Guest blog by @roddyriddle
Unfortunately we have just come out of the mildest winter that I can ever remember so for the first time ever I'm hoping that next winter bites back big style to help me prepare for the Arctic Ice Ultra Marathon. I have already had a few trips South to meet a specialist in Arctic conditions from Edinburgh Napier University who's experience is going to be such a benefit leading up to the Ice Ultra. He has told me one of the most important issues I will need to know is the difference between -10 and -30 as if I'm running at -10C with -30C clothing layers I will sweat to much which could cause trench foot and on the other side off the scale running in -30C with -10C clothing layers can cause frostbite.
The design team at Napier are getting to work to produce a product that will ensure my insulin pump will continue to work and make sure my insulin won't freeze in the extreme temperatures, which will be reassuring and one less thing to worry about. I sometimes question why I'm doing an Ice Ultra as I don't even like the cold but I am keen to prove that having type 1 diabetes shouldn't stop you achieving your goals and ambitions in life.
On a brighter note I am really looking forward to the 26th April to have a reunion with the Tartan Army who I shared a bivouac with during at the Marathon Des Sables 12 months ago. We are all taking part in the Highland Fling 53miles Ultra Marathon from Milngavie to Tyndrum on the West Highland Way. Over the last few weeks I was on the home page of Johnson & Johnson global website. This all came about when they released their end of year annual report and I appeared as the first story for running the Marathon Des Sables with type 1 diabetes.
My school presentations on exercise and type 1 diabetes have been doing well and mean a lot to me especially when there is pupils with type 1 in the school, I have had great feedback from staff and parents with and without diabetes saying that it's motivated their child to make a difference, which makes it all worthwhile for me.
by Roddy Riddle
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