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All About The Journey

Whew! 30 miles down!

Photo on 2010-03-24 at 11.03
I don’t really know what’s a good time versus a bad time since I’m still pretty new to all this but I rode 30 miles in 2 hours and it seemed pretty good to me. I’ll take it.
I’m actually quite proud of myself!! I had a GREAT ride this morning and my legs felt super duper strong. All this cycling + running must be really giving me some muscle power because I was able to conquer all the hills, no problem. Plus, I successfully have mastered not only drinking water while riding but also riding in traffic! Now I feel totally confident unclipping one foot for a stoplight and then clipping in with the cars. Sounds scary and it was…..REALLY scary actually, at first. It took me a solid month and a half I think to really feel confident on the bike and now I can honestly say I really enjoy it! Especially the long rides because I can totally clear all the junk out of my mind and just be present. I always have to remind myself its not so much about the destination as it is about the journey. 🙂 Yoga + cycling = calm Jenna.
After 15 miles I ate these:

They were okay. Pretty sweet and I had to stop to eat the whole bag (I haven’t mastered eating while riding yet). I prefer Clif shot blocks…or Haribo gummy bears 🙂
I was starving when I got home….no wonder! Biking burns some mega calories!

Hot dang. Looks like I’ll be eating all day loooooong! 🙂
I got right to it with two slices of cold pizza. I was too hungry to heat them up!

I also had an apple and another piece of my chocolate truffle bar.
I’m off to meet Marcy for book stuff….and get a cappuccino! Then, its off to the studio. Have a good one and remember you only have a few more hours for the cycling hat raffle!

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  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    March 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Awesome ride!! (and I love the nail color ;-))

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Congrats on 30 miles!! That is a huge accomplishment!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    March 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    way to go! that’s a great time! so jealous of that calorie burn though…it’s a little too snowy and wet here today for anything like that 🙂

  • Erin
    March 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Does that say you burned 1310 calories???

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    March 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Wow!! I love seeing you progress on the bike. I would be terrified to clip in alongside the cars AND drink water. I can barely un-grab the bars to scratch my face 🙂

    <3 Haribo Gummy Bears!!

  • The PFB @ Paris Food Blog
    March 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    congrats! 30 miles sounds soooo long. glad to hear you feel confident on your vélo
    a bientot
    the paris food blague

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    March 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Leftover cold pizza is way better than leftover hot pizza in my opinion! GREAT RIDE JENNA!

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    March 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Nice ride, two hours wow, and mega calories is right 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    March 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Wow! Great ride and such a good burn!! Jealous of your pizza still 😉

  • Jen (Running With Cake)
    March 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    OMG! Did you really burn 1,310 calories! Sports beans? Not sure I’d eat beans when riding a bike 😉 It just sounds funny!

  • Paige (RAN)
    March 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Nice ride, Jenna! Props to you for driving with the traffic. I’d be petrified! Love the nail polish color 🙂

  • Mama Pea
    March 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Sweet ride! I love that you aren’t afraid to try new workouts, and how much you’ve changed from that little runner girl. This blog should be called Eat, Live, Grow!

  • cara
    March 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Wow that is a lot of calories. Awesome. hehe. Congrats on the ride!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    March 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    30 miles–way to go! You’ve inspired me to push myself further today at the gym. Thanks.

  • Erin
    March 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Biking is so cathartic for me too. Especially out in the middle of nowhere, when it’s just me + my bike, I feel so peaceful. I can’t wait for biking season!!
    I would consider 30 miles in 2 hours excellent time, btw 🙂

  • Kelly
    March 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Sometimes cold pizza tastes even better than warm pizza!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    March 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    You are so right, it’s all about the journey – the destination is only a plus!

  • Ameena
    March 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Way to go! 30 miles in 2 hours is amazing…I think it would probably take me 5X that time!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    March 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    30 miles-woohoo!!!!

  • Jenny
    March 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Way to burn them lady!

  • Lauren
    March 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I’m surprised you started out using the clip-ins, as it IS scary to clip in and out, and not necessary when you’re just beginning. However, I guess now is as good as any time to learn! This will be my second summer of road cycling and I’m still using classic pedals. Should be interesting to see how my century goes at the end of April when my friend is using clip-ins and I’m not.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    March 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    WOW 30 miles! Congrats! I really want to start biking, but I am SO nervous about riding in traffic! I would love it if you could give me some tips!!


  • Therese
    March 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Whoa! Great job on the ride and calorie burn! I’ve been thinking of getting a bike this spring and everytime I read your blog it makes me want to more and more! You’re doing so amazing and are going to ROCK that race!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    March 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Wow! Cycling does burn tons of calories. I wish we had bikes, I could use something outdoors besides running since it’s gorgeous out right now. Great job!

