It’s Monday. Also known as rest day 😀 Just walking for me, thank you. I was up somewhat early and made up some pumpkin oats for breakfast. Yeah, it’s June, but it was cool out this morning!
My legs feel fine today. 72 miles is a lot of miles, even for us. The funny thing is, I feel the most tired and sore the evening of the ride, but on Sunday, my legs felt quite good. I actually recover almost scarily fast.
I had some saddle soreness, but that was expected. I got new bike shorts a couple weeks ago and they are great! There was a 12 mile recovery ride to breakfast on Sunday morning, but just a slower pace and as flat as possible ride (for around here any way). It felt good just to ride a bit, but not too much.
Yeah, I have to say I have no interest in another 100 mile ride. After we had gone 40+ miles on Saturday I said to John, “What was the point of a ride this long?” His answer – “Because it’s a nice day”. Touche. Indeed it was.
I did have a calorie deficit for the entire day. I burned 3800 for the whole day and managed to eat about 3100. Funny how on a day like Thanksgiving or Christmas, I can pack away the calories and get that in easily (and more). On a long ride day, it is a struggle. Part of it is just being too busy actually riding to eat. The other is just not being hungry at all and having to sort of force myself to keep eating food. I usually end up being very hungry the next day, although Sunday was not too bad since I actually did get in a good amount of food for the day.
Shelley brought up a point about the stopping and keeping going is hard, but when biking, it is not so bad. Part of the reason is just the length of the ride and needing to get off and stretch the legs, but the other part is just that biking is much different than running as far as the pounding on the joints. It’s easier to get going again and keep going.
Of course, having to get home is the other thing. We could always make a ‘sag wagon’ call, but then it is a matter of A) finding someone with a large enough car for the bikes and B) someone that is home with said vehicle on a weekend LOL.
Are you tired of me talking about biking yet? I can keep going… Okay, I’ll stop. 😀
How about a snack and lunch instead?
Between breakfast and lunch, I had one of the new Zone Perfectly Simple bars. I had gotten some as samples, which I quite liked – even though they have soy protein – and so we bought a couple boxes (guess that worked for them, eh?). I think this peanut flavor is my favorite.
Then I worked up to lunch:
Note the bread! How’s that for a change? Again, I have been trying to increase my carbs with all the riding. Not that I want to bring back a lot of bread, but it goes well with a turkey burger. Pluot on the side.
There has been a little visitor that has been hanging around the garden lately. She has a collar, but I haven’t gotten too close to check it out. I don’t want to start petting her or getting her used to me since she isn’t our cat. I can almost feel that panicked feeling John gets when I start befriending cats. Pixie is not happy with the visitor:
She stares and chuffs at the window. The other kitty could care less. Poor Pixie’s liver.
Afternoon snack time.
I had this before going for a 15 minute walk. I have really been trying to get in that bit of walking most days to at least help my brain during work days.
Monday seems to be fish day around here. We got some nice salmon at the store yesterday. Marinated it in this:
John cooked that on the grill.
It was quite good. I really like that marinade.
I still prefer other proteins, but the salmon is a nice change and I know how good it is for me. Oh, and this picture? No direct sun ever comes in this window because it faces north, but it reflected in off the house next door with sunshine into our kitchen. Made for a nice shot.
I have catch up on work tonight, plus more walking and making a lesson plan for meeting with my new literacy learner tomorrow. Yep, it’s Monday!