I've admitted that I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed. I mean sometimes I totally fuck up. And sometimes I rise in a state of emergency. Last night was spin class. I usually get to the gym an hour and a half before class and do my bland routine of weights and exercises before hitting the treadmill on a moderate incline for almost an hour.
Spin class is at 6 and my temp basal should be up and running at 4:30. Not last night. I was trotting away on the treadmill when I looked at the clock. I had about 30 minutes to finish up and get ready for spin. At that exact moment the word "SHIT" came out of my mouth before I even noticed! You know one of THOSE moments. I forgot to set my TBR at 4:30! A quick check on my meter had me at 4.7 mmol/l (85 mg/dl). Ah man!! I was almost certain at this point I would have to call it quits.
Here's what I did. I immediately turned my TBR down to 0%. I went to my locker grabbed a box of raisins out of my bag (the big box). Totalling about 30g carbs and inhaled them. I meandered to my bike slowly getting ready and being aware I might be leaving. About 15 minutes later (and 5 minutes to class start) my BG was now down to 4.0 mmol/l (72 mg/dl). I didn't know if the raisins would kick in fast enough and there is literally no warming up at the start of spin class. I ran back to my locker and hoovered down 2 packages of rockets, chugged a whackload of water and went back to my bike.
It WORKED! I took it easy for the first 5-10 minutes and a BG check proved it was coming up. At that point I went into full spin'n'sweat mode with confidence. My BG's rose steadily through class and I finished with a 7.2 mmol/l (130 mg/dl). My TBR of 0% was set to go back to normal half-way through class. I rode the evening out fine and dandy.
SO.... I found another way to manage an emergency situation. Well it wasn't really an emergency but for someone who loves spin class as much as me - I'd say it was a tight situation!
As well, it's another method I can use in the future if I don't have enough time to prepare. The wolfing down food pre-workout kind of sucks but this time it was because I was on the edge of hypo-ing from the exercise I had already been doing for an hour.