@Bradford: I was hoping for some advice. I've been having a lot of trouble in open water. I start panicking about going hypo out in the middle of the reservoir. In the pool I know I can just put my feet down and walk out, so I don't even think twice about it. What do you do to ensure you're safe out there, and how do you mentally deal with the stress? Thanks!
@Emily: I love the Dex on my longer rides (2+ hrs). I settle into a more even and predictable burn. I'm sure it'll perform better for the longer distance tri's. For the sprints the muscle groups being used and the energy requirements change so rapidly, the meter gave me a better insight into my nutritional requirements.
I like to think of my dexcom as being a 10 minute delayed broadcast of the Tour de France, and my meter as an instantaneous snap shot of the race at this moment. With the dexcom you can get a good idea of who is in the lead, and the pace they're setting, but in a rapid descent or hard climb, someone new may have taken the lead. That's where the meter is superior.
@Terry: I'm a member of Triabetes, but haven't figured out how to actually get involved.
@Regina: exercise and BG management is a chore! But it's worth it! My insulin requirements dropped by 30% in the last 4 months since I started my training. And from reading your posts, you're on a pump, which makes BG control infinitely easier for exercise than MDI due to the flexibility in basal rates.