July 9, 2012

PALM Part 4: Battle Creek to Leslie

Note from Joe: This is part of a series of posts about the Pedal Across Lower Michigan tour. If you want to start at the beginning, you can find it here.

The undulating hills of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek gave way to long rolling hills through forest and farmland. The weather was, again, perfect.

Some of the small towns know how to advertise to hungry cyclists.

Food fatigue
According to my heart rate monitor I've burned about 11,000 calories in the last three days. I've been trying not to binge and eat humongous meals, but rather tons of small ones. The problem is that now I'm suffering from a type of fatigue I didn't expect. Food fatigue. I'm eating constantly and still ending the day in caloric deficit. Today I ate every 20 minutes on my bike for about four hours. I burned 4,000 calories but ate 1,200, and life with no exercise requires 2,500 calories a day just to maintain weight. That leaves 5,300 to eat off the bike. Right now I'm snacking on some nuts and dried fruit. I never thought I'd say it, but I'm tired of eating.

I met several people today including a man who lives in my neighborhood. But I also heard about a man who, unfortunately, isn't with us anymore, but is a PALM legend. Kevin Degan was born with cerebral palsy and could only use one arm and one leg. With a modified bike he not only was a regular at PALM, but held fundraisers for people with special needs and once rode across the whole country.

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