I hate suspense, so let’s begin with the ending: I MADE IT. I made it to Rotto!!! The Rottnest Channel Solo was the hardest and most epic thing I have ever put my body through. I have never felt more exhilarated and grateful and exhausted and TOTALLY, UTTERLY, STOKED than I did when I planted … Continue reading Race Report: Rottnest Channel Swim
Countdown - one day to go. I am halfway between excited and terrified. I dreamed last night about swimming: I was swimming against the current of a river, going nowhere. I woke this morning in the darkness, with the leaden weight of anxiety on my chest and blood sugar higher than it should be. It’s … Continue reading Tapering, Terror and the Type 1 Tribe
Lately, people seem very curious about how I’m fuelling my swim training using a low-carbohydrate approach. I get lots of incredulous questions– ‘You eat only THIRTY GRAMS of carbohydrates a DAY?’, and people often seem mystified by my food choices. So let’s go there. Let’s talk why, and how, and what on earth I eat … Continue reading What I eat.
You probably think that swimming is sexy. That swimming means teeny bikinis and speedy sleek bodies and sporty race faces and perfect tans. But you're wrong. Swimming is not sexy at all. Squeezing my butt into a race suit that feels eighteen sizes too small (I am assured it is supposed to feel like that) … Continue reading Swimming is not sexy.
Mullaloo: Take One I was ready for the the Mulalloo 10km, the race I needed to do within 4h15min to qualify for the Rottnest Channel swim. It was scheduled for December 27. Christmas was strict - I was super careful with food, micromanaged my insulin more than usual, limited alcohol, drank a lot of water. … Continue reading Race report: Mullaloo 10km
I am part of the type 1 tribe. It wasn't always that way. I didn't really meet someone else with type 1 diabetes until about ten years after I was diagnosed. It was lonely. But it isn't anymore: I met one type 1, and another, and another, and for the last five years I have … Continue reading Diabuddies
Race Report: Coogee 5km I had an early start and a sweet flat blood glucose line to wake up to before the Coogee 5km, my first open water race of the season. I had a coffee but skipped my morning rapid insulin injection. I often need to take insulin with coffee because caffeine makes my … Continue reading Race Report
When you live with type 1, you become adept at 'self-rescue'. This means being prepared and ready to sort out a diabetes emergency, no matter where you are. An ex-boyfriend taught me to self-rescue. He worked offshore, and because he was away half the time, he told me that the only person I could rely … Continue reading Self Rescue