A couple of years ago, Heather Leide, the awesome coach of the Pancremaniacs, convinced me to purchase a TeamWILD training plan as I prepared for my first 70.3 event. I was most interested in the “having someone tell me how much to swim, bike, and run” part of the 18-week plan, which was just as useful as I had hoped. (In fact, I dusted off the week-by-week plan last year when preparing for Timberman.)
What l hadn’t expected to be quite as useful was the nutrition, exercise physiology, and diabetes parts of the program, which were delivered each week by private YouTube links. So often this type of information is tepid, wishy-washy, weak tea. “Here’s a bunch of stuff you probably already know, Jeff. We’re going to keep it super-duper high-level, though, because if we make it too low-level, we’ll lose the people who don’t remember any of their high school biology or chemistry classes. Plus, people might actually try the stuff we suggest, and our lawyers think that sounds scary.”
Turns out, I needn’t have worried. The depth of the Coach Marcey Robinson’s video lectures was truly amazing, and I feel like I understand my own body’s metabolism during exercise so much better after watching the lectures each week. To be sure, almost all of the information is available in other sources—scholarly articles and books, mostly—but who has time to read all that? Marcey expertly condensed the information and made it accessible.
Sadly, TeamWILD is no more, but I still have the notes I took while watching the videos. (Hey! What can I say? It’s the way I learn stuff best.) Because I think it’s so useful, I’m going to share some of what I learned from the material over the next few days. Coach Marcey still owns the copyright to the videos and slides, so don’t expect to see verbatim transcripts. I’m going to assume that you’re familiar with the basics of diabetes management, nutrition, and exercise. Hopefully, you’re comfortable with carbs, fats, protein; insulin and food’s affect on blood sugar; the difference between aerobic/endurance vs. anaerobic/intense; etc. Consider the posts in this series as the notes that you might take during a 200- or 300-level course. I will try to provide context and extra info when I can, and I encourage you to visit Marcey’s website and look into getting more information and instruction from her.
Finally, posting these notes is an experiment. I have notes about diabetes and exercise from other things I’ve read and watched, and there are a lot of things in this vein that I want to read. If y’all think this is useful, I’ll post more. Let me know!
And, of course, feel free to share your experiences and your take on all this.