Thriller in the Chiller: Day 1

‘Pain is temporary. It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year. but eventually, it will subside. And something else will take it’s place. If I quit, however, it will last forever.’

First days are always nerve racking. Whether it’s the first day of school, the first day on a new job, or the first day of a 4 times a week 6am intensive boxing boot camp during Winter.

‘No alcohol, no drugs, no smoking’. Those were three rules told to us after we gathered around in the large, cool, sports hall. It helps to already be a non-drug taking, non-smoker, and cutting out alcohol won’t be an issue. I’m committed to Thriller, not going out for drinks. I’m going to go one further and cut out fizzy drinks, too.

‘100% effort 100% of the time’. Again, not an issue. When I would be doing homework or sports at school, my mum would tell me not to worry – that I could only do my best. My expectations of myself sit high above anyone else’s expectations of me. I’m always determined to do my best. I’m not afraid to fail. Failure doesn’t matter as long as you gave it everything you had. You can’t fail if you don’t try. And you can’t try if you quit. Never quit. Push yourself and your limits. You don’t know your limits until you push yourself through them. 

We did a big warm up and were shown the correct form for push-ups, sit ups, squats and burpees – the core exercises of each session. I struggled with the push-ups, as I expected. My arms were trembling and I don’t have the upper body strength to complete them…yet. And then we did a beep test. One person argued that they made it to the line within the beep, when the trainer caught them out. They were expelled from the boot camp.

Overall, there were a lot more females than I expected to see there (I’d say almost 50%), and an all around decent level of fitness. I’m looking forward to Day 2!

Thriller vs. Diabetes
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I started off this morning a little higher than I’d have liked, but still within range (6.4). My blood sugar spiked considerably post-boot camp (12.3), and didn’t drop after an hour without insulin (13.1) – This has never happened to me post-exercise! At this stage I injected insulin to get the glucose out of my bloodstream and to my muscles where it’s needed. With the high probability of being sensitive to insulin post-work out I took a moderate 3 units of NovaRapid (1 unit usually brings me down 1mmol/L – so even if I was doubly sensitive, I would still be in the higher end of the safe range). Exactly an hour later I’d dropped to 3.8. Dammit. Still an hour before the insulin I injected peaked! I spent the following hour sat down and popping the occasional jelly bean into my mouth when I felt the shakes. It’s been another hour now and I’ve come up to 4.0, still with the shakes so I’ve had one more jelly bean to stay in the safe zone and got myself a yummy vanilla protein shake before work. 

I refuse to see diabetes as a disadvantage during Thriller training. I see it as me having an extra job of figuring out what my body needs, not only to stay safe but to achieve my peak performance. If anything, having diabetes only fuels my determination to succeed.

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Thriller in the Chiller

Thriller in the Chiller

Thriller In The Chiller is Queenstown’s premier charity boxing event taking place each year. It puts local Queenstowner’s though the rigors of competitive boxing training leading up to a night with a sell-out audience of 1,500.

The event itself is much more than just a boxing event. The thriller is about the experience, the environment and the atmosphere. After applications are in, 50 contenders are chosen to take part in the 6 week Contender Boot Camp. After this, the participants are dwindled down to 10 pairs of match-ups for the final 8 week Thriller Training Camp.

I’ve just found out I’ve made it in to the initial 6 Week Contender Bootcamp! While this doesn’t guarantee me a place in Thriller, it means I will be getting up 4 times a week to train at 6am. Every training session is compulsory and hard, hard work. The information pack tells me I’m going to be tired and sore all of the time, and that Thriller will be the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life – and for some bizarre reason this promise excites me as much as it terrifies me.

I’ve never boxed in my life. I’ve never committed to a training camp. I’ve never abstained from alcohol for 6 weeks. I’ve never hit anyone. I’ve never been hit.  

Regardless, I’m taking my boxing gloves and I’m punching my way out of my comfort zone to where life really begins. Everything starts with a vision and a willingness to begin, and my vision is with my better self 6 weeks into the future. I wanna represent the idea that you really can make what you want from what you have. I’m not afraid to fail, but I’m not afraid to try either. I will try my absolute hardest during training. I’m prepared to fail, but I’m not prepared to give up. No matter how many times I get knocked down, I will always get back up. I will get through the next 6 weeks with determination, passion and drive. And how will having Type 1 Diabetes limit me? Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. My only limit is me.

Rocky Balboa