Laura Rostron

Laura has been involved with HypoActive for a number of years, participating in the Murray to Moyne, Run for the Kids, Murray River Marathon, and most signficantly, as leader and coordinator of the MS MegaSwim.  She brings a huge amount of enthusiasm for the annual swim event, and is worth signing up for just to hear her encouragement!
 
We asked Laura to tell us a little about herself, her diabetes and her exercise habits.
 
1. Describe yourself in 10 words
Occasionally energetic, chaotically organised, somewhat ridiculous, sarcastic and always busy!
 
2.What do you do during the day?
Injury Management and Return to Work Co-ordination for an employer in the Building Industry.
 
3. What is your fave thing to do on Saturday? 
Take my dog to the beach to practise his Baywatch run
 
4. When were you diagnosed with T1 and what insulin regime are you on?
I was diagnosed with T1 in 1986 when I was 5. I reluctantly went on a pump a little over a year ago, and while I’m definitely not a convert (I still don’t like pumps) my control has improved to a point where I can’t justify going back to injections!
 
5. What made you first decide to participate in an activity with HypoActive?
I was involved in Diabetes Camps Victoria, which HypoActive raises funds for during the Murray to Moyne cycle relay so I thought I’d get involved to help them raise money for an excellent cause and somehow ended up on the committee...
 
6. What regular exercise do you do? What irregular exercise do you do?
At the moment my regular exercise is personal training sessions, walking my dog and pole dancing lessons! I very sporadically play tennis and netball, continue to hone my skills at falling over while strapped to a snow board in winter and like to hit the pool in the summer. Not swim, just sit on the side and hit the pool...
 
7. What's your favourite/most challenging HypoActive event and why?
My favourite HypoActive event is the MegaSwim because it was the first event that HypoActive had a team in that didn’t involve riding a bike! My most challenging is Murray to Moyne cycle relay as a support person – it’s very hard to drink that much red bull in the space of a weekend and resist the temptation to overtake the cyclists you are meant to be driving behind.
 
8. How do you need to modify your diabetes regime when you exercise? Does this change depending on what activity you are undertaking (i.e. varying intensity, duration etc)?
As a general rule I reduce my basal rate to 75% half an hour to an hour (depending on when I remember to program the reduction!) prior to and an hour post exercise if it’s relatively intense (i.e. personal training, netball, tennis). I then also reduce my basal rate between midnight and 2am that night as I have a tendency to hypo between 2-4 am!
For activity where I disconnect while participating (i.e. swimming and pole dancing) I don’t change my basal rate at the time, but still reduce overnight.
 
9. What's the most surprising thing you have learned about your diabetes through exercise or relating to diabetes and exercise?
That if you exercise when you have elevated BSLs you feel sorer the next day. Apparently there’s some scientific explanation behind that...
 
10. What has been the greatest personal challenge you have faced since being diagnosed with T1?
My greatest personal challenge since being diagnosed with T1 was going back to swimming after being hospitalised for a hypo when I was 11. I’d competed in multiple events at 3 swimming carnivals during the week and was so tired that I didn’t wake up when I had a hypo that night. Fortunately my parents woke up when I started fitting. I was a little reluctant to go back to swimming after that, but as with all things diabetes related, if you test and adapt your regime there’s not much that you can’t do!
 
11. What sporting related entity do you find inspiring and why?
Steve Bradbury – anyone who can win an Olympic medal for not falling over is an inspiration to those who have as much co-ordination as I do!