Sentimental Diabetic Drivel... Documenting life of a T1 athlete
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
What's a diabetic to do?...
...When you prepare yourself in advance for a work out, with low temp basals and food/insulin intake? Then the weather turns nasty right in the nick of time? Yesterday afternoon I did my usual. I set my temp basal low, I took less insulin for lunch and I had a Lara bar right before leaving work. I was planning to take on the stairs. I stepped outside from work and low and behold it had JUST started to rain. I didn't think TOO much about it and started on my stair climbing. By rep #2 it was raining pretty hard. I continued my workout in the pouring rain. It's mid November here. It was cold, wet, dark and downright miserable! By the time the rain had soaked me to the skin I called it quits. I knew two more reps were going to leave me with that "chilled-to-the-bone-unable-to-warm-up-for-the-rest-of-the-night" feeling. There was one somewhat bonus to this, that being that there was not a single person working out on the stairs. I mean, by the time I squished back to my car holding my breath each time I felt my now very cold wet clothes press up against my skin, I knew why. The only people I saw were a few folks that use the stairs for commuting. I saw this one teenager slip and fall right in front of me. Yeah no kidding. Slippery wet metal grate stairs covered in wet leaves. Not to mention how many times I got slapped in the face by falling soggy leaves. I climbed, I conquered, I'm never doing that again.
I don't think I would've done that if I hadn't put so much preparation into the D monster. But what's a diabetic to do? Sure I'm grateful for my gym membership (though I dislike the gym very much) and I could have gone there to burn off the excess glucose that was then running through my system. The other option I suppose is to take a bunch of insulin to counteract the low temp basal. That's a pain in the ass as well as how would you even guess at how much to take?
Has anyone else run into this problem? When the weather takes a shit on your exercise plans what do you do?