I woke up this morning and went for a bike ride before breakfast. I don't really know what got into me. Normally the only thing I want in the morning is carbs.
I should really get out the door that early more often, though. I was rewarded with gloriously empty sidewalks. After my epic bike wreck, I started riding my bike on the sidewalk. Biking on the sidewalk is actually illegal in a lot of places because bikes are considered vehicles. A lot of people argue that biking on the road is safer than biking on the sidewalk because drivers on the road expect to see other vehicles in front of them and will be looking out for them. On the other hand, drivers do not expect cyclists at intersections and driveways because people on bikes move more quickly than people on foot and can, therefore, appear out of nowhere. Drivers are supposed to treat cyclists on the road like slow-moving traffic and cyclists are supposed to behave like other traffic, stopping at lights and stop signs, signaling turns with hand gestures, etc. That's all well and good if you live in a city with a great bike lane system and understanding drivers, but Nashville is not that city.
There are bike lanes on a few select streets, but I frequently see people drive or park in them. There are also sharrows (share the road arrows) in some spots, but Nashville drivers can't always be trusted to pay attention. I feel safer riding on the sidewalk, but pedestrians turn it into an obstacle course. It was nice to not have to worry about running someone over for once.
I saw a few runners and a police officer in the park, but other than that, it was pretty quiet. I've been trying to go a little farther and a little faster every time I ride. This time, I made it 6.28 miles and was moving, on average, at 7.2 miles per hour.
I'm not in love with the seat that came on my bike and it is really hampering my ability to ride for as long as I want. As soon as I have the money I plan to replace my original seat with one that has a cutout. Saddles with a cutout are supposed to be easier on the "soft tissues" and that's the main problem I'm having with my current saddle. Hopefully a cutout will make riding way more comfortable.
After my bike ride, I headed to Trader Joe's for some groceries. As usual, I left with a cart full of things I didn't really intend to buy when I went in. I decided to try their rice noodle soup bowls because they were all less than 300 calories. Plus, I like to keep a few pantry staples on hand in case I need a quick meal that doesn't require actual cooking.
I baked some tilapia for dinner and ate it with the garlic flavored soup bowl. It was not bad for a just add hot water meal. I thought about putting the fish in the soup, but that wouldn't have made for a very good picture. Gotta love blogging. It's the only hobby I've found that makes me reevaluate my dinner plans based on how photogenic the meal will be.