Five days from today, August 17, 2014, I will wake up at 4 AM, take a bolus of insulin, eat breakfast, grab my triathlon backpack, and ride my bike 3 miles to the Minneapolis YWCA Women’s Sprint Triathlon start. This will be the first triathlon I will race since the last one I did in … Read moreTriathlon Fears, Diabetes, And Remembering The Love
My T1D friend Ramsey, who’s had Type 1 diabetes since he was 2 years old and he’s 43 now, asked me a little over a week ago if I’d like to do a 100 mile bike ride with him, at the Tour de Tonka, a route here in Minnesota, in and around Minnetonka. Since I … Read moreTour de Tonka, 100 mile bike ride with diabetes, FOR REAL
I’ve been watching my friend Ramsey’s Bernese Mountain dog and Ashley is not a small dog! Thankfully, she likes to go for walks. Plus she’s a friendly, loving companion. She’s always ready for a snuggle and hug! I miss having my own dog who likes to go out for walks a few times a day. … Read moreBig Dogs & Big Truths
A few days ago, a friend of mine who is the same age as I am, posted on Facebook how getting older is so hard, in part because she’s on Weight Watchers because she wants to lose some weight. She made the comment that eating watermelon isn’t as good as eating donuts. She also mentioned … Read moreGetting Old and the Will to Exercise, Diabetes or Not.
I did it! I drove down to Iowa and spoke at their Champion’s Dinner on my 33rd Diaversary and then I got enough sleep and got all my nutrition and gear ready and I woke up nice and early, and all of my 18 weeks of training paid off!! I rode 98 miles on Saturday, … Read more98 Mile Bike Ride with Type 1 Diabetes
Yesterday was my 33rd Diaversary. Meaning that on June 26, 1981, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. And yesterday, I was here in Coralville, Iowa at the Corridor Classic Tour de Cure Champions Dinner. I was speaking to the amazing group gathered at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort about how I started the … Read more100 Mile Bike Ride, Here I Come!
Today for Diabetes Blog Week the topic is one of my favorites, Mantras and More. I like mantras! As an athlete, I use mantras all the time. In training and in a race or big event, mental challenges come in all the time. In the moment they don’t always seem just mental, they can be … Read moreMantras and More
I had the privilege and honor of going to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this past weekend for a wonderful conference put on by a newer organization for people ages 18 to 30 who have type 1 diabetes. The organization is called Young and T1 and was founded and is led by two amazing, energetic t1’s, … Read moreYoung & T1, Canadian style!
Spring is deciding if it wants to arrive to Minnesota. It’s been pouring rain for the past 3 days, including when I was out doing the Minnesota Ironman Bike Ride, which is NOT an Ironman triathlon but is a 48 year old bike ride held here in the Twin Cities. It’s a hard core ride … Read moreRiding 100 miles & “What’s Next?!”
I decided with my good friend Terena to do a 100 mile bike ride in June 2014. This is no small deal for me. Because in 2004 a few months after I did a 400 mile bike ride across the state of Colorado, I found out I had cancer. Then in 2010, a few months … Read moreDecision to do a 100 mile bike ride in June 2014