Expect the unexpected. Isn’t that the motto when you have type 1 diabetes?
This was my second year taking part in this two-day event and I came much more prepared. I knew that no matter how much I planned, things probably wouldn’t go that way and THAT’S OKAY.
When you’re out on the road for more than 3 hours each day, you start thinking. What really amazed me is that this time, I realized I was far more forgiving to myself. Skyrocketing blood sugar? It’s OKAY. Crashing low? It’s OKAY.
IT IS ALL OKAY. AND I’M OKAY.
What I love about doing the same races each year is that it acts as a marker. How far have I come since last year?
Here are some of my highlights of this event:
- I cried the night before from the stress of the prep and the worry of new medication (non t1d related). How is this a highlight? Well it is because even though I shed some tears, I didn’t bash myself into the ground for doing so. I allowed myself to be accepting of my emotions and just went with the flow. Resisting and placing blame just makes the scenario that much harder. This is a lesson that has taken me years to learn.
- My awesome cycling and t1d friend Steph Brodie was there and I got to see her cross the finish line on day 1. We only bumped into each other for a few minutes, but it totally made my day. Knowing other t1d’s were out there makes me feel so inspired.
- During one of my pit stops I saw a fellow cyclist testing his bg’s. I couldn’t pinpoint the type of meter or if it actually was one but I leaned in and said, “Type 1?”. He responded yes and we had a great chat about never giving up and our mission to stay healthy. It ended there and we went our separate ways but before that, a quick, “Did you eat enough?” exchange that left me smiling for many hours after.
The best part yet, I noticed these on my friend’s shoes. Her sister actually has type 1 (Hello Rebecca!). Co-incidence? I think not!
What a difference a year makes.
More forgiveness. Less blame. And definitely, more riding.
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