Sunday, November 7, 2010

Insulindependence University

Insulindependence University was a weeklong training camp for Triabetes Captains. This year, it was held in Panama City, Florida in November. The video embedded above has footage from the Triabetes camp, as well as our running club Glucomotive and outdoor expeditions group Testing Limits.

We had so much fun swimming, biking, and running in Panama City. More than just exercise, it was an opportunity for the Captains to bond as a team. In May, we will all be racing one of the toughest ironman competitions in the world at Ironman Saint George. Our individual goals range from finishing within the 17 hour time limit to qualifying for the World Chanmpionships in Kona.

Insulindependence staff and volunteers planned our group workouts, coordinated meals, and recruited a panel of experts to lead discussions on diabetes management, nutrition, and leadership. Later in the week, the kids that we are working with and their parents arrived. They raced in a kids' triathlon while we cheered them on from the sidelines. I was especially impressed with my own Triabuddy who made the trip from California to Florida with his dad despite recently being sick with pneumonia. He wasn't able to race due to the lingering illness, but that did not stop him from being the best supporter out on the course. On Sunday, we had the opportunity to watch Ironman Florida. One of our teammates raced and we caught up her throughout the day and watched her cross the finish line.

I am honored to be a Triabetes Captain. The organization has motivated me to test my physical limits and be a leader in the diabetes community. A couple of years ago, I set out to complete a sprint triathlon and discovered a passion for endurance sports. I have since run several marathons, century rides, up to half iron distance triathlons, and improved my times in the shorter distances. More importantly, I have successfully managed my diabetes and hopefully served as a good role model for others, diabetic or not, to regain control of their health.