What a wonderful Saturday! I actually didn’t sleep very well last night. It was hot and we had changed the flannel sheets off the bed, so not sure if that made me restless or what, but I would like to have slept in some before the ride. Nevertheless, coffee and breakfast always make things better 😀
Superfoods to fuel up! After a leisurely breakfast and some housework, we packed up some snacks and were ready to hit the trail.
Biker thighs are ready 😉 I look 4 feet tall in this picture, but I am really 5’2″. Today was a 40-mile scheduled ride. The bike path along this route is actually a wide shoulder of a main road for most of the way, so it isn’t quite as nice as the regular path. We cross over the bridge leaving town here:
To avoid the instate overpass, we detoured around Moreau State Park, and I jumped up and down when I saw these along the side of the road:
Yay!!! Little pops of color. Actually, you can just see the faintest shimmer of green in the trees as the buds are starting to pop. Green is coming! The ride there is very hilly and challenging, not to mention the headwind. We stopped half way and had a snack. Phew! 20 miles from home and we arrived.
Today is my sister’s birthday, so we met her in Saratoga and took her out to lunch at Ravenous:
The crepe place! Yum. I had a crepe filled with scrambled eggs (redundant, I guess), cheddar cheese, and broccoli! Served with pommes frites:
Happy birthday Colleen!!
John and I decided to walk around town after eating and window shop. Saratoga is really a very cute city. A little spendy, but cute. I kind of would like to live here, just for a little more nightlife
Needed dessert, and a new cupcake shop opened up called Betties Cakes.
It’s very retro.
One thing I appreciate about this place is how there are 3 different sizes of cupcakes. They actually bought this business from Spa City Cupcakes and redesigned everything. I got the medium size cupcake, which was the perfect size:
Blueberry pancake, which is a blueberry cupcake topped with maple buttercream frosting. I had it alongside a cup of coffee. It was outstanding! I could have sat there happily with a bowl of this frosting and a spoon. 😳 This just makes me want to open a cupcake shop….
After this, we hit the road back home. Interestingly, it was much faster coming back than getting there, and we shaved 10 minutes off the time. I don’t know if it was just the tailwind or if the hills were more up on the way there? Maybe both. Or maybe we were powered by cupcake. We cruised home pretty easily, although the last hill to our house is just a killer. I was kind of tired at that point.
Distance: 40.5 miles
Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes
Average speed: 12.7 mph (11.9 first half, 13.6 second half)
Top speed: 27.7 mph (Hills – woo hoo!)
I felt great after we got back. I could go farther, but not sure how much. It feels so good to have these kind of bike legs in early April! All that winter work paid off. I know I can bike 100 miles this summer.
Calorie burn for this ride is probably about 1,000. I give myself between 20 and 25 calories per mile, depending on how hard the ride is, just to be conservative. Snacks consumed during this ride included a homemade granola bar, some dried pineapple, and an apple. Then another granola bar after we got home.
Dinner time! Easy cooking stuff since we are a little tired. Brussel sprouts, strawberries and Pierogies!
I ate these all the time when I was younger and forgot how good they are.
Company coming over tonight and lots of relaxing in store. We are having Easter lunch/dinner at my sister’s tomorrow, but I also have to work, as per every Sunday.
Did you have a fabulous day?