Category Archives: Life Lessons

500+ but no DNF – Ironman 70.3 Muskoka

Editor’s note: Somehow I managed not to post this almost a month and a half ago. Oops! I present it with minimal additional editing. What can I tell you about Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Muskoka in Ontario? [That's Sunday July 10th.] … Continue reading

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Step 8

Step 8: Record the data. That should actually say, “Record and act on the data.” I’ve been recording all of my diabetes data—fingerstick BGs, CGM values, carb consumption, insulin delivery, exercise details, infusion set changes, etc.—for the better part of … Continue reading

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Step 7

Step 7: Get believable basal rates and carb ratios. They have a huge impact on how my day plays out, but it’s been a while since I verified these basic settings. They’re the baseline for changes that I need to … Continue reading

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Step 6

Step 6: Ask for help. Nobody knows my diabetes experience better than me, but that doesn’t mean I’m the only one with ideas. Other people can help, too, by providing insight into diabetes, information about what’s in the food I … Continue reading

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Step 5

Step 5: Use CGM. Once upon a time I used a continuous glucose monitor, and it was helpful . . . when it worked. It didn’t work often enough for me to trust it, though, so I stopped using it. As a result, … Continue reading

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Baking

I like pastries. I love pain au chocolat, and I’ve wanted to make my own for a while. Last October, my mother- and father-in-law gave me a stand-mixer. My mom got me some supplies. Lisa got me a couple of … Continue reading

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Step 4

Step 4: Tolerate lower blood glucose. 120 mg/dL (6.7 mmol/L) isn’t low. 80 (4.4) isn’t low. Context matters, of course: 120 during exercise is time for action, and 80 before bed means it time for a snack. But right now, … Continue reading

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Step 3

Step 3: Bolus more insulin. More than sixteen years after I started using insulin, it still freaks me out. There . . . I said it. It’s not the insulin itself but the potential for hypoglycemic events. They feel terrible, get in the … Continue reading

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Step 2

Step 2: Try harder to know or estimate carbs. Knowing the number of carbs in things makes bolusing decisions (somewhat) easier, so why not do it? Taking the right amount of insulin is a separate issue, so let’s leave that … Continue reading

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Step 1

Step 1: Test my BGs more often. Whether it’s high, low, or in that happy 80-150 range, not knowing what it is doesn’t change the number. It only means it takes longer for me to react to it. So . . . test.

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The Halo Effect of Ironman

It’s fair to say that finishing Ironman Wisconsin changed me. I know it sounds a bit cliché, but I think it’s actually true. In the first week after the event, I thought it was just the glow of the day … Continue reading

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On Alchemy, Suffering, and Half Marathon PRs

On Halloween, I ran a half marathon PR at the hilly Ashland Half Marathon. Before I talk about the race, please indulge me for a brief digression about alchemy, the attempt to turn common elements into gold. Medieval alchemists mixed … Continue reading

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Jeff Mather, You’re an Ironman

This is a long post. I wish I knew how to make it shorter, but I don’t. It was a long event anyway. “You’re having a great race! Your paces are exactly what you had estimated. I’m so proud of … Continue reading

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Take Care of Yourself

A few weeks ago some of us were talking while waiting for Pool Guy to show up and let us in. Somehow diabetes came up in the conversation. I might have been saying how I had a very good diabetes … Continue reading

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This Old Man Cray Cray

Last Friday I posted about how I’ll be riding my bike more because, when it comes right down to it, cycling is often a more relaxing way to commute than driving. Earlier in the morning I had driven to the … Continue reading

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