Interview with Sir Steve Redgrave

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  • #5936

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Sir Steve Redgrave is one of only four Olympians to have won a gold medal at five consecutive Olympic Games and he is often hailed as Britain’s greatest Olympian. As you also all probably know, he’s diabetic; so to have achieved such giddy heights means that he seriously rocks.

    Certainly when I was first diagnosed with Type One I found it a comfort that someone could have diabetes and still do so well and I think a lot of diabetics (and, indeed, non diabetics) would agree he’s an inspiration.

    Anyway, with all this in mind, your soaraway Shoot Up has blagged an email interview with him and you get to ask the questions. Submit your questions to Sir Steve below and I’ll pick the best ones and we’ll will publish the results in a wee while.

  • #6835

    Tim
    Keymaster

    What’s your insulin regime? Two fixed injections of Mixtard twice a day, or something slightly more sophisticated?

  • #6836

    Annette A
    Participant

    Does it irritate you when people bang on about your diabetes, or do you appreciate being held up as a role model for diabetics?

  • #6837

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @annette – I hope not the former, or I will have really wound him up by arranging this!

  • #6841

    Annette A
    Participant

    @tim – I really meant non-diabetic media types – who think they know all there is to know about diabetes cos they’ve read the cover of a book.
    better phrased Q: Does it irritate you when the mainstream media bang on…etc

  • #6842

    Anonymous

    Would Steve be up for giving advice guidance to those teenage pc’s who may of watched Ch4 program last night? We need positive thinking its not really bad having Diabetes! Think of what you could have ?

  • #6845

    Hairy Gnome
    Participant

    Present him with last month’s poll @tim, it would be interesting to get his take on it… (this month’s is a bit too frivolous!)

  • #6851

    Anonymous

    @tim Why not ask Sir Steve if he would like to contribute to the poll.. A Sir Steve Special Poll!! ???

  • #6855

    Anonymous

    Any hilarious hypo-based training/competing anecdotes? Rowing round in circles at international championships? Tipping the boat over while reaching for glucotabs to the surprise of teammates? That sort of thing?

  • #6887

    Anonymous

    Does (did?) he carry masses of hypo stuff thus weighing the boat down? If so- what? If not- why not?! (it’s actually a serious question- I imagine he must have to take preventative measures & I’d be interested to know what they were)

  • #6888

    Anonymous

    What silly comments has Sir Steve come out with whilst hypo-ing? One of mine has been “I’ve got to measure the fence? ” I was an architectural student at the time but even so !!

  • #7039

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Any more questions, chaps? I’m going to submit these to him pretty soon.

  • #7041

    Anonymous

    I’m sure I’ll think of something as I read the interview, but for now my mind is completely blank :(

  • #7042

    Anonymous

    Read a great account by him on RunSweet today about how he’d tamed his D when he was training very intensively (having worried that he may have to give up)

    I wonder if he has any opinion of the way Diabetes is treated in the UK. Was he well supported by his clinic, or did he need to get extra help to tackle his demands. Did he work it out as he went along, or get some advice from other specialists/sports-type dieticians/T1 atheletes?

    I also wonder, if he had to give one piece of advice to a newly diagnosed diabetic, what would it be?

  • #7045

    Tim
    Keymaster

    @neobrainless – then it’ll be too late and your time will have passed! Best put on the thinking cap! ;-)

    @mike – good questions! See @neobrainless – that’s how it’s done! ;-)

  • #7046

    Cecile
    Participant

    Does he find he becomes hypoglycaemic more often while using his upper body when rowing (or playing legless tennis & golf) than when he only wiggles his trotters during cycling (& armless running)?

  • #7048

    Anonymous

    @ckoei hate to mention it, (and ask Sir Steve by all means) but you use your legs rather a lot too when rowing… (ex rower, and cox for 1st IV and 1st VIII at school in a previous life… ;-) )

  • #7050

    Cecile
    Participant

    @charlie: For the sake of scientific accuracy, the more, the merrier: Did you become hypo more often after rowing than after running to the pub to be on time for happy hour :) ?

  • #7051

    Anonymous

    @ckoei: well, the rowing was short lived due to getting cramp in the bottom of my foot. The role of cox became available, and was by far my preferred position – sitting, watching and shouting (- oh, and steering, navigating the best course, giving instructions and encouragement… am I building up my part sufficiently here??!!)
    As for getting to the pub, I try and look cool (and not too keen/alcoholic) by not doing my girly running too much. Just to be on the safe side, I make sure I have supplies of alcohol (and emergency hypo sweeties) at home… probably most hypos occured after consuming too much “Scottish water” ;-) :-)

  • #7053

    Cecile
    Participant

    Thanks to Charlie’s “cramp in foot”, I’ve brushed up my non-existent knowledge of rowing – didn’t know about sliding seats and footplates; so for Sir Steve to answer my question, he’s going to have to come out of retirement and do a bit of this :)

    @charlie: Maybe your Scottish water should be accompanied by fat Coke, not by your usual tingy, diet stuff…and is a female coxswain called a henswain? (sounds much more capable of egging on a team :D)

  • #7058

    Tim
    Keymaster

    Scottish water and coke? You maniacs! Speaking of which this’ll probably be my only post today – I’m feeling exceedingly rancid today after quite a lot of Scottish water last night / this morning…

  • #7060

    Anonymous

    Scottish water and thin coke has been replace with the aforementioned with Ameretto added, which makes it a Godfather.. very appropriate after the mother of all weeks that I’ve had… (sorry, Sir Steve for infiltrating your questions blog bit..)

  • #7062

    Cecile
    Participant

    @charlie: Hope the waters of Loch Almond brought you (comfort)

    @tim: So you needed medicinal whisky to soothe the pain of your infusion-set-rip-off? Hope it was made from malted Veet, not barley :P.

  • #7064

    Anonymous

    @choei: noooooo – just stop with all these clever quips ;-) my cannula will pop out if my sides split!

  • #7071

    Cecile
    Participant

    @charlie: Such splitting tendencies indicate that you must be related to Roald Da(h)l…hope I didn’t also make you pea :D

    Back to the sober reality of this forum: I’ve noticed that if I go hypo while typing, I start to struggle with keeping my vowels within their consonantal bounds – eg “ready” becomes “erady”; because Sir Steve has had to cope with dyslexia right from the start, is he now “fit” enough and capable of taking a bit of hypo-muddle in his stride, or does it become worse when he’s low? (Great excuse for getting out of bedtime-story-duty ;))

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