tl;dr newly diagnosed and looking to keep doing my sports and hobbies!!!
long version: before my husband died in 2021 (the air force widowed me young), my husband and i were a 2-person high altitude technical climbing and ski mountaineering team. after he died, i sort of switched sports and became a middle distance runner (10k and half marathon), recreational trail runner hiker and backpacker, and in the winter i still ski (in the resort as well as backcountry touring: i try to summit and ski at least one volcano a year, this is always health- and snow conditions-dependent though!). in summer time i cross train by swimming at the community pool or in local lakes, and keep a standard rotation of basic lifts/core work in there 3 days a week year-round.
most of these sports require an hour (or many hours) of sustained activity, sometimes far from civilization or medical support. i find it pretty easy to manage training sessions in the gym, but i frequently find that i struggle to hit that “sweet spot” so that i don’t run myself right out of range. i do wear a cgm, and when running outside (mostly local trails, i live in the cascade foothills) i go alone with my alert-dog-in-training (no human training partner right now).
any pro tips on:
- pre-activity snacks and timing? what do you eat and how far in advance?
- during activity fuel: what do you use? do you fuel at set intervals or in response to cgm alerts?
- post: how quickly and what do you do after?
- what do you carry for emergencies on long runs?
- do you do anything special on race day to ensure your blood sugar doesn’t tank your time?
obviously i understand all of these shift with duration and intensity of activity so i guess i’m asking generally not super specific.
another one: do you have a target starting range for your sugar before you toe the line? where do you like to be at the beginning?
backpacking: oh lordy how do you manage backpacking food?!!! it’s usually all carbs!! help
thanks all in advance, as you all know this is a LOT to (ha!) get up to speed on. i’m just eager to get a better handle on managing my diabetes for my lifestyle!!!