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Spots : Étang de Berre and Grau du roi, South of France
Here are a few words about my experience of the Freetyle Libre while Kitesurfing in December 2014. The conditions were not very good but enough to ride a little and test some equipement.
Thank a lot Takoon : your Kites and Board are great 🙂 I look forward to using this equipement in better conditions. Likely in February in France.
In what follows, I present the material I use, while kitesurfing, in order to control my blood sugar, and the type of sugar I take in case of an hypoglycemia.
I already talked about the advantages of the FreeStyle while rock-climbing : Flexible and fast to use plus the possibility to anticipate thanks to the arrow trends.
Advantages also very cool for an activity such as Kitesurf.
The main problem I had to cope with is that the FreeStyle is not water resistant. I had to find a device that can protect it from the water.
I also confirm that the case is 100% waterproof. It just needs to be properly closed.
Another advantage of the case : a lanyard that enables to wear it around the neck and have an easy access to the FreeStyle Libre while preparing the material and while kitesurfing.
I also precise that scanning the sensor worked well through the case and through the wetsuit (4mm)
I used small dressing to protect the sensor and especially for it not to be torn free when I put on the wetsuit.
The sensor was located on the back of my left arm. While I rode, I could scan the sensor with my right hand, holding the bar with my left.
for a long time, I have looked for a Kitesurf impact vest that has pockets at the front and one at the back for a water pouch. Pockets in order to put sugar products in. Unfortunately, I have found none. But I found at Decathlon a security Kayak/fishing life vest that has a lot of pockets and which is not expensive compared with kitesurf vests. Here is the link.
I Filled the pouch with water and fruit syrup (the brand Teisseire for ex). Fast access to the mouth piece when needed. As for me the syrup makes my glycemia goes high very fast. Pure sugar
Yet, Iam not a big fan of the water pouch I have found at Decathlon; The tube is too long and it is not possible to cut it. There must be another kind of pouch that enables it and that has a clip to maintain it on the vest.
GoToob products can be found in travels shops. They are recommended for low and medium viscosity fluids such as shampoos, liquid soaps, condiments…. I tested with concentrated milk, it works fine. I also use these tubes under water while scuba-diving.
The photos below show the different products I used and the way it looks in the vest.
You can see that I put the Aquapac case, containing the FreeStyle LIbre, in one zipped pocket. It enables to stabilize and protect the reader during the ride.
Will all this equipement I felt confident about my diabetes while I was riding.
The vest is small and comes just above the trapeze which is a good point. However, its main drawback comes from its thickness. The neoprene plus the vest on it and you feel very tight. But when I started riding. this feeling disapeared.
I will try to open the vest and cut the foams in order to have a more comfortable vest to wear.
There is also a risk to twist ones neck with the lanyard of the Aquapac or the water pouch tube when falling. I have read no post about this kind of experience but I guess that it is something that could happen because of a big wipe out for example.
It was once again a very positive experience using the FreeStyle Libre. It brings a real confort. It’s very easy to get valuable information about the glycemia and its trends while kitesurfing.
If you have any other ideas concerning the vest or sugar products you use for such a sport, I am interested 🙂
I’ll ride during the next months in France, Colombia and Germany. I’ll be glad to share a Kite session if you are in.
See you soon