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How’s the training going?

I was so thrilled to read that Scott Johnson completed a half marathon recently. I don’t think I could ever handle a half marathon, so I have a special level of admiration for Scott’s achievement.

As he writes in his post on the subject, the half marathon goal came about during a conversation between Scott, Cherise Shockley, and myself on DSMA Live last November. In that conversation, each of us listed a few athletic goals for 2014. I think Scott may have completed all of his by now.

What did I promise to do this year?
As I recall, I set three athletic goals:

1. Complete an ADA Tour de Cure ride

2. Complete a 5K run (3.2 miles)

3. Compete in a sprint triathlon (sprint triathlons are typically about 1/4 to 1/2 mile swim, about 15 miles on the bike, and then a 5K run)
So… what kind of progress am I making on these goals?

I completed the Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure in May, so there’s that. And I completed my local neighborhood 5K run yesterday. Just like last year, the Live-In Niece and I ran it together. In case you’re wondering, a half marathon is more than four times the distance of a 5K. Anyway, I am now about two thirds of the way there.

Now the triathlon… that’s the really tough nut to crack. I had planned (and trained) to do a sprint tri on Father’s Day, but my recent participation in a clinical trial scuttled that idea. The study dates fell right at the time I needed to train the hardest.

So now I’m desperately searching for a simple, relatively flat, local triathlon to compete in before year’s end. If I don’t find an event, I may have to do a “triathlon of one”, where I do my best in each event all on my own on a predetermined date. It’s not the same as actually participating in competition, but I think it would suffice in the absence of a viable alternative.

As I work my way toward whatever triathlon I can do, I’ll keep you up to date. In the meantime…

Are you working toward an important athletic goal? Have you met that milestone already? Is someone you know living with diabetes and turning in a heroic athletic effort?

If so, I urge you to write for your Champion Athlete With Diabetes medal. To find out how to get yours, click here or click on the photo of the medals on the upper left corner of this page.

Your special effort should be recognized and rewarded. Just like with me and Rachel yesterday, I want you to see the finish line, and cross over. I know you can do it!


Be safe, and train hard.

Like these Friday links.

There’s a lot for me to talk about this Friday, so let’s get down to it:
– Provided I can get through rush hour traffic and make it to Washington, D.C. after work today, I’ll be sitting in on the DSMA Live social media meetup at the Diabetes Sisters Weekend for Women conference in our nation’s capital. The event is free and open to the public. If you can’t be there, you can listen in here. Don’t forget to follow @DiabetesSocMed on Twitter, and look for all the virtual conversation using the #DSMA hashtag.


– Thanks to the inimitable Scott Johnson and others, the Diabetes Hope Conference will be happening again. According to the official conference website:

“Through the magic of GoToWebinar and HD Faces, we’ll live stream all of the virtual panels and take questions live from the audience via Twitter and the hashtag #dHopeConf.”

The conference takes place from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20.

A bunch of your favorites will be on the panels. The content looks to be timely and important. Over 250 people joined the conference last year. Make sure you’re one of the multitudes attending the 2014 edition. So check out the conference agenda, do your virtual RSVP (here), and for heaven’s sake, participate!


– Lizmari writes over at The Angry Type 2 Diabetic, and she wrote an interesting post about patient dignity back on April 11. She finishes with these words:

“In the end, the person who’ll end up costing more to a society is not the person with diabetes: it is the diabetes bully.”

Read the words leading up to that finish, and you’ll find a few diabetes truths in there to chew on.


– On a non-diabetes note, Libby at I Have The Sugars wrote probably the best thing I’ve read yet about the Boston Marathon tragedy from a year ago. In it, she talks about how the bombings affected her, and what she carries forward from those scary, eventful days last Spring.

I was hanging on every word of it, and I know you will too.


Finally, a quick reminder that I’ve updated the Blogs Worth Your Attention listed on the left side of this page. I took out three who aren’t posting anymore, and I added eight new ones that weren’t there yesterday. This is a long overdue update. All of those D-blogs are worth your time, and they will inspire you.
Enjoy your weekend… more about my recent endo visit (not great, my fault), and something that absolutely breaks my heart, coming next week.

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