1:Stay positive!! It amazes me how many athletes have such negative thoughts minutes before a race. No matter what your blood sugar is STAY POSITIVE. If I'm at 250 before a race I know that the number will go down. I know that I will have a great race, no matter what the situation always say that to yourself.
2:Find your comfort blood sugar. I know that I can race with a blood sugar between 90 and 180, when I'm in that range I will race at the best of my ability. I also know that I need to be around 170 when I start any race. That's me, I know athletes that can start a race at 120 and have no problems. As always do what works for you and not what works for someone else.
3:You can never have to much food. During a race I always make sure that all of my pockets have plenty of energy gel, quick carbs and Nuun. I will often finish a race with a lot of leftovers, I would much rather have leftovers than not enough.
4:Don't rely solely on the CGM. I have made this mistake way to much!! Take a meter with you!!! Yes the CGM is great but sometimes it will give you a reading that is not accurate. You may look odd testing as you run or cycle but it is your life. The better you know your body the better you will do.
5:Know what works best for you. I have switched to the pump because that allows me to race at my best. I did very well racing with injections but outside of training and races my blood sugar was all over. It takes a lot of exploration but you need to find what works best for you.
6:Know what your body likes when it comes to food. Every race day I eat the same thing for breakfast, it doesn't matter if I'm running or cycling, I always have two pieces of wheat toast and two scrambled eggs. I eat this two hours before the race, that allows me to take a little bit of insulin and have plenty of time for it to wear off. This also goes for what you keep in your pockets during a race!! I don't care if you eat Fruit by the Foot while training, if it works for you use it when you race!! Don't change anything on race day, doing so can cause big problems!!
7:HAVE FUN!! No matter what you're doing, you are doing something amazing with diabetes!!! Enjoy every second of it!! I hate that I'm so competitive, I love to race don't get me wrong but I hate that at the finish line I'm usually upset that I didn't finish in a faster time. During the race and five minutes after the race I always have a smile on my face. I love what I'm doing, I enjoy every step or every turn of the pedals. If you're not having fun then what is the point?