Nothing like a nice fall day to…show off my new fannypack?

I have a confession to make: I committed the horrible fashion sin of buying and wearing a fannypack:

Me wearing a fannypack, giving the photographer a thumbs-up from behind.
Yep. That’s fannypack.

In search of cross-training efforts that don’t suck, one of the things I want to do more of is rail trail skating (or endurance skating, whatever you want to call it). A bunch of my teammates went out this morning to skate along a trail that cuts through downtown Manchester (New Hampshire, not England) and it was a lot of fun! The weather was gorgeous and sunny and we’re at peak fall foliage colors right now.

But as for the fannypack: so generally when I skate at practice it’s enough for me to just keep my CGM (continuous glucose monitor) on me since I’m never far from my water, glucose tablets, or meter. But that’s not really an option with rail trail skating, because I could be up to a couple of miles away from my car where I’ve put all of my stuff. Yeah, I could carry a backpack, but then I’d end up throwing in more stuff than I really need and those get heavy and sweaty and I wanted something that was just the right size for a bottle of Gatorade, some candy, my insulin, my keys, and my meter.

Bring in the fannypack. In that I was able to stick all of the medical stuff I need to carry around with me and it wasn’t too uncomfortable to carry on my waist. The only issue I had was when I fell backwards (trying to do a transition on my weaker side…that’s why it’s my weaker side, folks) and it damaged the pack a little bit.

Well. Actually. The bigger issue was that I felt like a dad wearing a fannypack. I had to resist the urge to start telling dad jokes.

I guess I should start with an explanation, right?

My name’s Danielle, I’ve had type 1 diabetes since I was five years old, and I just hit my one-year anniversary of playing roller derby.

First of all, the fact that I’ve stuck around this longĀ and succeeded in derby is a miracle in and of itself. It’s not easy to balance diabetes and exercise, and it took a lot of wicked supportive teammates to help me get this far.

I skate with Seacoast Roller Derby located in New Hampshire, USA. I’m primarily a blocker, but I enjoy jamming too. (The tough part of jamming is the toll it takes on my blood sugars, but I’ll get into that on another day.) If you want to see me talk about derby, here’s a video interview I did a little while back.

So why am I blogging? Recently I was sitting around thinking about cross-training. I’ve hit a point where practice alone isn’t enough to get me to the level I want to be at, which means that I need to start looking at other options for exercise. The problem with picking up another sport (other than the fact that I’m lazy :)) is that any new sport or form of exercise comes with a period of “how the heck do I figure out a new routine for this.” It took at least a couple of months with derby before I really figured out what I need to eat, how much I need to eat, how much insulin I need to take, and how often I need to test my blood sugar when I skate. And that’s just for practice–I’m actually still trying to figure out what I need to do for bouts!

In my “think, think, what should I do for cross-training” talk, I found myself saying “I wish I could just get a personal trainer who works with type 1 diabetics! Then I’d have the support I need and the knowledge to help me figure out a good routine.” And while I’m sure there are personal trainers out there who do work with type 1 diabetics, there probably aren’t that many of them, and bam! Idea for a blog was born.

I’m no personal trainer. I studied linguistics in college and now work in an office, which is about as far from personal training as you can get. So I can’t provide professional advice, if that’s what you’re looking for. But I at least want to start a log of what I do, what works, what doesn’t, and how I feel about it. Maybe if I start talking, someone will listen. And maybe if someone listens, I can get some good advice in return.