Getting in touch with your feelings

I am sure we all have downer days where we have to deal with crap, diabetics just deal with that same crap everyday…but I am not posting to talk about hormonal and sooky la la feelings, I am talking about your body communicating with you during cycling. From the moment I get up in the morning to prepare for a ride my body is feeding me information that is critical for me to decipher in order for my ride to be enjoyable and successful (and stay upright). Testing blood sugar levels constantly is very important for control, but I have tried testing my blood sugars during a ride however its kinda difficult holding 3 different objects (tester, finger stabber and testing strip) as well as controlling the bike at 30kph, never ends well for anyone…haha So like I said you gotta read what your body is telling you, even at this moment whilst I am typing I am getting feedback that my blood sugar is going high (bad acetone smell, sore calves, sick feeling and aching muscles) which means I obviously didn’t work as hard as I though on my ride today and should not have had that extra sip of watered down orange juice towards the end of the ride…or maybe my insulin pump has an air bubble in the line…or maybe the tiny 13mm cannula under my skin has a bend in it…or maybe its just some chemical reaction in my body…either way I feel like crap at the moment 😦 I have managed to decipher common feelings during my rides now, like when my legs suddenly don’t want to work any more and it feels like I have a puncture in my legs leaking energy everywhere, generally that means my blood sugar has dropped too low for my body to function properly…time for that juice and some carbs, but not too much cause then I will go too high in half an hour and feel like crap again… The not so crazy feelings in between have been identified over time from lots of training and testing. So my advice to T1D to make your training and life easier, is to get in touch with your feelings…