Tough to blog?

Its funny how things get busy and the time for very simple things is lost. Like blogging. A lot has happened in the last 11 days or so and I kept thinking that "ooh, I need to write this down"... well, now I am just going to summarize. When we last met the dynamic uno - he was struggling back from a sickness that ripped through his family and had just gotten back into the swing of things. The next week went fine - still trying to figure out schedules, but its coming along. Ash and the kids went to Greenville to MawMaw's for a long weekend and it gave me time to work on a fence and get some hours in training. I missed those guys sooo bad. It was ultra quiet and terrible. Thankfully, John and Maureen and Jon fed me all that time. Dave and I went to ASU on thursday and ran (I was late and did 4 miles - Dave ran for an hour) and then hopped in the pool and swam 1.5 miles (in 200's) It was good day. Dave is becoming a machine. He just emailed me about running 18 miles on Sunday. I am trying to figure a way out of that one. On Saturday, John and I were told about a group ride that meets in Boone and heads down the mountain to Lenoir to ride. The temperatures were incredible - it was chilly in Boone and perfect down there. We rode on gorgeous roads for awhile and were expecting to go around 35-40 miles. Well, at 32 miles we realized that we made a wrong turn and it would be a long ride back. The ride ended up being 54 miles and I was beat. It was good to be out again. My blood sugar started at 290 and didn't fall (I took a couple of units) for a long time. But towards the end, John and I were battling lows at the back of the pack. The next few days I worked on a fence around the house for the dog and it really is looking sharp. We are getting ready to go to Santa Barbara for Diabetes Training Camp and I checked Delta and found out that the bike would be $100 each way. So I emailed some bike shops and a diabetes research facility and the Santa Barbara Bike Coalition and explained that I was a poor, pitiful, diabetic teacher and was there anyone out there who would be willing to loan me a bike for the week? Well the SB Bike Coalition is filled with super cool people. I am now turning away offers.... of bikes a lot better than the one I ride. It really fills one with a sense of a renewal of humanity when people offer precious things to complete strangers. I was blown away. BTW - I will be riding a sweet Ibis while in sunny CA. Thank you Robert! Then yesterday, a friend at work who I kept seeing at the pool - revealed that he has done triathons (up to 70.3) and worked with the swim team for years. He gave me a bunch of pointers yesterday and while it currently feels like I can't swim - I am finally on the path. Thank you Jonathan! Oh, I got my wheels - Neuvation - great price, ceramic bearings, etc - and got my wetsuit, pedals, and bike shoes... thank you Trisports!

Comments

zircon said…
I am always amazed and pleasantly surprised at the quality of individuals involved with the outdoors and athletic competition. I think it is the magic in shared or common experiences that tends to draw us together. Glad to hear that the bike thing worked out for Santa Barbara. I'll be thinkin' of y'all in sunny CA while I slog through our last week to get to spring break. Eat some good mexican food for me out there and take a dip in my old friend the Pacific. I'm so jel.
Triroads said…
Good for you guys! I am also a type 1 and avid triathlete currently training for Ironman az. Friday I am heading to AZ to train the course for the Nov. event.
I have been diabetic for 5 months now and learning how to alter my life and training. I have done many half and shorter triathlons but never the full ironman. I think what you are doing is a great thing.
I also have a new web site www.triroads.com in the forum I have added a diabetic atlete section. I am hoping people will find the forum and exchange info on how they train and what they do to manage their diabetes. Please check it out and add some advice. God knows I could use it and I am sure they’re a lot of others that could also. Feel contact me if I can ever be of assistance to you guys. Good luck and happy training!
Chuck Schneider
chuck@triroads.com

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