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Saturday Snapshots: #Dblog Week, Day 6 May 17, 2014

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Dblog Prompt: Back for another year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like! With a nod to the Diabetes 365 project, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures. Post as many or as few as you’d like. Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures, or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves.

The below snapshot is one of my favorites. You can see why. But the other part I love about this image is knowing how hard I worked to make that happen. 72 g of carbs means I brought at least that much. A pump setting means I somehow wrangled my insulin pump into a safe position on that trip. It means I also brought a backup pen. Four hour mountain bike ride…that’s a lot of tough riding. I went solo on this trip, but any riding partner would have brought their bike gear, snacks, hydration and that’s it. When they hit a technical spot they think only about the obstacle. I’m thinking about the obstacle, which way to land if I crash so I don’t rip out my infusion set, what by BG is, and what this obstacle is doing do my BG. As diabetics, we are pretty much ALWAYS thinking more than our pancreas-functioning counterparts. And that sucks. But it makes you feel pretty sweet when you can manage an outcome like this:

72g carbs + 4 hour -70% basal + 3 water bottles + 4 hour mountain bike ride =

This only takes 4 hours of mountain biking!


Nice Lines January 8, 2013

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On a past frustrating mountain bike ride I rode through a technical section on which I questioned my line (aka, path). From behind I hear, ‘Biker Back’ (aka, move over). As I pull over, he passes and states, ‘Those were nice lines you picked.’

I have no idea how long this dude was behind me. Based on what I saw as he rode off, he knew his stuff. I was exalted. I real mountain biker just told me I picked nice lines through at least one technical section.

That made my ride, my day and my week. I relax and smile when I think of this ride.

The mountain biking community, as a whole, rocks. Riders yield correctly and often add ‘Good ride’ whether passing or being passed. Riders offer help for flat tires and broken derailers, and ask if you are okay after a crash. I’m still new to this group – my technical skill is average and my cardio does not compare to other riders. But I love it and I aim to improve with each ride.

So the diabetes connection? There doesn’t have to be one. But I have plenty. Besides the obvious of course – I can pick nice lines AND have diabetes, because you know, You Can Do This. The mountain biking community reminded me a bit of the diabetes online community (DOC). As a whole, the DOC is a pretty cool bunch. No doubt clear leaders are evident, but everyone involved has helped or been helped. When you need a pick-up, encouragement, a congratulations – somebody will be there. You might never have spoken to this person, or maybe only lurk on Twitter or the blogosphere, but at the right time, the first post you make, the first tweet, the first comment- that makes somebody’s day. Even though in theory, they are a stranger.

But we all know better than that.

Wordless Wednesday: Charlie Brown Tree August 29, 2012

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Happy Charlie Brown Tree! I don't actually know what it is.

This plant bush tree makes me smile every time I’m on this trail. It’s like a happy Charlie Brown tree!