I was dx in sept and as the weather starts to get a little better I am getting nervous and excited to start cycling outside again. I have been cycling inside for 1- 1.5 hours and I tend to go low a lot, so I am nervous about cycling long distances by myself. I would love any tips on managing bg while cycling (have omnipod and dexcom) and any good supplies to use. Thanks for the help!!
is it the little block-bag that goes on top of the top tube? I picked up a wedge bag because the seat bag was blocking my rear light/brake light.
No there are 6 blocks per package. Each have 15 grams and they are not sticky!
You might want to re-check that. I believe a serving size is actually 3 blocks at around 25g or so
I do like the cliff blocks...Where do I get the pack? I have an omnipod, so I am thinking I need to take the PDM with me in case I need to adjust something and to check my bg, I used to just take my ultramini when on shots..
Everybody has given you good advice, and I'll just add that you can totally ride by yourself longer distances with a bit of trial-and-error and really good record keeping (so that the times that didn't work become improvements for the next time). I go for long rides by myself all the time, sometimes for as long as eight hours.
I set a slightly lower basal rate (70-80%), and I use energy drinks, gels and real food. For me, the key thing is to get about 20-30g of carb every 45 minutes. I also bring a tube of glucose tablets along with me. I tend to test every hour or so--despite having CGM--using an OneTouch Ultra Mini that I put in my bike pocket.
I also carry my phone to call out the "team car" if things get too dicey, as well as some cash to buy extra snacks.
Have lots of fun!!
I'm curious if you've played with the basal reduction and carb intake. I sometimes find it difficult to eat as much as you are recommending, so apparently I have made up for that by reducing basals more (I was around -50% at the end of last year).
I used to feel forced to eat a certain amount while riding, and that got old fast. I feel more in control now, since I don't have as much insulin kicking in, but at any time can choose to eat more.
I don't mind eating this much, because I find that I get wicked hungry when I'm riding. Eating is the only way I've found to keep from running out of energy... regardless of what my blood glucose is doing. Makes sense, no? :^)
But I hear you: sometimes, eating when you don't want to is really hard to do.
Have you been going low while on the bike, or hours afterward? Just curious. Some people go low hours after an extended ride due to glycogen replacement processes. I'm one of those, so my basal has to be reduced somewhat for a good while after a long ride. I typically don't reduce enough, go low, and react by eating more carbs. I'd rather be able to predict neatly in advance, but it does not always work out.
As others on this post have said, every individual is different, but the great people on this forum can help you in your learning to react to your particular physiology.
Best to you,
I go low during, but I haven't done long rides outside since dx, because I was only dx last sept and then by the time I was under control outside cycling season was over. So, I will have to keep an eye out for low after..
Passing 90 minutes is a threshold to pay attention close attention to. I do this a lot. Try the method I've described in this post. It's not trial and error, it's science from the best: http://www.tudiabetes.org/profiles/blogs/proven-formula-rough-draft
Looks interesting...I will give it a try, thanks!
Cycling is my thing and I never leave without my Gu...works great for me. Easy to carry, works fast and has never let me down. Where do you cycle?