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Cycling Diabetics

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Need car suggestions for car-loving cyclists

Started by miketosh. Last reply by miketosh on Thursday. 4 Replies

Treating lows, not just while active

Started by Spenser Beasley. Last reply by Kent Logy Mar 13. 5 Replies

Any other unicycling diabetics out there?

Started by Matt Ragalie. Last reply by Rogan Creswick Feb 2. 7 Replies

NYC Tour de Cure!!

Started by andrea. Last reply by Marypat Nov 20, 2013. 2 Replies

What sort of steel horse do you ride?

Started by Mike Campana. Last reply by Nyadach May 20, 2013. 125 Replies

JDRF Ride to Cure

Started by A.J.. Last reply by Nyadach Jan 29, 2013. 5 Replies

Question for Dexcom Users

Started by David (dns). Last reply by A.J. Jan 28, 2013. 4 Replies

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Comment by DRxBMW on March 5, 2012 at 6:30pm

Greeting fellow bicycle nuts.

With the mild winter here in Pa, I've manged to pedal just about every day.

Life is good _____________.

Picked up a Easy Racer recumbent last week, what a hoot.

Comment by Robert Lucke on February 16, 2012 at 12:01pm

Welcome Mike

Comment by Michael McClure on February 16, 2012 at 9:07am

Hey folks -- New guy here. I followed a posting on Kent's wall into here, and it seems a good fit for me. :wave:

Comment by Bradford on January 30, 2012 at 11:19am

Nice work Andy! I don't use a garmin for tracking stuff on my bike so I don't ever do the Strava stuff, but lots of my riding buddies do. Kudos for representing central NY in the Rapha 500! I'm a wuss when it comes to cold and definitely will take the monotonous nature and intensity of a trainer session full of intervals over having to get out in the cold and ride. So I definitely tip my hat to you for hanging in there despite what mother nature might throw at ya!

Comment by Andy on January 30, 2012 at 11:12am

The Base Miles was way out of my league since there are people doing crazy long rides in warm places that I can't compete with. I did complete the Rapha Festive 500 this December though, riding 500km (310mi) in the last week of the year. I'm in central NY though, so I was mostly pushing myself to get out for 20-30 mile rides when I could, between snow and freezing temps.

Comment by Bradford on January 30, 2012 at 11:08am

My coach (Matt Carnal) is currently winning the Strava base mile challenge...900 miles ahead of 2nd place! The challenge ends tomorrow so he has one ride planned this afternoon and then perhaps one more long one of 175-200 miles planned tomorrow. Sometimes I definitely wish I had the flexibility with my job to ride when I wanted like that!

Comment by Mick on January 30, 2012 at 10:39am

I put my Dexcom in a cell phone mount on the handlebars. I find the accuracy to be pretty good. It's always there if I want to see where I'm at. I love the Cliff Shot Bloks for treating an actual or impending low.

Comment by Kent Logy on January 30, 2012 at 10:35am

I never stop when testing.
I just go the back of the group so I don't make anybody nervous with my hands off the bars.
Having it on your arm keeps it from getting shocked by pot holes.

Comment by Andy on January 30, 2012 at 10:22am

This is a good topic and one that has been less of a problem for me the more I ride. I used to just not check except for the few times when the group stops for 10-15 minutes (usually about 2 times in a 3-6 hour ride). That was generally good enough, because since I lower my basals and don't take much insulin while riding, I simply don't have spikes or quickly dropping sugars. If you feel like you need to test often, than you may first want to reconsider your eating and insulin habits so that you can be more confident that your sugars aren't going to change quickly. If I feel low, I just grab my bottle filled with juice/soda and take a swig and I'm ready to keep riding. If I think I'm high (a much harder think to feel internally) and I don't expect the group to stop, I just let someone know I'm stopping and will catch up in a minute. It helps to spring ahead a little, jump off and check while they pass, and then catch up just a minute later.

I've been using a Dexcom for the past two years and that has changed everything for my while riding, especially now that I do very long rides up to about 160 miles so far. It doesn't always get the signal from my jersey pocket, but it gets it enough of the time and is accurate enough to know whether to eat, do nothing, or take a small bolus. I will usually still use a glucometer when the group stops to make sure that the Dexcom is still accurately tracking.

I'm a bit weary about testing while riding. That video showed her still weaving a bit, nearly slipping off the bars and the end, and only rolling along at a slow speed by herself. It's a different thing to do that moving at 17mph with a group, espcially if you have to focus on the meter and the bumps in the road that will throw you off. It just seems not worth the risk of falling or dropping the meter.

Comment by Kent Logy on January 30, 2012 at 6:40am

MeganJ I use a CGM and wear a Blood glucose tester on my arm as back up.
Here is a link to a discuss about this and a picture.
Riding without CGMS and pump
http://www.tudiabetes.org/xn/detail/583967:Topic:1134684?xg_source=...
Riding without CGMS and pump

 

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