Thank you for taking time to visit my page. My name is Ian Watson and I have been fighting diabetes for 11 years. I was an unfortunate pick by this disease my junior year of high school. I've battled with high and low blood sugars, slower healing time for sickness or injuries, constant carb ratio counting, ketoacidosis, and the many other side effects that come with diabetes. So what exactly is it that I have?
I haven't given much into sports since being diagnosed. I've always been afraid of getting low blood sugars. With a low blood sugar, your body goes weak, your vision gets impaired, your speech gets jumbled, and you can't think clearly. On the other end, if you drink too much sugary sports drinks or eat too many carbs, you can get headaches, dry mouth, muscle cramping, and your body starts to slow down. Finding the right method to stay "normal" was very daunting on top of trying to stay normal in every day activities. Well, I'm breaking through my barriers.
With diabetes comes weight gain. I've decided to manage my weight, eat healthy, and train to do what I love best, ride my bike. Last year I tried out my first ride, a brisk 35 miles. This year I plan to ride 320 miles in charity events such as MS, American Diabetes Association, and JDRF. I believe that there is a cure for this incurable disease and I plan on attacking it in any way I can.
So why do you need to know this?
I need help raising the money for this event. I have a $2,000 goal I'm trying to reach and if I do, I get to (as Queen put it) "GET ON MY BIKE AND RIDE!" I will have the ability to step up to the plate and prove to myself that 100 miles is nothing for me. I have the ability to prove to myself that, as a diabetic, I can do this with hard work, training, and blood monitoring. My motto is this: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!" I know I have the strength in me, will you help me get there so I can prove myself?
Whether it's a charitable 1 time donation or a pledge to give over a couple of months, I really do need your help. You get the satisfaction of knowing you are helping find a cure for me, and you can write it off on your taxes! 8D
Thank you for your support!
Going the Distance
This last weekend I completed my first ride of the season. I personally donated the $200 for diabetes research and, in turn, was able to participate in a 50k ride in beautiful Madison, WI. It was awesome to see other red riders (red riders are those with diabetes) participate in this event. The ride started out slow, mostly because I forgot to stretch, hydrate, and inflate my tires to the proper psi. 8.5 miles in, I finally felt stretched, but I found out that my tires were at 40 psi instead of the 100 psi they needed to be at. No wonder why those hills were tough to get up. haha. As the ride wore on, I followed the same group of people, stopping at the same rest stops, and being cheered on by other riders and on-lookers. It was a great feeling knowing that the people I rode with felt the same about finding a cure for diabetes. I was proud of the kids on their bikes that were diabetics, stopping at SAG wagons to check their blood sugars before continuing on.
The hardest thing about these rides is maintaining a good blood sugar while riding. Now, if you have the pump, it's easier to do than the good ol' needle and vial, which is what I have. With rigorous exercise your blood sugar can drop, yet you also need to hydrate with water and sports drinks, make sure to eat fruits and maybe some granola or pretzels, which all contain carbs. Then the question arises, "Do I compensate for the carb intake or do I hope that the exercises burns it up." The constant worry about going high with the blood sugars means that muscle cramping and a slower performance on the bike is inevitable. If my blood sugars go low, I can black out, become disorientated and could do some real damage to myself if I crash from weakness. This all happens while I'm trying to focus on wind direction, gear shifting on inclines, keeping a good pace, and staying mentally tough on the task ahead of me. So much going on, it would be nice to not have to worry about it all.
I always carry my supplies with me which is also bothersome. I have a bag strapped to my stem, and a bag underneath my seat, plus supplies in my back pockets of the jersey. I might as well have a carry-on. The bag attached to my stem always hits my knees which throws off my rhythm or disallows proper posture.
In all, I love getting out and riding. I see wonderful scenery, enjoy the cool mornings leading to warm afternoons, and finishing is one of the most rewarding things one can feel. I've reach miles I've never hit before and I'm looking to go the distance with this ride.
Let's focus on finding a cure so I can focus on riding instead of riding with diabetes.
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