Having the day off from work I was happy to go for a nice bike ride this afternoon. I followed my usual routine, setting up my pump for the ride and waiting for my blood sugar to get around 200 before I left for my ride. I left with a blood sugar of 206, a half hour in to my ride I was down to 72. I was so happy to be back on the bike that I went all out early on because of the adrenaline rush. My heart rate didn’t drop below 170 for the first half hour, that’s impressive but not very good when I want to ride for a couple of hours. I began eating as soon as I felt off; I quickly downed some Gatorade and ate a power bar. Todays ride was just a leisurely ride; I probably should have stopped and waited for my blood sugar to go up. But I’m competitive and thought if this happens in a race I can’t stop. I train on the bike so I’m surprised by anything the day of a race, this includes my blood sugars. I will
get low riding; if I stop I won’t be learning anything about how to treat a low
while I ride. I need to know what works and what doesn’t, I eat and drink and then cruise for a good ten minutes. A cruise on the bike for me means that I drop my heart rate down to around 130 and go anywhere from 13-15mph. After twenty minutes I’m back to normal, I will begin eating and drinking a lot sooner after a low. I know what I’m doing scares a lot of people but I couldn’t live with myself if I wasn’t on the bike. I’m not giving in to my diabetes and I’m not going to stop because of a high or low blood sugar. Tomorrow
I will be back on the bike and will be looking to go anywhere from 50-80 miles. I have no doubt in my mind that I will accomplish this and I have no doubt that my blood sugar will be between 100-140.
"Confidence is key. If You don’t believe in yourself, then nobody will."