Saturday was just a stunner of a day. Even though it was 30 degrees and frost when we got up, we knew the high was going to get up into the upper 50s. That is biking weather, people! We unhooked the bikes from the trainers and got them down the stairs.
It was time for breakfast. The go-to for long rides? You know what it is 😀
Banana custard oats with cashew butter and blueberry jam. Had a nice relaxed morning while waiting for the temps to rise enough to head out. I could barely contain my excitement!
It was a wee bit chilly at the start, and we had some layers on, but there was not even the slightest breeze and it was sunny. I was so happy to be riding. John came up next to me and I had a huge grin on my face, which he commented should be on the blog.
So here it is!
You can tell it is fall around here. This is part of a detour we take to avoid being near the interchange to the highway. It adds a couple miles to the trip, but worth it. This is around the 10 mile mark.
Arrived in Saratoga after 22 miles and ready to fill up on carbs! We were going to go to Uncommon Grounds as we like to, but the line was practically out the door and we didn’t want to have to deal with that. So we walked up the street to Brueggers.
I had an apple bagel with pumpkin cream cheese.
It was pretty good, but not near as good as Uncommon Grounds. I also pulled out my pear to have.
Quite a lot of shoppers out today. Maybe because the weather was so gorgeous!
Then it was time for the reason for the ride 😀
Cupcake Lab! I had some trouble deciding what to have. The maple cupcakes really caught my eye – so I got the regular size of that one.
It was a maple cupcake with maple frosting and sprinkled with maple sugar. A maple trifecta!
I also got one of the 2-bite cupcakes. Heath bar.
It was a chocolate cupcake with heath bits on it. It was good, but I have come to realize that I like non-chocolate flavors best for my baked goods. Does that make me weird?
John got a big size of the heath and a fresh baked butterscotch oatmeal cookie (yum). These were perfect along side fresh brewed coffee. Got to love the big calorie burn days!
It was nice to sit and chat, too. Our schedules are so busy and funny how we both work at home and still need to make time to spend together.
A little more walking around and it was time to pedal home. My legs were feeling really good. Again, no wind helped. We often face winds on this ride, so it sure was nice today! After the 32 mile mark, we stopped for a bit of a break since it was after a big climbing hill. Look at the long shadows:
I’ve never been so tall! I had some coconut water (you knew that was coming, right?).
Perfect fuel to finish out the ride. I am surprised I still had bike legs this good! It appears that my lower half seems to be just fine thankyouverymuch.
You could tell every bike out today was appreciating this chance to have another ride. Lots of waving and head nodding 😀
44.8 miles – eh, 45!
Average speed: 13.3 mph
Top speed 22.4 mph
Calories burned: 1382 – woohoo!
My appetite was really dampened by this ride, but I knew I needed to eat food tonight. I had half of a protein muffin that John baked this morning:
and then we watched TV for a while waiting for some sort of appetite.
After a while, I got craving some veggies, so I cooked up this for dinner.
Sweet potato topped with laughing cow and sauteed broccoli and a cute little macintosh apple.
The balance bar was pictured there, but I didn’t eat it. I ate the plated stuff and just wasn’t hungry. Funny how large amounts of exercise make me so not hungry for a while.
About 9 pm, I did feel hunger kicking in again and had some granola and a couple Dove Promises.
We brought the bikes back inside again. Pixie doesn’t really like them, but she has to investigate.
All in all a good day, but it is November, so unless we get lucky again, this was probably the last cupcake ride until spring! Now it will have to be biking on the trainer and then driving down there LOL!