Back to it!

Having been in a bit of training limbo post Ironman Melbourne in March and just returning from three weeks holiday overseas I’m excited to get back to some structured training. Exactly like managing my diabetes, structure, routine and consistency are so important and I find that when I get things in place everything is easier.

First week back. A plan works well for both training and diabetes management.

First week back. A plan works well for both training and diabetes management.

I’m working with a coach through the TrainingPeaks application and this is working really well for me at the moment. Adjusting my diabetes control after returning from holidays and also increasing my training load has been the usual challenge. I’m having to adjust my Basal rates each day to accommodate early morning and evening training and it’s taken me a whole week to get this close to being right. I suspect that the time-zone adjustment hasn’t helped but by recording my BSL patterns and making small adjustments each day to my insulin rates my levels are close to where I need them to be to train.

As a note, I am trying to achieve the following levels prior to training.

  • BSL of around 7.0-8.0mmol/L for swimming with 50% temp Basal
  • BSL of 5.0-6.0mmol/L for cycling with no temp Basal in morning & 50% temp Basal in evening
  • BSL of 7.0-8.0mmol/L for running with 50% temp Basal

Love the challenges of training. Get frustrated by the challenges of achieving BSL. That’s the life of a athlete with Type 1.

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