being flexible and not afraid of changes is key to manage type 1 diabetes well
The one thing I have learnt about my Diabetes over the past 26 years of living with it is that being flexible and not afraid of making gradual changes is key to manage it well. A great example and reminder of that was my week of cycling in the stunning Pyrenees as part of a training camp.
With no experience of cycling in the real mountains, I had no idea what to expect both from my legs and also from my blood sugar (how would it behave?).
Over the past two years I have gained considerable experience in managing blood sugar levels on the bike up to 6 or 7 hours but yet the training camp in the Pyrenees was a very different challenge: Whilst I pursued the same strategy of reducing my insulin basal rate to 50% from up to one hour before heading out on the bike and applying a similar nutrition strategy that I knew would work for long endurance sessions on the bike, I had to make considerable adjustments from the minute I reached the top of the mountain and taking a break or when going on the long downhill descents.
Plan B needed
So, by adjusting to my race breakfast mainly in form of protein, I was able to stop hypos from the breakfast bolus.