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I made it!

But oh Lord….if riding 20 miles kicks my butt I wonder how 100 will be???!! (don’t answer that). I’m not going to lie…it was really difficult! My endurance isn’t what it was when I first moved here and was running long distances all the time. However, I can feel myself getting stronger and that’s a good thing. It’s also a good thing to repeat a mantra over and over when you don’t feel like you can go on any longer. My mantra is: ALMOST TO A BUBBLE BATH. ALMOST TO A BUBBLE BATH.
I ate two of these midway through my ride when I felt my energy levels start to dip—

YUM YUM YUUUUUUM!!!!!!!!! These are my new favorite thing. I could eat them like candy and they taste just like strawberry fruit roll-ups (remember those?!). Seriously, I was so excited at how delicious these were and could feel the sugar spiking in my bloodstream, making my little legs pedal even faster up those hills!
When I finally made it home (I forgot how much I HATE hills!!!!!!), my feet were absolutely frozen and it was all I could do to roll around on these for a few minutes (works just like a foam roller!) I haven’t watched the dvd yet but I love these little balls….my SI joint has been giving me some pain lately and these actually really helped!:

Stretch and slurp on this:

I received this Arbonne vegan protein drink from the company to sample and review about a month ago and unfortunately I’m just getting to it now! When they asked me if I wanted a sample I was very hesitant because I’m VERY picky on protein drinks and have given some bad reviews in the past for products. However, my contact swore it tasted amazing so I relented….and I’m so glad I did! Much to my surprise, this tasted really, really great! It’s made from pea protein, which sounds sort of gross (let’s be honest) but really, it tasted just like a whey protein drink. The drink has 190 calories in it, 5 grams of fat and 20 grams of protein, making it a great post-exercise snack. I slurped it all down while soaking my legs in a bubble bath 🙂
And then lunch was delicious!

I finally broke into this new bbq sauce that I received as ANOTHER sample (I’m on a roll today, huh?!) and slathered it on my tofu before baking to perfection.

I liked this sauce but it was very sweet. My favorite bbq sauce will always be Sticky Fingers!!! 🙂 I roasted some kabocha squash along with the tofu and also had half of a whole wheat pita with some TJ’s spicy hummus (Love, love, love this stuff!) and kiwi + berries. A very balanced and yummy lunch indeed!
I’m finally exactly where I want to be: sitting on my bed about to open up my book document and start writing. I think biking helped loosen up the SUPER sore muscles in my legs but now I am back to the “I can’t walk” mode and I don’t think I will be moving until around 3:30 when I have to make my way to the yoga studio to work the front desk for a few hours. Seriously. Haven’t been this sore in SO LONG!
When I was all by myself, riding for like an hour and a half this morning, I got to thinking of the pros and cons of biking versus running. Here’s what I gathered:
Biking Pros:
  • easier on the joints
  • doesn’t give me shin splints and blisters!
  • you can go faster and cover a greater distance
  • you can enjoy the scenery if you live in a pretty place
  • you burn mega calories (today I burned like 850?!)
  • great for increasing your leg strength and endurance
  • its pretty meditative when you are all by yourself

Biking Cons:

  • is there seriously a more unattractive sport?! Today I was wiping my runny nose while wearing, like, four layers and of course those great padded butt shorts and hot shoes
  • hills suck
  • its hard to stop for stop signs, stop lights and small children
  • its downright SCARY biking in traffic. I was praying the whole time today that I wouldn’t get hit by a semi-truck
  • clipping in and out of pedals is really, really hard
  • you need a sense of coordination
  • it makes your butt really, really sore
  • you shouldn’t listen to your ipod like you do when you run for fear of being hit by a car

I guess it’s like anything and just takes some getting used to. I was pretty proud of myself today because I was able to go faster, feel more comfortable on the bike and actually unclip at a red light while in traffic (SCARY). However, I did have one event of toppling over at a stop sign right in front of a group of people and that wasn’t very fun. Practice makes perfect!

