Landslide & Bike Ride

I started off my weekend right! On Friday afternoon I got another chance to hang out with Suzanne and got a mini personal training session right on the streets of Portland. She wanted to check my form on some movements. She said I was pretty good but there were some tweaks I needed to make on a few. The big one was squats. I thought I had been doing them correctly because my physical therapist had corrected my form. But I was still putting too much pressure on my knees. Suzanne fixed that and I had a lightbulb moment.

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Basically I need to put ALL my weight on the back of my heel and not be putting it on my my whole foot. After work on Friday I went to yoga class and then home to some beer and pizza! Woohoo! Way to go Michael. It’s been ages since we got Papa Murphy’s (since Michael went gluten-free) and it was a nice treat to have it again. He got the deLite pizza (low calorie) and I enjoyed my beer on a hot summer night.

On Saturday morning I went out to test my bike and the changes the fitter made last weekend. It was already in the 80’s at 10 a.m. but once I was on the bike it was pleasant. Michael joined me and we drove to Sellwood, parked the car and picked up the Springwater Trail from there. There were just too many hills near our house in order to test my bike on a flat trail.

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My goal was to do between 8-10 miles of easy riding to test my knees. I had to remind myself a few times to slow down. Once I got on the trail I definitely pushed it a few times because I think I forgot what I was doing. I got on the trail I was so used to taking into work and it was like my body took over and my mind checked out–biking fast and hard like I used to. So I slowed it down. We almost crashed right out the gate because some walkers with a dog weren’t paying attention and let the dog have a super long leash. Michael stopped short and I was able to stop before crashing into him. Sigh. People.

The other annoyance: apparently there was a charity 3K walk on the trail that morning. Probably 100 people were walking, which would have been fine had they cared about anyone around them. The trail is narrow and very very crowded and these walkers decided to walk 7 people wide so no one could get around them going either direction. So frustrating. That is definitely something I don’t miss about the trail–inconsiderate people!

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We got to downtown on the east side of the esplanade and called it good. I was feeling really great. I had no knee pain during the ride–but honestly, this past year of bullshit knee stuff has taught me that I RARELY have pain during an activity–it’s always later. So I was still unsure if I was okay. We stopped in the shade to rest for a moment before turning around.

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During the ride my heart rate was pretty high–between 140 and 150 most of the time. That was pretty high for me. When I was riding consistently I definitely had a high heart rate at certain points of the trail, but not the entire time. I don’t think I was working extra hard on Saturday but I do think it was a combination of not having the cycling fitness and also nerves. Either way, I had a decent calorie burn for the one hour ride!

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We got back to the car and I was dripping in sweat. Thankfully the ride back didn’t have any charity walkers and the trail was pretty clear. I was so glad I went out and tested my knees. I don’t really know where to go from here–only time will tell.

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We got home and did a quickie strength routine together–Michael showed me a few kettle bell moves and then it was time for lunch. It was such a nice day I wanted to sit outside so we went to Cartlandia to get lunch at the food carts. We both ended up getting salads from the Good and Evil Wrap cart. And of course I got the same thing I always get– the Buffalo chicken salad. I am obsessed with that salad. It’s so good though!

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We lounged in the shade and ate our delicious lunches and discussed our next move. After lunch we ended up going to see Man Of Steel. I was disappointed. I felt like the movie lacked soul and passion. There was no chemistry between Superman and Lois Lane. The store was absurd at times. I won’t say too much else because I don’t want to give it away but it could have been so much better. Oh well…

The Next Day

How were my knees? They were okay. I wasn’t in pain but I was definitely tight and uncomfortable. I don’t know yet how to distinguish between normal feelings and abnormal in my knees because things have been so IFFY for so long. I *think* it was just normal soreness because Monday I woke up totally fine.

Speaking of the next day…I had a FANTASTIC Sunday night! I’m still glowing. I met my cousin Anna at Slow Bar for dinner before we went and saw FLEETWOOD MAC!!!! One of my all-time favorite bands since I was a little kid (the other being Michael Jackson, of course–when I was 4 years old and got my very first record of Thriller).

We shared a few laughs, some Bloody Mary’s (fantastic Bloody’s at Slow Bar!) and split a veggie burger, salad and some fries. It was the perfect amount for dinner on a 95+ degree day.

