This fortnight I’ve been thinking about Tyson’s Fury’s fight with Deontay Wilder. Except for a knockdown in round 9, everything looked to be going great for Fury. Then a flash knockdown in the 12th looked to have rendered him unconscious. Fury shocked everyone by finding the strength to beat the ten count. The judges then shocked everyone again by delivering a controversial draw verdict. The sport of boxing can take a man from reaching distance of one of the greatest comebacks in history, to near-defeat in the blink of an eye. While my own fortnight has been less dramatic, Type 1 diabetes still gave me the real-life equivalent of 2 knockdowns.

My HbA1ac results came back this Friday – I’ve hit the NICE target of
48mmol/mol
. Achieving this 8 months into diagnosis has been a great confidence booster. But knockdown 1 arrived the same night. Before bed I had a blood sugar of 14, and had to correct twice.

Before knockdown 2 I need to write a quick explainer. As detailed in my Sub 25 Minute 5K Training Plan, my ‘long runs’ this past fortnight have been 3.5 miles. For both of these I ran for half a mile, before completing a parkrun.

On the first Saturday of this fortnight I ran at a new venue, The Wammy, and posted a time of 28 minutes without really exerting myself. My confidence was sky high. The course is much kinder to its runners than Hanley, and it will definitely be the venue for my attempt at a sub 25 minute 5K.

Yesterday’s run back at Hanley, however, was the equivalent of Wilder’s 12th round knockdown. It was hard work, I felt like stopping throughout, and it was my slowest run to date 32 minutes and 48 seconds.

I could blame type 1 diabetes, and complain about its Deontay Wilder esque ability to throw lethal punches from nowhere after appearing beaten. But its important to take responsibility and take lessons. Namely:

  • A blood sugar of 14 the night before was avoidable – Better food options will be important the night before my attempt.
  • An earlier night’s sleep would be wise.
  • Remembering to take some dextrose tablets when running will give me a much needed boost.
  • Use the good feeling that comes from not running round Hanley’s Alp-like terrain when at the Wammy.

Anyway, I’m all caught up with runs in my plan (I’ve done the 12 required from the first 4 weeks). And the HbA1c result and 28 minute parkrun more than outweigh the 2 negatives.

Type 1 diabetes may not have punched me as hard as Deontay Wilder yet, but I’ll have many more rematches than Fury. And like Fury I’m staying confident that I will win; getting back up will do for now.

Published by Marcus Pezzaioli

I started www.diabeticstokebloke.com in September 2018 to document my attempts to get fit after a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in April the same year. I believe sharing my story can help anyone who is afraid to exercise with type 1 diabetes, and show that it is not as complicated as it may appear from other sources of information out there. If I can do it, with no CGM and on MDI, starting out as somebody who does not fit the athletic profile whatseover; then anybody can.

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