Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

At Long Last

Contrary to popular belief, I still ride my bike! I’ll be the first to admit I’ve slacked off in the past two weeks, but I finally broke through whatever funk I was in today and I’m and gearing up for the Echelon Gran Fondo, which is in just 20 days!

I can’t wait to see Caitlin!


So anyways, today I rode 45 miles in about 3:20. Seemed pretty good to me. Naturally, I stopped along the way for scenic photoshoots.

Cows are friends!
I also ATE more on my ride today, which I think helped immensely. I went through a couple shot blox and then pulled out a whole wheat english muffin around mile 30!
Oh carbs, what would we do without you? I drank a ton of water and blue gatorade (my endurance drink of choice!) throughout. It was HOT and I couldn’t believe I almost rode all the way to Armstrong Woods!!!! whew.
Oh! And I almost forgot. I ate another vegan applesauce oat bran muffin right before I left for my ride. Carbo-loading at its finest.
During the last 10 miles of my ride all I could think about was a shower and a yogurt bowl. I wanted the biggest, baddest yogurt bowl ever. It must have a ton of greek yogurt, mountains of granola, peanut butter and strawberries. I started chanting yogurt bowl, yogurt bowl, yogurt bowl, along with making ridiculous fierce scary faces while I rode up the last big hills.
Then, at long last!
It was a wondrous affair. I just dumped in a bunch of granola, kashi H2H and trader joe’s protein cereal in with my yogurt, globbed some peanut buttah on top and then sliced strawberries.

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  • Jin
    May 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    wow, congrats on your 45 miles!!!!!

  • Samantha (Food Edu)
    May 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Wow–45 miles. I am not a cyclist–but have been wanting to try it, I guess the first move is getting a bike! Love the pics from the ride–the dairies up there are absolutley gorgeous!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    May 4, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Awesome job on the bike ride! You could pretty much cycle to my house, doing that distance (give or take 10,000 miles…). You must be getting so excited about the big event now though!

  • Abby
    May 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    At least you weren’t chanting your desire for the yogurt bowl out loud, as I have been known to be quite food motivated myself (and it’s possible I’ve voiced my “motivation” at various times throughout a workout.)

    Huff, puff, YOGURT BOWL, huff, puff, ALMOND BUTTER…whatever works, right?

  • Sandy
    May 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Do you have trouble motivating yourself to ride alone? I love being out for my run alone but the thought of getting on my bike and going alone for a long distance is that wall I haven’t gotten over yet.

  • Adam
    May 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    No one but you deserves a yogurt bowl like that today… i am sure that was so refreshing 🙂 Okay, maybe i do…

  • Evan Thomas
    May 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Good job on the ride! I feel like I would get so distracted, especially wth that kind of scenery

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Congrats – sounds like a tough ride!

  • Jenny
    May 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Glad ya had a good ride! Nothin’s better than a cookie and a book:)

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    May 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Awesome–gorgeous scenery, too. Books + carbs = love. Off to combine them right now. :mrgreen:

  • Helen
    May 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I love it – yoghurt bowl is such a motivation!! I really want one now…..no yoghurt though boooooo! Glad you got back on your bike and good luck for the Echelon Gran Fondo.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    May 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Wow. Is Caitlin super tall or are you short? Totally thought you guys would be the same height.

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary
    May 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Great ride ! Wish I had that kind of scenery on my rides 😉

  • Suzanne
    May 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Those strawberries look glorious!

  • Lisa
    May 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    What did you put on your English muffin? Do you find that eating real food during long rides hurts your stomach?

  • Diana
    May 4, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Yay, good job Jenna! 🙂

    • jenna
      May 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm


      That was plain! And no, it HELPS my stomach! Without eating something like that on such a long ride, you would probably bonk ((aka hit the wall, run out of food…glycogen levels crash…). I think eating something plain like bread really helps even more than gels.


      I’m taller than Caitlin…but she’s wearing high heels 😉


      I used to but now I just use that time to really clear my head and do some deep thinking!


      Oh, Abby. I WAS chanting out loud. Obviously 😉

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    May 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    sounds like a fabulous ride to me 🙂 you girls are going to have a blast, and i can’t wait to read about it!

  • Ameena
    May 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Amazing…seriously, 45 miles! I am really just in awe right now.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    May 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I just had a similar bowl, except with kiwis. And I wasn’t out for a bike ride, I just got home from the book store, probably not as exhausting!

  • Nicole
    May 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I had a love affair with Kashi Heart to Heart cereal over a year ago. I had a bowl every morning for 5 months! I think I need to buy another box, asap!

