Salt Lake City.
Driving to St. George.
Sunset in St. George.
The riders: Matt S., David, Kim, Matt V., and Pete.
Starting the ride on the AZ border.
Kim taking a breather.
Matt V having a great time (before my shifter broke).
David checking his BG.
Departing Enterprise, UT.
The rolling hills to Cedar City.
S Border (pre-ride), 0 mi
Cedar City, 77.9 mi
West Valley City, 68.0
Northern Border, 63.1
South Tow Center, 15.0
Border (St. George) to Cedar City
98 miles, 6160 ft elevation gain
has begun. Saturday at 8:30 am, Kim, Pete, Matt S., David, and I
started the Border to Border Against Diabetes ride across Utah.
I was told that Saturday's distance would be 77 miles from St. George
to Cedar City. The production company and camera crew decided that
the original route wasn't "scenic" enough, so they mapped
out a new 95 mile route. I wasn't too comfortable starting the 7
day adventure with a century ride. Oh well, I guess it's only an
hour more, right?
After some group
riding footage on the Arizona border, we finally took off for Cedar
City. The camera crew was right, the scenery was beautiful. We started
riding through the desert filled with bright red mesas. About an
hour into the ride, I noticed a problem with my rear gear shifter
it stopped working! I waved the mechanic over and he determined
that I needed a new shifter, but he didn't have one. I had two choices:
1) Stop riding and jump in the SAG car or 2) Ride with two gears.
For the next 30 miles of mostly uphill riding, I rode with two gears.
We called Kim's wife to pick up a new shifter in Cedar City.
Having two gears
wasn't too bad in the hills. Things were actually a lot simpler.
On the uphill I shifted to my easy gear, and on the downhill I shifted
to my hard gear. We came out of the hills in the small town of Enterprise.
We had 30 miles of flat riding and my hard gear wasn't quite hard
enough. I could only pedal until I reached 20 mph. After that, Kim
said, "You look like a hamster spinning it's wheel." Just
then, Joe Bingham (owner of Bingham's Cyclery) rolled up, popped
me in a higher gear with an allen wrench, which increased my max
speed to 30 mph. Goodbye hamster legs! For the rest of the ride,
Joe continually checked on me to see if I needed another manual
gear change. He was the best.
After some endless
rolling hills, there it was
Cedar City sitting in the valley
below. The Hampton Inn generously donated 4 rooms to our group.
Derek, the camera guy, arranged for a masseus to meet us at the
hotel. That was probably the best massage ever. The team met for
dinner and discussed tomorrow's not so grueling 65 mile route to
Milford. After dinner, Joe Bingham rolled my bike into my room,
complete with a shiny new shifter. "Let's see what you can
do with 18 gears instead of just 2."
Overall, I feel
pretty good. Don't get me wrong, I'm very tired. I think after a
good night's sleep, I'll be ready to tackle Sunday's 65 miles.
BG, Carbs, Etc
I woke up with
a 247 blood sugar. I think I was nervous about the new 95 mile route.
For breakfast I ate 90 gm of carbohydrate, but only bloused enough
insulin to cover half. At breakfast, I reduced my basal rate to
20% of my normal daytime basal. Throughout the ride I checked my
BG about every hour. The numbers ranged from 105 to 200. I ate 15
to 30 gm of carbs (Clif Bars, Gatorade, Clif Shots) every 45 minutes,
but I didn't bolus for them. For lunch, I ate a bagel sandwich and
a granola bar, and bloused for half of the carbs. After the ride,
my BG was 65
yikes! So, I drank some Gatorade, ate a protein
bar and some cookies (90 gm of carbs) and bloused for a third of
Daily Numbers, Freestyle CoPilot.