Happy Monday! This is the last day of my 4-day weekend, sigh. There were a lot of great comments on yesterday’s post, so click here if you haven’t read it. Guess we just never know until time passes whether the weight will stay off. I think the important thing is to not become complacent.
Anyway, no gym for me today because I wanted to ride! Not going to strength train on a heavy riding day. I fueled up with some protein pancakes and cafe au lait.
I added 1 tsp of coconut oil to the batter to help slow down the digestion on this meal a little bit. Then I showered and got ready to ride. On days of a long ride, here is what I do. First thing when I get up, I drink 2 big glasses of water. First thing before I do anything else. That way my body will rehydrate what it needs and get rid of the rest before I hit the trails. Then I eat a good breakfast and let that settle for a while. Sometimes I will have a snack if the ride is a little later in the morning, like I did today – which was a homemade granola bar.
I rode solo today, so there are some very important things that get packed into my bike bags:
Tire repair items. This includes the wrench if I need to remove the back tire, the tire lifters on the left (forget the real name of these, but they wedge the tire out), a spare tube, and a CO2 cartridge and nozzle. These things are always in my front bag.
My back bag contains these items:
Okay, the helmet goes on my head, but these include sunscreen, a bottle of hand sanitizer, pain reliever, phone (very important when going alone), 2 water bottles, one of which is in my bottle cage, and a map (because I was taking a new route).
Also extremely important:
Not necessary things I bring include snacks, my camera, a brush, and a cap.
Today’s ride was to Lake George, but I went a different route, which was mostly off the path:
I was a little nervous, as the shoulder was kind of narrow for a chunk of the ride, but there was not much traffic. I went this way to add miles onto the trip while going to the lake and because we thought it would be more flat (not). Had a snack after mile 15:
I moved away from that trailer there as it had horse poo in it and was fragrant 😡 It was the only pull off spot, though, because of a guard rail. This trail went up the lake on the non tourist side, so I got to see some beautiful houses and the accompanying views that they have:
Sigh… gotta start buying lottery tickets!
Reached the village after 21 miles.
Beautiful day, although there was a pretty stiff head wind, which you can see with the waves. Americade is just getting started, which is a motorcycle haven. I had forgotten about it.
I was the only thing on 2 wheels not powered by an engine. Lake George gets really loud during Americade.
I had lunch of a half sandwich and a vegan tomato soup which tasted like a rich marinara sauce. So good!
Plus a packed granola bar:
The view from my table:
(see the wind?). After lunch, I looked at some of the landscaping:
Aliums in bloom:
Then I decided to head home, as there was some thought of rain in the forecast for later in the afternoon. I decided to take the path back instead of the way I came. It was like the Emerald City.
Isn’t that crazy green? Took a breather after 30 miles:
34 miles done. Okay, who didn’t see this coming?
This was Angel food cake yogurt topped with raspberries. Swooooonnnn! I almost fell out of my chair it was so good. Surprisingly, I did not finish this. That has never happened before, but it seemed like a bigger portion than normal and my lunch actually stuck pretty well.
After that rest, I headed home. Is it possible to have a love affair with a pair of shoes?
If so, I am having one with my clip shoes. I adore them.
Total miles: 40.1
Top speed: 25.7 mph
Avg speed: 11.4 mph
Ride time: 3:40 hours (not including breaks)
Calories burned: 1180
I felt great after this ride. Not really that tired, even though the hills themselves were tiring. No walking up any hill today! Woo Hoo!
I munched some cashews while dinner cooked:
John grilled some chicken and caramelized some onions for dinner, so I decided to spread some laughing cow on top of the chicken and top with the onions.
So freaking good. These were vidalia onions, too. I wonder if I would like plain old onions caramelized or not.
What a great way to cap off my extended weekend. Back to the grind tomorrow, though. At least until I win that lottery 😀
Cupcake snack calling my name right now……