Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New Rider to Iron Butt Record-Holder in Three Years Flat



New Rider to Iron Butt Record-Holder in Three Years Flat

What did you do in your third year of riding motorcycles? Maybe that was when you stepped up to a bigger bike, or decided you were ready for that weeklong trip. Kate Johnston marked her third year on two wheels by riding coast to coast. And back. And it’s not the two coasts you think.
In July, Johnston became the first woman ever to complete one of the Iron Butt Association’s toughest North American rides, the Ultimate Coast to Coast to Coast Insanity, which requires the rider to go from Key West, Florida, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and back to Key West, all within 30 days.
That’s right. A little more than three years after she took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic RiderCourse and bought a Honda Rebel 250 beginner bike, Johnston, of Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, threw a leg over her 2013 BMW F 700 GS and didn’t get off until she put her name in the Iron Butt record books.
Johnston encountered rain for three of the four days she was on the Dalton Highway.
Johnston encountered rain for three of the four days she was on the Dalton Highway.
The numbers alone are impressive: rode 10,767 miles in 24 days for the CCC Insanity ride; saw rain approximately 20 of those 24 days; rode a total of 13,560 miles from home to home; felt temperatures ranging from 101 degrees in Tennessee to 40 degrees and snowing on the Dalton Highway, heading north to Deadhorse; used three sets of tires; and crashed one time, on a notorious section of the Dalton, but with no serious repercussions.
Just to add another twist to Johnston’s story, she is also diabetic. Not that her health issues slow her down, obviously, but it did mean she had to carry medical supplies, monitor her blood sugar levels and predict when she needed to adjust her insulin dosage due to the exertion of the long ride.
Of the many beautiful sights she saw, Johnston says this view of Destruction Bay in Canada on a perfect summer afternoon was the one that most stuck in her memory.
Of the many beautiful sights she saw, Johnston says this view of Destruction Bay in Canada on a perfect summer afternoon was the one that most stuck in her memory.
So what motivates a woman to go from rank newbie to Iron Butt record-setter in a little more than three years?
“When you really love something, you go into it no holds barred,” said Johnston, explaining her outlook. She did her first Iron Butt ride two years ago, and that only heightened her interest.
After an early scare, Johnston began eating bananas daily (banana chips in Alaska) to keep her potassium levels steady. So Mills arranged to have a man in a banana suit meet her at the finish line in Key West.
After an early scare, Johnston began eating bananas daily (banana chips in Alaska) to keep her potassium levels steady. So Mills arranged to have a man in a banana suit meet her at the finish line in Key West.
“You read and see all these people going on grand adventures,” Johnston explained. “I wanted to go on a great adventure, and this is kind of the ultimate adventure. It just happened that I was the first woman to do that, but that was like a little cherry on the cake.”
The IBA has already certified Johnston’s ride. In 2012, the entire Boge family—Michael, Anavel and their 7-year-old daughter, Laura—completed the CCC trip in a sidecar rig. That’s impressive enough. But Johnston, at age 35, is the first woman to do the CCC as a rider, not a passenger. Johnston rode most of her epic ride alone, and she was fine with that.
“I think everyone should take a trip by themselves at some point,” she said. “You get to know yourself when all the things that revolve around us in life disappear.”
For the final leg north on the Dalton Highway, however, she had company. Anthony Mills introduced Johnston to motorcycles when she began riding as a passenger with him, before quickly deciding to move to the front seat. Mills flew to Alaska and rented a motorcycle so she wouldn’t ride the Dalton alone.
The rain, grime and calcium chloride of the Dalton Highway chewed up her BMW’s chain in short order, forcing her to get an unscheduled replacement.
The rain, grime and calcium chloride of the Dalton Highway chewed up her BMW’s chain in short order, forcing her to get an unscheduled replacement.
They encountered rain three of their four days on the Dalton, with visibility sometimes measured in feet. They crossed Atigun Pass, the highest point on the Dalton, without knowing it, because fog obscured the roadside sign. The rain, dirt and calcium chloride used to treat the unpaved sections chewed up her chain, forcing her to seek a replacement.
This is what a BMW F 700 GS looks like after a rainy day on the Dalton Highway.
This is what a BMW F 700 GS looks like after a rainy day on the Dalton Highway.
But it was their first day on the Dalton when Johnston had her most bizarre incident of the trip. She was riding ahead of Mills when she saw a wolf by the side of the road, watching her. She expected to see it run off as she approached.
“As I’m getting closer, it runs at me,” Johnston recalled. “I’m like, ‘Holy crap!’ The wolf charged me! I was not expecting that.”
Aside from the chewed-up chain, one crash, tire replacement, and a 4 x 10-foot sheet of plastic that flew out of a truck and almost wrapped her up in the middle of Atlanta traffic, the journey was trouble-free. Johnston says she will remember the peacefulness of the hours of riding in solitude and the glorious beauty of Canada.
“I’ve never seen purple mountains before,” she said. “You read about that, but I’d never seen it before. They really are purple.”
Having gone from zero to the record books in three years, it will be interesting to see where Kate Johnston goes next.
(This article Quick Study was published in the February 2015 issue of Rider magazine.)
If it’s a rainy day on the Dalton Highway, and you’re covered in mud and still smiling, you must be an Iron Butt rider.
If it’s a rainy day on the Dalton Highway, and you’re covered in mud and still smiling, you must be an Iron Butt rider.
Johnston carried a RevZilla banner with her and displayed it at the Arctic Circle because, at the time, she was a loyal customer. She has since been hired by the company to join its IT staff.
Johnston carried a RevZilla banner with her and displayed it at the Arctic Circle because, at the time, she was a loyal customer. She has since been hired by the company to join its IT staff.

