Type 1 Ultra

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

100km to go to halfway: Octember’s first 100km race report

As you’d have seen from this post just over a week ago, I’m launching my diabetic self headlong into a serious challenge of personal endurance. In 20 minutes I’ll race out of the house to get a last bit of bodywork on my calves before the weekend. It seems that they are already copping the brunt of things, as I may have got a bit eager to hit a certain time goal 60km into last weekend’s 100km on the Hume and Hovell track near Wagga Wagga.

So, I have just posted my race report on the first of 4 running challenges for the month. 2 down, 2 to go, 1 still to write up, and 2 still to run.

Bring. It. On.

http://hokaoneoneaustralia.com/2013/10/25/still-100km-to-get-to-halfway-octember-pt-1-the-great-ocean-walk-100/

Filed under: exercise and type 1, Marathon running, run like you stole it, trail running, type 1 & ultramarathon, Type 1 diabetes, , , , ,

Confessions of a diabetic ultrarunner.

Every night when I go to bed, I make sure that there is some carb source beside the bed – a juice box, sports gel, halva, whatever. But I practise finding it in the dark, so that if everything goes out the window and I get the dreaded creeping night time low I’ll have half a chance of sorting it out.

I’ve just run my 2nd 100km event in two weeks. I’ve got a couple of niggles to work through with Physio and maybe yoga before next weekend’s road 100km. I might not make a personal best time goal, but I’ll get it done.

The thing though that plays on my mind is how erratic my blood sugars have been today. The day after a higher intensity long run is always a bit up and down. Travel is probably involved, which usually means long spells of sitting down, which means insulin not getting as active as it should, if at all. A lot of eating is DEFINITELY involved.

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But I’ve also just had to really dose extra to get sugars heading down from a high high before sleep. Is it bad tubing? We’ll, I’ve replaced that – always fun to stab yourself just one more time – just in case. Did I count carbs badly? I don’t think so. Has the insulin I used for an intramuscular injection ‘gone off’? Well, that’s hard to tell unless you have a lot of spare time to use it, wait, test, reuse, and retest. Am I just a lot less sensitive today? It would go against conventional wisdom to be significantly less sensitive after sport, but conventional wisdom also knows that type 1 can work in mysterious ways.

So?

So I watch my sugars finally respond to insulin and start coming down, so I can prevent longer term effects of the disorder and not wake up feeling sunburnt from the dehydration, as fluids from organs are redirected to dilute blood glucose levels that are way too high.

And I reach out to make sure I know where the juice box is so I can find it if I need it, when movement will be an act of will.

Filed under: exercise and type 1, run like you stole it, trail running, type 1 & ultramarathon, Type 1 diabetes, , , , , ,

Running 4 ultramarathons within 1 month with type 1 diabetes

Hi, this is Roger. The aim of Type1Ultra is to bring you a variety of information and news relating to type 1 diabetes in endurance sports and especially ultramarathon. Advertising is not the aim, and once I have a few tasks out of the way the aim will be to feature some of the other type 1s out there doing extreme things.

However, I’ve just put this clip together explaining what I am doing in the next month. Saying that you’re going to do something and actually getting it done are two very, very different things – so let’s see how this goes. Hoka OneOne has been an essential part of my running and this was cut together to feature on the Hoka OneOne blog. Sorry for corrupting the purity of cyberspace with any kind of commercial message, but if you can ignore the highly advanced subliminal marketing techniques, you’ll hear from a Type 1 who’s discovering the joy of launching himself into adventures whose outcomes are uncertain.

Filed under: exercise and type 1, Marathon running, run like you stole it, trail running, type 1 & ultramarathon, Type 1 diabetes, , ,

Big Red Video

http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/big-red-run/x7lfb62

Will hopefully get a version sorted that we can embed this week, but for now – if you haven’t seen it or even if you have – here is the Today Show‘s summation of the Big Red Run launch of the Born To Run Foundation’s ultra campaign in Australia with Steven & Duncan rocking out completely.

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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.

Filed under: Gary Scheiner, Hypoactive, Marathon running, Marcus Grimm, run like you stole it, Type 1 diabetes, ,