Since today is the last day of July, it is time for the monthly wrap up of my goals, so you have to read through that before you get to cupcakes 😀
Here are my goals and how I did last month.
- Stretching –I was supposed to stretch 3 times a week. I give myself a C on this one. I just forget! I can’t believe how hard it is to remember to do stretching, because it does feel good.
- 400 miles on my bike – Not only did I do 400 miles, but I did 505! I was shocked. I did not ride every single day, either. It helped doing an 88 mile day and a 100 mile day, though. I did ride in the rain a little (88 mile day), but I did not ride a lot when it was super hot.
- No caffeine for a week. I did it! It actually wasn’t that bad. I found also that it did not have much of an effect on me other than feeling a little tired the first couple days. This is not an experiment I will do again any time soon, though.
- Walking 3 times during the day – I did okay with this. Some days I just walked twice because I either forgot 😳 or it was too durn hot to go out in the afternoon. This is something I need to stick with doing.
A decent month. I do find that I get overly ensconced in work and forget the walking, which I really need to work on. On the scale front – no budgie. That stops now. I’ll talk about that with a little tough love tomorrow.
Now on to the part you all are waiting for – the ride! John was feeling pretty well and up for a long ride, so we decided to go. It was just a gorgeous day on Saturday. A little warm, but that’s okay. A little windy, too – not so okay, but what are you going to do, right?
Kelly asked whether we take our bikes somewhere first to ride. The answer is no. We start every ride from home and either go north or south. The only time we took our bikes was for the farm tour ride a couple weeks ago.
We decided to head down to Saratoga after lunch for a cupcake ride. We rode a nice tailwind on the way down. After 11 miles, we took a water break. I puffy heart my insulated camelbak!
Hooray for shade! I love this side road because there is hardly any traffic and it is nice and shaded.
It is right near a state park, too.
Then we booked on down to Saratoga for another 11 miles. It went so fast because of the tailwind. Not to mention I was rocking out the pace making. My legs felt awesome with 2 days rest. I told John I was kicking ass and taking names today! Average speed of 14.5 miles per hour on the way down.
At mile 22, we reached the Bread Basket:
It’s a cute little place.
They sell a lot of bread (you think?)
And cupcakes. I had a carrot cake one with a big iced coffee:
It’s so cute!
It was a gut bomb, though. Very dense carrot cake. The frosting was cream cheese frosting, but that was not overly sweet, which is a good thing.
After eating that, we crossed the street to walk around Congress Park. They have an old carousel that you can ride:
The park has kind of a Greek and Roman theme to it.
Lots of fountains and marble.
This statue was part of a Palladian circle or something like that. It’s supposed to be Pan.
I find him mildly creepy and I think I might have nightmares after writing this post.
There also was an abundance of cuteness:
Seems like a late clutch for ducklings, but so cute!
I just wanted to pick the up and cuddle them, but I don’t think the mother would have been too happy with that!
That let our cupcakes settle some and it was time to head back. This was into the wind for most of the ride back. My legs were feeling so good that I took up most of the front riding. We stopped at mile 34 for a breather.
And some refreshment!
I was pretty hot by this point, too. That extra work of going against the wind and being in the sun, plus warm temps. Phew! We then booked the rest of the way home. Still managed a really good pace for the ride home, wind and all. Rest days do so much for leg strength, they really do! So take them. 😀
No sunburn thanks to liberal slathering of sunscreen a couple of times.
Total miles: 44.8
Ride time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Average speed: 14.1 mph
25.4 top speed
Calories burned: 1420
Cupcakes consumed: 1 large.
After the ride – beautiful cold seltzer water!
Don’t you just want to dive into that glass?
Question: How was your July?