. Ryan and I are heading to California for a week and then at the end of the month I am running the 22km Melissa's race in Banff.  Lots to look forward to!  I also will be posting a lot more here.  I have come to realize that my blog is something for me and each post does not have to have a ton of meaning. I love to write and need to do just that :) 

Thursday, 15 August 2013

St. Albert Triathlon

This was my second sprint triathlon in the last few weeks and it was fun! The course was much more difficult than the one in Devon that I did at the end of July, however the race itself was so much better organized and the scenery was beautiful. Also this is where I live and I always think it is fun to race where you train!

The stats:

Swim 750m: 14:46
T1: 2:04
Bike 20km: 42:19
T2: 2:02
Run 5km: 27:37
Total: 1:28:46
8/23 in age category
89/198 overall

Got up at the crack of dawn and was at the race site for 6:00am.  My sugars were at 6.2 when I woke up and I dialed my insulin back by 50% for 2 hours.  Ate my breakfast and bolused half of the normal dose.
I had tweaked my diabetes plan a bit and was anxious to see how it worked. Set everything up in transition and got body marked. I get such a thrill when they do that for some reason. My swim heat was to be on deck at 7:20am so I had a lot of time to catch up with some friends and check my blood sugars a bazillion times.  20 minutes before race time I was up to 12.6 so I shut the temp basal off.  My adrenalin was high and I knew this would keep my sugars in check for the first part of the race.

The race started right on time and at 7:25am I was crossing the start line and hopping in the pool. For some reason I struggled in the swim. My time was really decent for me, however I felt like I could not properly catch my breathe the entire time. Instead of breathing every third stroke I had to alternate to every two. I was happy to have that done! Hopped out of the pool and ran past the spectators outside to T1. Did not take too long to dry my feet, get my helmet, sock and shoes on, however the diabetes management definitely cost me an extra minute. Not much I can do to avoid that.  I was happy to see an 8.2 flash on my meter.  Took a big swig off water and I was off.

It was about a 150m run before we were allowed to mount our bikes. The weather was quite warm and I started to dry as soon as I started to ride. The bike course is very pretty and quite hilly. About 2km in you come to a big hill that is nearly 2km long. I picked up a decent speed and shouted a few yahoos as I zipped down the hill. My plan on the bike was to just push it and not worry about the run. After the hill it was into the countryside and up and down some inclines. Going over the train tracks shook me up a bit and I heard that after the race one of the elite ladies actually lost control, went down and had to be taken away in the ambulance. Anyway, I hit the turnaround point in just shy of 17 minutes and felt pretty pumped. I hoped to be able to maintain the same speed and come in under 40 mins. This plan was going well until I reached the long hill. I pushed hard but my speed took a big hit going up such a long, steep hill. Crested the top of the hill and powered to the end. Again I unclipped successfully and was happy with this :)

T2 was pretty uneventful. My legs felt a bit dead from the hill and it took me a few extra mins to change shoes and get a hat on. It was getting hot out by this point. Again diabetes management took just over a minute, but the good thing is my sugars were in range.  They were at 7.8 after the bike. This made me a happy girl! Started off on the run and felt pretty strong from the get go. The run course had changed from the previous years and headed down into the trail systems in St. Albert. The part with lots of hills! The hills are short but very steep...and lots of them. I made a deal with myself to just not stop running and to make it to the top of each hill smiling. A few of them were painful and I was huffing and puffing pretty good by the time I made it out of the ravine. The last 1.2 km's was sweet and I felt like I could have just kept going. My legs felt strong and I felt good. I pushed hard the last 400m's and sprinted to the end.  I did not check my sugars right after, but half an hour later they had spiked up to 12.5. I took a correction bolus to counteract the high.

I really enjoyed this race and will definitely do it again. All in all I am happy with my performance. Not sure what happened with my breathing in the pool, could have just been adrenalin. I had a blast on the bike and although the run was difficult I liked the challenge. I still feel like I can push myself harder on the run. I usually run a 5 km race at a 4:50-5:00/km pace and need to work on doing this after swimming and biking. It is a good goal to chase. I was happy with the diabetes management and maintained good blood sugars throughout. I crashed hard later on and this is something I need to manage a bit better.

