Power of positivity

Power of positivity.

Following up from my last post, here is a picture of my blood sugar levels on the third day.  If you ever wonder what I mean when I say each day is a different, this should be case in point.

Same insulin, same food different day. The only thing I did differently was I worked from home.  The blip at the end of the day was me forgetting to take my insulin on time for dinner.  But at least I have a reason for that one.


Day 3!

Day 3!

On another note I haven’t seen one of these for a while.  I felt really low but didn’t expect to be THIS low! This was this morning’s little treat. Not sure where that came from!



Since last week I vowed to get out of my slump training has been going great.  I’ve stopped getting upset for not getting the full workout in and I’ve stopped putting pressure on myself.  It’s so freeing when you make these two simple changes. I got some great training rides in last weekend and in 4 days (Friday through Monday) I rode 12 hours!  I also fit in some volunteer work for the Tour de Cure and got to see some of my favorite Type 1 (and 3) peeps and had Easter lunch with the family. I even squeezed in a short two mile run on my rest day.  I am going to try and sprinkle in some runs so that I don’t completely forget how to! Also, if I am expected to coach this summer I better be able to do it!

Volunteering for Tour de Cure course ride at FFC

Volunteering for Tour de Cure course ride at FFC

I’ve got some exciting plans for this coming weekend.  Whenever I can ride my bike to get somewhere for a reason I get excited, rather than just going out to train and doing a big old loop to nowhere.  Saturday I’m going to ride my bike to Aurora to the Two Brothers Roundhouse brewery http://www.twobrothersbrewing.com/roundhouse/where I’m meeting with some of the Tour de Cure organizers then from there we are going to do a Tour de Cure course preview.  All in all I’m expecting to do about 80 miles on my mountain bike.  I’m hoping to get a ride back or take a train.  It makes my ride seem more like an adventure when I have to get somewhere i’ve never been.  I think this might make me a good candidate to ride across America someday.  It’s the same reason why I never like to preview a race course before I do it.  The element of the unknown drives me to the next mile.

Then on Sunday I drive to a place called Streator where I am participating in something called the Dirty Mudd’r a 62 mile gravel race.  http://www.bikeiv.org/dirty_mudder.html After Saturday I just expect to finish it.  But that is ok, my goal is to get as many miles as I can.

Finally I am beyond excited about next week’s VQ base camp. I did this camp last year.  We are riding to Lake Geneva on Thursday staying out there and riding Friday and Saturday then riding home on Sunday.  I can not wait to just ride, eat and sleep for 4 days. Sounds like we will be covering nearly 350 miles in 4 days. Although I am not riding my mountain bike I will definitely aim to practice my Dirty Kanza race nutrition and nail my blood sugars!

Here’s to happy training!!!!



About Gillian

I am a type 1 diabetic diagnosed at the age of 30. I run marathons, participate in bike races , ironman triathlons and everything in between.
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1 Response to Power of positivity

  1. jaymeball13 says:

    It’s absolutely amazing to me what you go through to accomplish the things you wish to. I cannot imagine having to worry about diabetic complications on top of the balance of fitness and nutrition. You deserve major props. You’re an inspiration. Your determination is incredible. Keep it up! I nominated you for a Liebster award here http://theroadtophysicalfitness.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/my-second-liebster/

    It’s essentially a get to know people award that is a pat on the back… no… a high five. Who doesn’t like high fives?! 🙂

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