This May just gone I had a little too much going on to manage to make it to the Animas Sports Weekend. So this October, when the new-format weekend takes place on 8th and 9th October at Loughborough University, I will be there with bells on.
The weekend has been going around five years now and continues to draw people in time and again. Those who are there for the first time build friendships that last a lifetime. Those who have been before, want to go again.
Exercising with type 1, particularly for those unfamiliar with exercise or those doing exercise which pushes them to new levels, is a tricky business. Hypos, hypers, aerobic, anaerobic, diet, muscle repair, insulin dosing: the whole shebang can baffle my brain. I've been on a number of occasions thanks to the relationship I have had the joy of developing with Animas but every time I go, I pick up something new. Each time the knowledge and research by people like Dr Ian Gallen (who helped Sir Steven Redgrave reach his five gold medals at the Olympics) and Dr Alistair Lumb, deepens and broadens, so even if you've been before, there is more to learn.
Peer to Peer Time
Undoubtedly one of the highlights for me in going to the weekend is the joy of mixing with other people with type 1. Learning from them, laughing with them, synchronising hypos; every bit of it is a joy.
Very few events in the type 1 calendar give the opportunity to mix with so many people living the same condition, so this weekend is socialising gold. It literally leaves you with the warm and fuzzies and 'fills you up' for months more living with diabetes.
Ever heard of people like Roddy Riddle, the type 1 Scotsman who made the 150 mile Marathon De Sables his bitch? Or Claire Duncan who takes on ocean swimming or coast-to-coast in one day cycles (this woman eats marathons for breakfast)? The team of speakers that Animas puts together could inspire a nation to get on their bike and give it a go. And best of all, they are ridiculously wonderful people to spend a weekend with.
Because, there's a bar, obviously (hic).
How to get registered
Whether you are new to exercise, struggling to manage blood sugars in your normal exercise routine or stepping up to the plate for that marathon you always wanted to do, this weekend is for you. The exercises are adaptable for those just wanting to try them out and for those wanting a challenge.
Registration for the weekend starts on the 1st August, when the link on this page will go live. Spaces fill quickly so don't sit on the fence - hurdle it and give it a go.
Want to know more? Then I guess you'll just have to come and see for yourself.
See you on the 8th October!!