Wow what a day, 103km and 1500m of elevation but to be honest I am feeling ok. Tonight we are in Jarrahdale and thanks to our friends here we had nice hot showers and now sitting in front of a toastie warm fire, however today was not without its challenges and dummy spits…
So it’s here, the epic adventure is a matter of hours away, it feels like it was only yesterday that we sat down in Dome on that wet and cold Sunday morning and decided we would embark on this adventure raising funds for the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre…but this previous week has been cyclonic and very nearly resulted in potential disaster.
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!
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…
I have probably rambled on about this before but I think its pretty important for everyone but especially for those of us living with Type 1 diabetes. Having a flexible approach to managing life’s pathways and diabetes in particular is key to having some sort of “success”.