Saratoga Ride!

Another great Saturday for riding!  We  are joking that we aren’t getting anything done around the house or doing errands because we have been saving them for a rainy weekend and there haven’t been any for a while!   We headed down to Saratoga.  It was all road riding down and we took a more straight path, so not as many pictures on the way down.

I felt really good on Saturday, too.  When John and I ride, we rarely ride side by side – pretty  much single file.  We swap out the lead every few miles unless one of us is tired.  Or when I have hill legs – then look out because I stomp on the pedal!  I had hill legs today!

We stopped around 11 miles in for a snack:

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This is in the Moreau State Park area, which is really nice and wooded.

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About 15 miles into the ride, we started to pick up a headwind.  I didn’t mind that too much since we only had about 6 miles to go and that would mean a nice tail wind on the way home!

Mile 21 and we arrived into downtown Saratoga.  It’s full on track season right now and it’s all about horse racing.  Saratoga is really a tourist destination.  It’s kind of an expensive city, though.  Lots of unique shopping:

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I was so hungry in this store:

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We decided to carb up with a bagel!  I know, imagine that.

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I had brought along some coconut water lemonade.  This was pretty good. It’s more tart than straight up lemonade, but quite good when icy cold.  I had half and saved the rest for the ride home.

We walked around a lot this day.  John accidentally left his tracker on after we got off the bikes and we ended up walking 3.5 miles!

Horse decoration:

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Very blingy, but he should have ditched the hat  (the horse, not John.)

Shelley, here is an idea for you that we saw at the yarn store:

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Then it was time for cuppies!!  We tried a new place called Park Side Eatery.  We had checked it out earlier and when I saw a maple cupcake with a pecan filling – I was totally sold!

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This was delicious!  We spent a lot of time chatting, too.  It’s funny how we both work at home, but we don’t always get the time to just sit and talk for long periods of time.

Time to head home with a tail wind!  We cooked the whole way home and didn’t stop except for 1 time – at the top of a long rolling hill section.

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I had the rest of my coconut water and a few bites of John’s protein bar.

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Lots and lots of wildflowers are in bloom now.  Here is some Queen Anne’s lace.

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Zoom and we were home!   We were booking!  We did 13.1 miles per hour on the way down and finished at 13.8 on the way home, which meant we had to have been averaging 14-15 on the way back!

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Ride stats:

Total miles: 43.3

Average speed:  13.8

Top speed:  27.5  mph

Calories burned:  1480.

Rides in the mid 40s for mileage are pretty much perfect for me.  It feels like enough for a good workout out and not so much that I am exhausted.   In fact, we went out and shopped at the mall after dinner! 😀

It was after 5 o’clock when we got home because we spent so much time in Saratoga.  Here was what I had for dinner.  Cheese omelet, tortilla chips and fruit.

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 It’s somewhat light because I don’t like huge meals after a day of riding.  I do a lot of grazing in the evening when I start getting hungry again, so that I get my calories in 😀  

I hit my 400 miles for July this weekend, too! Yippee!

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17 thoughts on “Saratoga Ride!

  1. Shelley B

    Love reading about a great bike ride! So glad you are getting such beautiful weather to get your biking in! 🙂

    Yarn bombed chairs – fun! And I love those hats – I guess that just goes with horseracing, fancy hats?

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    1. Lori Post author

      Yes – hats are the thing at the track. Gotta love it – guys in tshirts and jeans, women dressed to the 9s in fancy hats.

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  2. debby

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Gee, you’ve got four days left to get to 500…work, what work? Really, that is so impressive that you made it to that goal before the end of the month.

    Your cheese omelet made me want a cheese quesadilla!

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  3. Sharon

    Looks like fun! See that it might be raining up your way this morning. We had terrible weather here last night and were without power for over 3 hours. But as Bill reminded me, at least we still had a house. Many didn’t!

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  4. Helen

    These rides and walk arounds always look like so much fun. It’s nice that you guys have this hobby together! I don’t know why but it just occurred to me that when you do this, you spend a good portion of day doing it.

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    1. Lori Post author

      They are the highlight of my week a lot of times! We usually don’t get back quite so late, but we spent a lot more time than usual walking around and then chatting over the cuppies, but that’s the purpose, right?

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  5. Fran

    What a lovely ride and you are so right just to go riding if the weather is good. There’s plenty of time for tasks during Winter.

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  6. Biz

    OMG, I almost spit out my coffee at the thought of Shelley making those chairs – ha! Love that the weather has been good to you over the weekends!

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  7. Lisa

    I’m with you. Michael and I rarely ride side by side. Besides the fact that there really isn’t room on the paths/streets here so it would be unsafe, we aren’t the same speed. So he usually goes ahead of me. 🙂

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