• Tom Crossland

Day 36 - How I fuel?

Milnthorpe - Pilling 47.3 km (1279.3 km done)

Start Time - 8.30 am

Finish Time - 4.25 pm

Moving time - 6 hours 08 mins

Vertical Gain - 330 m

Garmin Temperatures

Average - 25 C

Min - 20 C

Max - 30 C

End of day weight - 77.4Kg

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After today, I have reviewed my breakfast routine. It seems that too often I am starting the day tired and lethargic only to get to about lunchtime and then I pick up and feel okay. I am wondering if I am not eating enough for breakfast, so from tomorrow I will be bringing my own breakfast with me and eating that. I have been having toast in the morning and am going to experiment with Bagels. For whatever reason, I struggle to eat toast more than toasted bagels. I am also going to make sure I eat more in the evenings. Even though I am not losing weight, I am keen to see if this helps my mood in the mornings.

Today I tried to eat as much as could as I was going. On the menu was, 2 Lucho Dillitos blocks within the first 40. I met the van at approx. 1 minute 10 in so could restock and eat more food. I had about a quarter of a water melon, a banana, a fallafel, 3/4 vegan sausage roll and a can of coke. I then moved on for another 8 km section, had another Lucho and for the first time in a while I had PH gel (to try and get enough sugar into me) and met the van again, this time it was pineapple (about a quarter), a coke and a Tribe bar. By this time I was feeling less sluggish and headed off again for a 12km section. During this I met James and I cannot really remember eating anything during this section. I had some more pineapple, a banana, a coke and some Quorn mini eggs things, at the van. It was a very short section next and so I didn't eat anything. I think I had some more pineapple and a coke. By this time there were two very short sections left, so when I met the van, I simple switched bottles out and kept on going to the end. It has become part of the routine now to have some sort of quiche when I finish to get a lot of calories into me quickly and easily. I will also have a Tribe recovery shake at the end of the day. Then a full meal for dinner.

Some days this is harder to achieve than others and it is kinda done on feel and hunger, although, I have been using the Supersapiens glucose monitor throughout, which is a good sense check when I am feeling low or sluggish, I can check my glucose level and see if this corresponds to a low glucose level. Writing this I realise this is the wrong way round I should keep on top of my glucose levels and eat accordingly. Even this far in to journey I a learning things about my body everyday and am always open to different ways of doing things, within certain parameters.

Tomorrow is a day of rest and I'm definitely going to try and eat as much as I can.

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