12.24.15

The Guide To Mountain Biking On A Random December Afternoon

Flexibility is opting to hit the trail, instead of the weights, on a December afternoon (when it’s 60 degrees outside). I couldn’t resist the urge and have no regrets. It was beautiful, I took the GoPro along, and the ride evened out the blood sugars. A few of these details are hinted at during the video, but here’s the ride logistics:

  • Ride Length: 1 Hour
  • Ride Mileage: 8 Miles
  • Preride Snack: None (see next bullet point)
  • Preride BG: 223
  • Ride Temporary Basal: 35%
  • Postride BG: 189
  • Postride Snack: 1 Banana
  • Postride Insulin: 1 Unit

In my experience, mountain biking is more of an aerobic activity than anaerobic, meaning you burn off a bit more sugar than say lifting weights. With this in mind, I try to enter with a blood sugar above 150, especially if I’m riding more than an hour. Today’s blood sugar was a bit higher than I wanted, but I avoided correctly, mainly to prevent any active insulin behind onboard (the jumping off the BG cliff effect).

Share your own strategies below! And HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Former co-founder of DiabetesDailyGrind, Ryan's mission is to motivate others with diabetes to live their own authentic life. Most days, when not in the hospital during his medical residency, you can find him on the bike, surfboard, or yoga mat. He believes in the power of clean eating, and loves his Dexcom.

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