My next challenge – By Roddy Riddle
A lot of dust has settled since I raced the toughest foot race in the World last April the Marathon Des Sables (MDS) as a type 1 diabetic to raise awareness and a few coppers along the way for Diabetes UK and JDRFUK with the huge generosity from friends, family and general nice people I raised 26K split between my two chosen charities.
My time since MDS has mainly been taken up with doing presentations on running MDS with type 1 diabetes and how I coped with the heat distance and managing my diabetes.
I always said if I completed the MDS then I would finally retire…. Well me being me that’s not happening, I’ve chosen a very different challenge although similar distance and one day less than MDS. I’ve done the +52 degrees Ultra Marathon so to push the boundaries and prove living with type 1 diabetes shouldn’t stop you achieving your goals I’ve chosen a 82 degrees deficit and going to run a 155 mile 4 day Arctic Ultra Marathon fully self sufficient carrying food, sleeping bag, medical supplies etc in -30 degrees temperatures in February 2015.
How am I going to train for such an extreme event and make sure my Animas Vibe insulin pump and OneTouch blood glucose monitor will work in these cold extremities? I live in Inverness Scotland so coming out of a winter up here it will certainly be easier than preparing for MDS, I am so lucky to have access again to Edinburgh’s Napier University Climatic Chamber to help get used to opposite temperatures than I had to cope with during MDS, they helped me so much to acclimatise to heat for MDS and are backing me yet again I am so pleased, my team behind me who make sure I get to the start line 100% fit and well couldn’t be more qualified, starting with my diabetic specialist nurse Lorna Grant from NHS Highland who has said she will knit me a onesie to keep me warm at night, David Brandie my physio, Irene Riach my dietitian and the main foundation behind me doing these things my wife Lynn and my three lovely kids, Alasdair (9) Isla (8) and our youngest Findlay who was born the week I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, 5 1/2 years ago.
Next time I’ll write about my preparation with training and how my diabetes copes with training in severe cold temperatures in walk in freezers!