New Routine For This Diabetic

So, I’ve started a new exercise routine with a buddy. Cycling at 5:30AM.  It’s been fantastic.  Road bikes + lights + no traffic on the roads = awesome.

I basically wake up at 4:45AM, dial back my basal insulin rate on my OmniPod 50% for period of one hour. Then, I eat a ThinkThin protein bar and take off.  I also drink a drink called Spark while on my ride to keep blood sugar up and steady.

Here’s the nerdy data from our ride…

Strava Map

Sunday Morning Ride – Gorgeous Day – Low Blood Sugar

I hit 40 MPH today on a descent. That was crazy. 40 MPH.  Good way to die…

It was a little chilly, but no rain. Today was the first day of the year I had to pull on some arm warmers. I picked them up over at Chain Love, a one deal at a time site. I’ve picked up some great deals there. Usually 40%-60% off cycling related gear…

I had to cut my rid short because my blood glucose dipped a little to low. I went a little later in the morning, so I had already eaten breakfast with a slight bolus. My conclusion is that I still had a little too much insulin on board. It’s OK though. I still got some great climbs in and some pretty pics. Here’s my stats and some photos:

Road Pic Smeyer Circle

Road Pic Smeyer Circle

My Favorite Descent In Birmingham

My Favorite Descent In Birmingham

The ole Dexcom G4 reading post ride. This explained why my legs felt like wet logs.

The ole Dexcom G4 reading post ride. This explained why my legs felt like wet logs.

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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.

Sunday Morning Ride – Great Blood Sugar and Great Route

My buddy Beej and I took a beautiful stroll around Mountain Brook, AL this morning burning a little over 1,000 calories. Blood glucose started out at about 135 after a trusty peanut butter and honey sandwich along with one of my favorite snacks, a Think Thin chocolate fudge bar(200 calories, gluten free). Glucose never rose above 200 and never went below 100. I didn’t bolus until AFTER the ride, and I took 5 units. All in all, I’d say today was one of the few days where I “nailed” it in terms of riding with Type 1 Diabetes. 

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