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I’m away this weekend, cycling. TSC and I will be cycling to a campsite we know about 40 miles from here, staying two nights and then cycling home again Sunday, having done a lovely long walk Saturday (tomorrow).

This is going to be a bit of an experiment. I’ve never fasted while cycle-touring before. We’ll be on cycling for about 4-5 hours, so it’ll be hard going on the body to do it on no food. We’re also planning on doing a long walk the next day and I will certainly have depleted the glycogen stores by exercising without food for a prolonged period. I’m also concerned that my electrolytes will be out of whack from salt loss in sweat not being replaced by any salt-containing foods.

So, I’ll be adopting a 24hour fast system instead (rather than the 36 hour fast I do at the moment).  The plan is to

cycle the 40 odd miles to the campsite while fasting today

cook up a meal in the evening to eat -replenishing salts and carbs

Have the Saturday as a food day and go hiking

Start fasting on Sunday and cycle home without food.

Back to a Food Day on Monday as normal.

I might be persuaded to buy an isotonic drink to have along the way for those electorlytes. This is endurance, after all. I can be sweating and losing salts qutie badly over the day. Normally when we tour, we eat salty foods as snacks (such as crisps or peanuts). There’ll be none of that for me, so I’m going to have to see how it goes. This’ll be an interesting experiment.

Eats: 2 milk-tea | water | 1 ribeye steak | couscous w/ onion, mushroom and peppers | pecan plait

Exercise: 4.5 hours cycling (40 miles)