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Old 05-26-2010, 14:06   #21
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Hi all

Saturday after the Gloucester ride I drove to Saratoga springs in upstate NY to visit with family, we got back Monday night.

I have High blood pressure, I had read on a forum where a guy had ridden his bike to the MD office. After a suitable cool down he saw the MD, and got his lowest BP reading.
So….. I went for a ride Tuesday morning (I had a MD appointment at 11:30) after 4 miles I was doing good and ready to do more, I would have, but I was running out of time.
So 10 miles at 14.8 MPH average.



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Another day another ride.

Yesterday was an easy ride… HAAA
I went to my sisters house and from there we rode to the Chelmsford - Lowell rail trail, a brand new paved rail trail of 7 miles.

On the way to my sisters I stopped at McDonalds for a burger. I take off the bottom bun and through it away (don’t need ALL the carbs) any way I was getting out of the car (with my TDC jersey on) and the guy parked next to me said “Hi, I see you rode in the TDC” We chatted while he ate an ICE-CREAM. I turns out Mark is a TeamType1 member. He was part of the teem that set last years record.

Check my BGL 102 at 10:30 AM, I ate the burger.

The ride to the rail trail was 5.5 miles from my sisters house and the trail was 7 miles long. So 24 miles total should do it.

We start the ride about 11:00 AM, my sister has a Highbred bicycle and has only ridden a couple of times this year. I figure a nice easy ride for me. To help step it up for me, I would charge up the hills and go back to ride with my sister up the hill again. This sounds like a good idea but she was good enough that I only got to re do the last ¼ of the hill.

Did I mention it was over 90 degrees out yesterday

We got to the rail trail at about mid point in the trail and headed north, in about 3 miles we came to Chelmsford center. What a mess, a busy center with 5 roads coming together and very poor pedestrian markings.

We kept seeing Lines with numbers painted in the trail. 3.50 3.00 2.75 2.25 they were going down as we headed north and were the rite distance apart for miles. We got to the north end of the trail and number 1.25 was 200 feet from the end of the trail

We turned around and headed back through the mess at Chelmsford center were we stopped and got some more water at a foodmart. I said to get a gallon of water, my sister went in while I stayed with the bikes. She came out with 1 16 oz bottled water. So I went in for more water, a 1 liter of bottled water was $1.59 a gallon was $1.39 .

I came out of the foodmart and checked my BGL, at 130 it was a touch high but not bad. It was about 2 hours after I had eaten the burger. Since it was an easy ride Id only had one squeeze of sugar at mile 8.

I drank water and filled my water bottle with water and powdered sport drink. Toped off my sisters water bottle, pored some down her back (did I say it was well over 90 degrees my cycle computer has a thermomiter in it and it said the temp was 102). Dumped the rest on some plants.

Back on the bikes we headed down the rail trail, I can tell when my sister is getting tired, she cant hold a constant speed. She slows down then speeds up for ½ mile then slows down. I was not surprised when we got to where we had entered the trail my sister wanted to head home. We decided she would wait while I continued down to the southern end (2.5 miles further) and back.

We got back to her house at 1:00 2 hours and 11 minutes, I rode 26.7 miles after a cool down I drove home at 2:30 my BGL was 81 I ate a sandwich of 22 carbs and took 5 IU of log. After 2 hours my BGL was 100. Before I started riding that many carbs would have needed 8 IU of humalog, so my insulin resistance is going down.

BTW my cycle computer temperature gage reads high when it's in the sun. but Boston tied a record of 96 yesterday

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Good luck Mandy

40 miles is tough if your not used to riding.

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OOPS Sunday 5/30

I’m running late on the training ride blog

I was suppose to ride on Saturday. I did my work and errands in the AM, as I was about to get ready to ride I looked out at the lake and saw rain “They” had said maybe some showers. So every time it stopped raining I started to get ready to ride only to have it start to rain again. Then at 3:00 it just rained for 3 hours… so no rid Friday.


I had started a new drug on Wednesday morning a diuretic. The last time I was on a diuretic last year it sapped all my strength, removed my drive to do anything, made me dizzy and depressed, and screwed up my BGL for a couple of hours (went up by 70 Pt's). This time…. The same thing was starting to happen so I cut the pills in have. Now ½ hour after I take the diuretic I get dizzy for about ½ hour. Ain't drugs fun! But the other side affects are much less.

So Sunday I ride. I did not want to I was draggy felt like no energy and I DID NOT WANT TO GO OUT AND RIDE

At 1:10 I had a sandwich 22 carbs Since I was going to ride I reduced my Bolus by 25%, OK I promised myself that if I cant make the "hill” at mile 3 I’ll go back home. at 1:52 as I was getting on the bike I checked my BG again 93 , What The … I even took less Bolus for lunch, I ate 2 pieces of candy and started the ride. I hate it, I had to push (really exert myself) just to maintain my normal speed. Even the flat before the hill I had to push.

