So, adventures with skiing at altitude continue…
The first time I did this mountain I got moderate altitude sickness and basically just wet the bed…metaphorically. It was the worst.
This time was much better. I started high altitude medications when I left to drive cross country. Blood sugars stayed remarkably controlled, but I believe that is because I still had mild altitude sickness and was skiing like a toddler. (Better than last time, when I was skiing more at the level of a crying infant.) I don’t think there was tremendous impact on my sugars from exercise.
Got high blood sugar from high carb diet (and not enough insulin for Mexican food) the night before skiing, which I’m sure dehydrated me and didn’t help. But, the 2nd day was much better than the first, although I was not yet adapted.
It was strange because I would feel really weak and dizzy and cranky from not getting enough O2. Naturally, I assumed it was BG. But, my CGM read 110, so I knew it was altitude.
I’m gonna try and work my way up to skiing like a small child, instead of a toddler next time. Would anybody expect any strange BG effects as I increase energy output? The low blood sugar that I got felt particularly severe. I’m kinda nervous about what happens when I feel like I have low BG all the time because of the altitude and then add actual low BG on top of that.
I think I’m getting close to being able to ski with a more normal energy output. Need several extra days of skiing at a slightly lower altitude. Probably shouldn’t be sleeping as high as I am. Experience is everything, it seems.