  • Stephanie
    March 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    What a great ride!
    Where did you get your dishes? I’m loving the pattern.

  • Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine
    March 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    How fun! I love riding my bike but there are no good trails where I live. What kind of nail polish is that?!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    March 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Great work on the ride!!!! Once you master clip pedals there really is no going back (to regular pedals that is!)

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    March 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Sounds like a great ride– I imagine it would be REALLY scary riding in traffic at first! Glad you feel so comfortable! And– holy calorie burn!

  • amanda
    March 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    What an awesome bike ride for ya!! Btw, I have the same Garmin and love it. Never hooked it to my bike though. Ohhh and I love the nail polish!!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    March 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Woow, big congrats to you for 30miles, you must be stoked! I think you should have a well earned day off now!
    Have a good arvo 🙂

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit
    March 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I’m always amazed at how many calories are burned during a workout. I no longer pay any attention to what a cardio machine may say…if I want to know what I’m burning I use something that uses my body as the indicator of how much energy I am expending.

    I don’t have a Garmin but I have something called a Bodybugg. It’s very cool. Goes around your arm and calculates calorie amount through movement, sweat and so forth. A bit more accurate than a heartrate monitor. Interesting learning experience to see what it says! 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    March 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I didn’t like those beans because they were way too sweet. The sugar really bothered my stomach.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    March 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    30 miles! Go girl. I really want to get into cycling, and you are inspiring me!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    March 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    30 miles! Go girl. I really want to get into cycling and you are inspiring me!

  • Tara
    March 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Great job! Your nail polish is so cute! Very spring!

  • Whitney and Courtney
    March 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    OMG, 30 MILES!!! I wish I could do that, someday… lol

  • Ann @ Appalachian Appetites
    March 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    You burned MAJOR calories! And look so happy! Congrats!

  • steph-exercise physiologist and artist!
    March 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    30 miles is amazing but I think I am more impressed with your clipping in and out!
    I taught spinning for almost 5 years and I almost had to give up on using clips b/c it would take me forever to get in and out of them!!
    I finally got it but that was on a stationary indoor bike with no cars in sight!
    I have always been way to chicken to get on racing/road bike b/c of the clips, cars, and speed 🙂 I’d prob love it if I tried it though!

    Oh I’d still like to see a pic of you with one of your hats on!! they were too cute!

  • Runeatrepeat
    March 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve been dying for pizza and this makes me crave it more!

  • Angharad
    March 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Between you and Caitlin, you’re really making me think about signing up for a triathlon! I love biking and running and I used to swim alllll the time…seems like an obvious choice!! Haha. Wouldn’t mind the extra pizza either…

  • Karen
    March 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    30 miles in 2 hours is excellent..it still takes me about 2.2 to do that distance after riding for a year. 🙂

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    March 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    mmm mmm mmm PIZZA!!!!!!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    March 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    mmm mmm mmm PIZZA!!!!!!

  • eatmovelove
    March 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    that’s it – i’m getting PIZZA AGAIN TONIGHT! ack.
    and i asked a question about working at the studio before on your last post? …but your too busy anyways girl so nevermind 😉

  • Krystina
    March 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Your pizza looks so good ! I prefer it hot though, with a little butter on the crust, it is sooo good ! And congrats for your 30 miles, you seem to really enjoy yourself biking !

  • Bela
    March 24, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Congrats on a great ride! Now I am craving cold pizza 😉

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    March 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    amazing ride. with all those hills/traffic…I would be scared too! Enjoy that delish homemade pizza…your body needs it. 🙂

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    March 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Holy crap. I’ve eaten less calories than that in an entire day. If I were you, I would be using this as an excuse to eat some seriously ridiculous food.

  • Jenna
    March 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    holy moly! that is a lot of calories you burned!
    looks like you have found a new hobby!

  • Samantha
    March 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    At first I thought you meant 30 miles of running and I was like “oh dangggg!!!” but then I saw your biking outfit and was still “oh dangggg!” because you look good as well as 30 miles biking is impressive too!!

  • Cyclist Kate
    March 24, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Agh! 30 miles is awesome!!! I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been on the bike nearly as much as I’d like. You might be just the push I need to get out there and take advantage of this gorgeous spring weather!

  • Krystina
    March 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    That’s amazing! I would absolutely die.

  • Kelly
    March 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Is 1310 the number of calories you burned??? If so, that’s crazy!! Maybe I should take up biking ;), ha! Congrats on finishing 30 miles!! I find I have such a hard time wrapping my brain around miles because I am Canadian and we go by everything in kilometres! 30 miles sounds like quite a bit though! I can’t wait to get on my bike this year!

