My first Triathlon!

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I just wanted to share that today I completed my first triathlon this morning! It's called the Smile Train Tri - to benefit children with cleft lips and cleft palates. It was a sprint tri so that means: 250 meter swim, 12 mile bike, and a 5K. I was successfully able to manage my blood sugars during the race; I wanted to keep them no higher than 200 but also no lower than 150 (I was playing it safe during the first race, I know my body and when I start to go low, I can go low pretty quickly). Between my bike and run I was 136, downed one of those energy gels and was good to go! My finishing time was 1 hour 26 minutes. I was told by the race director (who was extremely enthusiastic about our DS Tri Team!) that you cannot compete in a race until you complete a race so I had to back off some of my competitiveness, concentrate on pacing myself and just really feel out the race! IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!



So this will be the first of many races to come...I wanted to share this with you all...and look for more info to come soon on the DS Triathlon Team Blog!!!!



Laura
Posted about 11 years ago
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Congrats Laura!
Wow! Your first tri-race! How fun and inspiring! When I was running I remember that "high" from a race... all those people cheering you on. Are you wearing a pump? If you are, where do you leave it during the swim? When do you check your blood sugar? Do you carry your meter with you on the run and bike? Okay, can you tell I'm a little excited to hear about how you're doing all this... I can't wait to read more in your blog!
Congratulations again!
Laura B.
Posted about 11 years ago
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Thanks, Laura!!!

I will soon be posting my blog about my first race. I'll answer all of your questions and try to describe my experience (it's pretty rookie!) with completing the triathlon with diabetes. For now though...yes I did wear the pump (although not during the swim), I checked during each transition and am not skilled enough to test my BG while on a bike. I was wearing the MiniLink sensor for this race though. That definitely helped me track what my BGs were doing!

More to come on the blog later this week---for now you can check out what Mari has to say about her first half marathon!! It's very cool, and since you're a runner as well I'm sure that you'll be able to relate!

Laura
Posted about 11 years ago
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Laura,
I'm so happy that you did your first triathlon and loved it so so much!!!! This is very good news for the DS Tri Team!! I have a feeling you will be one of our top finishers come September 2009... this is so awesome! And we were here as your tri career started!!1

And, everyone who reads this about Laura's first, you too can do it!!! Keep informed by reading the Tri Team Blog and keep asking questions and just start!!!

Mari:cheer:
Posted about 11 years ago