20 Miles!

I am already back in DC and just got back from my longest bikeride ever! It’s been a goooood day.

I ended up falling asleep fast and hard last night and it felt so good. I woke up without an alarm around 8 am and hung out with my sister and her husband for a bit while we drank some coffee. Then they made me delicious breakfast before I got on the road.

2 farm fresh scrambled eggs, 2 slices of tomato, 1/4 an avocado, and 1 piece of whole wheat toast. It was simple, yet delicious. I ended up spreading the avocado on the toast and it was awesome. I love how colorful this plate is! I ended up getting on the road around 10am which was awesome because I made it home in no time. I literally hit no traffic and made it around 12:30 which included a stop for gas. I’m so glad we celebrated last night so I didn’t get caught in Mother’s Day Brunch traffic… that always makes me cranky!

After I got home, I unpacked quickly and then decided to go for a bikeride. It’s a gorgeous, sunny, and cool day here in DC – perfect weather for a ride. I set out not quite sure how far I would go, and I was feeling so good that I decided to do 20 miles! It was my longest ride to date, and besides my butt being pretty sore, I feel great now too. I went on the Mount Vernon Trail towards Alexandria, and I usually get sort of turned around because the trail isn’t marked well during certain parts, but I had an idea of where to go and asked a few riders for directions, and then figured it out. I went 10 miles towards Mount Vernon (which was 4 miles further) and then turned around and came back. Soon I want to do the full ride of 28 miles (14 each way) but I didn’t want to push it since 16 was the furthest I’d gone before today. It is only a little hilly in parts but it was a nice, challenging ride.

Today’s stats:

– Distance: 20.13 miles

– Duration: 1hr35min3sec

– Avg. Pace: 4:43min/mi

– Avg. Speed: 12.7mph

– Calories Burned: 1172

Overall, a great ride! I brought these Gu Chomps with me:

And I ate 5 of them on the ride (115 calories worth). I didn’t like these AT ALL. They are chewy but kind of stick to your teeth and the flavor just tasted gross. I’m pissed at myself because I bought 5 packages of these because they were having a special at a race expo but I’d never tried them before! Maybe the other flavors will be better, but I much prefer the Sports Beans which actually taste like candy.

As soon as I got home, I was craving a smoothie, so I made an interesting combo.

Into the blender went:

  • 1.5 cups light soy milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 15 frozen cherries
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 3 cups baby kale (end of the bag)

Now this smoothie had a lot of potential… minus the kale. When I put spinach into smoothies, I can barely tell its there because it doesn’t really affect the taste or texture. Not so with the kale… It was baby kale so it’s a lot more tender than regular kale, but it didn’t blend up nearly as well as the spinach does so I could taste it and felt “chunks” of it (ew) in the smoothie. I think if I had put spinach in there instead it would have been a winning combo. I didn’t let it go to waste but I don’t think I’ll be using kale in my green smoothies anymore!

I’m off to shower and relax a bit. Hope Sunday is treating you well!

0 comment on 20 Miles!

  1. Lindsay
    May 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm (10 years ago)

    Wow! 20 miles! That’s awesome. Do you mind if I ask what kind of bike you ride?

    • Beth
      May 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm (10 years ago)

      Not at all! I got a used bike a few weeks ago. It’s a Diamondback Hybrid, so cross between a road bike and a mountain bike. It’s technically a mens bike because the bar goes straight across, but its purple so… It was $200 for the bike and then I bought a new seat for $20 at target, so not bad! I love it! 🙂

  2. hundredtenpounds
    May 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm (10 years ago)

    Nice bike ride! I am not a fan of the gooey fuel candies either. The GU at least doesn’t stick in my teeth! Nice bike ride. 🙂

  3. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com
    May 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm (10 years ago)

    omg bet that felt great when u finished! wow congrats- that truly is a great ride!!! xoxo

  4. kelly
    May 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm (10 years ago)

    I had the same problem with Kale in my protein shakes as well. I wasn’t sure if it was the actual Kale, or the fact that I too, was at the end of my bag, and it might not have been as fresh as it could have been!
    I quit using it and went back to spinach, which blends much better and doesn’t taste bad:)

  5. greensandjeans
    May 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm (10 years ago)

    How fun! I have been seriously neglecting my bike recently!

  6. Meredith
    May 9, 2010 at 8:35 pm (10 years ago)

    That smoothie does look good! I’ll remember to make it without the kale and maybe try spinach instead.

  7. Nicole
    May 9, 2010 at 9:13 pm (10 years ago)

    Sounds like an awesome bike ride! and thanks for the tip on the green smoothies – no kale over here, even if it seeems like a good idea, I’ll go ahead and avoid it 🙂 I LOVE how chill spinach tastes in smoothies, no one believes me when I tell ’em how unnoticeable it is. lovely.


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