  • Jill
    March 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I love clif shot blocks – they’re AWESOME!! Nice job on the ride!

  • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    March 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Wow. Just wow.

    Jenna, that is AMAZING!!! Kudos to you, girl!!!!! 😀

  • Candice
    March 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Way to go Jenna – that’s amazing! I miss those huge calorie burns from when I was marathon training. It just makes you feel so good. I gotta get back out there! You are really inspiring:)

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    March 24, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    That is SO awesome – you should be very proud and pumped about that ride. Still lusting over your pizza. I’m going to need to give in to the temptation soon. 😀

  • Leah
    March 24, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    30 miles in 2 hours seems pretty good to me too! Awesome job!

  • Ana (AnActiveAdventure)
    March 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Cold pizza is my favorite, there is no need to warm it up!! Congrats on the 30 miles, that is awesome!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    March 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Pretty manicure!

  • Cole
    March 24, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Love your nail polish!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    March 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Congrats on the great ride! I firmly believe cycling is one of the most efficient ways to build leg strength. I bet it’ll help with your shins in regards to running as well. I probably would’ve dug into the pizza cold too. Sometimes straight outta the frdige is better straight outta the oven..sometimes! Enjoy your workshop and caffeine buzz, the two should go hand in hand.

  • alicia
    March 24, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Congratulations!!!! It seems like you were just blogging about falling off of your bike. When you put your mind to something..wow. Such an inspiration. You are a great example of living a balanced life. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, and you prove that everyday. I can’t wait for your book!

  • Adam
    March 24, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Congrats on the ride! Doesn’t it feel great?

  • Laura
    March 24, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Wow, I always wondered if I was “actually” exercising when I went riding.. somehow I always felt like it wasn’t as strenuous of exercising compared to running… so I never quite felt justified actually eating more after I rode. Now it understands why I actually am really hungry after I ride and it explains why riding QUICKLy tones my body. I had no idea it burns so many calories.

    I don’t comment a lot, but I read every day, and I want you to know that you are an example to me as to how to live my life. For a long time, I didn’t live fully because I was too obsessed with eating in a certain way. Now I’m trying to push myself, relax, get connected in life, live fully… and that’s what I see you doing all the time. You are yourself. You are real. You care about QUALITY living…adn you make me want to lead a QUALITY life where I enjoy the people around me and the Bay ARea (I live here too). So, thank you for inspiring me to get outside my own head and live the life I deserve to live.

  • ff
    March 25, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Hey girl! Quick question… when you do a workout, do you find yourself hungrier naturally or do you make a conscious effort to boost the calorie deficit?

    • jenna
      March 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm


      Hmmm both actually. I make a conscious effort to eat more on days I exercise a lot so I can keep my energy up. I’m always pretty hungry, regardless! 😉

  • Kerry Dyer
    March 25, 2010 at 1:59 am

    aww well done!!! 🙂 excellent achievement. xx

  • Pure2Raw twins
    March 25, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Congrats Jen on the 30 miles. 🙂 I wish I could ride the bike like you do, my BF would love that. But for some reason I am intimated. Maybe one day!

  • lucie
    March 25, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Hey Jen!
    I got a road bike for Christmas but since I live in a big city (Paris! can’t wait for you to start blogging from there! yay) I can only bike on the weekends. What king of schedule would you recommend? can I bike 2 days in a row ( saturday/sunday) or should I stick to 1 day/week. and increase my mileage from there?
    PS: love the pink nail polish on short nails! 😉

    • jenna
      March 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm


      Well, what are you training for? My coach, Shawn, has put together some great training plans for beginners on his website at http://www.provantagesports.com. check him out!

  • La
    March 25, 2010 at 10:14 am

    lol considering it takes me a half hour to ride even five miles, I’m pretty sure that’s a really good time. Goodness you’re amazing. Congrats on the awesome time!
    Also I really really like you as a brunette! I know you dyed your hair like weeks ago but now that it’s been some time, it looks wonderful!

  • Liam O'Malley
    March 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I keep waffling over those energy pills/gels/etc. I have been running pretty long distances these days (10+ miles) in preparation for some marathons and I definitely do feel the loss of energy even after some serious carbo loading. But still… that stuff just seems weird. I dunno.

  • Lindsay
    March 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Jenna, love your blog. Just thought I’d let you and other readers know that the Garmin 305’s calorie burned function isn’t very accurate at all. There’s lots of info on this on the web. Garmin doesn’t base it on your heart rate so it’s probably more like 50% of that. You can use your average speed (mph) and time to figure out approx. how many calories you burned with the help of a website like this: http://www.nutristrategy.com/fitness/cycling.htm.