Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my ride yesterday! I woke up feeling pretty much fine this morning, surprisingly. I did take Tylenol PM last night and got a good night’s sleep. I actually was about 2 parsecs away from going to the gym to do some lifting, but then I figured a rest day would probably do me better.
I do have to say that one thing about me that is sore would be my abs. When you bike up hills, if you pull on the handlebars towards you, your legs can get more power. Of course, doing that contracts the abs (try pulling something towards you that is immovable and you will see what I mean). So, I think having my abs pulled in so much during that long climb is what made them sore today. Anyone who thinks biking is only for the legs is sorely mistaken!
I was hungry for brekkie today.
I made cream of wheat banana custard style and topped with 1 tbsp of Nutella. I wish I could have slathered it in Nutella, but dang that stuff is almost more caloric than PB! I felt like some crunch, so I did a little sprinkle of granola on there.
I got right to work. I actually had 2 days off from work, as I took yesterday off. That was weird LOL! A whole weekend. I kind of forgot what that feels like.
Lunch break contained some of my yogurt mash.
Not pictured is the half serving of straight up protein powder I had mixed with water. I was hungry and needed a protein hit, so I just slugged that. I was pretty protein deficient yesterday.
Since I haven’t talked enough about the ride yesterday, I do have some more musings. I have to say that I was surprised at the caliber of the riders yesterday. At least on the longer ride. John said there were others that seemed less fit (for lack of a better term) doing the 15 mile ride. I really didn’t see anyone else as we started before and ended after the shorter distance riders.
I was also a little surprised at how aching my legs were at the end of this ride. I honestly do not think I could have biked another mile. I think it is because I truly pushed myself just about to my limit as far as intensity goes. This ride was much harder than our 100-mile ride – isn’t that weird? Makes me think I could do a little more pushing on my own.
I doubt that I would do this next year. More because of the fundraising aspect of it. I was a little uncomfortable hitting people up for donations, and I didn’t want anyone to feel badly if they did not donate. I know I can’t donate to everyone that asks. There are just too many causes and not enough money. I would rather just pay an entry fee for a charitable race and be done with it.
I also still have problems with body perception. I was feeling like the biggest rider there (some ultra lean people were riding). When I went to pick up my t-shirt, the person at the table pointed out “The smalls are over here”. I thought “What?” Then I looked at the medium (which is better than me usually grabbing a large) and I was holding them up to me. John told me to get the small, then another woman said “Get the small, you are a small.”
I still don’t think I am a small. Of course, part of that is from my biceps
I did end up getting the small because I think the sizes ran big. You can see me holding up the small in this post. So, guess I still have work to do there.
For an afternoon snack, I had a pumpkin scone (recipe coming tomorrow) with my latte.
Geez, I love pumpkin. I mentioned this on Facebook the other day, but I contacted a rep at Libby’s and was told that pumpkin should be in stock by the end of the month and there was not a shortage anticipated (but I suppose you never can tell about that). Let’s all do that happy dance!
Dinner time! Using up the tag end of some things.
Baked crab cake. I use hot sauce like some people use ketchup. The bottle is mostly gone and I know that I had 99% of it. Ooops.
Without a workout today, I had an extra hour and a half or so today. I actually got some house cleaning done for a change. Rest days can be good things!
Wish me luck on the football game tonight. John and I are tied so far and dinner for the week is riding on the Jets/Ravens game. I picked the Ravens.
Snack for the game?