My Activity Tracking
My target 1000 kms
I'm fundraising for a great cause!
I’m doing the JDRF One Ride to raise funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research! This means I will be riding from 1st to 30th September 2021 to achieve my KM target while competing against other cyclists across Australia.
This year is particularly significant for myself and the T1D community as it marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin. I personally have been living with T1D for 47 years. Despite many advances in the past century, insulin remains the only treatment option for people living with type 1 diabetes. It is not a cure, it is life support. This means the needles, injections, finger pricks, bulky devices and constant monitoring remain a part of everyday life for anyone living with this condition.
JDRF is the largest funder of T1D research in the world and believes we shouldn't have to wait another 100 years for the next major breakthrough.
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Day 30 - Goal Acheived!Thursday 30th Sep Well, the last day of this event has come, and I have acheived my km goal. The fundraising goal is a little over 50% of the way there as well, which is not bad in this environment.
Day 29, oh so close to 100km, and persistent High BGL is badWednesday 29th Sep So, yesterday I told you all about how all of a sudden my Blood Glucose levels (BGL) are tracking high. Well, nothing has changed today.
1) I am coming down with something. Unlikely as I have been isolating at home for weeks, and just gotten over a cold I picked up from the grandkids.
Day 28 - Back in the real world. While I can.Tuesday 28th Sep
Days 25, 26 & 27 (rest day)Monday 27th Sep Wow. We are having quite the mixed bag of weather down here. Saturday was all over the place, wind, rain, sunshine, so did a Zwift session with some others in the middle of the day. Then into the veggie garden to get it in shape. That sure kept the blood glucose low, and required some significant topping up through the day. And then spent the night watching the UCI World Road Championships Women road race (better than the AFL Grand Final) with a thrilling finish.
Day 24 - the weather could be betterSaturday 25th Sep Friday before AFL Grand final day is a holiday where I am. Was nice to not have to get up at 5 to get a ride in before work. However, the weather was not playing along with my plans. After having the grand sons over for the day and catching a nap, it wasn't until the evening that I finally got into the garage for a ride.
Day 23 - It's the little things about Type 1Thursday 23rd Sep Well, getting closer to the end of the One Ride event. My km target has now doubled, and I am looking good to make it. Today was another Zwift meetup with the JDRF One Ride participants and organisers, including Zoom session so everyone can see everyone sweat it out.
A late start for me. I am usually out at 05:30 ish for a ride in the real world or on Zwift (which is a new thing for me). Big day of meetings and sitting around, and a medical appointment to get to. After 47 years of living with this chronic disease, it is the small things that get to you.
Days 20, 21, & 22 Work is busy, weather is bad, but improvingWednesday 22nd Sep
We have had many generations of Maggies raised around our house, and never had an issue with swooping. They know us, they know we will not hurt them or their young, and we leave water out for them when they get sun drunk. Not the case elsewhere though, so have to put up with a few hits to the helmet when riding by. Some days motivation for a sprint finds you. ;)
Days 17, 18, & 19 - Busy times and MusingsMonday 20th Sep Well, work got rather busy over the last few days (yes, even over the weekend) so playing catch up with this post.
Day 16Thursday 16th Sep Well, the headcold is getting better, and the brain probe came back NEGATIVE. Woohoo!
Day 15 - The headcold, and musings of T1DWednesday 15th Sep
Not us T1Ds. More monitoring, more adjustment of basal insulin levels (what you type nones produce when you are not eating anything and just living), and insulin bolusing (what you produce when you eat) ratios, more testing, etc.
It is easier to list all the things that do not impact a Type 1 person's blood glucose.
Day 13 and 14Tuesday 14th Sep With an early morning appointment to have a persistent leg ulcer looked at and dressed, no cycling in the morning of day 13. But for onto Zwift in the evening for an hour. Realised I've almost completed my km target only two weeks in.
Day 11, 12, and not much on 13 yetMonday 13th Sep So, the weekend was quite busy, with little time for bikes in the real world, and very windy. Still, got in a couple of Zwift sessions, both with my daughter Tam. One was on Saturday, because we both needed it, and one on Sunday for her BIRTHDAY!!! during lockdown.
Beginning to think I should have aimed higher for my km goal, but the fact is I may not be able to sustain this level of activity the whole month. Still, we will wait and see.
Day 9(b) and Day 10Friday 10th Sep
Day 8(b) and 9Thursday 9th Sep
Rachel Jones (in the lead in the photo), our HypoActive team captain and driving force to get us into this took the lead.
And last night, 4 of the team also had a meetup on Zwift/Zoom for fun. Thanks for organising Gary Gaffel.
May have to do another work out tonight for fun.
Wish I looked as good as my avatar. They really need to add a middle age spread body option.
Won't you take me to Hypo TownWednesday 8th Sep
Day 8 - Type 1 problemsWednesday 8th Sep
More km to my distance target. Might have to push it out if I can maintain this pace.
And not done today. There is a Zwift meetup of the HypoActive team tonight. Looking forward to it.
Day 6 & 7Tuesday 7th Sep Sorry for not posing yesterady, my work is nuts right now, and Mondays are the worst. Got in a early morning session on Zwift. In hindsight, the weather was good enough to get out on the road, but time was a bit limited, so Zwift it was.
Day 4 & 5Sunday 5th Sep Well, the weather here did not help the cause of reaching my 500,m target, so it is indoor training for now. Going OK, although I had to cut the Day 4 short due to an early morning medical appointment for a stubborn ulcer on my right leg. Saturday morning fun.
Sunday, being Father's Day here in Australia, was spent in a meetup with my daughter who is doing a similar virtual ride in support of Starlight Children's Foundation. So may good causes, and awesome that we can support two together. Share
Day 3Friday 3rd Sep Well, there were thunderbolts and lightning, and some rain this morning. So I decided to get modern and set up Zwift. Only let me go 25km with the free trial, so I have purchased a month in case I am stuck inside more. Will see how this new fangled technology goes. I must admit, it did make riding on the trainer a lot more fun, so there is a benefit.
Day 2Thursday 2nd Sep
Day 1Wednesday 1st Sep
Woke up with a hypo (low blood glucose) so decided not to go out on the road. Pity as the weather was awesome at 05:30. Just one of the challenges of being Type 1 and trying to exercise.
So, instead of getting out on my usual beat, down a protein bar (and some jellybeans) and head to the garage for a trainer session.
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