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Racing/Competing and fighting high's

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Hi guys! Its been a while! Im hoping some of you can offer some advice. Lately i have been having trouble with highs during races (triathlon). It doesnt seem to matter what distance it is.An example…Continue

when to lower basal

Started this discussion. Last reply by Holger Schmeken Jul 2, 2013. 30 Replies

Hi guys, been a while :)Things have been running smoothly, and despite a high level of exercise, i have somehow ended up about 4kgs heavier than i would like. I have started to tighten up my diet a…Continue

a1c and complications

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tim Aug 22, 2012. 19 Replies

Sorry guys, another couple of questions, your probably all sick of me!1) Going for another a1c blood draw tomorrow (first one was 5.7%, i know i will be a bit higher this time as my needs have…Continue

basal and overseas travel- mdi

Started this discussion. Last reply by timmy Aug 13, 2012. 7 Replies

Hi guys! Another travel question...sorta :) Heading to chicago very soon now, good times! Leaving here (west australia) at 5am on to sydney then to dallas then miami for a week, then chicago for 3…Continue


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Racing/Competing and fighting high's

Hi guys! Its been a while! Im hoping some of you can offer some advice. Lately i have been having trouble with highs during races (triathlon). It doesnt seem to matter what distance it is.An example was just on the weekend, i had an olympic distance race (1500/40/10). Now i will prelude this with a few caveats: 1) i was tapered and rested and my insulin needs increased from he lack of exercise leading into the event. 2)I had the tail een of a cold, and thus had been fighting highs all…See More
Holger Schmeken replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"In addition to all the good advice so far: with your muscle mass you might be able to provoke a spike. Athletes normally start with aerobic training and then some anaerobic parts will end the session. However the anaerobic parts - e.g. strenous…"
Jul 2, 2013
Brunetta replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"I meant to type "NOT" lowering the basals will lead me to weight gain."
Jul 2, 2013
rick replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"Also the duration of insulin depends on units. The more units the more is gonna last. Just run some tests. Isolate variables and don't try too many things at a time. That way you can reverse engineer what's happening. If ain't broke…"
Jul 2, 2013
Brunetta replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"Do try it, Timmy.I agree with bojibrdge. I am by no means a triathlete, but in the summer when I generally garden,walk and occasionally bicycle more, I always have to "turn down/tune down" my basals. I do like to eat, but "feeding the…"
Jul 2, 2013
timmy replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"this is something i will have to trial i guess. Is, as an example, 7 units of basal insulin and 3 units of bolus to cover a pre race meal, adequate enough to 'unlock the key' and race on without getting too high. I tried normal basal and…"
Jul 2, 2013
timmy replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"i have read Sheri's book front to back, it was the stimulus for my question, as i see a lot of the athletes chew through a lot less sugar than i do in racing. This leads me to think that it can be done on lower basal but with enough bolus on…"
Jul 2, 2013
rick replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"Yes, as long as you deliver the glucose to muscles through insulin. Fact is analog and basal have different timing and you should consider that compared to the length of the training/race. Don't want to add too many variables but if need…"
Jul 2, 2013
rick replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"Yeah, in fact I see that in the post workout window I go always down but during exercise things are different. If it's something long and light I tend to go down if it's short and stressful it's the opposite. Brian (bsc) a few days…"
Jul 2, 2013
timmy replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"yep i did think about splitting i know a few who do. For me, something like 4 units during the day, 5 at night would probably work. I dont know, its difficult to say."
Jul 2, 2013
timmy replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"This is something i will be experimenting with yep. As for today, im 9 units lantus but can have a low carb (read 2gms of carbs) protein bar worth 100 cals, and not have to bolus. Interesting you talk about avoiding hypos with exercise. What i have…"
Jul 2, 2013
rick replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"Also Levemir lasts less than Lantus and you could use that to fine tune your basal on your needs. If you inject Levemir twice a day you can decide to hit a bit less in your training and post workout window and keep it still in the other 12 hours…"
Jul 2, 2013
rick replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"My experience in training and diabetes is not that great. However, I would see training as a "basal" itself. When I was doing Thai Boxe I had to reduce my basal by a big amount. Also I knew a guy which was a goalkeeper coach in a famous…"
Jul 2, 2013
timmy replied to jujube's discussion 'Triathlon Training'
"april 2014? wow lots of time to train! Ok, first thing, dont worry about any form of speed work like intervals etc until january. All you want to do now is build your base. You need to be able to cover the distance (plus some). For example, you…"
Jul 1, 2013
meee replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"ok.. great! It may help you.. I don't think he will laugh.. I'm glad I switched to levemir. I don't want to gain weight, it's just not healthy imo especially with D. I'm not a sports person really, I just do walking,…"
Jul 1, 2013
timmy replied to timmy's discussion 'when to lower basal'
"thanks! im going to adjust the lantus dosage and see how i go"
Jul 1, 2013

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At 3:52am on March 5, 2012, acidrock23 said…

LOL, no apologies necessary! There's lots of "cluey" people around but I appreciate your question. Another good place to ask would be a thread on the main forum, I think there's a "Running" thread on the main page (link).

My usual "race day" plan is to eat a couple of hours before the start time so most of the insulin is "done". One notion if you are eating closer to "fuel" a long race is to "cut" the insulin, there's a chart in "Think Like a Pancreas" that I have seen online but can't find so I took a pic of it. Basically, you figure out how long and what intensity you are going to "go" (there's charts for intensity of various activities too...) and cut the bolus by a certain amount. I prefer to eat early and let the insulin run it's course and make a "showtime" carb adjustment by eating something if I'm a shade low. I was bonkers w/ adrenaline for the last race so it didn't matter? I am still not sure about a triathlon though as swimming kills my BG both of the times I've gone swimming recently. I bolused during a 1/2 marathon once, as I had wierd pre-race scenario (toast didn't seem to have worked so I chased it w/ OJ and it'd run up to 190 by a mile into the race...) so I took 1/3 of the rx'ed bolus amt and it worked great. I think a little insulin goes a long way but will really help your energy? This would be a good "thread" for the message board as there's lots of people who would toss out ideas. Think Like a Pancreas has been my guide for a lot of this although I think that their recommendations for pre-race carb loading/ substitution are a bit heavy? Maybe not as I drink gatorade during most longer races. Sherri Colberg has a book "Diabetic Athlete's Guidebook" or something like that. It's pretty informative but sort of shies away from saying "do this" and instead has some of the general chemistry stuff about how you do, in fact, need some insulin cooking away to perform and then a bunch of anecdotes from various athletes. Good read but TLAP is what I'd recommend for a good primer. He has stuff like "the day after I play full-court basketball, I have to adjust my basal rate down by 50%, not half-court, just full-court..."

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At 1:50pm on February 14, 2012, Marie B said…

hi timmy, I see you just got the news. let me know if you have any questions here, I can help you if you are looking for anything specific.

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