Climbed: 5155

Injected: Lantus 6/6 but I have increased my humalog to 5-6 units per meal since my sugar has been a little higher. 

So it turns out that packing for a road trip can be complicated…and takes more time than I always seem to think before I get down to it. Friday night I chose to eat pizza for dinner knowing that it would likely cause my blood sugar to spike, and keep me up later correcting it. Sure enough, a few hours after eating my sugar was 280 and I wound up having to stay up til 5 am getting leveled out and back down to 88.

This translated into a later start, dragging ass the next day, less energy, and a bit of a depressed feeling–all of which contributed to waylaying our transition into Joshua Tree National Park. I want to point out that the effects that I just mentioned were caused by a choice that I made, that I was aware of. Diabetes didn’t do anything to me. I chose to prioritize unhealthy food over my performance and health. It happens–it throws a monkeywrench into the plans and you have to deal with it.

Solution? Well, think ahead. If you have to get up and climb and not be depressed and feel like ass, well, don’t eat greasy processed food that you know is going to have that effect. Managing diabetes is more about managing lifestyle than anything else. Blood glucose readings are just a barometer, giving you feedback on the quality of your input, generally speaking.

In any case, we decided to take the remainder of the weekend to finish packing, not rush anything and make sure we head out to Joshua Tree when we are firing on all cylinders–and today we did another “last run” at Mission Gorge here in San Diego–which was a good opportunity to rally. We did a few laps on the Orange Cube boulder which has a few fairly tall boulder problems (especially when you have no crash pad!) and I pulled it together to enough to send a 5.10 which was pretty greasy and thin–so while it was a short climb it was a good note to close things out on since it was a struggle physically and mentally-you don’t want to grease off the top of this boulder. I am always conscious of how it only takes one slip to put the kibosh on this project, so balancing risk and reward is a constant calculation in my mind.

To top things off we decided to play a little game of climbing a small slab in our sandals without using any hands. Its A LOT harder than it looks! It is really good training for balance and slab climbing which is much more delicate than power oriented.

Tomorrow…we leave. For real this time! 14 days in the bag. Still psyched.