The time is near. I thought I’d update you all on how my training and planning is going for my trip of cycling across Canada on fruits.
I’m planning on leaving for this adventure on Monday July 18th. I’ve planned out all my days and currently planned to be cycling for 25 days with 1 rest day but the goal is to complete the cycle tour in under 30 days so I’ve got more rest days I can take.
I can even take up to 34 days because there’s still a gap between the planned finish of my tour and the start of the festival I’ll be cycling to, the Woodstock Fruit Festival. It August 21st – 28th.
Day #1: M.E.C. Langley – Hope. 137km
Day #2: Hope – Merritt. 124km
Day #3: Merritt – Kelowna. 151km
Day #4: Kelowna – Sicamous. 127km
Day #5: Sicamous – Glacier National Park. 137km.
Day #6: Glacier National Park – Lake Louise. 164km.
Day #7: First Rest Day
Day #8: Lake Louise – Calgary. 188 km
Day #9: Calgary – Medicine Hat AB. 297 km
Day #10: Medicine Hat – Swift Current SK. 226 km.
Day #11: Swift Current – Regina SK. 240 km
Day #12: Regina – Whitewood SK. 185 km
Day #13: Whitewood – Brandon MB. 191 km
Day #14: Brandon – Winnipeg MB. 215 km
Day #15: Winnipeg – Kenora ON. 211 KM
Day #16: Kenora – Dryden ON. 145 km
Day #17: Dryden – Upsala ON. 211 km
Day #18: Upsala – Terrace Bay ON. 177 km
Day #19. Terrace Bay – White River ON. 167 km
Day #20: White River – Agawa ON. 175 km
Day #21: Agawa – Bruce Mines ON. 196 km
Day #22: Bruce Mines – Nairn Center ON. 195 km
Day #23: Nairn Center – North Bay ON. 182 km
Day #24: North Bay – Pembroke ON. 224 km
Day #25: Pembroke – Cornwall ON. 287 km
Day #26: Cornwall – Camp Walden Trout Lake NY. 252 km
I’ve pre-planned 1 rest day but I can take 5 more to reach Cornwall by the 30th day and even an additional 4 days rest encase things come up. I’ll try to just take 1 rest day a week if I’m feeling pretty. I’ve planned the destinations with cycling 8 – 10 hours a day on average in mind.
The elevation varies from city to city but generally there’s more in BC and Ontario. I’ve started the trip through BC with less distance to ease into it and work out any bugs and hopefully by the end I won’t have too much of an issue completing longer days. BC has the most elevation.
I’ve got all my gear except for a couple small things like a 1 liter water bottle cage.
- Ridley Carbon Fenix Road Bike. Approx. 17.5 lbs
- ThermaRest X-therm sleeping mattress Regular.
- M.E.C. Merlin -3 800 Down Sleeping Bag
- Outdoor Research Molecule Bivy Sack.
- Arcteryx Pack lite WP Pants
- Outdoor Research Helium WP Jacket
- Mavic WP Shoe Covers
- Porcelain Rocket Top Tube Frame Bag, Medium
- Porcelain Rocket Seat Bag 12-17 liters, Large
- Galaxy S3 Phone
- Solar Panel, undecided
- 1 liter water bottle cage, undecided
- Mini Pump
- 3 Tubes.
- Maxis Refuse 700/25c Tires
- White Arm Sleeves for sun coverage
- Custom Jersey
- Mavic Aksium Shorts
- 1 liter water bottle
- 750 ml water bottle
- M.E.C. thin white gloves
- 50ml bottle for suncreen
- Mavic cycling shoes, new pair
- Stages Power Meter, 105 crank arm
- Garmin Edge 520 Bike Computer
I think that’s everything! I won’t be taking any clothes but will try to get some extra clothes ready for me when I get to the Woodstock Fruit Festival.
- A charged phone at all times.
- Detailed trip itinerary emailed to me and downloaded to my phone.
- Camp sited phone numbers on hand.
- Air B&B bookmarked throughout the cities for quick contact.
- Two days worth of dates and bananas for food stored in my top tube frame bag.
- Increased phone data for the month of August.
My Final Training
There’s only about 3.5 weeks left of training. In the past few weeks I’ve been doing shorter rides of under 150 km and many workouts of high intensity efforts with intervals of 10 – 30 seconds, and even some 5 minute ones. Some workouts would consist of a 30 min warm-up and then 5 – 7 intervals separated by 5 minutes rest followed by a 20 minute cool down.
The next few weeks I’ll just be riding as many long days as the weather and work permit me. This means 150 – 200 km rides. I’d like to get in some 200+ km ultra long rides.
I’ll be trying to get out for some practice overnight trips to Hope, Manning Park, & Whistler. These will provide some good practice and a good bearing on what I do and don’t need. At this point, the less I need the better and any way I can realistically reduce my weight I will.
The initial plan was to eat strictly fruits during the whole trip, and this is still the goal but I’ve found that if I don’t eat the right proportion and variety of fruits Dates give me a headache, but remember at times I’m not eating an amount that’s natural nor am I training an amount that’s natural. So when I eat 1-2 bags of Dates a day without much else other foods I get a headache, I’ve tested and it’s all part of the learning and personal experience.
What I’m getting at is the goal is to eat a balance of Bananas, Dates, juice, some avocados, but if I find myself where it’s very difficult to get a balance then I’ll probably eat a cooked high carbohydrate low fat, moderate sodium, low protein meal in the evening at a restaurant.
I of course will absolutely be cycling this route on a vegan diet. Some things may come up that will be out of my control but I will only eat foods that come from plant sources and don’t have a face or a mother.
How To Follow
I will be posting written and photo updates to Facebook and more photos on Instagram. I’ll try to make video uploads to YouTube depending on WiFi accessibility.
That’s Everything, I think.
I think that’s everything and if you have any questions make sure to write them below.
Thanks for reading.
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