Happy Belated New Year to everyone! I was struck down with the flu just after the New Year and have spent a good portion of 2015 recovering. I am back to normal now and looking forward to the year ahead. Ryan and I are heading to Mexico this coming weekend for a week of sun and sand, however when I get back things are going to get real.
I registered for my first Half Ironman (eek) in July, 2015. Just typing that made my stomach do a back flip. This winter I have been working very hard at my strength training and have spent a lot of time on the bike, on the treadmill and in the pool. After last seasons successful triathlon season and realizing how much fun I had, I decided I was ready for my next big challenge. The race is the Great White North and takes place in Stony Plain, Alberta - where I grew up. I am putting the finishing touches on my training plan and once I am back from vacation it will be full steam ahead.
If I am completely honest with myself, the thing that scares me the most about this is my diabetes management. So far I have been pretty successful in managing my sugars during exercise, however I certainly have not embarked on a 6+ hour training day. I know that as I train a large part will be my diabetes management and if I am consistent and remain determined, I should have a good plan in place for the race day. I have been reading blogs of fellow T1D's who race long distances and am gathering some good tips! Please feel free to chime in with any tips or experiences of your own.
I plan on doing a Friday wrap-up each week to summarize not only my training but experiences with the 'betes throughout the training. Hopefully it will not only be a good log for me, but may help others who are contemplating a longer distance race.
See you all when I get back from the beach :)