fredag 17 januari 2020

Building strength

45-60 mins indoor cycling might not seem like a lot to brag about when going across a continent is the final goal?
But with a clever plan in mind these ”small” steps combined with longer rides further on will create a solid base for us during the ride Astoria - New York.
And as the saying goes ”Rome wasn’t built in one day”.


onsdag 15 januari 2020

Pieces fall into place...one after another...and it´s still 17 months until go-time.

Well well well!!

Saturday morning we set off for Gothenburg and Trek Store Gothenburg to pick up our bikes they built for us.
Can’t imagine a better start to the weekend!
So excited that I just happened to bring cycling clothes so I could ride the bike home if the weather wasn´t too bad.....it wasn´t, so I had a 70 km ride within a few hours of buying the bike!
Adrenaline rush de luxe!

The bikes are the biggest purchase so far, and probably the biggest for this whole adventure, not even the flights will get this expensive....

Happened to order panniers online as well....panniers means bags that we will carry all the stuff in on our bikes. 2 x 20 L should be enough for three months on the road...huh?


lördag 28 december 2019

Buy a bike. Just do it.

The weapons of our choices are picked.....well bought it is.
After some consideration we decided to go with Trek Checkpoint, models AL4 for my co-cyclist and ALR 5 for me.
Felt really good trying them out at trekstoregbg, though just on a short section of flat bike lane.
They will be delievered in a few weeks time and we’re like children waiting for christmas.






fredag 6 december 2019

Learn from the pros

Doing this kind of adventure takes a lot of preparation, and a lot of it you can learn online on various sites, faceboook-groups etc but getting to listen to it live and direct from a real adventurer must be the best.

And this tuesday we got the opportunity to listen to some real great stories and experiences from a former colleague of mine at Nordic Wellness gym, Amanda Follin. (Btw, give her a follow on Instagram at @endorfinkliniken)
She rode her bike this past summer from Borås to Åre in the north....ah well...middle of Sweden, but it´s a 1000 km.
We were at a wildlife and adventure store called "Vildland" here in Borås and I must say I was really  impressed by both Amanda and "Vildland". There will be more visits to that place.

Amanda told the audience about her experiences when doing this bike-ride. Anything from having the right mind-set to fixing flats and what equipment you might need...or might not need.
She even explained that Compeed can fix saddle sores. Uselful information!
"You never told me it can hurt like that" my girlfriend an co-cyclist said afterwards...eh...well...no...because it´s like 30 years since I last had a really bad saddle sore.

If you get used to sitting on a saddle and equip yourself with the best possible bibshorts I guess things like that could be avoided.
 



onsdag 20 november 2019

Physical setbacks a k a coughing and snoring

 


Yes, it’s that time if the year when getting hit by various bugs and viruses is unavoidable(?).
So the plan to work on some basic fitness have been forced to be put back a couple of weeks. (Even the blogging has suffered the last two weeks.)

But STILL! The commuting by bicycle is ongoing despite this!
Every day, today was day 70 (well, almost every day, unfortuntely had to use the car to work for 3 days since August).

Creating a habit of just get up and ride the bike despite what the body tells you, whatever the weather throws at you, will be vital once the big ride across the USA is underway. This idea of creating habits is also scientifically proved:

Old Habits Die Hard. This is because the area of the brain where many habits are formed, called the basal ganglia, remembers pathways that nerves fire on. ... This is one reason why habits can be so difficult to break: even after years, the right trigger will set a broken habitpattern into motion.

onsdag 6 november 2019

Hunger flat/Hungerhammare...

Do as Bauke Mollema and my brother, eat regularly
to avoid getting hunger flat.

...is another name for getting very VERY hungry while out (or indoors for that matter) cycling.
Today it happened to me when I instructed a cycling class at the gym.
It´s not pleasant at all to feel all the power you have in your legs and body disappear in just a few seconds and sometimes almost getting dizzy.

I imagine while riding 5000 km across America there will be plenty of opportunities to have hungerflats if we don´t eat and drink properly. 

If that happens here at home, the proper way to deal with it is to turn around and go back home as quickly as possible and refill on energy.
Or...if you´re not very close to home, stop at the nearest store and buy a fair amount of Coca-Cola and candy and just eat like there is no tomorrow.
Or..as today, if you´re indoors I got rescued by a kind participant who handed me a bar right after the class ended. THANK YOU!

BUT, what if it happens in the middle of....let´s say Nebraska...what the heck do we do??
Well, we will for sure carry food on our bikes and a lot of snacks (with a lot of sugar in it), just to avoid those scary moments when you feel all your strength just fade away.
So to just stop and have a feast of whatever we can put in our mouths will be top priority.

And from what I´ve learnt about our route through the US so far, there won´t be many parts where food and snacks will be unaivalable. The areas we will ride through will be populated, maybe not like here in Sweden but we will (I think) pass cities or villages almost every day.
Otherwise we´ll just carry enough until next opportunity to re-stock.

Though, even if we carry enough food, eating it on a regular basis is also (of course) a priority.
Waiting until you feel hungry and...BOOOM....the hunger flat might be coming.


söndag 27 oktober 2019

It´s all ´bout the....

money...?
Or is it on an cyclingadventure like this? Naahh...it will all be about having as much fun as possible of course!

And naaahh again if you ask this guy as well, which I did on Facebook yesterday:

"You COULD do it on 10-15 dollars a day. That's IF you are very frugal. You could do it for nothing really if you ate from dumpsters. It's been done."

Well, not really how we plan to do it. 
And not doing it by splashing out hundreds of dollars on hotels and eating out at restaurants every week either.

We plan on cooking most breakfasts and evening meals by ourselves and camp for free or as cheap as possible to keep spendings down.
But without being greedy to the absurd. A night or two in a hotel won´t do any harm and on-bike-meals will probably be had at the closest "establishment" possible. The daily dose of Coca-Cola will also dig a whole (at least in) my wallet.

Well, budget-wise, I think for the moment, with 20-ish months left, we´ll go with the simple advice from a famous Swedish adventurer: "Start saving", and keep looking for good advice.

Probably we will be enlightened in the end, like we will be by this light on dark nights in the tent.