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  • M
    February 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Way to go! 20 miles all on your own is terrific. I can run 20 miles, but there’s no way I could bike 20 miles outside — it’s just too scary to me. Seriously, I feel like a 4-year old, but I’m just scared to bike outside. Never mind that the gears are Greek to me.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    February 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Way to look at the positive side =)

    I like that you’re not a picky eater and eat a wide variety of flavors – always give me new ideas!

    – Hillary [don’t miss my GIVEAWAY!]

  • megan
    February 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    wow, way to go! clipping in and out of pedals terrifies me! especially in traffic. Are there any bike trails near you? that’s my favorite place to ride

  • Corinne
    February 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    so exciting! good job! it will get better and easier, just like running those far distances did 🙂

  • Nicole
    February 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Haha, it’s funny you mention the runny nose thing- I was riding my bike somewhere with a friend yesterday and I was constantly sniffing and wiping my nose on my gloves (lovely, aren’t I?) and I was thinking how attractive that was.

    I recently stopped using my car so I’ve been using my bike was my primary form of transportation and at first biking in traffic was so awful for me but I promise it gets less scary!

  • Taysa (The Irritable Eater)
    February 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Great job! I love biking…getting used to biking in traffic does take awhile but there is nothing I’d rather do on a sunny day in San Francisco than ride around the whole city on my bike with my boyfriend.

  • MMiller
    February 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Glad you stuck to it and are getting practice! You did well for your first time out alone!

    And great lunch! It looks awesome!

    I love Arbonne products! They have the best powder mineral foundation! It beats all others hands down! I haven’t tried any of the weight and or nutrition products; Glad to get a review of them!

    Enjoy a nice long bubble bath tonight before bed!

  • BroccoliHut
    February 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Mmm cranberry BBQ sauce sounds amazing!

  • Allie
    February 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    this post made me laugh! thanks!!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    February 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Yay for finishing the bike ride!!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    February 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I LOVED fruit roll ups! They were so yummy. Glad you made it through. Get to stretchin’! 🙂

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    February 10, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Great job on the bike ride! You made it in one piece and thats all that matters 🙂

    Also, I love those shot blocks too! Delicious.

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal)
    February 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    You will definitely get better as you get used to your bike and clip-in pedals. They make SUCH a huge difference in the amount of effort you have to use, and soon you’ll be a pro!

    That sauce looks ah-mazing. I need to buy myself some to spruce up my veggies & meat.

  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    February 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Cycling takes a little bit of getting used to but once you have the pedals down and get used to riding with cars you will be made in the shade! I don’t even notice the chamois in my shorts any more!

  • Ameena
    February 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Way to go on the bike ride! What a great accomplishment.

    Pea Protein does sound a bit gross. I’m glad you liked it. I may check this out because I can’t eat whey protein without my stomach bothering me.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    February 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Hooray for no shin splints!!!!!! Finally, right?

  • kristinp
    February 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I was totally in your shoes 18 months ago and I promise it gets better! The great thing about your pro and con list is that the pros will always be pros and *most* of the cons will disappear when you get the hang of things 🙂 Good luck out there!

  • Becky (flybynyght @ wordpress)
    February 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Congrats on the successful ride!!! – just wondering what the consistency of the Shot Blox are – chewy? slimy? crunchy? Looking for something new to try…

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 10, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    that’s so awesome! sounds like you did great…and i’d say it sounds like the pros outweigh the cons in my book…cycling is something you can do for a longer time 🙂

    hope you can walk later!

  • Catherine
    February 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Do you clip in when you ride with bike shoes or straps? I’m fine during spin class, but have fear of going on the open road and falling and not being able to escape my pedals.

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
    February 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    That is awesome! The falls will come until you get used to stopping and unclipping! Even experienced cyclists take falls every now and then too! Yeah, wiping the snot off your face isn’t particularly attractive, but it does make you look bad ass as you power yourself down the road!

  • Teri [a foodie stays fit]
    February 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Nice work on the long ride. And seriously, Shot Bloks are soooo good! Black Cherry is my favorite.

    I’ll have to try those balls – my SI joint is giving me problems lately too. Is there a yoga move that helps with SI??

