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[IP] Re: exercise and the pump

I'd like to add to Deanna's great advice.  I am also very active (triathlon,
marathon, mtn bike, ski, snowboard, hike... you name it).  For intense
activities (running, swimming, biking) over 45 minutes:  an hour before, I
reduce my temp basal rate by 90% (I'm getting 10% of the usual basal) and
eat 30-45g of carbs.  I'm good for 1:30 to 2:00.  For longer
activities/training, I'll eat 15-30g of carbs every 1-1:30 thereafter.

For races and other active events, I use a pair of lycra or cycling shorts
that I've sewn a little pocket on the inside.  I got the idea from the "key"
or "credit card pocket" that comes sewn into some pairs of running/cycling
shorts.  It's great because the pump stays in one place and it's comfy.  If
I do a triathlon/swim, I'll wear the shorts by themselves.  If I'm lifting
or playing football, I'll wear a looser pair of shorts over the tight ones.

I hope this helps.

dxed IDDM 2/90, pumping since 8/00, 1st triathlon 7/98

-----Original Message-----
From: email @ redacted
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Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2002 11:53 AM
To: email @ redacted
Subject: [IP] Re: exercise and the pump

Since I started on the pump at the beginning of this year, my main exercise
activity has been running since I've been training for a marathon. Although,
hiking, walking, swimming and surfing are faves as well.
My CDE also suggested temp basal rates as superior to detaching. I have
found, however, that temp basal rates work well for my long training runs
that last between two and five hours. I reduce my basal rate by 40 percent
starting one hour before the activity and for twice the length of time of
activity, i.e. six-hour temp basal for three-hour run. For shorter runs, I
find detaching and eating carbs works better. I tried temp basals for
workouts but as I got more conditioned, this would result in lows no matter
what. I find I do have to have some carbs even when detaching because of the
intesity of the running.
As for where to wear the pump if you do have it attached during workouts, I
put in in the middle of my chest underneath my sports bra. Because the bra
so tight, it is held very securely and comfortably there. I am
but I have a large-chested friend who does the same thing and it works fine.
Good luck,
dxed IDDM 9/92, pumping since 1/02

In a message dated 6/4/02 6:20:53 PM, email @ redacted writes:

<< my pump trainer suggested that i
reduce my basal rate and keep the pump on while I exercise, but i don't know
how comfortable I am doing this during intense exercise (such as kickboxing
or circuit training.) please let me know what some of your experiences have
been... my fear is that if i keep the pump on while i workout, even at a
reduced basal rate, my sugar will go low-- as it often did when i was on
MDI. i also don't imagine it would be too comfortable to keep the pump
clipped on to me as i'm jumping around, any suggestions on where to wear it
if i do keep it attached? >>
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