Day 19 through Day 22. What do you eat on the road?

Day 19 through Day 22: Bloomington, IN – Sumner, IL – Sedalia, IL – Saint Louis, MOiheartcardio cross country bicycle ride justin mcclelland

Once I got out of Indiana and into Illinois, my riding was pretty smooth. Smooth as in flat as can be.  There’s nothing like looking straight ahead and being able to see two miles or so into the distance. Riding through Southern Illinois was quite refreshing because of that and also the fact that since I’m originally from Saint Louis, MO the areas became more and more familiar as I went west.

Now that I’m working my way through the mid-west, and am a few weeks into this trip, you may be wondering…

“What are you eating and how much?”

Let me first say, I’ve had a few of my Facebook and Instagram friends point out to me that I haven’t been eating the most heart healthy foods. So I must address this.

Well here’s the deal.

I indeed haven’t been making the most healthy food choices. No lie. I’ve been going after the pizza, the burgers, the triple stacks of pancakes. However, my BodyMedia device, that I wear daily around my tricep, tells me I burn between 4,000 to 5,000 calories on a typical 70 mile day.

So I eat whatever I want and as much as I want. To answer the question.

I know I’m promoting heart-healthiness, but you must hear-me-out…

The quantities I’d have to eat with my typical clean-diet versus my cross-country bicycle-ride Mike Phelps eat-whatever-diet would be ridiculous.

Just to fuel the calories burned on the bike, not considering those burned off the bike and while sleeping, I would need around 5,000 calories daily which would do the trick.  The typical Subway footlong is 1,000 calories, so imagine eating 2 footlongs for lunch and 2 footlongs for dinner with one for breakfast.  Not to say it’s not possible, but this is just to give you an idea of food quantities needed for fuel.

Now imagine how many apples, bananas, caesar salads, steamed brocoli, etc. it would take for 5K cals…

I would literally have to eat 8 meals per day or more.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Subway is a pretty healthy option for food.  However, the problem is Subway and simular healthy options aren’t always available even if I wanted to opt for them.  There have been times that I HATED the fact that my only choice was McDonalds.  But greasy-food better than no-food.

Nah mean.

During normal life…when I’m not on a bicycle all-day, I eat fairly clean minus a weekly cheat-day or two.

But with the amount of riding I’ve been doing, I’m eating whatever I want. It’s actually one of the few rewards I have to look forward to after all of the work.

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When I go to Denny’s I get the largest breakfast combo they have on the menu. And it’s actually hard-work to finish it all, but I get it done.


You can follow along in real-time and spot exactly where I am, as I have a GPS unit that updates a Google map in real-time every few minutes.  To view it, “LIKE” the iHeartCardio Facebook Fanpage.

Also, you may contribute to the American Heart Association which is the cause I’m riding for.  100% of what you donate goes to the AHA.  You may learn more about WHY you should donate. Whether you choose to donate or choose not to, please help SPREAD the word.

Last but not least, I want to thank my equipment sponsors. GoPro and Detours.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Richard Kerckhoff September 28, 2012 at 1:39 am

I’m into biking and adventure myself. This is a voice from your old high school. I agree heart disease does not get enough attention. Keep up the good work.


Justin McClelland October 1, 2012 at 2:38 am

Hey there Richard. Did you attend KHS or where you staff?


JL September 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

You’re the man Justin. Keep pushing bro… LMAO @ Aint nobody got time for that. lol


Justin McClelland October 1, 2012 at 2:38 am

Thanks man. And that’s exactly how I feel


Addison October 2, 2012 at 2:50 am

Ain’t nobody got time for that! 🙂


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