Author Archives: Gillian

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.


This week I signed up to participate in diabetes blog week.  Diabetes blog week was started by a diabetes blogger –  Each day bloggers write about a certain topic.  I didn’t really realize when I signed up that we … Continue reading

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130 Mile Race Practice Ride

I did it!  I rode to Wisconsin and back which also happened to be my practice ride for Dirty Kanza .   My race is fast approaching (less than 3 weeks!) and I wanted to test out a few things … Continue reading

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Bike Camp and Kanza practice run

TWO OUT OF FOUR AIN’T BAD Last week/weekend I did a 4 day cycling camp.    This was my second year doing the local Vision Quest camp and  I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first year.    Thursday to … Continue reading

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Kanza training and Dirty Mudd’r [Race]

Last weekend I completed two really great long (sloooooooooooow) rides. Saturday I left the house at 7:30 am to start my trek to Aurora, IL a suburb of Chicago.  Why ride to Aurora, you ask?  Well the American Diabetes Assoc. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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A tale of two days.

A Tale of Two Days. I know I’m preaching to the choir for other diabetics and we all have crazy diabetes days.  I had such a rough Monday, Tuesday was better but not great. I am guilty of not prioritizing … Continue reading

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The Dirt on Dirty Kanza

THE TRUTH ABOUT MY DIRTY KANZA TRAINING. If you’ve looked at my race schedule for this year you may have noticed the “Dirty Kanza” aka The Dirty.  A couple of things to note –  there is no “tri” in the … Continue reading

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First Race

Last Saturday I participated in the Barry-Roubaix Gravel Road Race. A 62 mile race in the middle of Michigan near Grand Rapids. The week(s) leading up the race I was both nervous and excited about it. Nervous because we’ve … Continue reading

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An Evening with Andy Potts

Mental Toughness: “the ability to consistently perform towards the upper range of your talent and skill regardless of competitive circumstances.” I recently had the chance to see Andy Potts speak.  Andy, started with a recount of his journey to winning … Continue reading

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Getting through the Leadville 100 MTB Race

Early in 2013 a group of 30+ Vision Quest ( athletes had signed up to do the Leadville 100 MTB race many were roadies, some were triathletes (me) some were avid mountain bikers.  I did have a little background in … Continue reading

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