Hard Workout….or a bad day with Diabetes

tired_runner1Despite good intentions, celebrating new years and getting back to work in one week was tough.  The combination of early mornings, a cold bike commute, long overtime work hours due to full-on busy time and trying to do my scheduled workouts were all just too much.  My planned workouts for the first week of the year did not happen.  I am usually pretty good at forcing myself to get my workout in but I gave myself a break.

When Saturday morning arrived I was ready to get rid of some work tension and get out and do what I love best.

I woke up with a relatively high blood sugar (mid-200’s) had my typical pre-workout breakfast of low carb wheat bread with almond butter and a banana.  It is always a tricky thing bolusing for breakfast and a high blood sugar, especially when the planned workout is only an hour away.  I bolused about 50% and didn’t reduce my basil.  I had some clif shotblocks http://www.clifbar.com/food/products_shot_bloks/  with me just in case.  The plan was to ride for 2 hours

Right from the start, I didn’t feel the best, probably from the high blood sugar but it felt good to be there at the gym ready for a workout.  I hopped on my bike and started riding hooked up to the computrainer then after about 30 minutes we started the prescribed intensity workout 4×4 minute block at 110% of threshold (my 20 minute watts sustained on bike), 3×3 minute block at 120%, 2×2 minute block at 130% and 2×1 minute block at 140% with the same amount of rest in between each interval and believe me each minute of that rest was needed.    The intent of these types of workouts is to eventually increase your wattage/power on the bike and make you stronger. I got through the first 3 blocks of 4 minutes and I thought I was going to throw up (sorry for the bad visual).  It was so hard.  I got off my bike at the rest period to test my sugar.  I honestly thought maybe I was really high.  That is how bad I felt.  I tested at 180, so not too bad but I may have still been suffering from an all-night high.  I hopped back on and did the last of the 4 minute blocks.    For the first time in a while I thought I was not going to be able to continue to the end of the workout.  My heart rate was through the roof.  I ended up lowering my wattage for the last half.  I was either having a really bad day or was feeling the effects of taking time off and poor diet during the holidays. How do you tell and what do you do?  To see what i do read on here: http://www.diabetesdaily.com/voices/2013/01/hard-workout-or-a-bad-day-of-diabetes/

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About Gillian

I am a type 1 diabetic diagnosed at the age of 30. I run marathons, participate in bike races , ironman triathlons and everything in between. I also started a not for profit called YOUglycemia with a team of 3 other type 1 diabetics where our focus is active diabetes management.
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