I really enjoyed watching the elite category finish their races - those guys and gals are impressive! The after race events were fun and I took advantage of a free 15 minute massage. I could not eat the food offered, but Ryan brought me a cup of my beloved Starbucks to enjoy in the sun. I stuck around for quite a while as they were giving away some pretty sweet prizes. I am glad I did as I ended up winning a $100 Itunes gift card.

There are a lot of pictures, however they are still on my camera :)  

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Devon Sprint Triathlon

This was a bit of an emotional day for me. First race of any kind I have done since being diagnosed Type 1 diabetic on September 7, 2011. I won't go into a lot of detail about my struggles and complications since then (it's all in my blog), but it has been a long road back to say the least.  It took a long time for me to get back to any activity and when I did it was like starting all over. Happy to say however that after nearly two years of living with this disease I am beginning to get a handle on how my blood sugars react to different situations and sports.  A big thing for me has been trying to take it in stride and deal with the lows and highs when they come.  I will never be able to avoid it from happening so need to learn to deal with it on the spot if needed and adjust expectations.  Acceptance has been a hard thing but definitely something I continue to work on. It has been worth all of the trial and error! Having my insulin pump made the journey to the start line possible.  For me, being able to adjust my basal rates has been an invaluable tool.

The breakdown:
Swim 750m: 15:12
T1: 2:04
Bike 20km: 42:39
T2: 1:20
Run 5km: 27:52
Result: 1:29:06 - 8/29 in age group

Anyway, to the race. Got up at 5:00am and could not believe when my blood sugar was 13.9!  Figures that on the day of my race this would be the case. I corrected, packed my breakfast to go and was off.  I arrived in Devon at 6:15am for the registration and body marking.  Quick blood sugar check showed an 8.8 with some insulin on board so I had my breakfast and took half the usual bolus. My swim heat was not to start until 8:40am so I spent most of the time trying to keep warm (it was only 8C).  An hour before my start time I set my basal rate back by 50% for 2.5 hours.  I have done this in practice and it has worked well for me.  Biking and running usually send my blood sugars way down so I wanted to be prepared.  I had it set so that the basal rate would return to normal about 20 minutes from the finish to counteract the high I usually see afterwards. I set up my transition area and saw my friend off that was swimming at 8:00am. 

 (All set up and ready to go!)

Ryan showed up at 8:00am and shortly thereafter it was time to get my chip and join the other swimmers in my heat. A final blood sugar check showed 9.2 which I was happy with.  It was an outdoor pool and chilly on deck!  There were three people in my lane and we chatted to seed ourselves properly. One of the ladies in my heat had missed her earlier heat and was pretty worried as her estimated time to finish was about 25 minutes. We all agreed that passing would be done at the end of the lane.

(My pump and I ready to race)
(All ready to go)

The swim was pretty uneventful and I felt strong and consistent. The lady in my lane was very courteous and let us pass her as needed. At one point she drifted over and smacked me in the face, but nothing too major. I was up and out of the pool in just over 15 minutes and made my way to transition.  Clipped my helmet on, put socks on, bike shoes and big gulp of water.  Blood sugar was 13.9 which did not impress me.  I turned my basal rate back to 100% and was off.  I was feeling fine so was not too worried. Reminded myself that this was my first race and was to be an experiment with the blood sugars. Ran with my bike to the mount area and away I went.

(Running out of the pool to transition)

(In transition from swim to bike)
(Heading out on the bike)

The bike portion was just an out and back along the highway. The way out was a slight incline the whole way and then the way back was slightly downhill. I could definitely have gone faster if it was not for the wind! It was ridiculously windy. A few times I felt like I was going to blow off my bike.  Most people in their vehicles were courteous and slowed down, however a few vehicles flew by at top speed making the bike a bit shaky at times. Little J performed very well however and I am super happy with her.  I remembered to unclip (this was my biggest worry on the bike) and made my way back into transition. Quickly changed into running shoes and threw on a hat. Blood sugar was at 8.8 and I was happy enough with that. I was off and out.