http://ridermagazine.com/2015/01/29/new-rider-to-iron-butt-record-holder-in-three-years-flat/

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ch ch ch ch ch ch ch chaaanges

Here are the technical details for the modifications that were made to my settings prior to and after going on Auto Mode.

ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN AND WAIT FOR TRAINING TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS.

Prior to going into Manual Mode on the 670G
My carb ratio was modified to try to accommodate the highs I had after 2 pm each day.  My Suspend Before Low was set to 80 to minimize the rebound.  It worked well for me.

Prior to going into Auto Mode on the 670G
My active insulin time was changed from 4 to 3 hours based on successful results from trial patients.
My carb ratio for after 2 pm was adjusted slightly as well.

After going on Auto Mode on the 670G
My active insulin was changed from 3 to 2.5 as recommended by the trainer and test results. There is a possibility that it could down to 2.  Recommended active insulin in  Auto Mode is between 2 and 2.5
My carb ratios are getting slightly modified to minimize sharp drops after meals.

Looking for a most steady line.

After the second full week in Auto Mode, we changed my active insulin time to 2.25 hrs.  Might go as low as 2 hours in a week, but we'll see how the 2.25 hours does for me.

In my opinion, the sensor tape is far more comfortable than the previous version.  I find that it stays in place better as well.  When the sensor is inserted, it's pretty much visually identical to the previous sensor and transmitter.


5/28/2016
Went down to 2.0 hrs for active insulin time




Saturday, April 8, 2017

690G(?) Wish list


  • I would like the Alerts history to be included in the Daily History instead of needing to switch between the 2 history options for the full picture.
  • I would like the exercise icon to show up in the standard SG graph.
  • I would like to be able to see the full data table on Carelink with the calibration requests and calibration entries for troubleshooting.
  • I would like to increase the temp target rate for exercising since 150 still makes me low due to the exertion.
  • I would like the default target rate to be 100 (I don't think I need to say this one but I will for documentation sake)
  • I would prefer the menu structure to be as follows for ease of access for items most commonly used:
    1. Bolus (used the most)
      1. Same submenu structure
    2. Suspend Delivery (used second most since it's now mandatory for accurate prediction of microboluses from the algorithm)
    3. Temp Target
      1. Same submenu structure
    4. Event Markers (since it's now more important than ever to have this input into the pump.)
      1. Same submenu structure
    5. Status
      1. Same submenu structure
    6. History (because it's good to have that front and center so you can monitor your progress)
      1. Same submenu structure
    7. Reservoir and Tubing
      1. Same submenu structure
    8. Options
      1. SmartGuard
        1. Same submenu structure
      2. Delivery Settings
        1. Same submenu structure
      3. Reminders
        1. Same submenu structure
      4. Utilities
        1. Same submenu structure

Exercise Log while on the 670G

** This page will be updated each weekday until stated it won't be.

I have exercised each day using a Nordic Track skiier during the week after starting in Auto Mode for approximately 1.5 hours each time.  Prior to Auto Mode, exercising was very difficult for me.  I would go low during the exercise or after.  I kept my BG's significantly higher because exercising made my BG's plummet so quickly.  To compensate for that, I'd nearly turn off my pump 1 hour before exercising.

