What do you do for lows while on the bike or running?
Personally when I'm training I always stop and take anywhere from ten to fifteen minutes to have a snack. This snack will consist of juice and four fig newtons. I get quick sugar with the juice and longer lasting carbs with the newtons. I will also carry some kind of candy (Smarties or gummy bears) with me in case I see that my blood sugar is falling, again this is a quick sugar that buys me a little time as my carb heavy bar is starting to work. I always make sure to eat every fifteen minutes while I'm running or on the bike.
This all changes when I'm racing, I'm very competitive and will not stop unless I know my blood sugar will not go back up. The stopping blood sugar level for me in a race is 60, if I get close to 60 I will stop. When I get to 80 that scares me and I put anything I can get my hands on in to my body. While running it is a little easier because they have a drink table every mile, grabbing four or five gatorades does the trick. On the bike I make sure that I have enough food for the race. I pre pack a pocket with just low fixing foods. This pocket contains, Level, a candy bar, skittles, and a few pixy sticks. I try to avoid this pocket at all costs by using bars, gels and Nuun while on the bike, drinking and eating every fifteen minutes helps avoid lows. Each person is unique and it is very important to find what works for you.