The run was great. Not my fastest run by any means but I just loved it. It took about 1.5kms to get my legs and I just smiled the entire way. I knew I could push harder but was just enjoying the moment. The 5kms zoomed by and before I knew it I was all done. 

(Finishing the run)

All in all it was a great first race back and I really had fun. It was good to get my first race done to show myself it can be done even though a few more challenges health wise are present.  I was very excited when I found out I had placed 8th in my age group out of 29 women!  My blood sugar after the race was at 9.4 and I bolused some insulin for the guaranteed rise I would experience. I obviously should have bolused more as 45 minutes later it had risen to 17.0! 

I definitely need to work on my blood sugar management during racing.  I had a lot of adrenalin and excitement and am pretty sure this contributed to some of the highs.  I was very happy not to suffer any lows and I felt strong throughout.  I know I could have pushed myself harder on the bike and run, but for this event I was just happy to be out there and wanted to enjoy the experience. I was very happy with my swim and know I can definitely improve there as well. 

I have loved my training and am very happy with my new bike.  Having Ryan there to cheer me on and to make sure I was doing okay diabetes wise means the world to me.  He is my biggest fan and I cannot imagine doing any of this without his support.  I have another sprint in two weeks and then a half marathon in September.  Onward and upward!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Summer Vacation

My long awaited summer vacation has arrived and I cannot wait!  Ryan and I are heading off to BC for 10 days of camping in the glorious sunshine.  We plan on canoeing, swimming, hiking, biking, relaxing in the sun, eating yummy fresh food and going on some wine tours.  It has been nearly ten months since I had a solid week off and I am ready for it.  I have a ton of blog posts in the making so hope to get them actually posted on my return!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

June 2013 Training Wrap Up

Hard to believe that we are already six months through this year!  I had been signed up to run leg two of the Kananaskis 100 mile relay which would have been my first race race in nearly two years.  Unfortunately it was cancelled due to all of the flooding in Southern Alberta.  I was disappointed as I really wanted to get my first race under my belt since being diagnosed, however of course totally understand and am devastated by the damage done to our beautiful province.

Despite all of the rain I managed to get some decent training in and am overall very happy with my progression.  I have been out on my new road bike and love it!  Learning to clip in and out is a whole new world for me and I have tumbled a couple of times, nothing major.  I can tell that all of the time I have spent on the spin bike has paid off as I feel strong on the bike.  My running continues to go well and my speed is slowly picking up. After my summer vacation (yay!) I shall start to incorporate some speed intervals and hill training into my routine.
Now for the numbers:
Hours of training = 37.8 hours
Bike (including Spin) x 10 = 325.8 km's
Run x 11 = 120.6 km's
Swim x 4 = 9,250m
Weights/tabata/core= 8 hours 45 minutes
Rest days =6

Friday, 21 June 2013

Race Cancellation

I received this notice yesterday afternoon from the K-100 organizers, which I thought was considerate and heartfelt.  Obviously I am disappointed, but am more concerned about my friends and family in Southern Alberta. The photos and video footage being released are devastating to say the least. 

"Hi All,
It is with very heavy hearts and much compassion for all of the folks affected by the devastation in Southern Alberta that I must announce, in conjunction with emergency services personel, the cancellation of K-100. Highway 40 is closed due to mudslides and flooding between the Highwood Pass and highway 1 with no hope of re-opening before the weekend. Whilst we did give some thought to a modified event (out and back) from Longview that is not an option. All of the roads to Longview are now closed because of the flooding and Longview is now under a state of emergency. Even if that wasn’t the case, it simply would not be safe to send people running on a road that is in such jeopardy. I certainly wish this wasn’t the case and thank you all for your support of the event. We will be back next year.

Those of you who are in the area, please stay safe. To those of you outside of the affected area, I know you understand our devastation."

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Pre-Race Jitters

This coming Saturday I will be running my first race since being diagnosed Type 1 diabetic.  I am part of a team of ten runners running the Kananaskis 100 mile relay.  I am running leg two which is 16.5km on a slight incline.  I am ridiculously nervous.  I feel a bit of pressure as I am part of a team and don't want to let anyone down.  I used to run races a lot and am a bit nervous about how I will do.  I know I can do the distance, but also know I am nowhere near as fast as I used to be.  My PB for this distance is just shy of 1 hr 18 mins.  I will be happy to finish this one in 1 hr 30/40 minutes.  I have come to terms with the fact I am not as fast as I once was and I know that is a work in progress and will reach that level again.  Some pre-race nerves are a good thing and I believe often result in one pushing oneself a bit harder.  These nerves however are different and I know why...

