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Trying out a new product today, I took out the mountain bike, and went for a very hot ride. For as many months that I wished for the snow to end, how can one person be so hypocritical and grumble about the tropical heat and humidity? Riding in the heat zaps your energy. My cadence and speed were not affected, but my energy reserves were, so to speak…

After slogging around for a while, I led myself out of the woods taking a cut off that would remove about four or five miles from the ride; unfortunately there were four miles left… Four long miles… Something was coming over me, and I knew that I didn’t want to ride, but had to get home; it was a real catch-22. My blood sugar was low; it took me a while to figure it out, but once I figured it out it all made sense. I’ve had diabetes nearly all my life, so this was not a foreign thing, but rarely does it happen mid-ride.

Cutting the ride short was not enough. I should have brought food with me, but I wasn’t expecting to be very far, or out as long as I was. Bad move on my part…  Making my way home was quite awkward, my blood sugar was so low I could not pedal correctly at all. My left leg kept wanting to turn out in the style seen when taking a wild hairpin downhill turn, and the right leg wanted to jam the pedal all the way down, then stop. I think I was swaying my body, wiggling the bike around, but I cannot honestly remember. I was delirious, but knew the consequences of not making it home would be worse than how I felt right there; and would not end well. I don’t think I would have died if I would have stopped right there and walked, or attempted to compose myself, but I didn’t want to risk it.

By the time I got home, my blood sugar registered 34mg/dl… I’m sure if I would have taken a half hour more to get home, I would be convulsing in someone’s yard in a coma…

So what was the lesson I learned from this all?

Bring a snack or cell phone, or something with you if going out for a ride… you never know what will happen…

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