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Old 06-18-19, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by bikebreak View Post
You never told us your diet that is controlling your diabetes, is it low or no carb?
My diet is low simple carbs. I eat most vegetables at will, but very limited sweet fruit. My lunch today consisted of a turkey wrap on multigrain with a small bag of chips (13 total carbs). I typically unwrap these, eliminate the excess tortilla & then rewrap. My dinner for tonight will be italian sausage with peppers & onions (no roll) and a side salad (hold the croutons).

After my commute home, I plan on hitting the mountain bike for a 17 mile ride with 1,300 feet of climbing in the first 4 miles. I'm going to eat a banana / apple sauce packet about 20 minutes before the ride to see what that does for me.

I refuse to go 0 carb. IMHO, 0 carb type diets are temporary & unsustainable diets. Temporary diets always lead to bad things. IMO, a diet is a lifestyle that must be able to be maintained.

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Old 06-18-19, 02:03 PM
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Yeah, that sounds good for diabetes, not for ketosis. You're burning carbs, and when your riding hard you need more. Try adding a little bit of carbs on the bike (eat during the ride) and see if you can hit the hills harder. Since your muscles are pulling the sugar out of your blood, it should not effect your diabetes control. Test your blood sugar pre and post, see what happens.

I imagine you're tracking your speed with GPS, if you use Strava or the like you may see faster times on hill segments with some carbs on board
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I tracked my ride last night with strava. Come to find out, the initial elevation change is about 700 feet in 4 miles. Regardless, after eating an apple sauce packet 20 minutes prior to the ride, I made it to the top without a break. I was just starting to run out of steam when I got there. In the past this ride would have required at least 2 quick breaks. I can also confirm that when I did run out of steam, it seemed to hit harder than normal. I would love to think that this is somewhat psychosomatic, but making it to the top of the climb without a couple of breaks is a significant milestone for me.

Please keep in mind that about 50% of this ride is dirt roads and I did this ride on a 29+ mtb.



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