After watching the Tour De France this morning I was very excited to go for a bike ride this afternoon. My ride was almost as bad as the end of the first stage of this years tour, The Orica GreenEdge bus got caught under the finish line gantry with the peloton just 15 km from the finish. It was finally removed when its front tires were deflated with the peloton just 5 km from the finish.
As I got ready for my ride my blood sugar was around 300, not what I wanted obviously. I was a little mad but I know how quickly it drops when I get on my bike so I wasn't worried. As I got going I felt great, my legs felt strong and I was excited to ride forty miles. Four miles in I heard a pop as I was going down a small hill, bye bye front tire. Going 22mph and getting a flat is very scarey, luckily I was on a back road and able to use all of the road to try and slow down. The last thing I wanted was to be on the side of the road and have to get out of the way of a stick or an animal. If I had to move quickly I would've had a bad crash. Leanne was able to pick me up and bring me to the local bike shop to get the flat fixed, as Leanne was coming to get me I took six units of insulin to bring down my blood sugar from the two hours it was on a temp basal. When my bike was ready I decided to ride home and try to get some more miles in, I thought I would ride five miles and be home. Not the case, I knew I had plenty of food so why not try for ten miles. My blood sugar dropped very quickly, it would go from 293 at 3:30 to 87 at 4:23. I was happy to be home at 4:30 so I could treat my low. Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully it is not as crazy as today.
Tomorrow the 100th Tour De France will begin on the island of Corsica, this is the first time in the 100 year history that the Tour will visit the island. The start of the Tour has become a minor holiday for me, all week I have been talking about the tour and how great it will be. My hope is that the Tour will not be talked about as a race for the best cyclists on steroids. Just like baseball the cycling world is doing its best to get rid of the dopers and move on. The tour is starting with a 132 mile flat stage, my hope is to see Mark Cavendish with the yellow jersey at the end of the day. At the end of the Tour however I would love to see Pierre Rolland a young french rider wearing the yellow jersey on the Champs-Élysées.
Tomorrow also marks the start of my third Le Tour Challenge sponsored by MapMyRide. This years event has close to 12,000 riders competing for jerseys, bikes and other amazing prizes. Last year my hope was to complete half of the tour, almost 1,100 miles. This year my goal will be 500 miles, still a decent amount of miles but not something I would brag about. My goal is to be running in Boston in April, the bike will help my training a bit but I can't afford to lose two months of training for a virtual bike race. I can't wait to be on the bike tomorrow though, the Tour is my Super Bowl and riding my bike when the Tour starts is like watching the halftime show of the Super Bowl. It doesn't really mean much but it is cool. For 40 miles I can ride and dream that I'm in France, I know that sounds crazy, I'm not surprised though, I'm one weird and crazy guy.
As July approaches the temperature goes up and the amount of insulin i take goes down. Everything at work heats up as well, very little down time and things can change without notice. That makes my life as a diabetic very interesting. I want to be able to do anything that is asked of me while at work, I have recently learned to say "I won't be able to do that right now, my blood sugar is low." It is very tough to say but at the end of the day makes the work day a little less painful for everyone at work.
Although my work life is very crazy I still want to run or ride my bike at least five days a week. This makes life a lot tougher, doing so much staying hydrated is nearly impossible. I have also returned to taking less than 30 units of insulin per day. I will be sure to listen to my body, if I'm tired I will probably not ride or run, it is still very early in the summer and I have a lot of events in the fall.
I love the heat and the humidity, I love sweating, and I love to be active in the heat. Running a 5k with the temperature at 80 lets me know that I'm alive. My body goes to another level in the heat, I know that everyone competing is suffering but I feel that I'm the one that can take it to the next level. My body loves the heat, last night I ran my first mile in 6:50. When I saw my time for the first mile I was shocked, I quickly slowed down. The second mile cost me, I coasted until the 2 mile marker and then turned it on again. I would finish with a time of 23:12, not great but good considering the conditions. I have no idea how to run, I don't know pacing or anything like that. I'm happy though, my body feels great and I feel that I can score a top 100 finish in the ten mile race I have at the end of July.
Nothing is better than a summer night and a round of golf. After years of golfing it still amazes me that 80 three second swings can lower my blood sugar. Last night I was at 164 when I teed off, by the sixth hole I was down to 70.
Why the low blood sugars whenever I golf? The only answer that I have is that the site for my pump is in my midsection. My doctors always tell me to never take my insulin in my arms or my legs. The reason being that I'm so active the insulin will work faster and work differently than if injected in to my midsection.