    I’m going to keep an eye out for that protein drink because I usually don’t like any of them. But if you say it’s good, I’m willing to try it! 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    February 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Awesome job — very impressed!

    I’m still looking for a BBQ sauce I like. Maybe I’ll try the one you recommend — looking to recreate BBQ chicken with tofu and so far, no luck! 🙁

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    February 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    go you! you are going to be a pro in no time 🙂

    I’m so jealous! I can’t wait until the snow melts up here so i can ride my bike!

  • Kelly
    February 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    I don’t have clipless pedals yet but you are not making me want to get them lol. I always have to wipe my nose when I run in the cold too. My biggest pro to running over biking is that it’s easier to just walk outside and stop running- no putting on helmet, filling up tires etc. Otherwise, biking is way better for me, running hurts my knee so I can’t really do it.

  • Chelsea
    February 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Your lists of negatives will go significantly down once you do it more 🙂 The outfit will always be ugly though.

    As for burning calories-I always find that running burns more than biking but I bike for longer so I do end up burning more.

    Oh and blisters DO happen on long rides 😉

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    February 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I really like biking but I’m not professional or good at it.. I sort of tool around and am secretly worried I’ll run into a car or something bc I can’t stop without falling over. Coordination is not my thing in sports.. It’s fun though!

  • Annie @ stronghealthyfit
    February 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    That sounds like quite the ride! I’ve been a runner for about 7 years now and I’m just starting to feel some aches and pains and am very afraid of getting injured, so I think I’m going to try and start cycling this year to mix things up a bit. Wish I was in California though, the weather might be a little more enjoyable than NH in February 🙂

  • Rachel
    February 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I did a yoga sequence for cyclists post today 🙂


  • Samantha
    February 10, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    As a fellow cyclist who tends to fall down sometimes – I recommend always wearing capri style bike pants. That way your knees are always covered when you crash.

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    February 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    i can only bike on a trail by my house because i can’t NOT listen to my ipod on full volume, and me + bike + traffic is just no buenooo

  • Joey
    February 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I want to see a running pros/cons list with this. I love the pros/cons list of biking! 🙂

  • Adam
    February 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Unfortunately cycling is 100x more expensive as well… looks like you will be at 100 in no time though! Good luck!

  • LadyLara
    February 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    As the others said, it gets easier and those cons will fall away!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    February 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Way to go! I agree with your pros and cons, though clipping in and out will become second nature with more rides 🙂

  • Stacy
    February 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    How do the balls help with the SI joint probs? I’ll try anything to help alleviate it! Thanks!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    February 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I appreciate seeing you work hard at something that may not come easy to you! Yoga and running(when not injured) seem to be things that(although you work at it) seem to be natural for you and this is not as natural and that’s great! It’s motivating to see. Keep working hard, and finding your groove in cycling. Really excited to see how Gran Fondo training goes! 🙂

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    February 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Very well done! Biking is VERY hard especially when you first start. Congrats on going alone. If you have any questions-even saddle sore questions! I can help. I have been riding for 20 years now and have been through it all-i think……

  • Katharine
    February 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I’m sure, with time and practice – just like anything else, it will get easier! Plus, you’re a rockstar 😉

  • ellen eats beets
    February 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Congrats on making it!! I really want to start biking again, I’m just scared to in the city! I haven’t been on a bike in so long that I’m nervous I’ll get nailed by a car!!

  • Jen
    February 10, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Your pros and cons cracked me up! So TRUE!!! Congrats on your ride – especially with SORE legs!

  • Mae @ OhhMay
    February 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Congrats on the 20 miler!! Wow, that’s such a feat! The furthest I’ve biked was 16 miles and you’re right, it’s an awesome workout. Hahhaha I’d love to see you ripping up the roads!
    The thought of cars is scary though. I’ve seen guys come inches from being hit, and it seems really frightening.

    I love barbecue sauce, you’re making me crave it. Yummm!

