With 21 days remaining before I set off on the Munda Biddi trail with Richard to tackle the end to end challenge of over 1000km of mountain biking through some of the South Wests awesome bush land, I am quietly freaking out – testing the D plan is simply not working for me!
The Sunday just gone was Round 5 of the WAMBA XCO state series and for the first time in 5 rounds, not only did my blood sugar sit pretty throughout but I also finally think my riding confidence has built to a great level – hitting those rocky gardens with power and success.
But alas with 2 more rounds left in the season, round 5 would be my final race of the season.
As much as we don’t want to admit it, we know that living with Type 1 Diabetes is a numbers game, the issue is focusing on those all important blood sugar numbers can not only take the focus off what is important in life now but also the blatantly obvious.
Its a buzz word we hear all over the place and one that apparently we should all have in order to live our lives successfully, but what does it actually mean in the real world?
There are many definitions on the interwebs but in a nut shell I think it can be interpreted as the ability to pick your self up and continue on after events in our lives knock us down, even when those events knock us down hard.
Not to blow my own horn but after a few conversations of late with friends and colleagues, I have realised that maybe this resilience factor currently exists within my personality and I want to share how it came about, from my point of view anyway…
Giving up is the easiest thing to do, it requires minimal thought and zero effort and that is why it can seem like the easiest option when things get tough.
I felt like yesterdays off-road triathlon (X-Adventure) in Dunsborough was a good test of resilience for me, right from the start of the day I was put to the test and it didn’t seem to get any easier as the day progressed.
Tapering is a well known method used amongst athletes in the week leading up to big sporting events, it allows the body to rest in preparation for a big all out effort at what ever event it is.
If you have not picked it up yet from my ramblings, exercise is a key driver for helping to maintain good blood glucose control and changes to my exercise ‘routine’ can bring about difficulties with control, so now with less than a week to go before I race the off road triathlon, my tapering needs to begin.
Like a computer, the body goes through times where every system process starts to fail in turn creating odd looking system errors and like computers it usually due to one system process failure and then like domino’s they all fall over.
I have found doing a hard reset to the body usually seems to put everything back in place, well most of it anyway…