My thought is that the twisting motion of ones golf swing causes the insulin to work a little bit better. The simple fix, the next time I golf I will tweak my basal rates just a little bit. Gatorade and a fiber one bar helped a little but tweaking the basal rate will be the way to go I believe.
I'm not the kind of person to complain about a Monday. I don't care that it is the start of the week and that the weekend is so far away. However I had a diabetes case of the Mondays. I awoke with a blood sugar of 334, thanks to a huge plate of pasta last night. I don't care if I was on a tropical island 334 makes your day bad no matter where you are. How much insulin do I take so that I get down a reasonable number, will I fear like crap all day and what do I bring to work in case I get low? All of these questions were asked as soon as I saw the 334. I would take 5 units, eat a normal breakfast and hope for the best.
My day got better really soon, i was off the wall and feeling great by 7. I was down to 45 after mowing one green, not even an hour in to my work day and I'm going for the soda and pop tart that was in my work vehicle just in case I needed it. When your at 45 you don't care what is going in to your body, you just want to fix that low!! I was able to finish mowing my greens with no problems and scored a victory over John with a blood sugar of 117 at break. (John and I are tied at 6 in our blood sugar bet!!)
The rest of the day I would be below 170 all day, the weirdest thing was that I had a slow day until 3pm. A nice irrigation leak would keep me at work longer. In true Ryan fashion I was happy to stay because I wanted to see how my blood sugar would act while I worked later than usual. I was very happy that all went well for the two hours while we worked on the leak. It is never boring when your living with diabetes!!
Now that I have my new insulin pump I can wear my CGM. As soon as I saw that my new pump had shipped I decided to take the three days of from the CGM. I decided to take the time off because I was having some CGM bad luck, I had accidentally ripped off two CGM sites in two days while at work.
The three days I took off from the CGM were not great. My blood sugars were decent, I missed being able to look at my pump and see my blood sugar however. It is like checking your cellphone, you know it didn't ring or alert you of a text but you check just in case. The CGM is the same way, the pump didn't beep and I want to know why!!! What is my blood sugar, what way is it trending, can I go for a run or should I set a temp basal. I would love to count how many times I look at my pump in one day, it wouldn't surprise me if it was easily over 100 times.
I'm very happy to have the CGM back, Leanne and I have a lot going on this weekend and the CGM makes the diabetes side of life just a little easier. Diabetes technology is amazing, I don't know where I would be without my insulin pump or my CGM.
This afternoon my new insulin pump arrived, I felt like a little kid on his birthday. I was so excited to rip open the box and setup my new pump. As I opened the new pump I was amazed with all of the materials that accompanied it, a new meter, belt clips galore and a 5lb manual. Being a man I ignored the manual and went to work setting up all of my rates and what not. As I finished up I was excited to use all of the new features of the new pump, especially the capture event feature. I can finally mark when I workout, sounds weird but I was very excited about that.
As I went to put my old pump in the drawer I honestly got a little chocked up. The new pump may be better but the old pump saved my life. This may sound odd but the old pump is like your first true love, you have so many memories that no matter how much time passes you will never forget all of the good times you had. My old pump has been all over New England on a bicycle, it has met with senators in Washington D.C. and it has seen me change as a person. Looking at my old pump I remember the fears I had when I first got it, I was scared of this new device that would make managing my diabetes easier. It took a while for my pump and I to get to know each other but once we did it was a match made in heaven, the pump changed my life.
Looking at my new pump I can see how much I have changed in four years. My old pump was a boring charcoal color, just like me four years ago, plain and not very exciting. I remember wanting a pump that didn't standout, I didn't want any attention. My new pump is neon blue, exciting, different and loud. The color fits the new me, I believe I will be doing exciting things with it. I want my pump to catch someones eye, I want them to ask me questions about it. My new pump will see a lot of things just like my old pump did. This pump will see Boston in April while joining me in the Boston Marathon. It will be with me when I participate in a fundraiser with the Connecticut Sun and the American Diabetes Association. I don't know what else lies ahead but I know it will be great and I can't wait for my pump to be with me every second of the way .
I believe that every diabetic has a secret food that they love to fix a low blood sugar. For a majority of us this food probably is not the healthiest choice. For me that food is fudge, I love fudge and love how quickly it raises a low blood sugar. I will only have fudge to fix a low blood sugar once or twice a year.
