Every diabetic triathlete out there can tell you a thing or two about the intricacies of racing with Diabetes. The question I get asked the most is "What do you do with your insulin pump when you race, in particular during the swim?".
I usually check if there are several race briefings and go to an earlier one so that I can get myself ready closer to the start. If that isn't possible, I tend to get into my wetsuit up to my hips and wait for as long as possible to take the pump off and zip myself up.
The pump explained
When I say I take the pump off this is what I do:
There is an insulin cartridge in the pump to which the tube connects. This tube is part of the infusion set and connects to a little unit on my stomach with a 5mm needle under my skin. I can simply disconnect this end without having to remove the needle.
During the bike and run
In longer distance races I tend to wear a race belt with a small pouch for gels etc. on the run. During the run of my half Ironman last year, the race belt somehow got totally tangled up with the tubing of the pump. Trying to untangle this whilst on the run, even a slow one, was a real nightmare and with hindsight I should have just stopped, untangled it and continued to run. In now tend to clip the pump on to my sports top underneath my arm to the side instead of having it clipped to the back of my tri shorts during the run.