OK I’m at the hill and I hate it I push…. Push… and am up the hill not bad speed going up not that badly winded. So I continue, I’m just not up to it, usually by mile 5 I start to enjoy the ride. Mile 5 came and went euc I’m pushing hard and not making my times.

At mile 8 I quit my average speed was down to 12.9 MPH I should be ~14.5 MPH. I check my BGL, 83 no wonder I got no energy I take a big slug of frosting and wait for 10 minutes. Back on the bike, I feel I have to push to make it up the next hill. Again I get to the top and my speed up the hill is not bad. But on the flats it feels like I have to push myself to keep me from slowing down to 5 MPH. At mile 12 more frosting. I finally finish the ride. I did not enjoy it, I never got in the grove I was pushing the hole time.

I finished 22 miles, My average speed for the ride was 14.6 MPH That meant for the last 2/3 of the ride I had to average ~ 15.6 MPH That is a great average no wonder I felt like I was pushing hard… I was

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Monday the 31st

Next Sunday I am riding in the Narragansett TDC ride, I signed up for the 60 mile ride and to date, the longest ride ive done has been 32 miles. So, I think I’ll run my two loops, for a total of 40 miles, with the 21 mile hilly loop ridden second. With a rest stop at my house for a water refill between loops at mile 19.

I start at 1:30 with s BGL of 128, since I know I have a second loop to ride I try to take it easy on the first loop. I go slower on the flats and for the up hills, I spin (peddling fast so I don’t have to press hard). I take a squeezes of my frosting every 5 miles. By mile 10 I’m having a problem with my energy.

I finally get to my rest stop 14.6 MPH average a good speed totally un expected. I check my BGL… 136 a little high. If my BGL gets below 100 when I’m riding I notice a loss of energy, so that cant be it. Then I realize…. I did NOT take my Lantis this morning, That would explain the loss of energy, no insulin, my muscles cant take in the sugar to work. And the BGL goes up.

Well now what? I can take Humalog for the rest of the day, but at night it means I’ll go high unless I get up to inject in the middle of the night. Or I can take the Lantis now, and then tomorrow I can take it at the regular time of 8: AM. Of course with that much insulin in my system in the AM I’ll have to eat extra all morning . Or just take the Lantis at 2:00 PM tomorrow and move it up 1 hour everyday until I’m back to my regular time of 8: AM. I choose the latter.

So I fill up the water bottle with POWER AID ZERO and water, and fill me up with Lantis. Hop on the bike and start the second Hilly loop.

OUGH…. Cant get in the grove cant push it, I crap out on the second hill drop it in first gear (I have a verrrry low first gear called a bailout gear). And I creep up the hill, cant even spin with the bailout gear. The flats OUGH the hills OUGH. I end up in the bailout gear for ALL the hills.

I am also starting to get cramps in leg (biceps Femoris long head I think) and my left foot hurts so bad (in the past I’ve had Neuroma in left foot that was treated with cortisone) I stop and take off my shoe for 5 minutes at mile 13.

I finally get home at 4:30 with a BGL of 101 and an average speed of 13.8 for the 22 miles on the second loop. That make the 40 mile average of ~14.1 Ok but I’m pooped and cramping all over. My back my legs may arm. Not fun…

Next Sunday I’m riding 60 miles in the Narragansett TDC Not redy.

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Man do I have problems with dates or what

The ride was on Wednesday the 2nd

A friend comes over for dinner and a short ride. I take him on a 9 mile loop.

He has a new single speed bike (there the new fashion)

Starting BGL 108 some candy and off we go. I knew it was a short ride so I was riding fast. Being 5 years younger and in better shape he sort of blows me away,
I did however post a new (for this year) highest average speed of 15.1 MPH.
Finish BGL 127

I am paying for that with cramps… again.


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Thursday June 3, 2010

Went on this years first bicycle club ride. On Thursdays they have a “fitness ride” starts at 6:30 PM and you have a choice of 11 miles or 18 miles. It is a fitness ride for the rout was specifically chosen to go up as many hills as possible in the mileage.

Since it was this years first “fitness ride” for me, I opted for the 11 mile rout.

We had thunder storms come through the area about 1 hour before so the roads were damp. (I almost didn’t go for I DON’T RIDE IN THE RAIN)

Only 4 people showed up for the ride and I was the only one doing the 11 mile ride. So off I go. So I was attacking the hills spinning up them. The 11 mile ride has 5 good hills and its roaling between them. So it is a work out. On the last hill I needed my bailout gear, however I was able to spin up the hill.

