As an athlete I like to have as little in my pockets while running or riding. With the CGM display being on the Medtronic pump screen this means my pump has to be on my hip while training or racing. I have gone for rides and runs and not had my pump with me, these were short workouts nothing more than thirty minutes. I will not be able to do that anymore which is not a big deal, I have gotten use to having the pump on my hip while racing. I also love that I can just look down at my hip and see my blood sugar, this may sound like menial complaint but not having to fumble through my cycling jersey or running backpack for another device is nice. Looking at my hip takes a second, I can stay in my rhythm and see my blood sugar while on a descent or a climb, other devices I would have to wait for a flat section.
The biggest thing for an athlete with diabetes is the CGM sensor, will it stay on my skin while I'm running and or cycling for hours on end. On a two hour run in February I sweat like it is a June day, if the sensor can't handle a workout it is no good to me. No sensor is perfect, they will fall off if they have been on for almost a week and you try to run a marathon. I have had that experience with the old Medtronic sensor and the Dexcom sensor. As I went for a ten mile run Sunday I was excited to see how the new enlite sensor held up. One minor fix has made working out with the Enlite sensor great, the old Medtronic sensor would just sit there, while running it flopped around but stayed in place. The new sensor has an extra piece of tape that keeps the sensor in place, again this is a very small addition but one that makes me so happy as an athlete.
I have three half marathons in the next five weeks, in that time I will learn how much the Enlite sensor can handle. After one week of using the Enlite sensor I have nothing but confidence moving forward. As an athlete with diabetes that is what is important, I trust Medtronic and the Enlite CGM as I toe the line for each and every race that I'm in this season my worry will be the race ahead of me and not "Will my CGM make it to the end of the race?" I have not done any research on this but not having to worry about my CGM probably makes me finish a little bit faster than if I was worried about my CGM.