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:
- 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
- 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!