Sunday, February 12, 2012

Diabetes and training

As I've said many times; diabetes is definitely best managed with exercise. While I can't make my pancreas work, I can make my body work more efficiently. Obviously anyone can make their body work well but when your body is on manual transmission it's much easier to see the results (immediate gratification). 

On the road to Ironman I am learning more and more about my diabetes by questioning everything about the training/diabetes combination. Last year while training for a half-ironman I didn't look at the numbers as much, only slightly analyzing it. 

Diabetes is very personal but what I am learning about myself is the relationship between training stress and my basal rates. When in "low training" I have my normal basal ("base basal rate") and normal ratios. When at home for the holidays the basal is increased a certain percentage (eating a lot more and less exercise). While training at the level I am now my basal is decreased then decreased a percentage again the days following hard training (think long century ride). It's easy to set up on the Omnipod and to switch back and forth. 

All of this probably only makes sense to a few people (or maybe even only in my head). The moral of story is I'm figuring out more about how my diabetes works through endurance (aerobic) exercise which will only keep me healthy and pestering poor Jamie for a lifetime. 

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.


Video below from the ride today (72 miles). Honestly it's really just iPhone video during the half-way point around Camp Pendleton (north of San Diego) so Mom and Dad can be jealous of the great weather.

1 comment:

  1. I look forward to every second of that life time of pestering!!!