"With self-disclipline most anything is possible."
I read a lot of literature on nutrition; cyclist bonking, marathoners running out of energy, all of these stories about total depletion of glycogen after total failure of an athlete’s nutrition plan. Each time I think, “I wish it were just that simple”.
That’s because I have Type 1 Diabetes. An autoimmune disease in which the body destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that creates insulin. Unlike most athletes who only have to think about their fuel, I have to think about the balance that fuel brings to my blood glucose level.
Normally dealing with diabetes is a lot of simple math; carbohydrates (not sugar like everyone thinks), insulin, and ratios of the two. Throw in an ocean swim, a hard run or a big brick workout and everything turns from a simple addition problem to a calc equation. If endurance sports are a series of yes and no questions, then endurance sports with diabetes is a series of jeopardy.
I’m one of the lucky ones though. I’ve always been strong, never letting it slow me down. In my mind a challenge that others will never even know about. That’s why I run for Insulindependence; a nonprofit that believes using exercise as a way to help manage ones diabetes. I want to show all the kids and adults out there with diabetes that have ever been told they can’t do something that they can do anything.