  • Michelle
    February 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    wow! congrats on the bike ride! 20 miles is a huge distance–I can’t imagine 100! I used to bike a lot but now I live in a really hilly city and I just don’t think I’d use a bike here. It’d be a lot of work, haha. Besides, I’m just getting into running 🙂

  • christie, honoring health
    February 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Go you! Biking is super scary to me so I give you mad props!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    February 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Congrats on the bike! You will be loving it in no time 🙂 I love the bubble bath mantra too 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    February 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Congrats!!! Definitely sounds like something you’ll get better and better at as you go on more and more rides.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    February 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Biking for sport scares me. I can’t do the bending over because of my back but riding in traffic is terrifying even without the clip in peddals and such. Good for you.

  • Jil
    February 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Congrats on the bike ride!!! 🙂 Oooh, yes I remember fruit roll ups — soooo delicious! haha

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore)
    February 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Have you tried TJ’s jalapeno and cilantro hummus? Oh my it’s amazing. Trust me.

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit
    February 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Oh there is nothing like the butt bike soreness! I am sure the bike guys have suggested padded pants for ya? That helps a bit…you might also consider a new seat that is ultra padded. That might help? 🙂

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot)
    February 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    You are a determined woman! I definitely admire you ability to take on biking.
    I admire your bbq sauce, too 😉

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    February 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    20 miles is amazing! And you’re right – practice makes perfect! Meanwhile, I’m loving that new BBQ sauce – I should look for something like that where I am. I’m trying tofu for the first time tonight – you make it look delicious! And now I feel like squash, too. And to think I used to be the hamburger, french fry, and gravy girl … now I love me some good stuff!


    PS – So what’s better to have after a long workout? Protein or Potassium?

  • Kelly
    February 10, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Congrats! I’ve never been a big fan of biking. The seats always hurt my butt. Also, biking in traffic is terrifying!

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health
    February 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I would love to start biking, I just have no idea where to begin :/ I don’t even know if there are good places to bike around me…

    Your list of pros/cons was helpful. I’ll definitely keep that stuff in mind if I ever to get around to biking!

  • Ashley
    February 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I’m so glad you made it without any bumps + bruises! The cons of biking really scare me! Quick stopping for things and then the whole being mixed in with traffic…definitely NO ipod! I LOVE shotbloks and used them all through my 1/2 marthon training. I tried a few goo’s and they just made my stomach hurt. I did some reading on the BLOKS and people said they found they were just eating them as snacks and probably gaining weight since 3 have 120 cals [or thereabouts]. Too funny! They are so so gooood!

  • Island Girl Eats
    February 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I bet that you are going to sleep really well tonight! That is the main reason that I run, oh, and that I can eat tons too!

  • Eliza
    February 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Hi! I just had to chime in on the biking pro/con list, since its one of my favorite forms of exercise and competition! Your pro list is great–I also love that biking can be an endurance exercise or a power and strength exercise based on distance and terrain. I think your cons will work themselves out eventually! Ok, maybe the clothes won’t improve haha but you can totally rock the diaper shorts. with practice, i’m sure you’ll feel more comfortable with clipping in and stopping and your butt will become less sore as it gets used to the saddle! Hills do suck but, they’re GREAT for you =)

    Keep up the good work, Jenna! you’re doing great!

  • Fat Girl Gone Thin
    February 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    You should try the cherry Shot Blocks. REI carries them fairly regularly. They are my favorite flavor!

  • Pip
    February 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    20 miles is a great distance, especially when you’re so new to biking and when you’re riding on your own!

    I find that I need to eat something every twenty to thirty minutes when I’m cycling or I burn out. I use an elecrolyte drink in my water bottles for energy (I take one water, one electrolyte), and I put little mouth-sized pieces of Power Bar in a bento box (a little bag that sits on the top tube). I keep an eye on the time on my cycle computer and every now and then I reach into the bento box and put a piece of Power Bar in my mouth. It’s a bit of an art, but it’s worth the effort! I use the bento box because I don’t like reaching around in the back pocket of my cycle jersey.

  • Stephanie
    February 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm


    Not sure what kind of pedals you have but some actually allow you to change how easy it is to get in/out of your pedals. You might unknowingly have them set very tight (which when you get used to it you will want) making it harder to get out. Just a thought…

  • jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well.
    February 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Congrats on the biking! 100 miles is far but with training you can do it!

