Saturday Morning Ride – Wet and Chilly – Great Glucose

I rode solo this morning on what started out as a beautiful overcast fall day(coolest day yet)…then it started raining just when I was past the point of no return. So, I decided to tough it out and ride off the breakfast I had eaten without taking a bolus of insulin. Had I not, I would have been facing a severe hyperglycemic dilemma.  Still, I managed to set a couple PR’s while riding a route I’ve only rode twice before. The one particular challenge from today that I’m proud of is climbing a steep hill off of Cherokee Road that always looks down on me in arrogance each time I ride by. Today as I past it by once again, in fear and trembling, something came over me and I yanked myself left onto the foot of the climb. Once I had committed, there was no turning back.  I had to come out of the saddle once to push my way through the top half of the hill. It wasn’t too long, but it was deceptively steep.  Below are my stats and some pics from the ride. Enjoy.

Strava Stats

Not a long day, but a good hard burn.

Monster Hill

I tackled this hill today. Hurt so good.

From the top

From the top

Beautiful Mountain Brook Road

Beautiful Mountain Brook Road

Dexcom G4 Reading

I like to start out my rides a little above 200 with no bolus. Gradually increasing intensity sustains the blood glucose levels and provides a solid workout.

Beyond The Peloton – Part 1

Few cycling videos have ever been made that will top the quality and epic narration of the real life insider view of pro cycling life Beyond The Peloton. This is the story of Cervelo Test Team. I beg you…plead with you…start at episode 1/season 1. My favorite episodes are the ones that cover the One Day Classic Races like Milan San Remo, Paris-Roubaix and more. I attribute this video series for helping me fall in love with the sport on a pro level. That love now helps fuel my personal Type 1 Diabetes management with the sport of cycling.

Whether you love pro cycling or not, this video series is as much about humanity than anything else!

Fixed Gear Bicycle Fun…Remind Me To Never Try This

fixed gear hockey2

Fixed Gear Bicycle Fun…Remind Me To Never Try This…courtesy of one of our favorite blogs…Cadenced.

GROOVY BICYCLE has hand made fixed gear and seven gear bikes on sale. Free shipping and tons of different colors. They are having a flash sale, so if you go to http://groovybicycle.com and use “groovyfb” when you check out you get an extra 10% off…pretty cool and great bikes.

Team Novo Nordisk

pro team training ride

Formerly known as Team Type 1(as in Type 1 Diabetes), Team Novo Nordisk was one of the reasons I picked up cycling. Since their inception, they have come a long way as a major international cycling team. A large mix of their riders ACTUALLY have Type 1 Diabetes. Pretty incredible. Here’s a quote from their site: “Team Novo Nordisk began as a grassroots initiative to motivate people to take control of their diabetes using cycling as a platform. Team Novo Nordisk is a global all-diabetes sports team of cyclists, triathletes and runners, spearheaded by the world’s first all-diabetes professional cycling team. The team began as a grassroots initiative with cycling as a platform, to motivate people to actively manage their diabetes.”