I have been asked many times why I go on this challenging Fast Cross Country Biking Tour at 120 miles per day for 3,000 miles.
I do not know how to stay healthy unless I eat well and exercise a lot. I have friends who control their weight with just diet. My observation is that their resistance is lower than the athletes who exercise a lot and eat a lot. I have seen no double blind studies on that but my own experience seems to support that and for me that is all what matters.
Assuming the above is true, I need Motivation. A Cross Country fully supported Bike tour will cost about $10,000. I am sufficiently concerned about that money to be motivated to safeguard it. That means training, eating healthy and being very careful.
We are very shocked as how expensive high energy food is. I have been biking 100 miles per day for over ten weeks. My wife is an excellent cook. The ingredient cost is very high and good restaurant food is very expensive. I am not surprised that many Americans have weight problems. Eating healthy cost more than most people are able or willing to spend.
Biking is the only activity my 66 year old body can do for ten hours per day. Day after Day. At a HR of 100 to 140. I can now go on a hydraulic resistance trainer and do 17 MPH anytime for as long as needed without pain or problems. That is what lots of training will do. But it is expensive. No kidding.