Sunday, January 31, 2010

Working Out

Yes, my second appearance in the gym this week now that I'm back from Orlando. I did some more upper body (biceps and shoulders) then I did 20 minutes on the bike and 10 on the treadmill.

Tomorrow is the big day, I'm going to attempt my first spinning class. Wish me luck, I'll report back on how it goes. :) Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

2010 Calendar

Is this where I put the disclaimer that everything that has not been registered for yet is tentative?

Here's the plan for 2010:
04/10/10 - Vulture's Knob - I have to redeem myself after last years performance
04/18/10 - This is part of the course for the MTB 100, I think it would be good to get out and race on it
06/05/10 - Mohican MTB 100 - Why not, I'm aiming for a sub-10 hour finish. Right in the middle of last years finishers between 7 - 13 hours.
06/13/10 - Tour de Cure - Got to support my fellow diabetics!
07/10/10 - Vulture's Knob - This course is, by far, the most technical around. It's good experience! :)
07/25/09 - Alum Creek State Park - Just trying to mix it up and get some points in the OMBA series
09/04/10 - Big Valley Race - NEO Power Series, this was a good race in 2009!
09/18/10 - 12/24 Hours of Mohican - I'm going to try 12 hours solo, we shall see how this goes!
09/26/10 - West Branch - my "home turf" should be a fun race with the local folks! Plus OMBA series points!
10/10/10 - Mohican State Forest - OMBA series points
10/24/10 - Mohican Wilderness - OMBA finals

So that's it for now, I'll keep you posted on training, races, changes and diabetes in 2010! Stay tuned! :)

It's Official!

I just registered for my first race of the 2010 season! How does 100 miles on a MTB sound??? Check out the link:

I'm pretty pumped about this! Time to start training, I hope I've been able to carry over at least a little bit of fitness. We will be hitting the gym tonight, stay tuned for an update. :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Fitness Finally

I hope to use the gym membership I just signed up for, otherwise I will be wasting my money. I thought it would be a great idea since the weather has not cooperated yet as far as warming up, melting snow, etc. The Fitworks gym in Stow seems pretty nice! I'll give it a shot next week when I get back from Orlando!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Here are the common symptoms of Hypoglycemia:
  • Mild hypoglycemia can make you feel hungry or like you want to vomit. You could also feel jittery or nervous. Your heart may beat fast. You may sweat. Or your skin might turn cold and clammy.
  • Moderate hypoglycemia often makes people feel short-tempered, nervous, afraid, or confused. Your vision may blur. You could also feel unsteady or have trouble walking.
  • Severe hypoglycemia can cause you to pass out. You could have seizures. It could even cause a coma or death.
Awesome right??? Well last night I was having a bowl of ice cream watching the biggest loser and my heart was racing. I mean beating fast to the point that it was very noticeable. I felt 100% fine otherwise so I tried some deep breathing and tried to relax. Having diabetes for over 16 years means you have been through a hypo spell or two and this has never been a typical body reaction of mine. I have been plugged into my continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and my pump was showing my real-time blood sugar at about 120. No need to worry right? So finally it was time to get ready for bed and I checked my blood sugar as normal only to find out it was 50!!! That's getting pretty low and also made me see why the CGM took so long to get accepted by the food and drug administration.

CGM monitors blood glucose subcutaneously as opposed to directly
from the blood stream. This causes a lag in true blood sugar counts
because it takes longer for the blood to get from your veins to
your skin.Thus, per the FDA, CGM should only be used for
trending and not diabetes regulation. My CGM
has been incredibly helpful in dialing my pump and I
wouldn't give it up, but it sure makes me crazy sometimes!

Bottom line is that I needed to treat my hypoglycemia so I could go to bed. A few glucose tabs and some OJ and I was gangster golden! Ahh yes, just another day in this diabetic life and another symptom on the list! :)

Friday, January 15, 2010

2010 is a Big Year!!!

In 2010 Cancer will become the number 1 killer in America, surpassing heart disease. What can you do to help???

Donate any of the following:
1. Blood/Platelets - This is easy, free and relatively painless and you can potentially save peoples lives. Blood and platelets play a large part in kick-starting the production of white blood cells that typically get their ass kicked by chemo treatments. I'm no Dr. but donating blood is an excellent way to help!

2. Money - for research and to help those less fortunate that are stricken with this killer

3. Time - There are a lot of fund raising efforts that can not happen with out the tireless work of it's volunteers

4. Support - reach out to those you know who are affected directly or indirectly by Cancer and simply let them know you are there for them and care. It goes a long way, trust me.

5. Bone Marrow - you don't have to donate anything up front, but you can sign up to become a donor. From there your marrow type will be held a database to use to help save someone's life who can't produce there own marrow. Again, easy free and life saving! All you need to do is get your cheek swabbed!

Cancer is a killer that has no feelings, it doesn't care whose Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Son, Daughter, Husband, Wife, loved one and Friend it affects. Help take a stand in 2010 and tell Cancer that we will not let it take any more loved ones from us.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Wow Wii!

I'm hooked! I love the new Wii! It's a great way to pass some time when it's bitter cold out with too much snow an slop to ride! Next step is to get to Ray's Indoor MTB Park!!! I've got Cabin Fever and need to get out and ride!!!

In the meantime I will continue to stay active and try stay sane over the winter.