One Sunny Day

I changed things up a little bit on Tuesday’s commute to work. I parked on the other side of Sellwood, to lengthen my bike ride a little bit. I knew it would only add a few extra minutes, but I was okay with that.


Because I was lengthening my ride, I didn’t stop at all. I peddled like mad and my heart rate definitely increased. At one point there was a guy right on my tail while I road through the detour around OMSI. It was rather annoying. I wanted to yell at him to pass me. I knew he was drafting off me, but I don’t know you dude, stop drafting off me. It was just creepy. I mean I’m a girl riding all alone the last thing I want is some strange guy riding my tail.


I eventually lost him because I started peddling really hard. He just made me uncomfortable. If it was Michael drafting off me, or a stranger in a race, that’s one thing.


I crossed the Hawthorne Bridge in no time at all and was on my way to work.


I somehow shaved almost 8 minutes off my time! I’m guessing it is because I didn’t stop at all and I pedaled faster than normal because I was worried about having a longer ride and being late.

Ride Stats:

Time: 30 minutes

Calories Burned: 255

Miles Biked: 5.9

Almost 6 miles! It was a great ride in, even being a little bit on the cold side. I wore my new gloves too.


They have extra gel padding on the palms, which is nice because my old gloves were losing their padding.

 

For lunch on Tuesday I had a Trader Joe’s frozen Indian food meal. I’ve had it for a few weeks but I didn’t realize when I bought it that it had 500 calories in it! The package was deceptive: at first glance it said 250 calories but there’s two servings in it! It wasn’t larger than the other Trader Joe’s frozen meal I bought, so I didn’t think it would be two servings.


Sneaky! I brought it for lunch on Tuesday because I could justify eating 500 calories for lunch after riding twice in one day.


It was a yummy dish but I wouldn’t buy it again simply because of the calorie count. I’ll stick with the chicken one I usually buy because it’s around 330 calories for the whole thing.

It’s a beautiful, sunny day in Portland. I hope my ride home is nice and easy!

QUESTION: Do you think there’s etiquette in regards to drafting? Would you ever draft a solo rider you don’t know, or am I being weird about it?






15 Responses

  1. I hate when I get tricked by the serving size!

    I would never draft a stranger! (that sounds funny)

    What is the watch you use? Garmin? Do you like it? Can you send me info on it?

    Thanks!
    Jill

  2. Drafting off a stranger on a random bike ride? Weird!
    That would have creeped me out a bit.
    Love your new gloves. I did my long ride this weekend without mine. OUCHIE.
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      1. 72.5 somewhat hilly miles. My longest ride ever!

        Dog Mountain should be really pretty in a couple more weeks. The flowers are still not nearly ready for ultimate viewing pleasure.
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  3. I don’t know anything about drafting. Your name written all over your frozen lunch was amusing to me! Do other people bring the same type items for lunch or is there a lunch thief?

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