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  1. #1
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    Sponsor Me as a Red Rider for the Tour de Cure

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    Many of you followed my story here as I have leaned how to manage my type I diabetes on the bike.

    On a recent club ride, my riding partners urged me to do our South Texas Tour de Cure as a Red Rider (riding with diabetes). So, I took the plunge and registered today.

    If anyone would like to sponsor me, the donation link is here:

    http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/Eve...nal&fr_id=8066

    Every little bit helps! Thanks so much for your consideration!!!

  2. #2
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    Feb 2006
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    I want to publicly thank BeeLady for her generous donation! I am only $75 away from my goal.

    I am right on track for my ride too. I just completed my first metric century of the season. It was a bit more challenging than usual, since recently I started a new medication. I am a mild type 1 diabetic. I undersecrete insulin, but still have some response so until very recently could control it totally with diet and exercise. I recently went on symlin, an amylin analog. Its normally co-secreted with insulin, and it works to inhibit the rise in blood sugar that accompanies a meal due to glycogenolysis, and also induces delayed stomach emptying, so carbs take longer to get released into the blood stream. But, it meant I had to completely change how I eat when I ride. My first two rides on it I had zero energy. That was in part why I signed up for the tour de cure, to motivate it to be able to complete that ride with a red rider jersey that says 'I ride with Diabetes' since those words suddenly took on new meaning for me.

    For my metric century this past weekend, I started with a sweet potato and chicken sausage breakfast after my symlin shot. It really did cause a slow steady rise in blood sugar that took me very nicely the first 20 miles. I monitored my blood sugar, and when it would drop to 100 took tiny amounts of carbs to bring it to ~120, which was roughly every 20 miles. I continued to drink my protein shakes. I was nervous about taking something that inhibits gylcogenolysis and gluconeogenesis on a bike ride, but since it has a relatively short half life, it let me use the breakfast I ate initially, preserving my glycogen stores for later in the ride.

    I had the best energy ever. I no longer felt like there was a competition going on between my brain and muscles for glucose. I am still only going to do the metric on my tour de cure, since both the imperial and metric centuries are *very hilly* courses and I am not sure I could complete the imperial century in the required cut off time. But I'll see how my training goes and think about it.

 

 

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