Having to set a temp basal is always tricky when it comes to a bike ride, do I set it an hour before or two hours? This morning I tried two hours and made the right choice, my blood sugar stayed right around 160 after breakfast and slowly crept up to 200 before I started my ride. As the ride began I started out to fast as always, I get so excited that it is so hard for me to stay composed. It would take me almost ten miles to find my pace and the correct gear. Early on I was in a lower gear and working to hard, later on I realized that being in the higher gear and using the muscles in my legs was better than having a higher heart rate and working to hard aerobically. This may sound narcissistic but my legs are gross, they're all muscle and as Leanne would say "That's sick it looks like you have two knee caps!!" I love my legs and I need to remember to stay in a higher gear and conserve my aerobic energy for sprints later in rides. Honestly the second half of my ride was much more enjoyable than the first half, I need to remember that it is only March and that things will improve quickly as the spring moves on.
When it came to my diabetes everything went very smooth while riding. I did a great job of drinking every fifteen minutes and making sure I took at least a bite of my powerbar. By staying on that strict schedule my blood sugar stayed right around the 130 range, staying around 130 is always the goal when I'm on the bike. It was after the ride when things got interesting, I took six units of insulin as soon as I got home, I also loaded up on protein by drinking a Boost, having a greek yogurt and an egg. I hoped that my blood sugar would stay around 120 but it stayed above 150 until a few minutes ago. I need to remember that it is March and that I will get in to my diabetes zone in due time. All in all it was a decent day, I have room for improvement and I will improve sooner rather than later. It felt great being on the bike and I cant wait for the warmer temperatures!!