hey Jerry, I just started following you on Twitter. I see we are sympatico on many areas. I was also thinking about how much I've enjoyed your poems here, and seeing you're a Beatles fan, I thought I'd share one of our more popular discussions from way back
Was just reading over some previous conversation on Diabetics who run Marathons - I think Inspirational Badass would be a good term - I know you've helped me along the way, which I greatly appreciate. Hope to see you at IMAZ (still not sure of my plans - hopefully today).
Thanks for the insight and info, Jerry! Yes, I've not been blogging much here or on my blog, but have been training and participating in a mentor group on beginner triathlete. Noticed that triabetes didn't have much presence here in TX, so thought there might be a chance to help get something going. Have done 4 sprints now, dropped 20 lbs, and am on track for OLY's on 9/5 and 10/2....still a triathon novice, but loving it. I thought that triabetes might be a good way to pay it forward. Are you doing the Carlsbad marathon in Feb? Guy I talked to at insulindependence suggested that. I'll check into team wild as well.
Hey Jerry. I see that you are involved w/ triabetes/insulin dependence. Has that been a good experience for you? I'm considering becoming involved or maybe even being a team captain if that is the need.
Yes, DW is fun ...I tried for the full M , Jan 2008 ...and only made it to mile 22 ..I did not shed tears, as I saw others do ...I was proud regardless ! 100 percent humidity , 85 degrees ; did the 1/2 in 2009 ...the best time ever ...our Team Diabetes on site trainer kept me being motivated . There were quite a few Team D folks , who did the Goofy challenge ...with your background I don't see you not keeping the pace ...DW is strict ; some people were taken off the course by mile 3 , because they did not keep the pace .
Jerry, Thank you so much for this. It's really helpful. I know what you mean about finding things that work for you--I've found so many different formulas for what people do, and they must differ based on individual factors and preferences. I ate a gell every five miles of my half marathon, and that worked well for that activity, so it sounds like it would work well also for a marathon. I usually reduce my basal rate from .7 units per hour to .2 per hour when I'm running for an extended time, and that seems to be pretty effective also. I do have a lot of work to do still on every guy's challenges in marathoning--i.e., building my muscle endurance for over 20.
Over 50 marathons! That's amazing!
I'm wondering what you consider the best target blood glucose level for the beginning, middle, and end of a marathon.
Also, I've heard that you need more glucose (tablets or gell) for the second half of the marathon than for the first. I'm sure I'll learn more about this myself as I do longer runs in preparation for no., but I'd love to hear what you've learned from your considerable experience. By the way, do you use tablets or gel? I used gel in my half and it seemed to work pretty well.
We will be holding a sample book party this weekend in the Bay Area and shooting video of it, to share with the community, so you can get a feel for it. As for getting other people with diabetes together, we'd recommend searching among the members here.
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