It’s the morning of Day 4 at Diabetes Training Camp here in Pennsylvania. The weather is kinda yucky – warm but cloudy/rainy with high humidity. While the weather is blah, camp is awesome! Lucky for me, a lot of the same people from two years ago are here so it’s nice to catch up. I think there’s about 30 or so of us, most are Americans with 2 Canadians and me. We’ve biked, swam, ran and talked a whole bunch…
We are at a place called Spooky Nook – it’s the largest indoor sports complex in North America. With more than 700,000 square feet under one roof and over 50 acres of outdoor facilities, the Nook Sports facility includes 10 hardwood basketball courts, four field hockey courts, 10 volleyball courts, and six soccer fields, as well as a 60-yard indoor track and a full-sized baseball infield. The Nook also encompasses a fitness center, a climbing center and a Ninja Warrior course. Sounds awesome eh?
I only have a minute so I thought I’d give you some insights as to how our day to day goes…
8am-10:00 Choose to Run or Bike (2 hours)
10:30 Yoga or Chill Time
12pm- 2:00 Lunch and Learn – Lectures about nutrition, exercise and T1D, mental strength, etc.
2:30 – 3:30 PT Session
3:30 – 5:00 Swim or Weight Training
6pm -7:30 Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 – Evening Lecture
9pm- 10:00 Optional Mindfulness of Yoga class
And mixed into all of that are personal one on one consultations with Dr. Matt, a Nutritionist, a Phycologist and exercise testing.
Last night I spoke to this guy (above) his name is Mike Hebe, he was is basically a cycling rockstar who competed competitively his whole life, then BAM…was diagnosed at age 43. (it can happen at any age folks) Over a beer, we chatted and he spoke to me about different training methods and my frustrations and I can’t wait to put some of his advice into action. #ThanksMike
My exercise testing also confirmed something I already knew, I have a high heart rate when working out. I have the ability to withstand and perform at a heart rate of around 180-190 for hours at a time and feel 100% fine. This becomes important when trying to train at 80% of threshold or at a lower rate for fasted morning workouts.
I also have switched my insulin and this new stuff is pretty life changing so far. I need less of it and it is holding my blood sugar way more even throughout the day and night. #thankgoodness The main thing I’ve leaned so far is that my insulin base has NEVER been right. And if your base isn’t right, none of these techniques to make sure your race goes well will work.
Basically I’ve been throwing everything up at the wall and hoping something would stick. Hopefully, this insulin combined with my new knowledge will help me get to a much more confident state. Ok, time to talk with Dr. Matt then hit the trails for some interval work…