Finally!

Last week I was extremely disappointed about missing out on a long-awaited ride on my bike. Saturday, I was finally, thankfully, able to get out and ride for a while.

The sun warmed up everything nicely, and it was about 70 degrees when I set out. I got a semi-late start, owing to the fact that I had to double-check my bike again (it was the first time I’d climbed aboard in six months), and the fact that I wanted to be sure I’d be okay diabetes-wise.

So I stuffed a salty/sweet nut bar in my bag, and I made sure I had a full bottle of water with just a bit of Gatorade. The BG check prior to the ride showed 185 mg/dL. When doing something like this, a number like 185 is not a concern at all. In fact, it’s a good sign. I had no insulin on board. I set a temporary basal on my pump of 15 percent. That’s right, just 15 percent.

Actually getting to ride for an hour was huge for me, as it always is the first time I’m out. That’s because of many things. It feels good, of course. I’ve always been the kind of guy that enjoys the feeling of freedom you get from riding a two-wheeler (I felt the same when I rode a motorcycle). And the difference in training on the road versus being in the gym is pretty big too. You’re stressing your muscles in ways, particularly uphill, that can’t be replicated on a spin bike, even in a tough class. I climbed three short but difficult hills, with three corresponding steep downhills (which have scared me ever since a bad bike crash three years ago). I moved deftly around traffic when necessary, and managed to avoid some nasty potholes that exist now thanks to our recent difficult winter.

I think I covered 14 or 15 miles, and wound up with a finishing BG of 89 mg/dL. Having a nearly 100 point drop in an hour tells me, if I’ve been reading correctly, that I was exercising in the aerobic range for most or all of that hour. If my number was higher, it would be a good indication that I would have been in the anaerobic range for a while. Or that I was dehydrated. Or both.

Regardless of where I was and how hard I was exercising, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that I got this in. My 62 mile/100 km ride happens in four weeks. I need to be on my bike as often as possible, and at the gym when it’s not possible, over the next three weeks. The good news is I’m making progress. The bad news is I’ve got a long way to go.
 
 
 

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  • Mary Beth Wyss  On April 21, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Great job, Stephen! My motivation hasn’t been there lately. Haven’t been to boxing in weeks, although I’m walking dogs every day for an hour! I’m hoping the warmer weather will help.

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  • Shannon  On April 21, 2014 at 10:48 am

    GREAT job!! Super excited for you. And everyone has to start somewhere!! You’re doing great!!! 🙂

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  • Karen  On April 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Yay!!!!! Fantastic!

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  • Marie Smith  On April 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Awesome job! I am so happy for you.

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  • Kelley  On April 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Great job! You are making great progress. I can’t wait to hear about how the bike race goes! (I’m not planning on doing it anymore but I am planning on TCOYD conference in June)

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