biking Springwater Trail

Improper Fueling

I don’t know what’s going on but I am having a hard time fueling properly for stuff lately. I’ve been hungryyyyy. Not sure what’s happening. I’m eating a few more calories than I was when trying to lose some weight. Instead of 1300 as a base I increased it back to 1600 as a base. We’ll see how that goes. Shaking things up.

For breakfast I had two fried eggs and a toasted English muffin with cinnamon and splenda blend. Calories: 338. Then I hit the road to bike to work.

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It was a little on the chilly side first thing but it warmed up as I went. I was running a bit late for some reason and I thought “I’ll just make up time on the trail”…yeah right…My legs felt like giant tree trunks, I was huffing and puffing on all the hills and then when I got to the Springwater Trail I was in a headwind the ENTIRE TIME.

I was so slow. So slow. My time doesn’t necessarily reflect my slowness, but trust me, I was slow on the morning ride in.

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I got to work and had a cup of coffee. Trying to stave off the coming hunger. It’s been a hollow feeling lately. Stomach grumbling, hollow, almost nauseated hunger pains. Yuck.

Morning Snack:

Plain Greek Yogurt with sliced strawberries and about an hour later I had some cherries. Calories: 193

I prefer the Costco brand of the plain Greek Yogurt. I’ve tried a few brands lately. Chobani was ok but not my favorite, Trader Joe’s version wasn’t good at all in my opinion. It was super “milky” tasting to me. I’m not sure how to describe it–it just tasted a little off and it was REALLY high in calories. Back to my favorite–Costco.

Lunch:

I didn’t have many options and the frozen meal didn’t sound too appealing. I ended up meeting Michael and a friend at Korean Twist food cart for lunch. I got two bulgogi beef tacos and one spicy pork taco. $6.50 for the three taco special! They aren’t huge and just come with meat and lettuce and the sauces.

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So tasty! Messy, but tasty. They are small tacos but filling. I had to estimate the calories and I think it was around 440 calories. The three of us sat in a nearby park to eat our lunches in the sun. It was a nice break from the day and it felt good to get some real food in me, not just snacks.

Afternoon Snack:

Applesauce. I was busy in the afternoon, lost track of time and was still a bit full from lunch. Calories: 50. 

Ride Home

It was a hot one. Hot hot. Thankfully it was comfortable on the bike (for the most part). I took a lot of rest breaks in the shade to cool off, let my heart rate go down a bit and drink some water. I was doing really well until I got to the BIG HILL near the house.

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It’s not exactly steep but it’s a slow, steady grind that never lets up and doesn’t level off until you get to the very top. I’d estimate the hill to be about 1 mile long from start to finish. Lately I’ve had to stop mid-hill to catch my breathe and give my thighs a chance to rest. Ooof this hill!

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Despite the hill that’s been giving me so much grief this summer, it was a pretty good ride. I felt good and strong and made it home in decent time (especially with so many breaks).

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Ride Stats

Total Miles: 22.98
Total Calories Burned: 876

Dinner:

For dinner I made Trader Joe’s gnocchi topped with vodka cream sauce (also sauteed some spinach in the sauce). I made caprese salad the easy way. Fresh roma tomatoes and basil from my garden and a string cheese. 🙂 Calories: 531 delicious calories!

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I feel like lunch and dinner were good. I felt satisfied and never had that hunger crash. I’m not sure how to fix the rest of the day. I think my snacks are generally healthy but they aren’t quite filling me up. On days I ride in I can’t have a big breakfast because I think I’d just puke on my bike. So I don’t know that I can change breakfast much. Any ideas?

2 in a Row!

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Biking to work 2 weeks in a row! Go me! I was happy when the rainy weather changed last Wednesday to NO rain. It wasn’t quite as hot as it was the day of my first bike commute, in fact the morning commute was quite chilly, but it wasn’t wet and that means I ride.

The morning was cool and quiet. I drove part way and parked and then rode in on the Springwater Trail. There weren’t a lot of bikers or runners on the trail this time. My fingers were very cold–even wearing my thicker colder weather gloves. I had to constantly wiggle my fingers and make a fist to keep the blood flowing.

The trail has had a lot of repairs since I rode last summer. There was a giant sinkhole on part of the trail near Ross Island. I feel like it was that way for two years. You can see pictures of it here. I don’t know why it took them so long to fix it. It wasn’t a huge issue but when the trail was crowded, especially in the afternoon or on weekends, having to go down to one narrow lane for both ways of traffic was difficult. It’s finally fixed!

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It’s so nice! They did a good job and I’m glad it’s finished and wide enough for lots of people.

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I mentioned last week that my heart rate monitor stopped working. I’ve had Polar Heart Rate Monitors for years and LOVED them. They were so great and I loved seeing the calories I burn as well as training SMARTER by paying attention to my heart rate. The last two I’ve owned have been total duds. The most recent one I bought in January. It barely lasted 3 months before it started quitting on me on a regular basis. I bought it on Amazon and of course the window to return it passed. I talked to their customer service and they were very nice to allow me to return in. So now I’m in the market for a new heart rate monitor that is NOT a Polar. In the meantime, Michael gave me his old one and it’s working pretty well.

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I’m thinking about biting the bullet and getting a Garmin. Any tips? Recommendations? Suggestions?

Afternoon Ride

It didn’t get super warm in the afternoon but the sun was out and it was warm enough I could leave my jacket and compression tights at work. I biked 10.73 miles that day.

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I pushed it a little harder on the way home than in the morning and about the last mile or so my right knee started to bug me. Thankfully it didn’t last very long and the next day I felt okay.

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I met Michael at home, we cleaned up and then went out to dinner. Bella came with us. We went to this really good hot dog stand on E Burnside Street called Franks-A-Lot. It used to be called The Dog House.

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They have a patio area where you can sit in the sun and enjoy your hot dog. It’s been ages since we’ve been–probably at least a year. It’s a good pit-stop after a hike on a Saturday afternoon. 🙂

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Michael got tons of jalapenos on his dog and a bag of chips. I got a regular beef hot dog with some coleslaw on the side. The owner came out and sat with us and played with Bella and gave her dog biscuits. It was cute. The sun was out and it was nice to just sit outside.