Thursday, December 23, 2010

Goals

I've thought about writing this particular blog for awhile.  Setting the goals I have in mind down on paper (or typing it on screen).  One thing I can say I have always been good at is setting goals, both long and short term.  When teachers would say "you need to set goals", I always remember thinking, you mean people don't do that.  I can thank my mother for this.  

I have two major goals to note when writing this blog.  One is athletically and the other concerns the betes.   Long term, within the next two years my aspiration is to complete an Ironman with an A1c (the measure of blood sugars over a six week period) of less than 6.5.   

Here is the layout:

2011
Complete Half Ironman (70.3) distance race (the real goal is to complete two of these races, one mid-summer and the other later in the year)
By July 1 have A1c of 6.5
By September, pick the Ironman and volunteer at it 

2012
Complete an Ironman distance race (hopefully either Wisconsin or Arizona which are later in the triathlon season)

I also thought about adding a marathon to that list but I still don't know if I will ever actually run a marathon before doing one in an Ironman.  If I had to set a tentative goal, it would be Carlsbad in January 2012 with the rest of the InsulinDependence crew.  However, until I feel like I can "race" a half marathon, I don't want to set out to simply run a marathon.  I never want the marathon to just be about completing it, I want to do it well.  

Obviously, I have a handful of professional goals as I graduate with a Master's degree in May and other personal goals but setting goals that will teach me about how to deal with adversity and sacrifice will serve their purpose.  If a career takes a turn and I have to stray the course, then that is fine as but hopefully I will be able to complete these dreams. 

One of the things I've never really done is set goals when it comes to the betes.  Writing down a goal of an A1c of less than 6.5 will definitely help me achieve it.  This is something that should have been done a long time ago but until I became involved with InsulinDependence I never thought of the betes as something "to achieve", when is all actuality it is.   

Setting the evolution forward to fulfilling my Ironman goals will serve to achieving the A1c goal.  I consistency find myself thinking "don't eat that, it will spike your blood sugar and you'll have a bad workout tomorrow".  It is truly amazing how one helps the other.  

Monday, December 13, 2010

Blood Sugar Spikes

Well I didn't run in the Santa Monica 10k last weekend.  On a scale of one to ten, I'd say the whole week of training was about a two or three.  I mean I got a lot in but not one time did I think "this was a good workout".  I wanted to get in a long run on Saturday instead of the 10k but ended up only running ten and a half, my legs were incredibly sore after the run and throughout the day.    


I’ve been experiencing high blood sugars after working out in the morning’s recently. It’s all been in the last 10-14 days and has never happened prior to this.  I’ve heard/ read about diabetics getting spikes after working out but has never really happened to me and now it is, which seems really odd so I don’t really know what to do. 

And when I say spikes I mean a 280-350 BS after 90 to 120 minutes, which I know is something going on in my body because I usually have Accelorade (21-25g) right after the run (or swim or bike) and then eat a meal after a stretch/ shower about another 45 minutes later. I cover these with normal insulin doses and still am having the spikes.  It does mainly seem to be happening after runs.  

Like I said this has never happened before and I’ve always been really active so I don’t know if this will randomly stop again or what. Also, nothing else has changed in my life to cause this.  I’ve tried to think of every outside factor that could have been causing this and can’t think of anything. 


Trying to look for an answer I found from other diabetics on the internet that a lot of insulin doses don't do as much within thirty minutes of working out, until the adrenaline and even the heart rate is completely calmed down.  Maybe I've been covering insulin doses to close to the workout recently?  Who knows, I know I will figure it out and everything will work out, just the sooner, the better.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Endocrinologist

Went to the endocrinologist recently (the diabetic doctor, I know why not just call it that right?).  My A1C (a measure of blood sugars over around a six week period) was a full point lower than last time I checked, which is amazing.  I finally am getting the control over my diabetes that I want which makes me extremely happy.  I owe this control to a lot of things; my girlfriend Jamie pushing me to take good control of my diabetes, finding InsulinDependence which allows me to have resources through other diabetics, my parents for always supporting me in these running/ triathlon events and other people from the past like Coach Hartman who I always think of when I want to quit on a run or bike ("33 minutes").

My training has been going well for being the off season, I don't bike as much as I would like but I'm in one of the few places in the country that even allows for winter biking so the little "outdoor" biking I get in I am lucky to have anyway.  My swimming has gotten a lot better with going to Master's, being forced to swim for a full hour and half without insulin is great for learning to control my diabetes during a triathlon when I may go for over an hour without the pump.  Running is going well, I may even run another 10k in Santa Monica this weekend but could opt to stay more on schedule with a long run in preparation for the Carlsbad half marathon.

I am running in the Carlsbad Half Marathon (January 23) to assist InsulinDependence (the group talked about above) raise money, please click here to find my fundraising page.  Please help the cause that has helped me so much, to learn more please click here.