Staying healthy on the road

Posted 05/30 by Ruthie BenDor

I’m now 17 days out from my departure date, which means it’s the perfect time to come down with a cold.

Yiddish proverb: “Man plans, God laughs.”

My biggest worry is the dent this virus is making in my training calendar—oh well! I will have to trust that the bike rides I’ve done so far this spring will suffice, and have thoughtfully scheduled a relatively leisurely first week on the road. Thankfully, this cold seems pretty minor. I’m doing my best to rest and keep myself hydrated and full of Vitamin C, and here’s hoping that I’ll be back up to speed soon.

Other health-related trip prep is proceeding apace…


Though I’ve never had serious knee problems, knee trouble is no joke—anecdotally, it seems to be the single most common bike-trip-ending injury. The best way to prevent knee pain is to ride a well-fitted bicycle, so I’ll be taking Peg in for a proper fitting later this week. Ounce of prevention, and all that.

Like I mentioned the other week, I’ve also ordered two knee bands to carry with me just in case they start acting up. In addition, I’ll be carrying anti-inflammatory medication and have read up on how to take care of ‘cyclist knee’.

First aid and self-care

I’ve packed and re-packed my first aid kit and toiletries based on my notes from training rides and backpacking trips, and feel pretty good that I’ll be able to take care of any minor bumps ‘n scrapes I manage to inflict on myself this summer:


HMOs and other dirty words

It was important to my family that I maintain coverage while on leave of absence from my day job (the fine folks at GLAD), so I’ve swapped my health insurance plan for one with better coverage nationwide, and have arranged to continue my coverage through the summer. It ain’t cheap, but it’s worth the peace of mind.

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Not sure if your first aid kit was in the picture, but I’d pack 1 or two telfa (or vaseline) pads and a bit of sterile saline/wound-wash in case of road rash.

Peeling gauze out of abraded skin was a pretty terrible experience for me; everyone I know who has done multiple week rides has ended up with a bit of missing skin at least once (one of them twice on the same trip!).


By Jeff on 2011 05 30