When I started getting involved in triathlons 2 years ago, I didn't know anything about triathlon at all. Being talked into a club ride by a good friend of mine, it didn't take long until I was hooked. At that point I couldn't swim 25m front crawl without gasping for air at the other end. Managing blood sugar levels for more than an hour was a new challenge to me despite my sporty lifestyle as a diabetic.
Luckily, two years later, I can safely say that I have mastered the swim beyond 25m and have recently very successfully completed my first Middle Distance triathlon with a 6th place in my age group - despite - or maybe because of my diabetes?
To date, from my first ever sprint triathlon last year, it has been a challenging but incredibly rewarding journey for me and my Diabetes. I have an insulin pump which makes managing Diabetes particular during long endurance exercise a little easier. It is basically an external pancreas that is connected with me via a little tube and keeps "feeding" me with insulin 24/7.