This morning I woke up around 730, when I tested my blood sugar was 103, a little low on a day I was going to ride. I wanted to leave the house around 1030 for my ride; I gave myself three units and had my usual bowl of Special K. A cereal that I know won’t cause any odd rises in blood sugar. The time leading up to a ride is the worse; I tend to think way to much about everything. As I waited for 1030 to roll around I thought about the route I was going to ride, the food and drink to bring along and how intense I wanted the ride to be. I decided the ride would be 25-30 miles and I would go at a leisurely pace to start and the rest of the ride would go off of how my body felt. With that figured out I set a temp basal for 3hrs and set it at 9%. I always make sure whatever the percent is that it ends in 9. Im very superstitious and I like to have the person who wore number 9 with me when I’m on the bike.
As 930 rolled around I began to dress for the ride which takes a little while seeing that I need to put on about three layers. I also stretched and got some fluids in to the body, this process took me right up to 1030. As I jumped on the bike I instantly felt at home. Rolling out of our neighborhood I just felt strong. A lot of that goes to my trainer who has been a tremendous help the past two months. I quickly stood up on the pedals and sprinted to the street light which is about 200 yards away. When I reached the light I quickly sat back down and yelled at myself, I didn’t want to waste all of my energy in the first five miles, I wanted to ride for a couple hours and enjoy the trip. The next 20 miles I felt amazing, body wise I felt like it was May. As I got back in to Westerly I decided to go in to race mode for the final 3 miles. I love to ride in downtown Westerly; I often get yelled or beeped at near the old post office because I ride in the middle of the road. I do this so I don’t get hit but I also do it to push me a bit, if the car ahead of me stops to let another car go I will slowly roll but once the car ahead of me goes it’s all out for me. I want the car behind me to be a few car lengths back. This means getting up to around 30mph, I can’t explain the rush but it makes riding a bike so much fun.
Once home I took off the gloves, shoes and helmet and went off to test my blood sugar. My pump read 178, when I tested it read 147. I grabbed a yogurt and put in 8 units of insulin to “reintroduce” insulin to my body after having very little insulin going in while I rode. The post ride insulin I put in scares the living crap out of me, I know the people who told me to put that much in know what they are talking about but 8 units with no food in me is very very scary!! After cleaning up I could have my lunch and go on with my day as if it was a normal diabetic day. I believe I did very well getting back in to “normal diabetes” mode and that makes me look forward to the ride tomorrow.
Unit of Insulin-37.00
Average Blood Sugar-123
Calorie Intake -200 (burned 2,324 while riding)