This evening I had to go to the fudge to fix a low blood sugar. I had just completed a 5k fun run down near the beach. After completing the course in a personal best of 22:37, I felt great. I was happy with my time, I would have liked a sub 22 minute time but a new personal best is always good. I got in my car and pounded a Gatorade to rehydrate, I totally forgot to test but I felt fine so I headed to the store to grab a couple things. As I parked I felt a bit "off", I felt like I had a few drinks and had a slight buzz. I decided to test, I was 43!!! I quickly drank an apple juice and went in to the store to get what I needed and a piece of fudge. I really enjoyed the peanut butter fudge but again I wish I didn't have to eat it.
Running is starting to me a little more of a challenge diabetes wise then I thought it would be. That doesn't mean that I don't like to run or that I will stop running, it means that I will be working my butt off to make everything perfect so that I can run my best without having to worry about a high or low blood sugar. It may take a little time but it will be done.
One of my dreams has always been to compete in the Race Across America or RAAM. The Race Across America began on June 11th, for the past week I have been seeing amazing photos on Facebook of the athletes competing. The riders of the Tour De France may get all of the media coverage but for me the real athletes are the solo riders of RAAM. 3,000 miles across the United states on a bike, it is crazy to think about but for some it is a passion. I want to compete in an endurance cycling event so bad but being on the bike for twenty to twenty-two hours in one day is crazy. I'm not sure how one trains for an event like this but I would love to do it. I encourage everyone to watch the video and check out the photos.
I love competition, it doesn't matter what the event is, if I can beat someone I will try my best. When it comes to diabetes finding competition is very tough, most of the time you are competing against yourself. You set the goals and when you reach them you just make new goals. It is not very exciting at all. It is an unwritten rule that you can't say your better than someone because your A1C is better. Everyone is different and getting to an A1C of 7 is almost impossible for some. Where do diabetics go to compete with one another?
Luckily I work with a fellow type 1 diabetic, I wrote about him back in February. John is as competitive as I am, everyday we test our blood sugar at break and at lunch. Whoever has the better blood sugar gets bragging rights. All of the coworkers get a kick out of it as well, they even try to guess what blood sugar will be. On Friday John and I decided to make our blood sugar competition official. From today until Labor Day we will keep track of who has the better blood sugar at break and at lunch. We hit a little problem when we discussed if 65 is better than 160, to solve this problem we decided that whoever has the blood sugar closest to 120 will win. That way a low blood sugar doesn't guarantee victory.
Today John kicked my butt!! He has taken the early 2-0 lead and honestly I'm pissed!! Our all star break is July 4th, whoever has the lead on the 4th gets a free dinner. The last thing I want to do is sit with John and listen to him talk about he beat be while he is enjoying a free steak dinner.
After a 5.5 mile run this morning my blood sugars and body were doing very well. I knew that I was a bit dehydrated but all in all I felt good. My goal for the day would be to get hydrated and do some chores around the house. My body was exhausted though, after lunch I would take a nap just to recharge my batteries. I was happy to see that I was at 174 when I woke up. Work and the run really did a number on my body, I felt that I was higher. I also felt sore, I very rarely feel sore. As I began to do things around the house I began to feel low again, an hour after being 174 I was down to 66.
I have no idea how this had happened. Did work and running take that much out of me? In that hour I did not take any insulin or do anything that would lower my blood sugar that much. The body is a strange thing, I will be drinking a lot of water while watching the Bruins this evening. It is to early in the season to have my body on this physical roller coaster.
I have always believed that no matter what you are doing, you always do your best and look your best. It doesn't matter if I'm running to the store to get milk or having a meeting with a company. I always try to give my best and look my best. Almost a month ago I spoke to the students at Westerly Middle School, my goal was to raise diabetes awareness and motivate the students to chase their dreams. When I got an email a few days later from someone that works for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA I was very surprised. One of the teachers in attendance had shared my story with her daughter who works for the Sun.
For the past three weeks we have been trading emails and trying to setup a ticket offer and fundraiser. In one of our first emails I was informed that the NBA and WNBA had partnered with the American Diabetes Association and Sanofi to form Dribble to Stop Diabetes. Each WNBA team will be having a team night or participating in a Tour De Cure Race throughout the season.
On August 6th the Connecticut Sun will be having a Diabetes night at the game versus the Los Angeles Sparks. Anyone that is interested in tickets for the game can follow the directions on the picture above. $6 from each ticket that is sold using those instructions will go to the American Diabetes Association. If you are unable to attend the game but would like to make a donation please contact Meredith Ward at 860.862.0923 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. I know that August 6th will be a great night to help raise diabetes awareness as well as help in the fight against diabetes.
