Shakin’ Bacon

So glad y’all liked my Open Sky shop! There will be more fun goodies to come…I spent a good chunk of the morning researching some new products and such! I hear you on the yoga clothes….I’m going to try to make that happen. That would be awesome.

I’ve been taking it pretty easy this morning for the most part. I think it might all be in my mind, but of course this morning I woke up with a sore right hip. Don’t ask. I don’t know. I’m working it out.

For breakfast I had some oatmeal but the photo was pretty boring so I decided to save you all from drooling onto your computer screen at another oatmeal photo and instead just show you my lunch!

Okay, so its not much more exciting than my oatmeal but it’s a start. A wild Alaskan salmon burger with honey mustard and….wait for it….bread and butter pickles (!!!!!!!!) on an Arnold’s sandwich thin with a banana and grapes.
Plus about seven cups of water

I enjoy drinking all my beverages out of glass jars. Be that mason jars (preferably it would be mason jars), applesauce jars, jam jars or milk jugs….it makes my water taste better, I swear!
I also had a piece of this delightful chocolate bar that I found in my “treat bag”

And, yes, I totally have a treat bag on top of my fridge. Inside said treat bag are treats of all sorts, including chocolate bars, amazing grass bars, petrified chocolates from the White House, chocolates the boy gave me two months ago and a bunch of smashed larabars. You know, the norm. Maybe some day I will show you all a photo of the treat bag.
But for now, I have to get my butt to a 2:00 meeting and then race back to the house, make another snack and then head to Oakland to go pick up Miss Caitlin and her big ol’ bike! Have I mentioned how nervous I am getting about Sunday? Seriously….my appetite is shot and I’ve started to feel really anxious. Pretty much shakin’ in heels. Caitlin seems to think there will be donuts at the rest stops, which makes me feel semi-okay with all this but still. Any kind and encouraging words would be highly appreciated right about now.
Off to sieze the day!

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  • Casey @ Chasing Casey
    May 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Looks like a good lunch. I will have to try drinking out of jars. I used to drink all my water out of a wine bottle.
    p.s. I’m right near Oakland! 🙂

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething
    May 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    i love glass jars! they make water taste better!

  • Mal
    May 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    You’ll do great!
    It’s all between your ears…meaning it’s all mental and if you think positive thoughts, you’ll most definitely be able to make it through! Good luck 😀

  • Jess
    May 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    You are going to totally rock that race!
    I agree, drinking water out of glass does make it taste better ; )

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    May 21, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Your treat bag sounds like my purse. Minus petrified white house chocolates.

  • Evan Thomas
    May 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Hope you have fun with Caitlin!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please
    May 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I saw Caitlin’s post about the doughnuts this morning and it made me laugh! Just don’t leave her behind at the aid station! Using an apple sauce jar for a glass? Hasn’t crossed my mind, but I do love mason jars (especially filled with lemonade), so I guess any sort of glass jar would give me that feeling!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    May 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    What is it with the right hip pain? I’ve got the same thing going on right now. Please let me know if you find a solution. You’re going to do awesome this Sunday! Don’t worry, once you get out there you’ll get totally invigorated by everyone around you and those miles will fly by!

  • Lisa
    May 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    GOOD LUCK! I’m looking forward to the recap!

  • Lauren
    May 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    Visualize yourself crossing the finish line and having a great time with a relaxed mind and big smile on your face. Be proud of yourself and remember who and what is is for when it hurts! You will be fine –
    Relax and Enjoy the challenge


  • Amanda
    May 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I think you are on to something: glass jars really do make water taste better!

  • Erin
    May 21, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I feel like a glass makes the water taste colder and I like my water ICY.

  • Annie @ stronghealthyfit
    May 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    You’ll do great! Just have fun 🙂

  • Janelle
    May 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Water in a glass glass with ice and a straw – it doesn’t get any better. Seriously.
    You’ll do just fine in the race – it is just a one-mile ride, 67 times 🙂

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary
    May 21, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    You’re going to rock that race! Rocking the race = doing your best 🙂 And you know you’ve got 43y27863287 friends that’ll all be rooting for you!!

