Cycling report from Laos

Pictured is the type hut I have stayed in here. Cycling in Laos is truly a new experience for me because I've mainly cycled in Europe and America. Biggest difference? The overwhelming friendliness! In every single village the smiling kids line the road jumping up and down squealing with excitement "Sah bah dee! Sah bah dee!" (hello, hello) and hoping for a "Hi Five" from me as I bike by. Yesterday I kid you not, on two separate occasions I was forced to take two big shots of Lao Lao (80 proof rice alcohol). Here it is an insult to...

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Todays travel workout – pullups everywhere!

I'm doing my advanced travel workout for lats today (video to be released in 2 weeks), People always complain that there is "nowhere" to do pullups when they travel - poppycock! Today within 50 feet of my hut, I found two awesome places to do pullups. The first was a construction site with lots of bamboo poles at all heights. I started my workout at 5am to get my 60min workout in before the days ride. After about 20min I encountered a little problem, a pack of dogs wandered by and started raising an incredible ruckus so rather than wake...

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Scooby in a shirt

OK , here it is - a photo of me in a shirt! Hot sun and malaria have me wearing a shirt. The bike I rented, it's a lot faster than the travel bike with 12" wheels that I used in the Tour de Hans. Tomorrow it will be another workout day for pushups, pullups and crunches because it will be a shorter day

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Hotel workout

This is the last time I'm going to be in a hotel for awhile so thought I would make sure to do a complete upper body workout while I have a big, cool, comfy hotel room to use because it's going to get a lot more 'rustic' after this. Don't need or want to do legs because I'm cycling. As I mentioned in my last post I'll be releasing my travel workout video when I get back but today In going to do 60 minutes of zero rest workout:pushupscrunchespullupsrepeat till 60 min is upThis workout is actually a bit different...

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Good travel nutrition for bodybuilders

The biggest challege for most travelling amateur bodybuilders is nutrition. The pros have traveling entourages of chefs and nutritionists, not us. When you do intense travel workouts like I will illustrate in next months video, you need protein 3-6 times a day and that is really tough while traveling. Take breakfast for example, you need your 25-35g protein. If you are at a restaurant, you typically only have fatty, salty breakfast meats or eggs. Although some restaurants will make you an egg white omelet with 9 egg whites, very few will. To get your 25-35g protein typically requires consuming 800-1000...

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Packing light

Part of long distance cycling trips is packing light, that means at most two of everything so there is room in the backpack for really impt things like protein powder :) More on that subject and travel nutrition tomorrow. The trick with laundry is getting it dry overnight so it can be worn the following morning. After rolling the wet laundry in a towel and dancing on it, its pretty dry. Socks are the toughest to dry, putting them over the days empty water bottles helps a lot. Here is tomorrows attire, all clean and drying.

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Step1: Locating healthy local food

Arrived in Thailand with a brief layover before starting the biking in Laos. First step is always the same in every country, find local healthy foods. In my case I need dried foods so they pack densely and dont perish quickly. I dont read a word of the language but shopping was still easy, this was sampler to devide what I like. Between the pictures and omni- present nutritional labels finding reasonable healthy travel snacjs was easy. For protein, we have squid, assorted nuts. Lots os interesting dried fruits for energy, guess Ill find out what a tamarind is :)...

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On way to Laos for 2+ weeks of intense cycling

Waiting for first flight which is 12hrs. Here I am with ALL my baggage, just on backpack with wheels. Only 25% is clothes and toiletries, the rest is photo gear ( two camcorders and a full size tripod) and the rest is protein bars and protein powder! Im not a big fan of meat so Ill be eating primarily rice, vegetables, fresh fruit and supplementing my diet with protein powder. After the plane door opens in Laos, Ill have to actually wear long sleeve shirts for malaria/mosquito protection so this may be the last normal photo, from here on Ill...

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Biking across Laos

Hey folks, I will be completely out of touch an unable to answer any questions until after the 6th of February. I have my backpack packed and I'm heading to Laos in 8 hours for some hardcore cycling. Gotta get ready for the Team Scooby Lifecycle in June which is 600 miles, after doing 80 miles a day for two weeks thru the jungles of Laos, the 600 mile LifeCycle should be a cakewalk.Stay tuned here on my blog, I will be posting travel progress here.While I'm gone, you experts please help answer folks questions on my YouTube Videos, on...

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T-shirt Design Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated! You all are amazingly talented! In the contest rules I stated that only the first prize winner would get a prize but because of the all the amazing designs, I decided to give three second prizes as well. In addition, I will be sending an autographed "Stand Out" shirt to everyone who entered. First Prize - this artist will get a 30 second plug at the end of one of my videos. This black "Stand Out" t-shirt will be given to success stories winners and contest winners on the AskScooby forum and facebook. (this...

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