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Dealing With Sickness and Staying Healthy on a Cycle Tour

Photo courtesy of Ellie who was kind enough to take a few snaps of me lying on my deathbed in Zadar, Croatia.

One of the most difficult things to deal with when traveling is sickness. Without the comforts of home there is no option to crawl under the sheets of your bed with a cup of tea and watch David Attenborough talk about insects and you can’t raid the kitchen for a can of Heinz tomato soup, the miracle remedy for all ills.

Food poisoning is fairly common within some travel destinations. It usually comes on fast, is very unpleasant and can last up to a week in severe cases. Some people are more susceptible to food poisoning than others. If you’re going to high risk countries like India, Morocco, or even the USA where they have deplorable food handling standards you might like to take some broad spectrum antibiotics. I’ve never used antibiotics, and I would resist using them up to a point, but if I was very sick from eating unhygienic food I’d certainly consider it as a one off. I’ve also seen them work very quickly on a friend with food poisoning.

With food poisoning and normal virus or cold type illnesses it’s essential to understand what your body needs to recover well. Continue reading Dealing With Sickness and Staying Healthy on a Cycle Tour

No Pain, No Gain Myth

Facebook is a useful tool for communicating with friends and family and I quite like it. But Facebook, at least my Facebook, is full of what Brian Cox might call ‘woo-woo’. Woo-woo, as far as I can tell from Brian’s usage of the word, means bollocks. It seems some people have a susceptibility towards half-baked platitudes and I see them all the time posted by educated and bright people. Here is an example of some of the woo-woo from my Facebook feed: Continue reading No Pain, No Gain Myth

Drawing Infographics

cycling health infographic
cycling health infographic

Believe it or not, I love data and statistics, I love to know how the distance I’ve travelled and what the temperature is when I ride. I like to know the calorie consumption for particular exercises and I’m interested in human population growth, rates of diseases and all manner of things that are most accurately expressed by statistics.

For example, did you know:

  • the typical person breathes 370,000 cubic metres of air in their lifetime
  • over 88% of the world’s population lives north of the Equator
  • India has more honours graduates than America has young adults
  • there are 31 billion searches on Google every month
  • it is estimated that a week’s worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century
  • another prediction states that by 2049 a £1,000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species
    Continue reading Drawing Infographics

Fast Track Vaccinations

Malaria
Malaria

I’ve just got back from my local travel clinic where I spent almost an hour going through the locations I intend to ride through and assessing the various health risks I’m expected to encounter.

The nurse walking me through the process was really helpful and has put me on a fast track vaccination programme starting with Hepatitis A & B, which is combined, and  Continue reading Fast Track Vaccinations