There have been a number of comments about my svelte appearance lately. Actually, quite a lot of comments. Let me put you at ease. I am really eating quite well. And a lot. Let me tell you what I consumed today.
Breakfast: 250 grams of granola and 250 grams of yogurt, a banana and an espresso.
Elevenses: a caffe Americano and a pastry with nuts and raisins
Lunch: Most of a loaf of bread with 120 grams of various cured meats, olives, mayo and mustard and I finished the heel of the bread with a couple of table spoons of nutella.
Aprés-cycle: a half litre of weiß bier and .66-litre of pilsner, chips, peanuts, crackers with tapenade, sausage and olives. The beer may seem like a lot, but it isn’t. One has to rehydrate.
Dinner: Half of a large salad (lettuce, arugula, radicchio) with tomatoes, tuna, boiled eggs and corn. A large Piadina with spicy salami, arugula, tomatoes and cheese and a large plate of fries with mayo.
Piadina is a traditional flatbread in Emilia-Romagna, the region we have been cycling through the last 10 days. Very yummy.
This is a typical day of eating. Sometimes more. Sometimes a bit less. We’ve eaten a lot of pasta and also rice or quinoa with curry. Jan and I typically share about 350 to 500 grams of pasta with sauce. Quite a healthy helping. I dare you to eat one that size.
We cycled 55 KM today, climbed 861 metres and descended 1275 metres. So it was a net downhill ride, however, some of the stuff we climbed today was up to 16 % but thankfully only short bits. Here’s the gps elevation graph of today.
I don’t know how many calories all that food adds up to, but let me assure you, I couldn’t possibly have eaten any more today. I do have one theory about why I may look skinny in the photographs. My hair has been growing since we left and it’s getting long and big. It makes my head looks larger than what you’re used to and that, I theorize, is accentuating my slender, elegant appearance.
So, please don’t worry. I’m not wasting away. I’m at my best, physically. I’m a mean, lean cycling machine. Come and join us. Lose a few kilos. See some great scenery and eat whatever you like.