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Page 3 – Look to far right side ‘Create an Account’ box and enter your email and click ‘Sign Up Now‘
Page 4 – Fill out personal info, pick password then click ‘Continue’
Page 5 – Select number of tickets and click ‘Continue’
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You will receive a file attachment via email that contains your tickets.
Open the attachment and simply print the file. These print outs will be your tickets for the game.
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I'm not a runner, not yet anyway. I have a lot to learn in a short amount of time. This evening I went to my first Tom McCoy summer fun run in Misquamicut. The fun run is a run that is held every Wednesday night for eleven weeks. For the next eleven weeks I will be learning how to run. The runs will be the perfect speed runs to help for my marathon training.
Tonight I was a little to excited, I expected to finish the 5k in under 22 minutes. A strong breeze and a long day at work would make that very difficult however. The first mile I felt amazing, I thought I had found the person that was my equal, him and I would run side by side for the race. The problem was that he was a real runner, he would be able to repeat his 6:34 first mile for the second and third miles. The 6:34 first mile that I ran would be my fastest, the second and third mile came in at over seven minutes. I finished at a time of 22:57, not bad but to me it was horrible. My personal record for a 5K is 22:02, I want that to change very soon. I went out way to fast on a course that I didn't know and that is a recipe for disaster. I will learn and I expect to do a lot better next Wednesday night.
The only thing that went well was the diabetes side of my run. I was at 182 pre run and 221 post run. Not perfect but good for a run. An hour later I'm down to 137. I would upload a picture of CGM but a fall at work (nothing major just something funny) would rip out my CGM. That is the second one I have broken in three days.
It took me almost four years to figure out how to ride/race a bike with diabetes. When I fully committed to trying to run the Boston marathon in April of 2014, I knew that it would be tough on my diabetes. This past weekend my marathon training really started. I felt very confident that running with diabetes would be a lot than riding a bike with diabetes. I have never used a temp basal while running, I feel lucky that my blood sugar doesn't fluctuate to much while I run. I can go out for a five mile run with a blood sugar of 100 and return with a blood sugar of 90.
As I have gotten older I have finally started to carry glucose tabs or some kind of sugar with me at all times just in case. On Sunday I went for an eight mile run just before 6pm. I was very happy to see a blood sugar of 161, I stretched out and had a pre run Gatorade Prime. The Gatorade helps my body and gives me that extra boost that I don't need but in my mind helps. I don't know if it was the Gatorade but my run went very very well!! It is amazing how great exercise can be when you enjoy it, I was running and I couldn't help but enjoy the great views and farm animals that were on the side of the roads. It was great, I returned home and felt great. I quickly tested and was very happy to see 130. I couldn't ask for a better evening.
I made a plate of pasta and sat down to watch baseball with Leanne and enjoy a great Sunday night. After an hour I felt like crap, my legs hurt and was getting angry for no reason. How could this be, I was just so happy and loving life. I grabbed a water but it didn't help. I decided to test and saw 410!!! 410 what the heck?!?!?! How did this happen?? I took a bunch of insulin and decided to go to my man cave to do some work. The blood sugar pissed me off and I didn't want to ruin Leannes evening. My hope is that this high blood sugar was random. I will find out tomorrow when I go for a medium distance run. I'm not ready to react to one bad blood sugar but if I see a high of 300 or higher I will be asking for some advice.
Another day of higher blood sugars than normal had me upset and in search of good. It was just one of those days, everything was going wrong and my blood sugar was high. Even when my blood sugars are good and I have a great day I still need motivation to make the next day better than the one before.
For almost a month I was in the diabetic zone. Using the bolus wizard on my insulin pump was perfect, I just entered the number of carbohydrates I was about to eat and had no worries. The past two mornings that has not been the case, I have returned to taking almost five units of insulin to cover a 30 carbohydrate meal. It is back to the drawing board, my new plan of attack may be using a square wave bolus, doing that will have insulin going in for a set time period and may help eliminate my morning blood sugar spikes. Tomorrow I may try taking a three unit square wave bolus, that way I will receive my three units over a one hour time frame.
I'm not a negative person, some good has come from my morning blood sugar spikes. I had no worries when i went for a run this morning, my blood sugar was at 261 at 9am. I could run and enjoy it, I was so happy. The run this morning was my first since riding one hundred miles on the bike last Sunday. I was a little nervous before my run, would my body be able to run or would I still be fatigued from the ride? I felt like I could run for days, kind of like Forrest Gump. Knowing that my body was still recovering I kept my run to just under four miles. My day got even better when I returned home, my blood sugar was at 109. I couldn't ask for a better morning.
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