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