  • Irina
    May 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Best of luck, stop all this worrying, you will do just fine, you trained. It will not be too hot, so you will have a comfortable race (always a bonus) and you will have friends cheering you on. Just think that at the end you get to:
    a) brag about finishing 67 miles on a road bike
    b) taste wine
    c) never bike again for a long long long time
    d) eat something very very delicious

  • jenny (green food diaries)
    May 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    i want to see a picture of your treat bag! and don’t worry, jenna, you will make it alive! think of it with a zen mind and you will be fine.

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches
    May 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    You are going to rock this race like it ain’t ever been rocked before! Seriously girlie…you and Caitlin are both going to do amazingly, so try not to sweat it until you actually have to start sweating (i.e when the race starts!). You’ve trained, you’re prepared. Just remember to have fun along the way! Best of luck, Jenna!

  • woman&warrior
    May 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I rode my first BIG race last year in Napa. I got tired. I got really tired. But, I totally finished. The secret to keep going?? YOUR HEAD. Your head needs to tell your legs to keep pumping. That you are going to make it to the end, so legs shut up and keep working. Visualize the finish line. Remember the people you love. Push to make them proud. Remember to EAT. And, DRINK. And, EAT. You are going to need the fuel. Sugary stuff worked best for me, protein just didn’t sit well with me. Chant positive sayings. PRAY. PRAY. PRAY. You are not out there alone, God takes care of all of us. When you need to dig deep, PRAY. I screamed a prayer to get over this ridiculous hill in Alexander Valley…and it helped! A lot! Remember, don’t let your head beat you. You can do the race. You will be tired. Just keep pedaling. If you need a rest stop.

    You are capable of this challenge.
    Ride on girlfriend!

    • Christie
      May 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm


    • Missy Sue
      May 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm

      wow…now that’s motivation if i’ve ever heard any. i’m sure Jenna will greatly appreciate this. btw…GOODLUCK Jenna… i’m sure you will do an amazing job!!!

  • Katherine
    May 21, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I have to drink out of styrofoam at work. The water tastes like a land-fill sized cup of guilt. I’m going to overhaul everything with some reusables next week

    • cara
      May 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      I once read an article where there was talk about banning styrofoam because it leaches out toxins that the body absorbs.

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy
    May 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I think you’ll be awesome on Sunday! But make sure you don’t stop and eat donuts for 30 minutes at every rest stop, since Caitlin had a bad dream about it! Haha! 🙂 Something tells me that won’t happen!

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    May 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    You’ll get through it!! Hopefully the fun of seeing Caitlin will take your mind off the race a teeny bit. PS- Milk tastes SO much better in a glass bottle, I’d imagine it’s true for water too.

  • Christie {Honoring Health}
    May 21, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I totally agree about the glass jars!!

    You are going to do great on Sunday, no doubt!

  • Jenny D.
    May 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Sending lots of well wishes your way for the big day! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog – this is the first time I’m commenting:) Truly, know that you’ve worked hard and everyone can see your heart in all this, so that will shine above and beyond anything else on Sunday. Have a fabulous weekend and really enjoy it! Bragging rights are soon to follow:)

  • Lauren
    May 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    You’re going to be great, Jenna! Breath in slowly through your nose, hold it, then exhale SLOWLY through your mouth. Try that when you feel your body tense up with anxiety. Just keep eating what you can stomach, drinking that water, saying some prayers, and you’ll be just fine! 🙂

  • Claire
    May 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Visualization lady! I hope you do it the night before the race cause that always helps me prepare…donuts might help ya make it through though! I know you will also have tons of fun and get some inspiration from Caitlin!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Haha donuts make ALL things better!!!
    You’re going to ROCK the race girl!

  • eatmovelove
    May 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Pickles in sandwiches! yes.
    You’ll do great – seriously – what’s the worst that could happen? You stop and have to walk with your bike – big deal ? You’ll still finish…barring any injury…okay that’s not positive …but then it’ll be what it’ll be. 🙂

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    May 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I agree that everything is better out of glass, plastics etc leach chemicals/bad taste.

    So great that you and your bud Caitlin are doing this together. Am sure it will be a fantastic experience and you both have an invisible group of tens of thousands cheering you on! What a fantastic way to get to test yourself!! Just give it your best and have fun!! Am excited to hear about it. In honor of your ride–was going to be a silly-girl and wuss off today on my marathon walk around Carmel–so am off to do it despite the chilly weather and cold stiff wind.

    Am reading ‘Uncommon H.O.P.E.’ by Dr.Kathleen Hall who says that we are designed to WALK 10-14 miles a day… in Bike Years that would be nearing 70??? Whatever you do it will be great and already surpassed fundraising so over 1/2 way there!

