Andy Holder Iron Andy

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes eight years ago at the age of 36... This came with no family history and no warning!

In an effort to show my two young sons that I was not about to let this disease limit my life OR define who I was as a father, I decided to take on what most consider the ultimate test of both mental and physical endurance – the Ironman Triathlon.

You would think a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run would be challenge enough for anyone…much less someone just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

But when I decided to take on this challenge, I had never done a triathlon before, didn’t own a bike, and didn’t know how to swim (I never said I was smart)!

What I didn’t realize at first, was just how difficult it would be to manage my blood glucose during the grueling training schedule – six times a week, often two times a day.  Also, how hard it would be to dial in my blood glucose during a 12 hour endurance event.

You see, I still have the same nutritional requirements as the other triathletes. During a typical Ironman, I will consume between 150 – 200 grams of carbohydrates for 11, 12, sometimes 13 hours.

But unlike me, the other athletes don’t have to worry about testing their blood sugar, giving themselves insulin, and trying to find a delicate balance between the output of the swimming/biking/running and my carbohydrate needs.

Fast forward eight years...

Iron Andy on his BicylceI am a national diabetes spokesperson, speaker, creator of the Iron Andy Foundation, 8-time Ironman Finisher, and one of the co-founders of a digital diabetes platform called Insulin Nation -

Up until a few weeks ago, my “quest for blood glucose control” during training and racing has been an uphill battle.

Maybe it’s the fact that I am getting older and my body is changing... Maybe it’s my grueling work, travel, and training schedule... Whatever the reason is, I have wished for a better solution.

I have finally found the solution, and it’s called Extend Nutrition!

I had seen the Extend bars before during my days as a pharmacy spokesperson. I tried them, and thought they tasted great. But only recently have I used Extend as my main source of training fuel, and I am thrilled.

If you would like to hear more about my nutrition plan and early success with Extend Nutrition – come back next month for a more in-depth review. -Iron Andy