  • Sara
    May 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    How is that book Jenna? My mom just sent me it to read, she loved it!

  • Sharon
    May 4, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    just wondering how that fit-into-the old jeans thing is going for you, Jenna?-with the hard training that you are doing I can only imagine you need all the carbs/food you can get right now-are you still trying to fit into your old Citizens? For me I’ve been getting ready for a 10k and increasing my mileage (normally 3-4 miles is plenty of running for me!) and all I want to do is eat, and carbs and protien especially-and all I’m doing is gaining weight/inches…not a lot, but when what i really wanted to do is go down in both areas…it’s disheartening. Any tips?

  • eatmovelove
    May 4, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Holy smokes – 3 hours – yikes!
    I’d prefer bread too …;)

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    May 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    YAY for long rides and yoghurt bowls – great job!

  • Run Sarah
    May 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Wow, 45 miles! The yogurt bowl looks amazing – perfect post workout refuel.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Your yogurt bowl sounds the BOMB!!! Not to mention how awesome it must have been after that super long hard ride!

  • Kait
    May 4, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Congrats on the bike ride! You post-ride meal looks delicious, I love how great the strawberries have been lately!

  • Cali
    May 4, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Daaaang, Sista! Congrats on 45 miles. Do you listen to music? I don’t think I could even mentally prepare myself for something like that without some serious tunes. What about a book on tape? Would that be too mellow? I’m sure you could listen to a short novel or a collection of short stories in 3 hours.

    Good luck as you continue to prepare for your race! xo

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    May 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    45 miles? You go, girl!


  • MMiller
    May 4, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Wow, Jenna…45 miles! Great job! My husband can’t eat or drink before he rides or runs! It gives him stomach cramps! Glad he doesn’t do long trips! He bikes close to 8 miles in about 35 minutes.
    And your yogurt bowl looks awesome! Love the Kashi H2H! I will have to put some in my yogurt tomorrow!

    And still…WOW 45 miles! Great job!

  • Katherine
    May 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    45 miles! you say it so casually! that’s insane!!!

    how does riding outside compare to an exercise bike?

  • Lori
    May 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    45 miles c’mon that incredible! Why do you keep talking about carb, carbs, carbs ?

  • RhodeyGirl
    May 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    You girls look gorgeous in that photo!!!!!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    May 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    That is a serious ride, awesome job!!

  • Kath
    May 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I hungry chant at the end of workouts too!!

  • Raya @ Raya Runs
    May 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Everyone knows happy cows come from California… (:

  • sassy molassy
    May 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Love the pics today. I’ve been craving these strawberries everyone is eating.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    May 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    mmmm…strawberries. i’ve been eating them up like you wouldn’t believe!

  • Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/
    May 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    45 miles, that’s crazy and amazing.

    I’m going to have to try the strawberries and pb in my yogurt, yum.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    May 4, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Horray for the bike ride! That bowl looks amazing! I love how red the strawberries are! I can’t wait for you and caitlin to kick some major mileage butt!

  • Diana (mymarblerye)
    May 4, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    What do u do while riding!? Music?!? I would die of boredom.. And sore legs

  • Ashley
    May 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Hilarious!!! Love the chant…Organic strawberries have finally arrived..soooooo exciteD!!

  • Sara
    May 5, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Those are the most beautiful strawberries I have ever seen! Interesting way to cut them, by the way.

  • OK Chick
    May 5, 2010 at 6:18 am

    45 miles! WOW! I can only do 4-5 miles. I’m still getting used to riding a bike. I just started about a month ago.
    I love your red purse in the first picture. Where did you get such a cute purse?

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething
    May 5, 2010 at 6:23 am

    great job jenna! last night i did a duathlon for the first time 🙂 it was awesome! you will do great in the fondo 🙂

  • Corinne
    May 5, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Way to go girl!! 45 miles, YOU ROCK! That is a super cute picture of you and Caitlin. Yogurt bowl, yogurt bowl, yogurt bowl, haha cute.

  • Scott
    May 5, 2010 at 7:29 am

    When I go on long bike rides of more than an hour, I need to eat every 45 minutes or I risk the dreaded bonk! Gu gels are my fuel of choice, although on long long rides (more than three hours) I love to stop for a whole wheat bagel.

  • Jil
    May 5, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Congrats on the ride girl!!

  • Ilana
    May 5, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Oh my mom LOVED that book. She keeps telling me to read it.

  • Jean
    May 10, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Jennifer at Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat referred me to your blog. On my latest post, I made a comment about riding the Healdsburg Harvest Festival in July so she mentioned your fund raising effort. I wish you well on your Echelon Gran Fondo ride–how great that you’re doing this. 🙂