Since going into Auto Mode, I've not had to worry at all.  It's been so easy.   I decided to try 3 different pre-exercise routines (not any settings on the pump, but rather the things I do prior to exercise to compensate for the exercise) to see which one worked the best for me.  My exercise routine is always 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes depending upon my day.  I normally exercise between 11 am and 2 pm schedule permitting.

On Wednesday 4/5/2017 I put myself into Temp Basal Mode 1 hour before my workout for a duration of 2 hours.  I wasn't high enough (135) so I ate a slice of Dave's Good Seed Killer Bread Thin and didn't dose for it.  I did not go super low.  I had only been in Auto Mode for 24 hours so it wasn't a big deal.  I did remember to mark Exercise on the pump at the beginning which I forgot to do each day after.

Thursday 4/6

On Thursday 4/6/2017 I went into Temp Basal Mode 30 minutes prior to exercise for a duration of 2 hours. I exercised for 1h 6m because I had a meeting.  I had a piece of Dave's Good Seed Killer Bread Thin right before working out.

Friday 4/7

On Friday 4/7/2017 I went into Temp Basal Mode right before exercise.  Dave's Good Seed Killer Bread Thin right before working out. I exercised for 1h 3m.  I canceled Temp Basal Mode manually 15 minutes before stopping the workout which worked best for me.



Started Temp Basal Mode 1 hour prior to exercise at 1:30. I did not snack beforehand.   I did go down to 79 45 minutes into my workout and covered it with a Kind bar of 23 carbs.  That did not raise me quick enough so I opted for old faithful, GoGo Squeeze applesauce and dosed for it.  My temp basal turned off approximately 30 minutes prior to the end of my workout.  We'll see the aftermath shortly.  Tomorrow I am not doing cardio.  Wednesday I will put on Temp Basal Mode 2 hours prior to exercise with a duration of 3 hours.



I wanted to try a 2 hour temp target but didn't have the time due to work.  I went into temp target mode maybe 5 minutes before starting to work out at 11:45 am.  I ate a piece of Dave's Killer Bread with peanut butter right before and prayed for the best.  The best avoided me and I had to eat during the workout as I expected I would have to. I bolused for what I ate during the workout to prevent a super high spike.  It worked pretty well.  Thursday I will try the 2 hour temp target prior to working out.

2 hours prior to workout going into Temp Target didn't work for me. I started my Temp Target at 10 am and started exercising at 12:30.  Forgot to mark it on the pump so the running man appears.  Halfway through the workout I was at 65 and dropping.  I countered that with the good ole GoGo Squeeze.  Tommorw I will try suspending 30 minutes prior to exercise then starting Temp Target 30 minutes into my workout and see how that turns out.

Well, my intent was to suspend delivery 30 minutes prior to working out and go in to Temp Target Mode when I started working out.  Housework got the best of me and I ended up being suspended for close to an hour prior to working out.  Obviously went high but topped out at 210 which is fantastic for a top out.  Tomorrow, I will not get sidetracked and only suspend for 30 minutes prior.

Well, I suspended delivery 30 minutes prior to the workout but was ravenously hungry prior to the workout so I ate a tablespoon of peanut butter. When I started working out I went into Temp Target Mode for a duration of 1 hour.  I will do this again on Tuesday when I'm back, it isn't the weekend and I'm acting more stable.  I think this is the winner for me.

I finally got the incline trainer I've been wanting.  My goal is to exercise more efficiently and cut down my total workout time from 2 hours to 1-1.5 hours.  I ran for 40 minutes and did strength exercises for about 10 minutes.  By BG stayed stable after going into Temp Basal Mode for 30 minutes prior to the workout for a duration of 1 hour.  I ate a Dave's Killer Bread Good Seed Thin right before exercising (13 carbs)  I did go low after the workout so on Thursday I will be going in to temp mode 1 hour prior without adding carbs before the workout.


Thursday 4/27/2017
Today I turned on Temp Basal Mode 1 hour prior to workout for a duration of 2 hours.  I am not eating beforehand.





These charts were pulled from the Weekly Review report after uploading my data to Carelink.