  • eatmovelove
    February 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    This was a great post Jenna.
    I have to say to everyone – respect your body and appreciate what it can do for you…
    A few months ago I thought I was actually “getting back” into running and able to do it…who was I kidding?? I wasn’t and am not running now.
    I go for a walk when I have time. Appreciate just the ability to walk….what once may have been laughable to some people – is all that other people have ….so it has to be enough….
    I also appreciate that your not going to move until mid-day tommorow ;)…perhaps with some writing and a bowl of oats I assume ? 🙂

  • Kyla
    February 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I always felt really attractive when I rowed. Spandex, unitards, water all over the place? Can you say sexy?! jk jk jk

  • Andrea
    February 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Twenty miles is really impressive! You really inspire me with your willingness to challenge yourself. It’s so easy to stick to what you know, but you always remind me that there is so much strength in venturing out of your comfort zone.
    I just started my own blog, a place where I can share the recipes I have tried or created- the ones I love. If you have a chance, I would love for you to check it out:
    Thanks for all that you do, each and every day.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Wow girl, sounds like you are doing better and better!! Biking intimidates me too (like some others). Your lunch looks yummy! I just tried tofu for the first time today (well cooking at home for the first time) and i’m in LOVE!

  • runnin4fun
    February 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Love me some Sticky Fingers ribs!!! And you can buy the BBQ sauce in the grocery stores here in GA. Carolina Classic is my favorite. I love to bike too,but the hike/bike trail is pretty far from my house and roads scare me…

  • Julie
    February 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Sounds like you had a fun filled day. I have a mountain bike and it is fun to change up the routine once in a while.

  • Julie
    February 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Sounds like you had a fun filled day. I have a mountain bike and it is fun to change up the routine once in a while.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    February 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Congratulations on the mega solo cycle today! I’m with you on all the pros and cons of biking. I would love to ride a bike in the city because it’s a great way to sneak in cardio while getting from point A to point B, but seriously? I fear for my life if I walk too close to the street in this crazy, kinetic town…let alone ride a bike in its streets. When I move back to CA, I fully intend on using a bike as my main mode of transportation. Traffic is way tamer there.

    Your lunch looks incredibly balanced and delicious! Love the BBQ sauce addition.

    Hope your legs recover well and the soreness subsides soon!

  • amanda
    February 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Great job on your bike ride. You will be at a 100 miles before ya know it!

  • Jenna
    February 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    you can see the hot steam coming from your tofu!

  • Jenny
    February 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I am so impressed with your endurance and determination in training for this race Jenna! You are doing a great job, and as someone who adores spin class, but has yet to take it to the road, I love hearing about all the aspects of your “journey” 🙂

  • GurlOnA"Diet"
    February 10, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    wow 20 miles?!?!? I don’t think I can even do like 5…lol Kudos!

  • Cole
    February 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    BBQ tofu looks amazing. Do you marinate the tofu in the bbq sauce or put it on afterwards?

  • Running Betty
    February 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    are you going to review the yoga video? (or maybe you did in the past an I missed it…)

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    February 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Jenna, I just bought a road bike. What do you use to monitor miles and calories burned?

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    February 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I’m wayyy too uncoordinated to ride a bike. You’re doing way better than I could ever dream of doing, but I sure hope those people helped you when you fell in front of them!

  • katie
    February 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    On the first day of classes last semester, I fell off my bike when I was attempting to dismount (I think my overloaded bag screwed up my balance and caused me to just topple over). On a rather nice and sunny day there were what felt like 150 students milling about, all witnesses to my crash. Nobody helped me up or asked if I was ok, although one guy complimented me on my bike. I tried to take that as nobody saw me fall… it was pretty embarrassing, and for the rest of the semester I got off my bike well away from that corner.

  • Brittany
    February 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I love the shot blocks too! and yes clipping in and out is a hassle!

  • Mary
    February 10, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Your muscle soreness is probably being made worse from taking a bubble bath after exercising. (That’s why taking an ice bath is recommended after a long run. It sucks but it works.)

