Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Several months ago I received an email from Michelle Alswager, director of the Madison, Wisconsin, JDRF branch, asking me if I would be interested in joining a group of 10 type 1 diabetics to train and race in the 2008 Ironman Wisconsin. Having just barely signed up for Ironman CDA again for 2008, and still in recovery from IMCDA 2007, I wasn't sure if I would be up for it, but knew I wanted to participate. What a lifetime opportunity, to be be able to train with 9 other type 1's! Most of what I have learned about managing diabetes during triathlon has been through shared experiences with other diabetics and through my own trial-and-error. Michelle's plan was to create a documentary out of the project to use for education and motivation.

The project has grown to include more athletes and also a research aspect to study exercise physiology and nutrition related to type 1 diabetes. There are some good resources out there, especially from Sheri Colberg, but there are still so many unanswered questions on how to maximize one's athletic potential through diabetes management practices. I look forward to building team camaraderie with the other athletes as we work towards this common goal. I'll be sure to post here as much as possible. The website for the project is sure to check it out!

The other team members behind this project include Peter Nerothin and Nate Heintzman from insulindependence, Dr. Matt Corcoran from Diabetes Training Camp, and Bill Carlson, MPT, who is also the first type 1 athlete to complete an ironman race. The documentary company is Andiamo Production, an Emmy-award winning group in Madison, Wisconsin. You can read more about all of these people at the Triabetes website.


Scott K. Johnson said...

Wow! That is great!

Wingman said...

Anne - that's awesome! Do you have the contact info for the people running the documentary I'd love to be involved in that project.

I tried the e-mail on their website but it bounced back.

LindaF said...

Anne, I love the video. It gets me excited already. It looks as if they will do a great job documenting the project. Go, Anne! Love, Mom

Michael Ames said...

Hey Anne,

This is very cool. You can recuperate in Minneapolis when it's done!


Bad Decision Maker said...

this is so exciting! i hope they learn a lot and you have tons of fun.
i'm hoping to do my first (non-ironman) triathlon this summer, if my knees can hold up enough to do the running training and my ears can hold up to the swimming (i was ear-infection prone long before the diabetes, which obviously doesn't help).

can i come be the nerdy t1 cheerleader for team triabetes?