I did the 11 mile HILLY ride with an average speed of 14 MPH Not bad and it felt good.

Now after the ride I’m getting all kinds of cramps



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Hi all

I have not had any comments lately so I was beginning to think I was doing all this writing for me. But I see I have about 100 readers with each new post.

Now if I could get each of you to donate only $5.00 each I could meet my fundraising goal of $600 .

OK so this Sunday I am riding 60 miles in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour De Cure (TDC) in Narragansett RI. The longest ride for me this year so far. I am riding it as a practice ride for my mane event, the 150 mile TDC New England Classic (NEC)

I went for a ride today I did not want to do a hard ride as I want to be fresh for Sunday. I did my hilly 20 mile ride.

I have a problem of marshalling my energy. I tend to ride too hard in the beginning of the ride and burn out prematurely. I found myself doing just that, I had to keep throttling back.

What I don’t understand is I start at my house I go up 5 sizeable hills with a bunch of rolling hills in between, and I end up at home. The part I don’t understand is I only have 2 down hills, How can I go up so much and still end up at the same altitude as I started?

Anyway My BGL at the start was 105 so I had ½ a PBJ sandwich and headed off. Of course the first hill I had to power up. No wait take it easy, I had to keep throttling back, I wanted to gooooo. I am feeling good, my lungs are happy it’s the legs that get tired going up the hills. But I am enjoying the ride. I think I am getting to the point where I am in good enough condition to enjoy the ride.

That was until about mile 14… a narrow road with a small hill and a 90 degree corner at the top. A guy in a car just had to pass me on a blind corner, he couldn’t wait 20 seconds until he can see if the road is clear. This time a car was coming the other way. So as this guy is passing me he slams on the brakes AND pulls to the right pushing me off the road. I was very lucky, there was not a tree or stonewall rite on roadside (in New England the sides of small roads are usually lined with trees and stone walls).

Ok enough venting, I finished the ride and was feeling good not winded, or sore (the cramps came later) I would actually like to ride some more.

8:30 BGL 129 a little high But I’ll take it, by 9:30 BGL was 105

I think I need to go up on my morning Lantis as my between numbers are starting to creep up.

I am doing this to rais mony for the ADA (it also helps with my diabetes)



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It is Tuesday, I rode in the Narragansett ADA ride on Sunday I did the 60 MILES (dam near killed me).

OK Since the start of ride is 2 hours from home, I need to leave home at 5:30 AM. I packed the car and all my stuff Saturday night and checked the weather. It looks BAD “they” are predicting sever thunderstorms and rain starting mid morning for Boston. I go online and check the TV stations in RI to see what they have to say. One station (the only one with a weather video) says the storms lower edge will dry up as they move east and the bulk of the storm will stay to the north of Providence.

I finely get to sleep about 11:30 PM and wake up at 4:30 get up at 4:50 to shut off the 5:00 alarm. I check the radar.. It looks bad, a BIG round BLOB of green yellow red and purple. It is headed ENE and will take about 5 hours to get to us. It looks like the bottom edge will just nick the Narragansett area, unless it dries up.

So we head out at 5:45 (15 minutes late). Now Narragansett is someplace you cant get to from my house. By highway you make a big “S” to get there. My mapping software has us cutting the lower part of the “S” off by using side roads to go strait down. At 6:00 AM there should not be much traffic so OK we’ll go that way.

We missed the turn off the highway by about 12 miles so we decided to finish the ride on the highway. We got to Narragansett and I got a Dunkin donuts sausage egg sandwidge for breakfast (I through out the bottom have of the bun) and had my metformin and Lisinapril on time. We got to the start at 7:30 AM as planed. I register and went back to the car to inject my Lantis. My lantis pen is all used up, I forgot to put a new pen in my kit yesterday when I finished this pen.

Now What… I decided to do without, I’ll be doing a lot of riding and last year I went without insulin on the 2 days of the NEC (on purpose), and I have Humalog if needed.

I change into my riding gear and start out at 8:15 since the start of the 60 mile ride was 8:00 AM I am definitely the last to start, as planed.

It is cool and humid, I forgot my leg wormers ()*(^% . It takes about 8 miles to get out of the “city” type roads. By mile 10 I feel pretty good, it is starting to worm up, I’m cruising along and were in the country. Some of the roads are in pretty bad shape. Some from years of patching and neglect and some from recent storms. We pass several washed out bridges and plenty of areas where the shoulder is washed out from the more recent storms.

