Rest days, good eating and small treats!

After my testing the knee ride so cycling is ok. Running not so much, probably time to get the knee supports on again.

Comrade Boris is cancelling all Christmas plans… I was suppose to be in the English Lakes for a few days camping and hiking but that’s not happening now so it’s stay at home activities…… 🤔

The Rapha Festive 500 it is then.

But first… rest the body, get some work done and relax

This is what that looks like:

Eating well

Start the day with a proper meal!
  • Sourdough toast
  • Avocado
  • Crushed pumpkin seeds
  • Vegan sausages
  • Poached eggs

OMG…. this could be the best thing I make! Well it’s certainly my favourite breakfast to make.

Evenings eating

  • Wheat tortillas
  • Vegan mince
  • Oinion
  • Pepper
  • Mushroons
  • Jalapeños
  • Lettuce
  • Guacamole
  • Skin on fries
  • Sweet potatoes fries

Finish the day with home made vegan delights!

Evenings treat

A wee dram to warm the cockles!
  • Single malt
  • Cups made of horn!
  • Awesome!

And enjoy a warming drink….


The staple dinner for intolerance to everything!

This is my experience with intolerances so far.

About a month ago I got the results of an intolerance test and that told me I’m intolerant to the list of goodies.

I know right…

So I’m spent the last four weeks trying to change my diet to remove these items and see what the results are.

The results are…. by the gods I feel better!

Seriously if you think you have IBS or have some intolerances get a hair test done and find out.

By removing these items from my diet I’ve had a huge change in how my gut feels, bloatedness gone, to the point when I’ve eaten I’m now like…

“What’s wrong….. oh I feel fine.. normal… that’s strange…. I like it!”

So if you can get this test, because it’ll inform you about something that will make you feel better 😁

The meal – rice and stuff!

Chop veg… any veg whatever you have red cabbage and aubergine were tasty in mine today.

Add herbs, spices, garlic, chillis (always chillis for me) and fry in a little oil (not coconut 🥥, see the list) and fry for about 10mins in a medium heat. Onions should be soft when it’s all cooked.

Nuke the rice for 2mins, or boil from dried

Mix in together and fry for 5 more mins

Serve and inhale!

This is basically my home dinner every day, yes that’s boring but until I’ve got the intolerance thing under control this will do fine.

I’m giving my body a rest from dealing with things it doesn’t like and it’s been dealing with them for god only know how long so it needs a break.

Anyway rice with stuff! Yum! 👍

Recovery Breakfast

I recently found out I am intolerant to a whole bunch of things which has made me reevaluate my diet.

Some of this list of “eat this and you’ll feel crap 💩” includes

  • Gluten
  • Lactose
  • Pasta
  • Sugar (brown)
  • Sugar (white)
  • Coconut

Bearing in mind I’m 90% vegetarian (meat once a week) this is a crap list of things to be intolerant to…

So it’s gluten free oats, banana, no added sugar crunchy peanut butter, honey and mulled linseed.

And it’s properly delicious, if you’ve never had peanut butter and banana, you’re missing out on a treat. 😋

Home made training fuel.

Recipes found, (thanks Google) ingredients bought, kitchen setup and away we go making my own home made training drink with electrolytes, energy balls, recovery shake and granola bars

Recovery Shake

Take half the banana or a small one.

Glugs of, spoons of, dash of the rest of the ingredients, play with whatever works for you consistency wise

Put it in a blender / smoothie maker



Energy Drink – Electrolytes

  • Water
  • Green & Berry tea
  • Calcium magnesium
  • Salt
  • Fruit juice
  • Honey

Boil the tea bags, salts. Calcium, honey, and allow to cool

Strain the liquid into a storage jar/bottle

Add the fruit juice

Lucozade, or Gatorade this is not! Looks weird… murky. But surprisingly it tastes ok.

Will test it out tomorrow.

Bars and balls

The energy balls recipe I’ve previously posted, the granola style energy bars are very easy again.

  • Trail mix
  • Choc chip (dark)
  • Honey
  • Golden syrup
  • Ground up rolled oats

Make as much or as little if this as you want / need, it should be sticky in consistency to bind together after heating.

Make the mixture to you liking the fun thing with this is that you can add any dried fruits, nuts, berries you want to and it always tastes good.

Spread it on a greased tray, foil or grease proof paper prevents it sticking.

Bake at 160-180’c for 25mins, or until the edges start to go brown.

Take out, chop up whilst it’s still warm into shapes or bars of your choice.

Try not to east it all at once! 👍


Electrolytes drink needs less salt! Orange rather pineapple juice may improve that balance of sweet and salty

Update: 2

Definitely less salt… so thirsty now! And stuck with the taste of salt in my mouth. In fact the “swamp water” as my son described it probably wants a total rethink. Maybe more diluted juice with a touch of salt…. will have to try again.

In the mean time… more water!!

Home made or industry made?

After a long ride, during and before for that matter nutrition (fuel) is as we all know important, the body can do so much for so long on what’s available but for endurance, multi hour exercise then you’ve got to feed the beast.

Off the shelf

So I’ve been back training hard for 2 months now and for the long runs and rides I take water, and energy gels, they are easy to carry and swallow and give me a good boost for 20+mins about 10mins after taking one.

But I’ve read the ingredients list and don’t know what half of it is! So the 80% vegan in me says don’t be eating that! Get something natural. Which is where the recipe for the energy balls came from: see post

Now I know theirs needs to last on shelves for ages so preservatives are a must there, but mine don’t, mine need to last in the fridge for maybe 5-7days.

I know how the branded stuff works for me when I take it, regularly taking protein following gym sessions. But I found the energy balls just as good (if not better) on a long run and ride.


Can I swap out the industry stuff for natural stuff and does that affect me? Is it better or worse? Cost more or less?

The plan

1. Get some recipes

2. Go shopping

3. Get prepared (making and baking)

4. Give it a try

5. Blog the results

Will keep posting on the progress. Oh and a 80% vegan what I call myself as I eat eggs daily and fish once a week. It’s just my diet.

Veggie post ride refuelling

Yup… those look like pig 🐷 sausages but the are in fact Quorn ones and they’re bloody delicious, mixed with mushrooms, onion, pepper, garlic, jalapeños, tomatoes, 3 eggs and a sprinkle of grated Vegan cheese.

Could have eaten it twice!

Fills me up until lunch time and mostly healthy… mostly.