About

My name is Alex.  I am an engineer, an endurance athlete and a type 1 diabetic.

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1996 and I have been living, training and competing with diabetes ever since. Living with type 1 diabetes is challenging in its own right but throw physical activity in and it’s a roller coaster of blood sugar levels, emotions and hospital visits. This has never stopped me jumping in head first though.

I decided to create Type1Athletic after struggling to find an easily accessible resource to help me manage my diabetes effectively and pursue my athletic ambitions. There is a wealth of medical information available about being active with type 1 diabetes but translating this into day to day life is very challenging. Through my experiences I have established simple rules and strategies which allow me to train and compete on par with non-diabetic athletes and I want to share these with all type 1 diabetics facing these same challenges.

In March 2015 I completed the Melbourne Ironman, without question the toughest event I have ever completed.

Finishing 2015 Ironman Melbourne - 9hrs 32mins

Finishing 2015 Ironman Melbourne – 9hrs 32mins

My journey to Ironman Melbourne started in mid-2014 with a training and race plan which I believed would allow me to achieve my race goal of sub-10 hours. I love training and pushing my limits and I figured that I’d just follow the training plan and I’d get the ironman done. I never expected to face all of the medical, physical and mental challenges which I did but I came out of the experience stronger, more passionate and wiser about training, competing and living with diabetes.

I discovered during my Ironman journey that for every issue I faced there was not a straight forward answer, and I was having to discover how to manage my diabetes with daily training, work and recovery as I was going.

Issues which I regularly faced (and still face) included:

  • Maintaining stable blood sugar levels around and during training
  • Appropriate basal rate for training and racing
  • Getting my nutrition intake and timing right for fueling and recovery
  • Balancing eating and insulin whilst exercising
  • Managing my weight and achieving a race weight
  • Wearing an insulin pump (swimming, cycling and running)
  • Blood testing on the go (cycling)
  • Using a CGM (continuous glucose monitor)
  • Understanding bolus insulin dose during exercise
  • Managing diabetes stress

Every diabetic faces these challenges and for every one you overcome another is revealed. There will always be challenges, but through Type1Athletic I hope you can find the tools and support to help you achieve your goals.

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Pingback: Welcome to Type1Athletic | type1athletic

  2. Hey, i have found this website this afternoon en i really like it! All the issues mentionned above are so identifiable 🙂 . I will read the blog posts and website further this evening. By the way: very nice trisuit!! Congratulations with your achievement in Melbourne!
    Many greetings
    Birger (Belgium)

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    • Hi Birger. I am glad that you could identify with the things that I write about. I hope that they provide some help for you or someone you know. If you have any questions please get in touch, I really enjoy talking to and helping other T1D’s. Alex.

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  3. Hi Alex,

    I found your page through the diabetes sports project website. I have read a few of your blog posts and enjoyed reading about how you manage your blood sugars whilst exercising. Congratulations on the Ironman, I have only recently started exercising for more than an hour now that I know how to control my blood sugars, I can now cycle 90kms and hope to do a half ironman in the next year or so. Keep up the great work 🙂

    Thanks – Tim (Sydney)

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