  • Lauren (Health on the Run)
    May 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Good luck on Sunday!!!! It makes sense to be nervous, but just keep thinking positive thoughts. No matter what, you will finish!! Have an awesome time with Caitlin and just try to enjoy yourself as much as you can. You’re doing an amazing thing 🙂

  • Cristin
    May 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!

  • Lisa
    May 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Good luck on Sunday! You’ll do great. I did a Century ride with Team and Training in Santa Fe, NM, years ago, so not really well trained and it wasn’t bad at all. I rode with a friend, stopped at all the rest stops to refuel and just enjoyed the scenery. I think not having a time set in my mind helped. The best part though – dinner after 🙂 Plan something good! (as I’m sure you are!)

  • Amanda
    May 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Just look at the race as a fun challenge! If you go into it with major nerves/dread, it won’t be such a great experience! We all believe in you 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    May 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I have a treat drawer and love to be able to get a small treat.

  • Mary
    May 21, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    You’ll be great on sunday!!

  • Jenny
    May 21, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I would love to see a photo of the treat bag!

  • Lo-Jo
    May 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I realize that Napa will probably be pretty hilly, but I SERIOUSLY think you don’t need to worry about finishing this bike tour. You are in way better shape than I, and I’ve done 3 bike tours in excess of 50 miles so far…my last one 100 miles with no training. (That is not bragging, it was the hardest freakin thing I’ve ever done and I was stupid not to train…but I did it). 60 miles at your fitness level should be a breeze. Good luck!

  • Kathleen
    May 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Best of luck with your race – give it all you’ve got and the rest is history! Mmmm donuts 😉

  • Karen
    May 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    just take it slow and don’t push yourself, but you already know this from running…they’ll probably have a stop every 10 miles for a snack. Good luck and have fun. Amazing job on the donations…:)

  • Sarah for Real
    May 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    “You are stronger than you know!”

  • Emily
    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    You’ll do wonderful! Just think of how wonderful it will feel to finish all those miles on the bike! And all the yummy eats afterwards! I’m sure you’ll do GREAT!

  • Jenna
    May 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    You’re going to do amazing Jenna! I’m rooting for you all the way from Canada!! I’ll be thinking happy thoughts for you during the race 🙂

  • Julie
    May 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Ok, I know spinning is completely different than a long distance bike race but when it gets really hard, I just repeat to myself “You are strong. You can do anything you put your mind to” over and over again until I finish. Doing something that is hard and making it through is super rewarding. You are going to feel great when it’s over. : )

  • Kelly
    May 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Good luck Jenna! You can do it! Did you get the package I sent you? The results and recovery powder would be perfect to drink at the end of the ride….I love it after my long runs!!!

  • miladybowen
    May 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    You’ve got this, no problem! I see how much you work out, how you fuel, and how determined you are. Just remember to pre-hydrate and pre-fuel during the ride; i.e. drink before you are thirsty.

    No doubts! You can do this! I would bet a lot of money on it.

  • Lolly
    May 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I always notice your accessories–super cute headbands, colorful scarves, funky bags, cute hoodies. I would love to see things like that in your open sky shop.

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 21, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    you will be amazing- no doubt! I am excited for both of you. It makes me want to get a bike!
    The glass jar for water looks awesome! What a great idea!

  • Cyndi
    May 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I hate to say it but … this is the end.

    I’ve enjoyed reading everything so far, but the time has come to say good bye!

    Thanks Jenna!

  • Megan@maintainingthathealthybalance
    May 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Mmm that sandwich looks delish! Good luck with your race!

  • Daisy
    May 21, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    when you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    May 22, 2010 at 6:54 am

    You’ll do great, Jenna!!! And every now and then my hip does that, too – it just gets a little out of wake from who knows…walking? My hips are uneven though so I’m sure than contributes.

  • Lauren
    May 22, 2010 at 7:42 am

    A treat bag sounds like a great idea….unfortunately I don’t know when to stop when it come to treats!! 🙂 I was wondering if you ever posted about where you train when biking? I live in a bigger city now and I am paranoid central about biking anywhere…THANKS!

  • jen
    May 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Good luck Sunday! You will do awesome!!! BTW-where did you get the salmon burger? Was in frozen? Looks amazing!