I'm still smiling because of the photo above, it appeared on Leannes timeline the other day marking two years since I had run the race. I remember the photo and what my blood sugar was, it was in range but a tad lower than I would have liked. Two years ago you can see that I was running for fun and diabetes was my life. I ran a PR that day and felt great as a runner. That photo was taken just seconds after the finish and the medal means nothing to me. It is not around my neck, the medal can wait to have its moment.
As I sit back and think about the diabetic athlete that I have become I can't help but remember the day it all started. I had just gotten my first road bike and was headed to work on my bike. I had eaten my breakfast and figured I'd be safe riding to work. Thirty minutes later I was sitting on a guard rail pounding a Gatorade and eating a power bar because my blood sugar was below my set range. This trend continued for months until I was lucky enough to speak with someone that broke down how to ride and control my blood sugar. I felt like I was in medical school, all of these new terms and diet changes. It was all new to me and I never imagined that I would still be riding six years later.
Don't get me wrong, I still have training rides and races where my blood sugar is not in range before, during or after a race. I don't want to sound like I know it all and run or ride with a blood sugar that you see on glucose meter boxes. I wish that I could but when I do I'm going to celebrate a great post race blood sugar. For anyone that has just gotten into any kind of sport with diabetes believe me when I say "It will get better!!" Just like training you have to put the work in when it comes to managing your blood sugars while racing. As always I'm here to help or to do my best to help people find an expert that can help them.