    Found this after doing a quick google search-
    “After a long run or any tough workout, your joints and muscles are inflamed. If you put heat on them, the blood flow to those areas will increase, which can make them even more inflamed.”

  • Marina
    February 10, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Congrats on your 20 miles!
    I love biking, specially through nice places, seeing wonderful nature,animals, feeling one with it all.I can’t wait for a warmer weather to get back on the rode 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    February 11, 2010 at 3:57 am

    I think you’re right, in that it just takes time to get used to! I hope to take up biking again once the warm weather comes around, because I can usually stay clear of injuries that way. 😉

    Congrats on 20 miles, girl! That’s awesome! And totally normal to be sore/get tired towards the end. Don’t worry, a slow biuld up endurance will get you where you want to be. 😀

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    February 11, 2010 at 4:35 am

    awesome job on the bike ride! an hour and a half by your lonesome begginer self? Give yourself props and more of those yummy shots. 🙂

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    February 11, 2010 at 4:35 am

    awesome job on the bike ride! an hour and a half by your lonesome begginer self? Give yourself props and more of those yummy shots. 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    February 11, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Awesome on the 20 miles. Your positivity is amazing 🙂 I think it’s always fun to learn and try out new sports. I haven’t biked in such a long time and I miss it!

  • Jordan
    February 11, 2010 at 5:54 am

    I’m with you on Sticky Fingers! Which one is your favorite? We have two of them here in the Nooga and eat there often. I bet you miss real BBQ.

  • Bella
    February 11, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Way to go on the ride! Believe it or not cycling gets sexy after awhile. At first its humiliating and hideous, then somewhere in the middle of it you find youself seeking out that of the butt pad aficionados! 🙂 Its a strange transition but you’ll come around. Keep on spinning!

  • Alyson
    February 11, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Shot Bloks are the best, but totally like candy like you said. I really want to get more into on road biking, and I know I’d like it since I love Spin, but I’m not sure I can fit another physical hobby into my schedule at the moment :p

  • Erin @ Erin Eats and Exercises
    February 11, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Any suggestions for clinking shoes? Im on the market for a pair and am new to the whole click-in-pedal deal. Thanks!!

  • Sandy
    February 11, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I did a bike trip in California (when I got to meet you at work!) and loved it but I am still too hesitant to go a long distance by myself. I need to learn to change my own tire, etc. I haven’t tried the clip pedals yet but that is coming up in spring and I’m really scared of it. It is good to know ahead of time that everyone falls.

  • Jessica
    February 11, 2010 at 8:09 am

    don’t worry about falling – we’ve ALL done it. One of my first rides was in a place I wasn’t too familiar with near my father in law’s lake house. I had to stop at a stop sign and there was a school across the street in front of me. Got one shoe unclipped easily, got the other one stuck. As I stopped, the shoe finally came unclipped and I went flying off the side of the bike into a ditch about 3 feet deep. There were about 20 elementary school aged kids watching. I quickly jumped up and curtsied. They laughed and clapped. I’ll never forget that day!

    I do miss the music occasionally but I get to bike on the Natchez Trace a lot and I really feel connected with nature while I’m on my bike. I’ve had to stop for deer, turkeys, rabbits, and even a fox to cross the road. Fun!

    Keep on keeping on! You’ll get to 100 before you know it.

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    February 11, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I’ll definitely have to try that protein shake! I’ve been trying to find a good protein shake!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    February 11, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I’ll definitely have to try that protein shake! I’ve been trying to find a good protein shake!

  • Stacey
    February 11, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Seeing your bike really make’s me want to get one of my own. Right now I’m having to settle for riding indoors on my spinning bike. But it would be nice to go for a ride on a nice day.

  • Jean
    February 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Do you think it was easier to exercise when you had a job outside of your house – when you were more ‘scheduled’? (I have a ‘regular’ job & still can’t seem to fit it in…) Hang in there – you’ll be biking 100 miles before you know it!

  • Clinton
    February 12, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I have tried that Tribal Moose BBQ sauce. I’m hooked!! It is the only sauce that I use and am telling everybody I know about it. Check out there web site at http://www.tribalmoose.net