Terrence Teixeira: Canadian triathlete, adventure-seeker and all round type 1 super star

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Terrence’s adventures around the world. In no particular order. 

“Do you know Terrence Teixeira?”

I’ve had a handful of people ask me that question the past few months.

I understand why.

We both have a passion for fitness and were both diagnosed as adults within the last two years.

During the Animas Type 1 Diabetes Update at Mount Sinai Hospital this weekend, I finally met the double T (I just made that up. Do people already call him this? Verdict unknown on whether he will think that is funny or lame. Will update later.)

He was the last speaker of the day and had me in stitches.

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Terrence is one of those people that just make you feel happy. I didn’t spend much time chatting with him but I believe in that statement.

As he talked about his diagnosis, it became apparent that from the very start, he BELIEVED and knew diabetes wouldn’t stop him from anything he wanted to achieve.

He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world in 2012. And what did he do when he got to the top? Snap a shot of his bg’s of course! This pic makes me happy.

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Terrence shared with the crowd many sentiments that I also believe. Living with type 1 diabetes gives you mental focus. It makes you a better athlete because you’re more aware of your body.

“Diabetes doesn’t prevent you from doing anything.”

Here are 5 things the triathlete, marathoner and all-round athlete shared:

Master the transition. For those who don’t know, a triathlon is a race where you 1. swim 2. bike 3. run. The transition in between these activities is considered the fourth sport.

Terrence says diabetes is a bit of the same as that triathlon transition or fourth sport. Managing your diabetes is what you are doing in between (testing your bg’s, giving insulin, making adjustments) but incredibly important for you to reach your goal.

Knowledge is power. “In a race you need to know all the twists and turns.” Terrence told us he went on a pump just three weeks ago and is learning this new way of delivering insulin.

Become educated. Life with diabetes can’t be perfect but he says we can arm ourselves with more information to help us navigate through the race.

Expect the unexpected. Strive for excellence. Change your attitude. It’s all about how you approach things.

Teamwork. Gather support from those around you. Like me, Terrence points to Connected in Motion as part of his support team. Ask questions from others and help each other.

Setting priorities. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Set your own priorities. You choose what you want to do every day.

“Everyone has their own marathon to run.”

Thanks for sharing your story Terrence. Another example of a Canadian athlete smashing personal records and going for gold with type 1 diabetes.

Visit Terrence’s website here.

J

I’m going for Olympic gold with type 1 diabetes

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Who’s got Sochi fever? I certainly do.

When I hop on the bike or treadmill at the gym, I’m always watching to see who’s competing. In between stretches or while testing I’ll sneak a peak at who is up, giving it their all.

My gym has a great program going on, using the spirit of the Olympics to encourage people to reach for new heights.

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A series of exercises acts as an Olympic sport. For example, alpine skiing will consist of 5 exercises that work the muscles of athletes who do that sport. Complete the workout and you get points depending on how much you were able to do. Reach a certain level of points and you win a gold, silver or bronze prize.

I’ve learned lots of new exercises and have been sweating up a storm taking part. This challenge has thrown my regular routine out of whack, so I’m testing more at the gym and being more diligent in having post-workout snacks at hand (carrying more than one, I’m a hungry bear!).

This feels like I get to be part of the magic in Sochi, even if it’s for fun.

Are you doing anything active to commemorate the Olympics? Wearing your country’s colours or maybe taking part in something like this?

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Have a look at US skiier Kris Freeman’s Thank You blog post.

You can read my post “10 fun facts about Kris Freeman” here. 

Whatever you are doing to stay active, give it your all and go for gold. Don’t give up. Keep pushing and believe in yourself.

Testing between sets,

J

10 fun facts about type 1 diabetic and US Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman

Kris Freeman is set to race at 5 a.m. EST tomorrow.

As a newly diagnosed type 1 diabetic, I started doing some research on him. Here are 10 fun facts about this diathlete!

Click on the fact to see its source.

1. Kris was a high school runner. 

2. His brother was a 2006 Olympian in cross-country skiing.

3. This sweatbetes pro listens to Motley Crue, Velvet Revolver and Guns n Roses.

4. The four time Olympian dblogs at krisfreeman.net and he has been updating from Sochi.

5. The Team USA member uses Omnipod and the One Touch Ultra.

6. At 2 years old, Kris was already skiing. 

7. Sorry all, he’s taken. I included this tidbit because when searching, one of the top search results I found was “Kris Freeman girlfriend”.

8. This is the first photo that pops up if you Google image Kris Freeman.

9. Even he has dealt with insurance troubles.

10.  My favourite quote: “I want to make sure that no other child is told that they have to give up their dreams when diagnosed with diabetes. Being an Olympic athlete allows me to send an important message to everyone living with diabetes: You can do anything with this disease as long as you manage it properly.”

Here’s a video from 2013 on Freeman via dLife.

Follow Kris on Twitter. 

Let’s all cheer him on tomorrow!

J