It's not what other people think of you, it's what you know about yourself"
The truth is that I never really paid attention to what others have thought when I'm getting ready for any competition. I then thought about all of the events that I have done in the past and the flood gates opened. I remember my first real bike race that I competed in, I was getting so many odd looks as I began to stretch and warmup, people obviously saw me checking my blood sugar every thirty minutes and checking my pump every five minutes but no one ever said anything. I remember sitting at the start making sure my basal rate was ok and that my CGM was working properly, I could feel all of the competitors eyes focused on me but again no one said anything. Rather than being in my competitive zone I could have just said I'm a diabetic and seen what happened but I did not. I honestly think that no one would have cared, no one would say I have extra food if you get low. I wouldn't expect anyone to offer me anything even if they did know about my diabetes, I don't race to make friends, I race because I want to win. If I make friends during a race I will give them bits of diabetes info but again I don't expect them to babysit me.
This past year I started to compete in a lot of running races. The races are good size but they are the same local competitors week in and week out. I have made some great friends in the local races and they do care which I like. I like that they will just give me a quick glance and say "you good to go?" I respond with a smile and then say "my blood sugars at (whatever my CGM says) I'm ready to kick ass!!" Truthfully that is all I need, I don't mind that other racers know about my diabetes but I don't want my diabetes to bring me extra attention.
The truth is if someone came up to me before a race and asked nicely what I was doing, I would take the time to explain that I'm a diabetic and that I need to test my blood sugar or take a shot before I race. If someone came up and asked "Are you taking steroids?" I would say "Yup, if I win this race I qualify for the olympics, why wouldn't I shoot up." To me dumb questions get a dumb answer, that probably isn't the best way to handle it but if your inconsiderate I can be so as well. I hope that I never have or never will be that guy at a race starring at someone because they are doing something out of the ordinary. I want to be the guy that asks the right way if they need anything or if I should be on the lookout for anything while they run. To me it is like seeing an older person having trouble carrying groceries, do you just say "They will figure it out" or do you go over and help them. I'm the one that will go and help.