Mile 20 is the first rest stop. A fire station. I guess I’m smarter than your average person, I parked my bicycle AWAY from the role up doors (you know in case of a fire so the trucks could get out). But many people just leaned their bikes against the doors, which prompted someone to announce every couple of minuets “please don’t put your bikes in the way of the fire truck doors”

By the rest stop I was feeling a little out of energy, I checked my BGL @ 10:00 it was 115. I remember being told by my diabetic nurse that I need some insulin in order to use the sugars in my blood, so I injected 3 units of novalog and ate ½ banana, water. The next rest stop is in only 13 miles, that leaves 27 miles from the last rest stop to the end of the ride, a bit far.

My average speed to this rest stop was 14.2 MPH, I could take it a little slower.

So after 15 minutes I head out, determined to take it a little slower.

Since I took a little insulin, I increased my frosting intake. Every 5 miles and as always I drink gasoline (my friend calls my drink, its watered down “PowerAde zero” so it looks like gasoline).

About mile 25 a cold wind come in and the sky got dark, I hope this aint a indication of rain (I hate riding in the rain). I was doing good until mile 28 then I was running out of power.

I pulled into mile 33 rest stop and checked my BGL 83 This rest stop was at a hall of some sort, and was rely nicely stocked. They had bananas, 3 kinds of cookies, fruit, sandwiches, brownies and a flush toilet. It would have been heaven except for the sand parking lot.

I ate ½ banana, 2 rely good oatmeal raisin cookies, strawberries and water I waited 15 minutes and headed out.

I waited TOO long, within ½ mile I started to get leg cramps, on my left leg, at the top of the peddle stroke my thy cramped, on the bottom of the peddle stroke the inside of my thy cramped, and on my right leg my calf was cramping. I figured once the muscle wormed up it would go away. WRONG it got a Little better but if I peddled to fast or stopped peddling ZING>>> CRAMP.

It was also definitely windy and cold. We turned south onto 1A and hit a head wind so strong I had to peddle DOWN the 10 mile downhill I just peddled up for 4 miles. We spent the better part of 15 miles of the return trip on RT 1A Not a nice road for bicycles

I was rely running out of energy and cramping and had a cold headwind. NOT a happy camper.

I stopped at mile 53 and sat on the sea wall and checked my BGL 76 I had a big swig of frosting and got back on the bike and pushed (I mean pushed even though I was not moving fast).

About mile 56 The “Pod Squad” was sponsoring a rest stop. I think they are T1 children, looked like about 15 of them with robin egg blue T shirts on. Being only 3 miles from the finish I dared not to stop, so I waved as I rode by.

About 1:30 I finished the ride overall average speed was 13.6 MPH. I was cramping no matter which way I moved one muscle or another would cramp.

My BGL @ 1:42 was 72 I ate some frosting. When my cramping subsided enough I went inside to check in. in the hall they were serving spaghetti, and I had 2 that’s right 2 plates of spaghetti. I signed up for a massage given free of charge by CCRI. I was number 17 in line so I went in to the boys locker-room and had a shower, NO hot water, only 2 of the 6 showers worked, only 1 bench in the entire locker room. At 2:20 my BGL was 85 what, no insulin, missed my Lantis in the morning 2 plates of spaghetti and only 85 .

After waiting almost an hour (lots of people wanted massages, it was my turn… AHHHHHH that was nice my legs felt good. Unfortunately my legs did not like getting up off the table for the next lucky recipient.

We left and found a clam shack on the breakwater by the ocean [email protected]:08 was 74 We had one order of fried clams $24.00

3:38 BGL 93 going up so back in the car and head for home.

We got home it was 6:15 and my BGL was 123 remember the only insulin I’ve had was the 3 IU of novalog at 8:am.

I was beat, went to bed at 9:30 with a BGL of 111 I did not take any insulin as I was afraid of going low at night. (usual bed time is 11:00)

I woke up at 3:30 in the AM and checked my BGL 132 so I had 5 units of Novalog (my normal would be 10 for that BGL. I woke up again at 7:45AM checked m BGL, 99 went back to bet and slepped until 10:30 That was 13 hours of sleep

At 11:30 Monday morning I had 25 IU of Lantis, my normal dose is ~ 58 in the AM. All day Monday I lounged around with VERY sore legs and my BGL never went over 128 even with ½ of my regular Lantis dose.

This morning I took 50 IU of Lantis, so far so good

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I am headed to Kennebunk ME to ride 60 miles in the Kennebunk TDC
The ride starts at 8:00 its a 2 hour drive up so I need to get up at 5:00 AM.

Its suppose to be cool and a chance of showers, I hope not I dont ride in the rain.

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