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General Discussion / Re: southern tier
« Last post by RussSeaton on September 15, 2016, 03:37:10 pm »
I'm on a medtonic pump with Novalog.  My normal pattern with a long ride is to bolus covering my meal, then after an hour of riding, turn the pump off.  I do not use a CGM because of constant false readings when riding.   CGMs don't work well with exercise -- interstitial levels don't match well with blood glucose when levels are changing rapidly.  I have learned to check manually frequently and I have pretty good awareness.  I know this is important and dangerous so I pay attention.

On the Medtronic MiniMed 530G myself.  Using the built in CGMS with it.  Can't speak to the not working with exercise comment.  But during exercise is not really when its important to have CGMS.  When riding I am very alert and aware of everything.  So know when the glucose is low.  Usually not a concern when riding.  It can be but not usually.  Its at night and when not riding that is the problem.  Exercise can and does have the effect of reducing glucose levels long after the exercise has stopped.  Particularly during the night after exercise.  That is when the CGMS would be very helpful.

With just the 2 week unsupported section in the middle you should not have too many troubles with supplies.
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General Discussion / Re: southern tier
« Last post by staehpj1 on September 15, 2016, 11:13:18 am »
I really appreciate your comments.  YMMV? I could do the last bit by myself..I'll think about it...
YMMV = Your mileage may vary
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General Discussion / Re: southern tier
« Last post by hip on September 15, 2016, 10:43:10 am »
I really appreciate your comments.  YMMV? I could do the last bit by myself..I'll think about it...
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General Discussion / Re: One piece earphone while riding
« Last post by jamawani on September 15, 2016, 09:59:26 am »
How can the gods hear you cursing the wind --
if you have the music turned up high?
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General Discussion / Re: southern tier
« Last post by staehpj1 on September 15, 2016, 09:44:35 am »
My daughter be supporting me for the first 3 weeks, and my wife for the last  3.  Its up to me to get from one to the other and I have only 8 weeks before I have to be back at work.  If I don't finish, then I  won't.  Might have to go back and finish some time later in the year, but I don't  want to start with that attitude.
My biggest concern for you was avoiding a medical emergency alone on the more remote sections that are lacking in services.  Having someone along for the first three weeks might get you past the worst of that though.  Of course it depends on your pace, but I didn't start out super fit at the start and hit San Antonio on day 21, so that may work out well for you.

Also the route starts out fairly hard and has some fairly tough sections, but on average I found it a route conducive to averaging a high daily mileage.  I wound up doing way more 80, 90, and 100+ mile days than I usually do, so it might not be out of the question to finish in six weeks removing your need to go with no sag.  If not, can you possibly have your wife sag for the first three weeks, your daughter for the second three weeks, and have no sag for the remainder?  Or are you depending on your daughter for a ride home?

Finishing in eight weeks should be fairly easy if your daily pace is reasonable and you do not take a bunch of zero mile days and 6 weeks isn't out of the question.  You only need to average 54 mile days to finish in 8 weeks and I personally would not ride this route if I didn't think I could manage that.  The route, in my opinion is one where you want to be cranking out miles.  There just isn't much in the way of distractions and services are widely space at times, so it just isn't the type of route where I would be likely to dilly dally much.  Of course YMMV.
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General Discussion / Re: southern tier
« Last post by hip on September 15, 2016, 08:35:30 am »
Yes, I'm on a medtonic pump with Novalog.  My normal pattern with a long ride is to bolus covering my meal, then after an hour of riding, turn the pump off.  I do not use a CGM because of constant false  readings when riding.   CGMs don't work well with exercise -- interstitial levels don't match well with blood glucose when levels are changing rapidly.  I have learned to check manually frequently and I have pretty good awareness.  I know this is important and dangerous so I pay attention.

My daughter be supporting me for the first 3 weeks, and my wife for the last  3.  Its up to me to get from one to the other and I have only 8 weeks before I have to be back at work.  If I don't finish, then I  won't.  Might have to go back and finish some time later in the year, but I don't  want to start with that attitude.
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General Discussion / Re: One piece earphone while riding
« Last post by staehpj1 on September 15, 2016, 08:16:31 am »
I do not often wear earbuds while riding, but will say that I have not found them to block my hearing much if the volume isn't cranked too high.  My rule of thumb is that if I can't hear the tires of passing cars well before they reach me on a low traffic road I wouldn't take the chance or would look for different ear buds.  I have worn them for many hours of trail running and always found that I could hear a faster runner approaching quietly behind me.

Most of the time I just play music in my head or even sing out loud when on tour if I want music, but there have been times when an audio book was a nice thing.  Crossing the emptiness of West Texas or Kansas I think that sometimes listening to something actually kept me more awake and alert.

People tend to have pretty strong opinions on this topic.  I do not other than to say that if it makes you oblivious to your surroundings you shouldn't do it.  If you are still alert and can hear cars approaching from behind I wouldn't consider it a bad thing.
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General Discussion / Re: One piece earphone while riding
« Last post by briwasson on September 15, 2016, 08:10:53 am »
Some people use those tiny Bluetooth external speakers while biking.
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General Discussion / Re: One piece earphone while riding
« Last post by John Nelson on September 15, 2016, 12:07:34 am »
Whether or not it's safe to ride with music is a debate that goes on forever and has no answer.
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