Fighting the cold war…

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Cycling around the Attersee you have scenery like this – stunning

Now perhaps not many will remember the cold war between the USA and the USSR…well that is not important now, what is important is the struggle to get out of bed in our chilly winter and then to top it off having a head cold as well. With the endless struggle to keep the fat of my body this double dose of cold is like being a Brazilian football/soccer supporter at the FIFA World Cup – you just can’t win!

Watching the Germans beat Brazil 7-1 in Austria with a group of Germans - late night and lots of Weiss Bier

Watching the Germans beat Brazil 7-1 in Austria with a group of Germans – late night and lots of Weiss Bier

Having successfully negated not to eat too much and consume Weiss Bier in moderation in Austria, I returned home to South African cuisine and the family that always over caters and of course the always good South African food, to throw my diet (well trying to eat right and less) out the window. It now feels that I have let myself down as I know I have gained a kilogram or so – but it was great to see the family again, visit my favourite Biltong shop (King’s Meat) and have a proper braai with my friend Hugo and meet, Michelle his fiancé, but now the cold war and I need to train = depression. Come on summer!

The welcome sight of Biltong back in South Africa (King's Meat at Lynnwood always a winner)

The welcome sight of Biltong back in South Africa (King’s Meat at Lynnwood always a winner)

Now some might say that I must start Banting, you know the #LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) thing, but it just sounds like too much effort. Don’t let my Banting friends here that… The goal is to conquer the cold and get back on the bike and in the gym and watch those carbs, all in moderation I say.
My trip to KTM is Austria was successful and we also managed to get in some great riding in and around the beautiful See (lake) area we stayed in.
It’s good to get out of one’s comfort zone and arriving back in Johannesburg and the cold surely did that, especially if you only packed clothes for the European summer, alas the cold from not being able to fend off the Polar bears in Gauteng, they are quite devious you know, sneak up on you and wham bam cold we am.
Focus is required as the next challenge of Die Burger Mountain Bike Challenge is around the corner and in between I have to fight of the temptations of a games night and Christmas in July. Fight the battles and focus on the end goal, fitness and health (with less body fat).
Don’t train when you are sick! Not worth it. And when you visit the lake areas in Austria be sure to book Hotel Post am Attersee.

PS: Good news for the Ride2Nowhere is the Lords Wines Prize category by becoming a Lords Wine Legend – I’m in!

Arriving at Munich Airport

Arriving at Munich Airport

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Stunning scenery - and mostly flat roads

Stunning scenery – and mostly flat roads

Enjoying a Weiss Bier after 80km on the bike

Enjoying a Weiss Bier after 80km on the bike

Johan's bike welcome in Austria

Johan’s bike welcome in Austria

Arriving at St Gilgen

Arriving at St Gilgen

How great is this, a 1km long tunnel for cyclist right next to the main motor vehicle tunnel

How great is this, a 1km long tunnel for cyclist right next to the main motor vehicle tunnel

One of only 2 South Africans in Munich wearing shorts in the cold rain

One of only 2 South Africans in Munich wearing shorts in the cold rain

Marienplatz Munich - too many people around for my liking

Marienplatz Munich – too many people around for my liking

Travel Lightly

So what does one do when travelling to stay fit and keep on training? As with most normal human beings it seems that I have also gathered some winter fat and gravity is slowly catching up with me again. (Most of us are not as lucky as Shaun Roos that can eat anything and NOT gain 1 gram, especially in the cold winter months when nice food provide such a comfort). No hibernating is not ideal, but come now, be honest if it is 4 degrees Celsius and raining would you go outside?

Anyway I digress again. I am fortunate enough to be travelling to Austria this weekend (for work as it is the 2015 KTM Bicycle sales launch) and those that know me and has had feedback from my previous Bavarian region visit will know that Weiss Bier will be the order of the day. When in Weiss Bier country….there will be no #LCHF (Low Carbs High Fat) Tim Noakes weight watchers around and as the 1 Euro equates to R14,70 currently food to consume would be at a premium and thus I foresee an excess of carbs consumed, either in loads of bread at breakfast (and packing a sandwich for the day, but don’t tell the place we are staying at that) and then of course in Weiss Bier country Weiss beer would have to quench the thirst, so more carbs.

Now this is where it gets interesting – to counteract the dilemma of eating ‘wrong’ you do a simple thing – pack your KTM Scarp Master in a box and fly it with. Clothes in your hand luggage bag to see you through (no fancy dress up required except for 1 day) and having grown up in the massive town called Brits and having teachers for parents wearing the same set of clothes more than once in a week overseas, where no one knows you, should not be a problem. AND NO, before you go there, there will be clean underwear for each day. I grow middle class not uncivilised, really?

So with my brother-in-law also going to KTM, we will be exploring the areas surrounding the Attersee in the free time we have (on the bike) and at the same time working of those gnarly carbs and Weiss Bier. (Wikkelspies, every time I drink a Weiss Bier I will have to have one for you as well)
So back to the point of this post, when travelling there is ways and means one can keep on exercising and training without too much effort and ensure you keep those fitness levels up and burn those forced calories you must consume when overseas.

To add some educational element to the blog, I did find these travelling tips on how to keep exercising when travelling, useful to some – for me I’d rather consume the liquid carbs on this trip and stick to the cycling to burn the dreaded stuff (even if it means slugging a boxed bike along).

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/in-depth/exercise/art-20044177

http://parade.condenast.com/264267/sverve/10-tips-stay-in-shape-while-traveling/

Will keep you posted on my exercise regime in Austria!

Now we will be based here and in between the cycling there will be work done (Be on the lookout for a great 2015 KTM Bicycle Range and even a new TT bike Chantel)

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