An Unhinged Conversation on an Aeroplane

by | Feb 16, 2017

It is tough to keep the weight loss program in check on a 24 hour business class trip to Melbourne with a layover in Abu Dhabi.   There are all kinds of tempting deliciousness available at the press of a button or wave of the hand. I am pleased to say that I shunned the lot of it and stuck to my protein, fruit and vegetable plan. This all led to an Unhinged conversation.

I knew that I was a winner when, unprompted, the cabin crew called me over to settle a nutritional debate about the good old avocado. Why did they ask me for assistance? Because they could tell that “I was healthy” and “into sport”. Probably because I was the only punter in business class asking for tomato juice and sending the bread away.

The conversation went like this:

Cabin Crew: “Is an Avocado full of fat?”

Unhinged Cyclist: “Yes.”

Cabin Crew: “But is it ‘good fat’?”

Unhinged Cyclist: “Yes it is.”

Cabin Crew: “Should we eat it regularly?”

Unhinged Cyclist: “Absolutely. Every day.”

We then had a small group discussion on the distinction between Trans fats, Saturated Fats and Unsaturated Fats; Omega Essential Fats; why sugar is the enemy and the Insulin System. To be fair the Australian amongst their contingent was preparing a rather tasty looking Quinoa, Avocado and Feta salad for them all, which precipitated the discussion. Alas, they did not invite me to dine with them.

If you enjoy the blogs by the Unhinged Cyclist, you will also like the ramblings of local coach Paul Butler. His recent blog on weight loss is moderately funny I have to say.

Paul also gave me some good advice on getting to Cat 2 earlier in the year:

“Race Lots”

Very good advice indeed, which (subject to the necessary approvals of Mrs Unhinged of course) I intend to follow. Similar to the advice of Eddie Merckx on how to improve as a bike rider:

“Ride Lots”

Also very good advice. My own version of this advice is:

“Read Lots”

There is so much stuff out there that can be adapted to the needs of a club rider. I recently wrote about 3 things that I was trying. I probably have another 4 or 5 projects on the go for this season to see if they improve matters.

Of course, if you don’t enjoy researching obscure technical things in a geeky and Unhinged manner then you can always employ the services of a coach. I believe that Paul would be interested in taking on new clients. My own coaching offering is being defined at the moment. Watch this space.

Thanks for reading and enjoy that Avocado.

Next up a report on my Australian ‘training camp’.




  1. Mrs B

    So you are responsible for the avocado shortage that was in the news at the end of last year :0). With a back ground in nutrition I would suggest moderation even with your good fats but then you wouldn’t be unhinged and so interesting to follow.

    • Rob Stephenson

      Thanks Mrs Bowker. Yes, I do agree regarding moderation of good fats. Calories are calories at the end of the day and should be limited! I just think it is probably better to eat good fats than carbs if trying to get rid of a bit of timber!


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