{WELL ON THE ROAD} Brock Cannon

IMAGE via Brock Cannon

IMAGE via Brock Cannon

Brock Cannon
Author & Professional Tree Hugger

Most recently in: Augusta, Georgia (man that sounds so exotic)

The one snack you can always find in my carry on is: Bananas or LaraBars

Tell us your in-flight ritual: When I first get seated, I pull out my journal and use that first 15 minutes do some gratitude reflection. The headphones go on too. I find that I can avoid the tension of boarding an airplane by putting on music that puts me in a happy, peaceful state. Once I'm up in the air, I pull out my laptop and use that time to work on my books, send thank you letters, or just journal more random thoughts. If it's a long flight, I usually always take a nice nap. For my food choices on the plane, I almost never eat what they give out, even if I'm in first class. As a vegan, there is NEVER an option for me, so I just bring my own stuff. The bottom-line for me on planes: plane time is my game time; I've literally written entire books by using airplane time effectively. 

How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? Immediately upon landing, I chug 20 ounces of water, sometimes with a packet of Amazing Grass added in if I have one. Once at the hotel, I move my body by taking a short walk, a short run, 25 push-ups or if anything that moves me. Moving definitely decreases the effects jet lag. 

Describe your workout on the road style: Growing up as a pro cyclist, I love biking. However, on the road it's pretty tough. Up until 2 years ago I was still racing actively, so I'd rent a bike if I were able to. Nowadays I'm more of a runner. The first run in a new city is always really fun for me. I put on music, lace up and head out to explore what's around. I love finding new parks, new restaurants, cool museums and always make the first run just a complete surprise. If the weather is bad, I do a short run on the treadmill, and some weight training. Truth me told though, I hate gyms so I also do push-ups in my room, step-ups on chairs, wall sits etc. Music is always a must for me. My hotel neighbors probably hate me. 

How do you keep sickness at bay? Hydration is huge for me. In the morning I do 40 ounces of water or liquid green drink before my coffee. If I feel like my body is just really tired, I do supplement with zinc and vitamin C. Staying away from sugar is key. I meet with hundreds of people each weekend, so washing my hands is huge too. When we sick on the road, I think that we build up a stronger immunity to things, yet I've very, very rarely been sick in 6 years of travel to hundreds of locations. 

What's your 'go-to' restaurant item when traveling? Being vegan an awesome salad is great, but veggie burrito is definitely a favorite.

What do you do to stay grounded? I have a pretty specific morning routine, which really grounds me for the entire day: waking up with gratitude journaling, working out, and a short meditation. I also love to take short power naps! 

What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? I really like to video chat. It offers a feeling of greater connection versus just texting or talking for a few minutes on the phone. It definitely can be hard. Sending funny messages and laughing even though we are in different places is really great too. 

Splitting his time between Utah and New York, Brock Cannon is an author, life coach, and vegan ultra endurance athlete. Follow his adventures online via Facebook and Instagram.