Insulin Factor departs at 7:00am.
The sun comes out in Napa Valley.
Tour de Cure supporter.
Napa Tour de Cure
Overall, Dexcom and I had a great time at the 100 mile Napa
Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association. I signed
up for the ride in January and had the best intentions to
put in some serious miles on the bike before the Tour. However,
thanks to a increased work load and the record level rain
in March and April, I didn't spend much time on the bike.
"Oh well, how hard could 100 miles be?" I thought
to myself, "I've ridden the distance before, so I'll
a chilly and foggy at 6:30am before I started the ride on
Sunday morning. I wore my layered cool weather gear, knowing
it would eventually get hot once the sun came out. I packed
plenty of Clif Bars, Clif Shots, and glucose tabs to fuel
my BG and body throughout the 100 mile ride. I was excited
that my new friend Dexcom was joining me for our first long-distance
ride together. I put Dexcom and my meter in a special bike
Velcro case, called a "Bento Box," where the headset
meets the top tube. This way, I could look at my Dexcom easily
the first 30 miles by myself, at a nice moderate pace (18
to 21 mph). At the first rest stop, an Ultra fingerstick read
167 and Dexcom read 172
pretty close. I had come down
pretty significantly since I started the ride. I ate a Clif
Shot every 30-45 minutes and continually sipped a bottle of
water or Gatorade. I periodically checked my Dexcom, just
to see my BG levels.
miles after the first rest stop, I spotted a fast moving group
of cyclists in a pace-line. I jumped on the tail of the line
and thanks to aerodynamics, was now speeding along at 23 to
28 mph! They were a Bay Area semi-pro cycling club and welcomed
any rider who could keep up with the group. It was starting
to get hot so I took off my vest and arm warmers while riding
in the pace-line. We all took turns at the lead, deflecting
wind for the rest of the group (similar to how a flock of
geese flies). At the next two rest stops, Ultra fingerstick
tests and Dexcom readings were both around 110.
70, my lack of base training caught up to me and I started
to slow down. My BG levels were fine, but my quads started
cramping, which meant I was probably low on electrolytes (salt).
The group nicely offered to ride at a slower pace, but I told
them to go ahead without me. The cramping continually got
worse and I was in desperate need of electrolytes. Unfortunately,
the next few rest stops weren't properly supplied and run
out of sports drink (full of electrolytes) early in the morning.
At one point, I stopped at a winery, hoping to find Gatorade
or even a giant salt shaker. Both my legs cramped up and a
woman ran up to me asking if I was okay. A little embarrassed,
I told her about my dilemma. Luckily, she and her boyfriend
had just finished a triathlon and offered their extra supplies.
I ate a few GU's and drank a quart of Odwalla Tangerine juice.
After sharing a few triathlon stories, I felt as good as new.
I thanked both of them and continued to ride.
10 miles were a little windy, but fairly easy. I finished
the ride feeling a little stiff and tired, but overall it
was a great experience. After stretching and drinking two
bottles of Gatorade, I looked at the Dexcom 9 hour graph.
It showed that during the 100 mile ride my BG's stayed between
90 and 160. What a great ride!
not work for nor am I compensated by Dexcom in any way. I'm
writing this story because I think continuous glucose technology
is interesting and exciting. Also, I am not a health care
professional and do not give medical advice. I will share
my experiences, but please check with your health care team
before making any changes to your diabetes or health management.