Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Tough Bike Ride

I will start by saying that the distance on my Garmin is completely wrong. Sometimes I turn the GPS function off so I can track my calorie burn during a non distance based workout like weight lifting. I did that yesterday and completely forgot to turn the GPS back on this morning before heading out for my most grueling bike ride to date. I made it all the way to the greenway before I realized that my Garmin was only tracking how many calories I burned. I manually added the miles my watch did not track on the Garmin website, but it still annoys me that I forgot. 

When I left home, my goals were to take a new route to get to the greenway, ride three loops of the greenway, and not die when I hit the hills on the way back. I mostly achieved my goals. Instead of taking my usual route to the greenway, I wound up taking a different road. I'm not sure what that road is like later in the day, but at the time I passed through there was so little traffic that I just rode on the street. I know that cyclists are supposed to ride on the street no matter how much traffic there is because riding on the sidewalk is against the law in most places, but I don't usually feel safe doing that because I'm too slow and unskilled on my bike. However, there were runners nonchalantly jogging on this road and I figure if they felt safe, I should too.

It was already hot by the time I got to the greenway, but I made myself do three loops anyway. I had plenty of cold water with me and I was taking regular breaks to drink. I felt really good while I was at the greenway, but when I left I decided to take a new route to get back home. It wound up being incredibly hilly. The sun was viciously hot by that time and I was starting to get a headache. I really wanted to ride my bike the whole way home anyway, but I knew it was not happening when I started climbing a massive hill about a mile from home. I decided to get off my bike and walk up the hill. I felt a little defeated and I'm sure the people in the cars were all judging me, but I was so hot and out of breath that I just did not care. When I got to the top of the hill I got back on the bike and finished riding home. I was exhausted and very hungry, so I decided that what I really needed was pizza.

I made a whole wheat Greek yogurt pizza dough while I preheated the oven, topped it with some fat free pizza sauce and low fat mozzarella from Trader Joe's, and popped it in the oven. It came out hot, delicious, and perfectly browned. It was the perfect post-workout meal and I felt absolutely zero guilt about tearing into it. What did you eat after your workout today?

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