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50th Diaversary 5X Iron Triathlon Challenge
10/3/2022 thru ~10/19/2022
DATES TBD PENDING WEATHER
Sat., 10/3: 12-mile open water swim, Lake Lewisville, TX
Sun., 10/4/22 - Sat 10/15/22: 560-mile bike, ending at DFW Tour de Cure
Sun., 10/16/22 - 10/19/22: 131-mile run
Why do a 5x Iron "challenge" event?
2022 marks my 50th "diaversary."
For those of you not familiar with the term, it's the anniversary of the date you were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Diaversaries are milestones of sheer survival, proof that we've persisted despite sometimes life-threatening hypoglycemia and inevitable hyperglycemia that even the tightest control can't entirely avoid.
And for those of us who've experience a transformation in our outlook from depression and victimhood to hope and possibility, it's a reminder that no matter how bad it gets, it's not over 'til it's over.
My transformative event was laser retinopathy treatment in 2003. It stopped the retinal bleeding, but left me with a few blind spots and a permanently damaged retina in my left eye.
My retinopathy was the result of 30+ years of avoiding physical activity and tight control because of my fear of extreme low blood sugars after exercise.
Now I had to come to terms with a very rational fear of dying in my sleep and find a way to get active anyway.
For me, there was no other choice.
I started with the smallest steps possible—and I never looked back.
After 50 years, I am still afraid of low blood sugars. And it's still scary sometimes to exercise. But you #keepgoing because you have to. I've grown more confident as I've learned how to exercise safely and I've tried harder things. Each time, I've learned something.
Epic happens one step at a time
Ever since I did my first Ironman in 2017, I've dreamed of doing triple, quintuple, or even a 10x Ironman.
Doing the equivalent of one Ironman for each of the five decades I've had Type 1 seems like the perfect way to mark my 50th diaversary in 2022.
I call it a "challenge" because of course, I don't know exactly how things will turn out. I'll see what I'm capable of, what I can learn, and what lessons I can share with others.
And with luck, someone else out there with Type 1 is dreaming--and building the confidence to do--even bigger things!