Ive cycled all over 170 000km as a vegan and all over the globe and my advise is:
*Drink a litre of water before breakfast each morning.
*Drink enough water during the day so our urine is clear and at least 10times a day. If its yellow or straw, we need to drink more.
*Eat unlimited amounts of your fav carb sources. Be it rice, potatoe, corn, millet,pasta etc. Snack every hour or 2 on something high carb, low fat like jam sandwichs, dried fruit, fresh fruit. Im a fruit bat so I go hard on the dates/rasins/bananas etc. A jam sandwich or a handful of dates per hour will keep you going all day. Many people make the mistake of undereating carbs and then getting heaps hungry and eating greasy junk and then losing motivation as their glycogen stores are never really topped up. Carb up to keep up. Unlimited amounts of whole food carbs that work for you.
*Keep fatty greasy food away and keep high carb meals in bucket sized bowls to stay.
*Pack light, pack a light gore tex jacket and leg warmers. Have a warm sleeping bag dont sleep in thermals cos they can dehydrate us very quickly. Just use a warmer sleeping bag if its cold and let your skin breathe without thermals sticking to them.
*Set up camp before sundown so you can make sure your not camping on an ants nest and get a wake in fright response at 2am. I like to sleep in really natural settings away from drunks. Ive talked with Heinz Stucke in Belgium 2003 and in 23 years of cycle touring he has never had one issue camping out. He says 'I camp where nobody goes..'.
*Mark your seat post and handle bars to make sure they dont slip over time and give you knee/back issues. Use a white out pen.
*Get fitted up before you go by a good bike fitter. Use the white out pen again. Mark your cleats too if your using clip less pedals.
*If your riding a mountain bike, get some 'ergon grips'.
* Slap a mirror your bike. I use my uber light race bike with a bob trailer or carradice 'slim' depending on the trip. Mirrors are handy when you are wearing ear phones and listening to tony robbins over and over.
It aint aero but its safe.
*Get out the saddle every few minutes for a few seconds to let blood flow be proper. I learnt this riding from Adelaide to Perth. Its 2800km and virtually flat for 2100km of it.
*Your gonna have moments when you want to scream. 99% of the time this is cos we are undercarbed/dehydrated/underslept. So when we want to freak out, just carb/drink and rest up for an hour. Cry if you have too, but dont let it get in the way of eating more carbs, drinking more water or having a nap.
*Remember that they call head winds head winds cos its just in your head how you decide to feel about them. I see a stiff head wind as a fitness builder
vs a day wrecker
. Its just a choice in the moment.
*Remember that the journey is the gift, not the destination.
*Remember that happieness is ONLY experienced in the present moment. Not when you get some food, not when the rain stops, not when stop for the day..happieness is just a choice in the moment and only experienced NOW!
*Get heaps of rest. Eat lots of carbs before your hungry, drink water before your thirsty. Take lots of photos. Talk to lots of people. Make days to remember the rest of your life. Be in the moment. Be now
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When one trailer isnt enough..
On the road to hell in Thailand with my summer 'superlight' set up.
For the dirt tours. xc bike with bob trailer. I use a Gore tex bivvy bag. "Outdoor Research-alpine bivvy" for sleeping in.http://www.outdoorresearch.com/site/alpine_bivy.html
raw vegan banana case that has cycled over 190 000km cycled as a vegan.
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f - facebook.com/durianrider
t - twitter.com/durianryder
b - durianrider.org
w - 30bananasaday.com
Drink up, carb up, sleep up... cos everyday is the day to live it up!