Saturday riding!

Temps were really hot this weekend! Now it feels like summer.  We headed down to Saratoga this Saturday.  We did try to stay in more shade on the way down as much as we could, but there was still a lot of sun.


Here is me pretending to take a selfie while riding.  I was actually stopped, but we can pretend 😀


We had to stop so John could fiddle with my derailleur as my gears weren’t meshing right. It’s a simple fix of tightening a screw, which is good.


Snack stop around 12 miles or so. John wanted to take my picture for a change.



I was trying to show off my date, but it just looks like I was trying to put it up my nose.  Klassy.  I was already pretty sweaty, too.

Arrival in Saratoga and waiting to cross route 50.


You can’t go on this road as a cyclist. Not totally sure why because it isn’t much different than the main road on the way down. Go figure. So we just cross over it and take the back way in to town.

I packed my lunch since I wanted a cupcake, but John bought his at a falafel place.  Here is my spread: PB and J sandwich, 1/2 pound of blueberries (!!) and Almond Thins.



It doesn’t look like much, but I had a protein bar just before we left and I wanted to save room and calories for my big cuppie! Not to mention I ate a bunch of John’s pita chips  :mrgreen: 

After we ate, we walked a little bit around the park.



Also by the natural mineral springs.



People bring all kinds of containers to fill up with the mineral water. I think it tastes terrible. It has a salty metallic taste.  Now, I love bathing in it, but I don’t like to drink it.

Time for cupcakes!  We went to Parkside Eatery, which has giant cupcakes that are really good. Mine was a lemon blueberry cupcake topped with lemon buttercream.



Yum!  We were talking about how much we enjoy biking season and part of it is the treats. I would never ride my indoor trainer for 3 hours in the winter to be able to eat a cupcake, but riding outside in the summer is one of my very favorite things!

We didn’t dawdle because it was hot out and only going to get hotter, so I lathered up with sunscreen again and we headed home.

This was after getting to the top of the hilly section and being glad that was done!






I freeze the coconut water so that by the time we ride home it is slushy and wonderfully cold. The baggie is to keep condensation from mucking up things in my bag.

Corn as far as the eye can see!



It was good to get home. 



Ride stats:

Total miles: 42.4

Average speed: 12.8 mph

Top speed: 30.8 mph (wheee!!!)

Calories burned: 1470

I spent the rest of the day hydrating.  It was so hot!  Even though I put sunscreen on twice, I still got a little bit pink. 3 hours in the sun sweating and that is going to happen.  We decided that if the temps are going to be this hot next weekend, we will do a breakfast ride on Saturday instead of a cupcake ride so we can get out and back before it gets too hot.

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15 thoughts on “Saturday riding!

  1. Shelley B

    I don’t think you ate enough blueberries! 😉

    Summer is definitely here – I can’t imagine running in the heat of the day, with the sun beating down on me. Good job getting in such a long bike ride in those conditions!
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    1. Lori Post author

      Almond thins – they are actually called Nut Thins by Blue Diamond. Made from nut flour. They are really good.

  2. Helen

    It was a wonderful summer weekend, but you’re right, very sunny and hot. And I was in it all day on Saturday too and some of Sunday. I have today off and was almost glad it’s a bit overcast so I don’t feel “obligated” to get to the beach lol!

    I so get being able to bike for hours outside and not inside. I feel that exact way about running 😀
    Helen´s last blog post ..Just Life

    1. Lori Post author

      We were going to go on a hike on Sunday, but it was so hot that we just did our usual early morning breakfast ride and called it a day.

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