I wanted to share a few thoughts I had tonight while running, and I wanted to share the magic of a well-timed zero (or temp) basal.
One of the thoughts that made me laugh at myself a little bit tonight is that I realized what a novice I am in terms of pump usage. I have only used a pump for less than a year!
It was funny tonight to realize that I have less pump experience than many of the fine young people represented on this site - like Liam, Samson, and Cody! I am such a newbie!
I setup a zero basal for a while before my run. I tested my BG right before I started and it was 63. Just 6 months ago I would have taken some carbs before starting, despite the zero basal, and I would have ended up going high. But having played with this a while now, I have learned to trust that zero basal. I started at 63, had absolutely no carbs, before or during, and I ended at 96 (with tests of 75 and 74 during the run).
So the thoughts I had were:
For exercise, having no IOB and doing a well-timed length of zero or lower basal before and/or during lets the magic happen.
Everyone has their own recipe for exercise. Discover it. Test it. Adjust it. Refine it. Perfect it. And then trust in it.
I am still very new to the pump. I know there are others who have just recently started on it. It just takes time and experimentation. I want to encourage them to unlock their own personal formula.
To the endos and CDE’s who say that you need to be 150, or 180, or 200 before you start exercising, I say “wrong”. You can be whatever you want, if you have everything dialed in correctly.
That’s all. I sometimes think “silly” things when running.