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!!

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Not a big gu lover, but I do like chomps. I am in appleton, wisconsin, but I wish I lived where it was warmer so I could do more outside!!

Hi Megan --

Move to Cali: Cycling season never ends!! (It's warm and sunny today on Feb 21 -- about 72 degrees :)

Hammer Nutrition products use long chain carbs, which are especially good for those long rides when eating standard glucose carbs will get you down simply because of the volume needed. Conventional wisdom points to a max intake of 60g/carbs per hour, but this is based on single source carbs (glucose only). If you use 2:1 ratio carbs (glucose/fructose) you can achieve 90g/hour intake levels, and apparently they are easier on the stomach than glucose-only based carbs. PowerBars use this ratio.

On long races (12 and 24 hours long) I used Hammer's Perpetuem drink mix, using maltodextrin and protein (protein goes in slower and lasts longer than carbs). Hammer now makes Perpetuem Solids.

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Right on Mike I live 3 miles from Hammer nutrition here in Montana and have been using the Perpetuem solids which are easy to use while cycling plus how many --- monitor my intake to consume during long distance. I also Skate ski Nordic going to west Yellowstone for a 50 k Race next weekend will be red lining my Body. fuel and pre fuel I do 1 cup of brown rice before the race it is so important to have the long chain carbs working for me.

Excellent. Good luck on the race, Mr. Lucke (like you need any, eh?).

Thanks mike ya I have had to work harder with a last name like I have-- Check out our MontanabikeHostel.com plan a trip for some Cycling. love to do some Cycling with you. take care Mike.

>> MontanabikeHostel.com

What an awesome service, Bob! Makes me wanna come ride my MTB way up north there (not right now, though...).

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So, I did a temp basal 60 minutes before of 65%, I ate enough carbs to be 130 before I started on bike (inside) and I had g2 in my water bottle. Down to 50 by 30 minutes in and ate 3 glucose tabs and tried to keep going because I am stubborn and I am so annoyed by how many workouts I have had to stop. Any new suggestions for me...happened today , too, on my elliptical after a temp basal of 70% an hour, half of banana before....I was 60 at 20 minutes. Should I just suspend my insulin for the workout? I am wondering if Iam still honeymooning?? Would that have anything to do with it? Thanks!

Hi Megan ya keep fueling every 20min on the bike, or try less insulin if you are doing Lantus AM dose start with 1 less unit at a time, then see what you Bg is. Keep trying you will figure it out don't give up.

I am on the omnipod, so only using Novalog. I will try fueling more often and maybe a smaller dose for my meal that is before my exercise?

If you are eating right before you start exercising, remember not very many foods kick in faster than 30 minutes so if you start exercising immediately, you will drop fast at the start as the food hasn't had time to begin raising your blood glucose yet which could be contributing to the early/fast b.s. decline.

i have been eating 20-30 minutes before...but I now have been going low all day. I posted in the general area to see if there are suggestions. I am only doing a basal of .05 and suspending like 6 hours a day...not sure if it is my pancreas kicking in or from exercise everyday. getting frustrated...I just want to live my normal active life!

When I started biking, I found that insulin became way more effective when I was active. I would reduce to -90% and still felt like I needed to chug soda/juice to stay level. The more I biked, the better that became, since you body gets much better at "economy." Now I can eat far less but ride much longer. It gets easier!

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