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The concert was at the Rose Garden and it was a sold out show. We got the middle of the road tickets and had great seats! There was no opening band and Fleetwood Mac (minus Christine) was all there and they played nearly 3 hours straight with no breaks. They also told lots of stories and stuff in between some of the jokes. It was very cool to hear about how certain songs came to be.

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The video isn’t great, I took it from my seat at last night’s show, but the audio is fantastic. Enjoy Landslide!


They played all the hits, some older stuff that wasn’t as well known and two new songs. Everyone sounded absolutely fantastic. I was just blown away by how real and amazing they sounded. Hands down, one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. I am still glowing with happiness! 🙂

QUESTION: What was your highlight of the weekend? Favorite live show?

An Uncertain 40 Miles

Saturday we planned on going for a long bike ride but I was uncertain how my body would hold up after the painful hike the day before. The good news: I could walk around the house without pain or discomfort. I was worried about my knees. I slept in and was SUPER lazy all day. We watched the rest of the Californication, had leftover pizza for lunch and then finally left the house around 1:30 or so.

I had no idea if I could ride at all but I wanted to try. We rode from the house to the trail and headed to downtown. Michael wanted to do 40 so his total for the week would be 75. We biked down to OMSI and took a quick break for GUs.


After the quick snack, we continued on the Esplanade to North Portland. I was feeling good so far. No knee pain.

We took the bike lane by the Rose Garden to N. Williams because it has a wide, safe bike lane.

Last time we did this route we ended up on a horrible street that had no bike lane. It was terrifying and we almost got hit by a car (scary!!). This time we found a route that was much safer!

The bike lanes in North Portland are really nice and the scenery is pretty cool. Lots of buildings had beautiful graffiti art on them. There were some other cyclists going the same way as we were going and we asked if they knew a safer route than that scary street that had no bike lane. They gave suggestions and they turned out great.

We left the Vancouver street with the bike lanes. We followed the signs and ended up on MLK. It was scary but short and we were quickly on Marine Drive.

We rode passed Salty’s to the Marine Drive trail. We stopped for another GU break and continued on.

So far I was feeling good. No issues! We were about halfway there–20 miles done.


For once the wind on Marine Drive was at my back. It was a quick and easy stretch. I enjoyed the water and watching the people on boats. It seemed like a nice way to spend a sunny summer day.


We left Marine Drive for the I-205 Bike Path. I had a huge hill in store for me and I was not looking forward to it. The hill is a long steady climb that doesn’t seem to end. It’s definitely a challenge–I usually see people on bikes walking up that hill (well, people on mountain bikes or cruisers).

We stopped at a small park on the trail to rest, eat another Gu and drink some water before facing The Big Hill. It was a nice break.


We got back on the bikes. It was time to face it. Michael took off and I grinded up the hill. I wish I could accurately capture the size of this hill but pictures just don’t do it just. And honestly, when I’m at the base of the hill I’m counting on momentum to get me part of the way up so I don’t stop to take photos.


I took the hill slow and steady but SURPRISE! The hill was not as bad as it has been in the past! I just hunkered down and made it up that hill. It wasn’t bad. I was so happy and surprised that I made it up the hill. Going into it I’d wondered if it would be the first time I’d have to WALK up that hill…


I got to the top of the hill where Michael was waiting for me at the light and I asked, “That was the killer hill right? I’m not mistaking it for a different one right?” He said no, that was the killer hill and I happily made it! Woo hoo! The rest of the ride was smooth sailings–mostly downhill. Instead of continuing on the I-205 trail we veered back to the Springwater home. It was good to be home!

 

Ride Stats:

Times: 3:31
Calories Burned: 1464
Distance: 38.25 miles 


Michael and I split a GenUCan Recovery shake as soon as we got home. It was a good snack to tide us over before dinner. Since we’ve been so busy the last few weeks we had no food in the house! Grocery shopping was a must (not exactly what you want to do after biking almost 40 miles).

For dinner Michael made us grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. I steamed some fresh green beans as my side.


By almost 7:30pm we finally were able to sit down and eat dinner, watch some TV and relax!


And enjoy a little dessert. 🙂 Total miles for last week (in two rides): 56.36.

QUESTION: When you’re sore and tired, do you take a day off or do continue with the planned activities?