Breckenridge, Colorado

A short post about FOOD on the TransAm!
 
TransAm is basically eating your way through gas stations across the rural United States. Like any ride or exercise activity for a prolonged amount of time, you’re trying to get really good calorie value—which means you end up eating a lot of junk food. But you also have to get some kind of nutrition, otherwise you’re going to be running on pure carb-and-sugar fumes. 
 
It’s funny: you start to see patterns when you stop at places with different riders. We all like to have baked goods. CLIF Bars are always great. Those Odwalla smoothies! Anything that’s green like that is really great. Fresh bananas and bagels ... A lot of the stuff we end up eating is super sugary. So I know that I—and a lot of other people—start craving savory stuff. 
 
My perspective is sort of limited because I don’t eat meat, and can’t eat much dairy because I’m lactose intolerant. But I eat some things that have dairy in them—my fair share of Snickers bars.
 
I get to a point where I’ve burned so many calories, I walk into a store and feel my eyes lock in to the one thing I’m craving. So I’m like, my body is probably lacking that! 
 
On the interior stretches—Wisconsin, Montana—where there are really limited food options, just having something that isn’t brown on your plate is really nice. Like finding a Mexican place with veggie fajitas. I just rolled in to Silverthorne, Colorado today, and the clouds opened up and light shone down on a Chipotle sign, and I got a giant burrito full of veggies and needless to say, it was pretty miraculous.
 
One thing you don’t realize at first is the amount of electrolytes you miss. You get a lot if you drink Gatorade. I’ve been eating an absurd amount of salt recently. Even the saltiest foods don’t taste salty to me anymore; I’ve been adding salt to everything like crazy because I’ve been sweating it right back out. A lot of racers carry hydration pills—that’s a really smart move, one I wasn’t smart enough to prepare before the race. I’ll just take my super salty gas station pickles, extra soy sauce, and extra salt packets when I can. 
 
In short: race food is everything you’re not supposed to eat, to be a healthy person. Tons of salt, tons of calories, tons of sugar. The more processed, the better. And then get the nutrition in when you’re in towns that have real food. When those restaurants are still open. All of us will have earned a really solid detox diet after the race is done.