Category Archives: Fodder for Techno-weenies

First Thoughts on the Dexcom G5

I’m coming up on the end of my first Dexcom G5 sensor, which is to say six days. (Yes, I’ll be trying to restart it and see how good zombie sensors can be.) So far I’m really pleased. It largely … Continue reading

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Reading Diabetes Data from Tidepool into MATLAB

Here’s what I did over the weekend with the help of my awesome coworker Kelly. Yup that’s (almost?) all of my diabetes data from Medtronic Carelink, which I uploaded to Tidepool. Yay!

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Spreadsheeting

A few weeks ago, Victoria asked me about “spreadsheeting.” I mentioned that I keep track of my triathlon details in Excel, and she wanted me to tell her about that workbook. Here goes. First the basics. Every triathlon I’ve done … Continue reading

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The Data Says, Don’t Overthink It

Monday night I sat down to plan out my off-season recovery season. Part of this is thinking about what I want to do between now and spring—a trail race or two, trekking in Patagonia, and another Knighthood quest, perhaps?—and what … Continue reading

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Back in the Black

Here’s a snapshot of the previous 25 weeks of Ironman training: All of this data comes from my Garmin, which has tracked (almost) all of my swims, bikes, runs, hikes, kayak paddling, strength workouts, and cross-country ski outings for the … Continue reading

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Heart Rate Training

Céline asked questions about heart rate training recently, and I started to answer them there. But my comment turned out to be longer than her post, so I decided to put it here instead. Here’s the low-down on heart rate … Continue reading

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More Power!

Hello, winter! You’ve finally arrived. Most years, it’s not long after Labor Day in September that I head down to the “love dungeon” to ride. I still try to get outside on the weekends, but most rides happen indoors now. … Continue reading

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MATLAB, HDF5, and Reference Datatypes

Editor’s note: This post, which has been sitting around for years (literally!) while I put the finishing touches on it, is for all of the techies out there. You know who you are. Everyone else, I’ll get back to the … Continue reading

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Fun with Tiny Computers

Every once in a while, I get a little geeky. Given my CareLink data hacking, this probably isn’t much of a surprise. Until recently, all my geekiness has been software-oriented. I never took any electronics or circuits classes as a … Continue reading

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Diabetes Exercise Physiology 200 – Energy Systems

There are only a few more posts from the notes of what I learned from TeamWILD. Today, we’ll go into the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems in a little more detail. I hope to do a whole post on the … Continue reading

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Diabetes Exercise Physiology 200 – Fueling

Today’s notes on the material TeamWILD’s Marcey Robinson presented covers fueling for performance and recovery. This is a tricky thing for me. I want to use these guidelines, but I find that my evening workouts need significantly more carbs than … Continue reading

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Diabetes Exercise Physiology 200 – Insulin

This is part two of what I learned from TeamWILD. If you’re over-insulinized, you’re BG might not be low and you might not have the same symptoms as hypoglycemia, but it can lead to rapid drops in blood glucose and … Continue reading

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Diabetes Exercise Physiology 200 – Review

This is part one of what I learned from TeamWILD. It occurred to me that it would be good to review “Diabetes Exercise Physiology 100″ before diving into the 200-level stuff. You might also want to look at my notes … Continue reading

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Diabetes Exercise Physiology 200 – Intro

A couple of years ago, Heather Leide, the awesome coach of the Pancremaniacs, convinced me to purchase a TeamWILD training plan as I prepared for my first 70.3 event. I was most interested in the “having someone tell me how … Continue reading

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How Glucose Works

I want to talk about glucose a bit. People with diabetes (and our caregivers) think about it all the time, but we’re usually just thinking about blood glucose. That makes sense, because that’s the part we’re most actively trying to … Continue reading

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