I planned to go out for a spin on Saturday afternoon.
I am not convinced it was a great idea as I had been out on Friday night and enjoyed some nice wine and food to help my dad celebrate his 70th birthday. I was also due to go out socially Saturday night so I was between rock and a hard place as to what day to pick for my bi weekly bike only training session.
I had been to yet another cycle shop on Saturday morning and saw all the expert cycling fraternity all getting in their new sprockets and sockets etc. I am far from being in their league or club yet.
I went to look for a suitable water bottle, cage and also a small compact saddle bag. You would not believe the complexity in just picking a suitable water bottle to match a suitable cage. Some did not fit well into particular cages etc and the price differences of a bottle ranged from £4 up to £20 and to me being a basic pretend cyclist (AKA Road Lice) they are just water bottles. No doubt some of you semi pro riders will be able to enlighten me as to the difference but I am lost.
So I found a suitable bottle and cage after 10 minutes of deliberations. moving on to the bag that was quite easy. I wanted something I could put my insulin in and very lightweight waterproof and a £10 note. You never know when £10 may become useful to bribe someone on your travels.
I managed to find a little saddle bag and you can hardly see it and it weighed very little in the grand scheme of things.
On the way out I saw some glucose only powder and I took a look and thought this would be perfect for my constant uptake of carbs, my diabetic nurse said “keep sipping glucose”. I went to the counter carrying this tub of powder and I felt I was about to turn into a protein wielding power lifter.
That was that and off home I went to get my kit on and mix the glucose drink in to my new 1 litre bottle.
Thinking about what route to do today and I decided I would travel north to Stocksbridge. Stocksbridge is best described as the last largest town out of Sheffield before the road splits to Manchester and Huddersfield. It has been a steel town for many years and all the works are in the bottom of a steep valley of where the little Don flows. I assume it was built like this to use the river water. The majority of these have now gone and a new out-of-town shopping centre called “Fox Valley” named after Samuel Fox who founded a large steel works on the site has been built.
Just before setting off I checked my blood sugars and was riding around 9 and thought perfect, not to low and not too high. Off I went through Sheffield City centre and made my way towards Hillsborough passing Sheffield Wednesday who were about to kick off at Fulham (Wednesday won 1-0 in the end).
I continued checking my glucose levels and all was stable and I had started sipping my glucose drink after a couple of miles, after around 12 miles my legs started tiring so I checked again and I could I started to drop and got a vertical downwards arrow (means it’s dropping quickly) by this time I started to drink the glucose drink and finished it off only half way round. This trend continued so I called in at a petrol station to fuel up with my emergency £10 and bought 2 x 500mm bottles of still Lucozade and some verbal type bars which have starchy carbs in them for the more long-lasting effect.
I stopped for 15 minutes fully recovered and set back off, the only issue by the time I got home I had consumed 2 litres of fluid and things where sloshing around, which is never a good feeling ! I need to find fast and also sustainable carbs and not just fluid to re-fuel. Maybe time to go back to pasta of which I love but it makes a real mess of control due to the pasta carbs being slow to absorb v insulin so I end up low and then high overnight.
In the end I managed 26 miles on the road and average around 11 MPH in stop start traffic through Sheffield. So reaching my goal of 12 MPH is achievable.
My main objective is to try to get my diabetes controlled better, if I don’t completing this challenge is going to be extra difficult. Fortunately I go and see my diabetes expert in two weeks.