Type 1 Ultra

endurance sports in the weird and wonderful world of type 1 diabetes

Incredible Writing About The Type 1 Experience

Fear is a good thing. Fear of failure, fear of mediocrity, fear of consequences. A large element of living successfully with type 1 comes from beating fear – the fear that others, ignorant of what you’re capable of, project on to you, and your own fears about what might happen when you do things you haven’t done before. If we don’t beat this fear, then T1D wins and we lose. Spontaneity gets sucked out of life and imaginary barriers become reality.

But those are the nice fears, the fun and challenging fears, the fears that need to be laughed at, toyed with, and trampled.

The real fear is about the damage that comes when we lose our grip. Tight control is elusive, numbers go up and down. It’s sometimes a roller coaster, often a dance, and occasionally a steady flow. But everyone with type 1 thinks about the big stuff – kidney and eye damage that can come in the medium to long term. And we all know that type 1 consequences can claim lives in the night. And we all think it won’t happen to us. What are the odds?

But we need to remember that this is not just science but art, Read the rest of this entry »

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Big Octember, the 474km Ultra Challenge begins

Hit the ground running yesterday, for the first 30km at least!

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Awesome scenery all day as we ran 100km from Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles. Such a lovely group of runners and supporters in action all day, it was hard to feel anything but grateful as we kept the ocean on our left and punched on along beaches, brutal staircases and switchbacks, rolling fast sections, and National Parks death traps. More on those later.

Here’s a tiny portion of my day at the Great Ocean Walk 100s.

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Type 1 diabetes never quits

I’m setting up this site with the intention that it will become a collection and selection of practical, useful, tried and tested links, shared experiences, and useful articles and features all relevant to the aspirational and possibly baffled type 1 diabetic (newly diagnosed or old school) looking for a way to get it done, endurance style. To that end, it should feature at some time in the near future a number of motivated type 1s and their own stories.

Marcus kindly made this short clip for me a few months ago when I presented to the Hypoactive AcT1vate conference in Victoria, alongside T1 legend and author Gary Scheiner. When I was first diagnosed in 2008, I began following Marcus’ quest for a Boston Marathon qualifier. His example was one of determination, common sense, and self-belief. I’m grateful that his blog Sweet Victory was part of my life at that time. He certainly inspired me and I hope his simple but clear message will inspire you too.

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