Cycling Diabetics

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Comment by miketosh on August 15, 2009 at 6:51am
John, probably too late now, but just make sure you wear a CGM or test often. :-)

Tomorrow will probably be a harder day as your metabolism and insulin-to-carb ratios will all be adjusted from today's ride.
Comment by John Sangdahl on August 14, 2009 at 3:39pm
MS ride Pedal to the point. I will be riding 100 miles tomorrow and 75 miles back on Sunday. I know it will be warm. I thought It might be warm so I rode last Monday. It was a 40 mile ride into a strong head wind and the temperature was 93. It was a hard ride. I will be drinking a lot today and during the ride. I will have a mix of G2 to put in my water bottle sometime during the ride. Do any of you have any suggestions?
Comment by Kevin Lamken on August 8, 2009 at 11:12pm
Hello from Redmond Oregon! Very happy to find this group. I've been a diabetic since '97 and a Medtronic pump wearer for over 2 years. I was big into cycling during the Greg Lemond era, Oakley Factory Pilots goggles, Look pedals, and index shifting. I rode well over 1K miles per month, but only raced a few small races. I bought a Cannondale road bike in 2005, but hadn't really been consistent on the bike until this year. Unfortunately, I've had medical complications for the past 2 years, but I think I'm on track to better health. I've had lots of doctors, tests, and drugs. Hope to have a complete answer soon. I have some questions for you all, but I'll address those in a separate forum post. Just wanted to say hi. Kevin
Comment by Susan K on July 30, 2009 at 6:43am
A cycling group? Excellent! I've been riding with Team in Training for years. Favorite distance is a metric century.
Comment by Chi' on July 28, 2009 at 4:03pm
Hi, I thought I would join this group 1st! This Sunday I completed a 25 mile ride out near Sumitt OH. Whew...what a roller coaster. The hills were like 3 miles long and I found myself eating almost all the way up the hill. I just started cycling this year and I sort of felt like I pushed myself a little far; but it was totally worth it. I would do it again and cant fall to keep pushing. I had the worst charlie horse's! Once I got more than 1/2 up the 3 mile hills, I felt like Fred Sanford and had to walk to the top. Thanks for creating such a great group! Any tips would be greatly appreciated...
Comment by John Sangdahl on July 18, 2009 at 7:57pm
I got my first century ride in today! I don't feel bad.
Comment by miketosh on July 13, 2009 at 7:39am
New tip I learned yesterday: Most camelbak's fit perfectly on top of aerobars. For people who don't always train with one on, it is a great way to get a far distance without an aching neck.

Unfortunately I learned this AFTER going 55 miles, so my neck is quite achy today. ;-)
Comment by Rock on July 13, 2009 at 7:28am

The first obvious question is do you wear a heart monitor, and more important, do you know how to use it? I don't mean to be insulting or anything, but there are a lot of folks that don't. After you get the monitor, you need to look on Amazon for a couple of books on aerobic training, then distill and analyze and collate all that information. Once you get all that done, go out on your bike with your heart monitor and your test kit and make yourself into a crash test dummy. That's what I did.

Increasing vO2 Max involves interval training. Ask anyone that has done it, and they will tell you interval training sucks. Big time. I am assuming you have a good training base. Watching your monitor, sprint to within 95% of your max heart rate, hold it there for 15 seconds, then slack off to 40%. Repeat.

This will shorten your overall ride distance and time. Bear in mind that an interval on a hill might see you going 10 miles an hour in your second chain ring and still see 95% of your maximum heart rate.

An interval workout once or twice a week should start to improve your vO2 and overall conditioning within 6 weeks or so.

As to how you will feel after the workout, I might suggest a large bottle of ibuprofen.

Your other option is to do what I did with my son when he took up the bicycle. I got a length of stout bungee cord and mounted a hook on one end. When he rides by, I slap the hook around his seatpost and then wrap the other end around my handle bars. He never looks back to see that he is towing me along at 25 mph.

Have fun on the bike!

Anybody else got any training wisdom to pass along?

Comment by John Sangdahl on July 10, 2009 at 11:03am
How do you increase your vo2max? I have 2000 miles on my bike since March. I have increased a lot over that time but I feel I should be now riding faster. This is my first year riding and I am 51 years old. Over long hilly rides I am ave around 16.4 mph. I rode with a group yesterday that just killed me. We started out with an ave speed of 22 to 24 on the flats. When we hit the first big hill I was already at my lactate threshold and got dusted by the group. I did finish the 25 mile ride but only 16.2 mph ave. Are my expectations too high for a 51 year old?
Comment by Michael Wiggins on June 23, 2009 at 7:15pm
Anybudy interested in doing a unsupported Northern Tiered ride in 2010 - should take around 3 months or so. Nothing hard core 50-70 miles per day. Did Southern Tier in 2007 - lots of challenges for T1's but at the end of the trip you feel so alive.

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