Extreme sports

By JaredLahti Latest Reply 2014-03-07 20:39:27 -0600
Started 2014-03-06 09:57:22 -0600

I signed up for my second attempt at a half ironman this morning with the intention of doing my first full ironman in 2016. For those of you that don't know a half ironman is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run. A full is double that.

I want to hear from the other people with diabetes what kind of extreme sports that you get into. I also want to hear what problems you had and how you fixed those problems. I also want to see some people make a commitment to do some endurance sports.

Let's change the attitude that we are disabled because I know for sure that I am not disabled and will not let diabetes hold me back.


5 replies

Glucerna 2014-03-07 20:19:13 -0600 Report

Good for you! You're right that diabetes doesn't have to hold anyone back. There's Team Type 1 pro cyclists, Team Novo Nordisk for cyclists and triathletes. Have you read the Diabetic Athlete's Handbook by Sheri Colberg? It's a great resource. ~Lynn @Glucerna

AmoreG 2014-03-07 03:02:52 -0600 Report

I don't really do extreme sports, but I've hiked the Otter ( 5 day hiking trail, rough terrain ), the only problem is that I went low at night, but I just kept a few bar one's nearby. Some of the other things I've done include crocodile cage diving and tree - top gliding, next year I'm going to bungee jump off of the bloukrans bridge, which is, as far as I know, the highest in the world, at 216m. I've never viewed myself as disabled, I decide to view myself as a normal person who gets the perk of taking food anywhere :D

JaredLahti 2014-03-07 20:31:31 -0600 Report

Wow that is impressive. I don't think that I could go crocodile cage diving. I am not allowed to go bungee jumping because of my epilepsy, so I work in the endurance stuff instead.

jayabee52 2014-03-06 13:38:09 -0600 Report

Go for it Jared! Supporting you in this endeavour!

Unfortunately I AM disabled and have a lot of "medical challenges" (as my late wife used to laughingly refer to hers). I try to do what I can but unfortunately I cannot do much at all. CKD for which I need dialysis plus my T2 seems to zap the stamina I had even a couple of years ago. I however won't give up and will do what I can do for as long as possible.

Praying God's best for you and yours


JaredLahti 2014-03-07 20:39:27 -0600 Report

Thank you!! I am excited about the changes I have made over the last year. With so many young people getting diabetes I just want to see as many of us realize that we are fully capable of doing almost anything that we set our minds to.

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