My swim tonight was seriously the best swim I have had in YEARS!
Well, not blood sugar wise. I tested at 8.0 (144) at 5:45 and had a bit of IOB from a 3:15 correction of a 12.0 (216). I set a two-hour temporary basal of -30%. At around 6:15 I ate a 12g fruit leather with no bolus. But when I was at the bus stop at 6:45 I was 2.7 (49). So I ate 12g of glucose tablets. At 7:00 I was at the pool and was 5.8 (104).
I swam 1 km again which again took about half an hour. I used my inhaler about 15 minutes before swimming. And it made a huge, huge, HUGE difference!!! I did not have to stop at ALL to catch my breath. I have not had a swim that easy in years. In fact, I’m wondering if I never really “outgrew” asthma at all, and just assumed it was normal to be out of breath while swimming. I’ve never been able to jog, especially in cold weather, without getting wheezy, but other than that I’ve only done lighter exercise on recumbent bikes and ellipticals. With swimming I’ve always had to stop at the end of each 25 m to stand or tread water and catch my breath for a bit before continuing. Tonight I barely stopped at all, and when I did it was mostly because I kept hitting slower swimmers in front of me. It was amazing! Such a HUGE contrast to two days ago when I could barely finish each length and felt dizzy by the end of my swim.
After swimming I tested at 7:55 and my blood sugar was 2.6 (47). I had zero symptoms other than I felt a bit unsteady walking to the change rooms. I ate two glucose tablets. It took me an hour to get home due to the bus schedule (it’s a 10 minute bus ride). When I got home I tested at 9:00 and was 4.7 (85).
Now I’m having some eggs and toast and cheese for dinner, because I feel like breakfast food. I’m going to reduce my basal rate tonight and will have to be very careful about lows.
I am looking so forward to Friday, when I’ll swim again. I might try going for 1.5 or even 2 km, if I feel as good as I did today! I looked forward to swimming all day today, and if tonight was any indication, next time should be even better.