DIABETES!  I am experiencing ridiculous fears about going low in the race and not recovering.  I have visions of running along and then falling into the bushes (seriously).  I keep reminding myself that I have experienced lows when running before and have always managed to treat and continue on my merry way.  Maybe the fact that this is a race and people are counting on me has added to my anxiety.  I have my plan for diabetes management set but keep doubting myself.  Just like any run that is over 10km I will set my basal rate back 50% an hour before I start.  I will start with a blood sugar around 9.0mmol and plan to take in about 30g of carbs during the run.  Ryan will be in a support vehicle so he will have all the extras I need for any emergency and I will stop to check my BS's halfway through.  I know I just need to relax, follow my plan and deal with any challenges if they come. 

I am hoping once I get my first race under my belt I can relax a bit and start to plan more races.  Any tips from you experienced diabetic runners out there for race day?

Monday, 3 June 2013

May 2013 Training Wrap Up

May turned out to be a pretty steady and consistent month for me training wise.  I got some good runs in and ran my longest run (16km) for the first time in about 6 months.  Ryan started a new job recently and they participate in the Kananaskis 100 mile relay.  They needed someone extra and so I am in :)  My leg is 16.5km on an uphill course.  I am excited/nervous to do my first race in nearly two years. I know I can do the distance, I am more concerned about my diabetes management.  We went camping for May long weekend and I squeaked a run in then which was lovely and something I plan to do during camping trips this summer.  I am working on it and will save my findings/training in that regard for another post.

Now for the numbers:
Hours of training = 39.8 hours
Spin x 19 = 232 km's
Run x 13 = 145.6 km's
Swim x 3 = 8,000m
Weights/tabata/core= 9 hours 45 minutes
Rest days =5
Very happy with my running improvements and am loving being outside.  Also super duper exciting news! I will be spending more time riding outside now...on my new bike :)  She does not have a name yet but I shall keep you posted.  Looking forward to registering for some Tris!

Monday, 20 May 2013

D-Blog Week: Day 7 - Spread the Love

Today's Topic:  As another Diabetes Blog Week draws to a close, let’s reflect on some of the great bloggers we’ve found this week. Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved during Diabetes Blog Week, and tell us why they’re worth reading. Or share three blogs you’ve found this week that are new to you.

I have a list of about 20 or so blogs that I check out every day.  I love finding new blogs to read and this week has allowed me to read a ton of new ones! I would list all of them but since I like following rules (hee hee) I have listed three that have been added to my daily reading list.  Check them out if you get a chance!

Princess of Pavement


D-Blog Week: Day 6 - Diabetes Art


Do I need a snack?                                          Do I have enough glucose tabs with me?

Where’s the juice?         Is that bolus worthy?                        I have to pee again, am I high?   
How many carbs are in that?                                          Is that person staring at me testing?

How much should I decrease my basal for my run/bike/swim?  For how long?

What was the last thing I ate?             Am I talking funny?                Did I remember all my vitamins?

Do my feet hurt/tingle/burn?        Do I have enough pump supplies at home?

 What’s my blood sugar?                                                              Do I have enough insulin in the fridge?

Am I hungry or low?                                       Why am I high?  Why am I low?

Is my vision ok?                                                                Is that person staring at my pump?

        My head hurts. Am I high? Am I low?  Is it just a headache?        

Is the time on my pump right?                                                Do I have my back up pump supplies with me?

Is that adrenaline/anxiety/nervousness?  Or am I low?                  Is the time on my meter right?

Why am I so grumpy? Am I low, high or just grumpy?             What finger did I prick last?

Ouch that hurt!                                 Where should I put my next infusion site?

    How many test strips do I have left?      Did I submit my claim to the insurance company?

                                Will I make it through the night?        I am sweaty. Am I low?