It’s Time For Winter Riding
I love to ride my road bike. Simply love it. I love cycling for many reasons. Where I live, it’s starting to get cold and the sun is down too early for an evening ride. So, morning rides become a necessary reality. 6AM style. As a Type 1 Diabetic, this is a significant challenge because you have to work that much harder to maintain a healthy exercise routine that you are also passionate about. As you consider modifying your riding to cold mornings, here are some thoughts to help or inform you:
Gear Up, Layer Up
Winter, or cold weather riding, can be very fun and rewarding, if you’re prepared. If not, you’ll think you’ve been spun into some kind of phantom zone with General Zod(Superman reference). Riding in the winter with little sun light is COLD! Layer up! Be sure to have three layers on your torso, a solid winter Bibb that goes down to your ankles, winterized gloves, wool socks, shoe/toe covers and a head cover under your helmet.
Get A Group
If possible, join a group or recruit one. Groups can share the wind and reduce your exposure to the headwind you create for yourself. Riding in a slipstream makes everything better!
Light It Up
Not a cigarette…safety lights. The night before you ride, be sure to check your batteries. Visibility is poor in the mornings and people who are driving that early may not have had their coffee yet. Think for them…
Finally, if you’re a diabetic, it can be tricky to master your blood sugar for an early morning work out. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t manage it perfectly your first few attempts. Remember, patterns and fixed behavior are what allow us to dominate this disease. Patterns are created immediately. Use trial and error with a little discipline and you’ll get it figured out.
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OmniPod Insulin Management System
I love my OmniPod tubeless insulin pump. Love it. I love it more than a bacon cheeseburger with BBQ sauce on it.
I’ve had it for two years now. It’s not without occasional technological flaws(typically the user’s fault), but at the end of the day it is the best insulin delivery system for me. Type 1 Diabetes is all about structure and control. The more you stay on top of it, the more victory you experience over it. To accomplish this, you need tools that are smart, ahead of the curve and functional. Considering your pancreas doesn’t work any more, something has to take it’s place…
My #1 tool for fighting Type 1 Diabetes
Here is the OmniPod packaged up. You replace them every three days or so.
Insulet Corporation produces the OmniPod and it has changed my life. The pump itself is tubeless, allowing you maximum movement while you wear it. The Pod has an adhesive that sticks to your body and then, through a short process, quickly injects a plastic canula(tube) just under your skin that delivers the insulin into your tissue. The computer itself is a genius use of technology as it supports your lifestyle. You can literally make changes and modifications to your plan at any point. The features of the OmniPod can be viewed at this link. Some of my favorite include: temporary basal adjustments, the 200 unit reservoir, the smallness of the Pod, programmable alerts/reminders, the carb/glucose adjustment capabilities for bolus and more.
If you are a diabetic or a parent of a diabetic, I would strongly recommend the OmniPod. Talk to your doctor today and get the ball rolling. It is a game changer. Don’t let Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 take your control from you.
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Do you ever feel like things are getting a little out of control with your lifestyle as a diabetic? Circumstances, schedules, food decisions, etc. all become variables that we have to navigate correctly or face the consequences. Do you ever feel that way? Well, you’re not alone…
If you’re like me, you need all the help you can get managing your diabetes. So, in an effort to help you correct your “course” or at least add a little more structure to what you currently are doing, I’m providing a simple tool that might add value to your day.
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A couple of weeks ago, I posted the first episode of Beyond The Peloton, a historic look into a pro cycling team. This is an absolutely well done documentary series….and the best part, ever episode is super short. You can watch this episode while you change your Omnipod or any other given Diabetic Duty!
You know that song, “All You Need Is Love”? Well, that’s garbage if you’re a diabetic. The writer obviously wasn’t insulin dependent. Nor have they woke up in the middle of the night to their CGM screaming at them or in a cold, drenched sweat because their glucose level was LOW.
Here’s a list of things you need on top of love(by they way, love is, of course, the most important….just for the record):
- Insulin – No brainer, I know…
- Insulin delivery system – Are you a pumper or a shot taker? Make sure you have your supplies
- Glucagon Emergency Kit – Have you SEEN The Panic Room with Jody Foster?
- Emergency Snacks
- Water Bottle
- Extra Batteries for your Pump(if you use a pump)
- Extra supplies in case something malfunctions
- Emergency I.D. – I use a ROAD ID bracelet…it’s AWESOME!
What else? What am I leaving out? I know I’m leaving some pretty important stuff. What do you suggest?
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Saturday Afternoon Ride: Hard and Steep
I’ve ridden only once between today and 9 days ago. Life got too “noisy”. Today I took on a new, brief route and I might regret it tomorrow. Steep hill I did not plan for and some nasty chest cold that made breathing tough. My blood sugar held up though….
Only a diabetic could have came up with this one. This takes real game time experience to know. I have three girls. I have confiscated one of their bags of candy, divided the remaining two into three and will have a store house for low blood sugars for a month. Boom. Call me names if you wish…judge all you want…I am a happy diabetic…and smart.