Finally! A LONG Bike Ride!

Dinner Saturday night was steak, steamed broccoli and sweet potatoes!

Carbs + Fiber + Protein

It seems to be the perfect dinner after a workout, and also the night before a long workout as well.

Sundays are my swim days but today is unusually sunny and warm out. We have less than a month before Reach the Beach and today’s goal is to bike 40 miles. Breakfast was 2 scrambled eggs topped with some shredded cheese, 1/2 a piece of bacon, and a bagel thin with cream cheese and leftover salmon. It was delicious!

Lots of Protein and Carbs

I packed my small backpack with protein bars and GU. I also slathered myself with sunscreen! I am trying to be better.

Protect Yourself!

We headed out for our bike ride around 11:00am or so. We rode on the path along I-205 all the way to Washington! We had done part of the bike path previously but never made it this far.

Bike Path

The sun was out, the temperature was perfect. I wore my wrist brace to see if it helped with the pain and it did.


After about an hour, we stopped to rest and eat our GU.


I had the Chocolate. It kinda tasted like chocolate frosting.


We continued north. The bike path was really nice. It was kept up nicely, the signs were easy to follow. The path was also very hilly.

Residential Neighborhood

We arrived at the airport and turned toward Washington to continue going north. The bridge that goes over the Columbia River is VERY windy. Always. Whenever we drive across the bridge toward Seattle, the high winds shake the car! Now imagine riding your bike across this bridge!

Path on the Freeway

The path goes right down the middle of the freeway. On the right, you can see Mt. Hood. I wish my iPhone had a zoom!

Mt. Hood

So back to this bridge…it was all uphill AND into a head wind. My quads were on fire but I powered through it and then I was in Washington! I’d successfully biked from my house to another state. 🙂

Entering Washington

It’s weird, but the state line is actually in the middle of the Columbia River. Once we were in Washington we connected to a nice, foresty path for a bit.

We turned to head to Downtown Vancouver. The idea was to get lunch somewhere. In the end we decided to head back. Neither of us knew the area and we didn’t want to get lost on the way back. The ride back across the bridge was much easier. It was downhill and we finally had the wind at our backs.

Around this time I was starting to feel tired, hungry and a bit dizzy. We stopped and ate our protein bars and then continued on.


The ride home had a lot of hills! I was out of water and drinking some of Michael’s. Not good. I think I was dehydrated.

We arrived home from our bike ride at about 3 hours and 17 minutes. I burned 1541 calories! Today’s goal was to bike 40 miles in preparation of Reach the Beach. We ended up doing 33 miles. I’m happy with our ride today. It was a great day.

We showered. I did my Foam Roller. Then we went to Mike’s Drive In for food!!!

Drive In!

It was about 3:30 in the afternoon. Too late for lunch, too early for dinner. Oh well! We were famished! I had a bacon cheeseburger, diet coke and we split a small vanilla milkshake. I snagged a few of Michael’s fries! We sat outside on the picnic table, basking in the sun. And we devoured our food. It was the best!!!!

Best Burger

The rest of the day was pretty low-key. We caught up on a bunch of TV shows. Our DVR is 50% full and we’re weeks behind of everything. The only shows we stay current on are Breaking Bad, Lost and Modern Family. My faves!

QUESTION: How did you spend your weekend?

Reach the Beach

On May 15th of this year, I am competing in the Reach the Beach bike competition! It is my first. My boyfriend Michael is doing the full 100 miles. I, however, am doing 55 miles. The 55 miles starts from Salem, Oregon and ends at the beach.

I’m looking forward to challenging myself. I know I can do it. I got a new bike a few weeks ago. It’s an entry level Raleigh road bike (my first road bike). This weekend is supposed to be sunny in Portland. Michael and I hope to go for a long bike ride in preparation! If the weather continues to cooperate, we will be spending most weekends training.

I have to raise $100 in order to compete in Reach the Beach. All of the money goes to the American Lung Association. Here is my website for it:

I’m excited and also nervous! It will be the longest bike ride I’ve ever done. Michael and I have done day rides in the past that were around 30 miles or so. I’ve heard the leg of the ride I’m doing is fairly flat, so that’s promising! 🙂

I will be posting pictures and my training log.