commuting to work on bike

Broken Spoke!

Two weeks ago I biked to work for the first time this year and on the way home I thought I had an issue with my bike but couldn’t see anything…yeah…I figured out that I had a broken spoke on the front tire of my bike! That explained why my bike felt weird and was wobbly!

Michael kindly took my bike into the Bike Gallery and $30 and 30 minutes later I had a fixed bike. So that was nice!

Tuesday morning I biked in from Sellwood. I’d like to be able to bike in from home next week but I honestly don’t think my body is ready for it. My legs felt really slow and burned out on the bike ride in. 🙁

I biked on the Springwater trail (into another headwind!) and by OMSI, then on the east side of the Esplanade.

The trail was pretty quiet that morning. The day was warm but muggy and overcast.

I rode across the Steel Bridge. I wasn’t rushed that morning like I was the first time so I took my time and it was kind of relaxing.

I got to downtown and they are doing construction on many streets. It was a little bit different than two weeks ago and I had to go a different route to get to work because several streets were closed.

And unfortunately the detour I had to take didn’t have any bike lanes. Oh well, it was only for a few blocks. Then I was at work.

Stats:

Pretty darn good workout for a quick ride in!

Afternoon Ride

I got stuck, again, in downtown traffic and ended up walking a few blocks to the Morrison Bridge again. Once I got over the bridge it was easy peasy.

It was sunny and warm out but there was a nice breeze. It was much more pleasant of a ride home compared to last time. A few times on the ride back to the car, I thought there was something wrong with my bike again. But I looked and it seemed ok. Maybe my brain is playing tricks on me.

Afternoon Stats:

Total Miles: 10.93 

Total Calories Burned: 554

I got home and I was so hungry I wanted to eat everything in sight. Michael had been home all day working in the garden so he was also famished. He wanted to get burgers from Mike’s Drive In and I said yes. FEED ME.

Not a stellar day for the diet. 🙁 I guess I need to work on being a little more flexible on days when I do a really hard workout.

It looks like the next two weeks are going to be pretty nice here so I plan on biking next week! My hope is to lengthen my ride soon. I have to admit, my body felt ok this time except for the sit bones. It was NOT a fun bike ride home in that aspect. That’s just something that takes time getting used to.

Last Ride

Well I’m pretty sure last week’s ride to work was the last bike commute for the winter. It was dry and crisp, the perfect fall day, but FREEZING. It was around 40 degrees when I got up and out of the house and I think that’s being generous. Even though I have decent gear (and supposedly cold weather gloves) my fingers were so frozen they hurt. Same with my toes and my face. The rest of me warmed up nicely on the ride.

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The Springwater Trail was fairly empty that morning. I stopped mid-ride to blow my nose (cold weather makes it runny, same with my eyes) and my friend Debby rode past! So I caught up to her and we rode the rest of the way into work together. It was nice because we chatted a little and it distracted us both on how miserable we were!

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So yeah, that was the last ride!

I was so cold the rest of the day at work. Even though I was wearing a sweater, I just had a chill. I was so freezing that I skipped my apple for my morning snack and got a cup of broccoli cheddar soup to warm me up. I ate half of it and then had the rest with my lunch.

The afternoon was much more pleasant. It was warmer and the sun was out.

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About 10 miles total for the day. It was a pretty good way to end the cycling season. I’d done Body Pump the night before (took it easier this time so I wouldn’t be as crippled). By the afternoon ride home I was starting to stiffen up and get more sore. I think the bike ride helped loosen me up a tad.

So how are the kitties doing?

I figured it was time for an update on how the wild beasts in my home are getting along. As I predicted, Maya is staying in the bedroom and doesn’t come out. I knew it would take her a lot of time. Fat Kitty, on the other hand, has FINALLY decided to assert his authority. He’s the King of the house and he’s letting Bella know it!

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Last Tuesday night I got home from Body Pump and watched as Fat Kitty and Bella met. For two hours. It was quite entertaining. He alternated what side of the gate he was on as he hissed and growled at Bella. Bella was really good and didn’t chase him or antagonize him. She’d sit on one side of the gate, Fat Kitty on the other. Bella seemed more curious and scared than anything! She’d run back to the couch and look scared:

That short video needs audio. That is Fat Kitty growling at Bella. 🙂 He’s so fierce! Last Wednesday night I hung out in the bedroom with Fat Kitty watching some TV. He sat next to me on the bed and Bella came in and laid down on the floor at the foot of the bed. It was awesome! Fat Kitty didn’t growl for nearly 30 minutes! The three of us just hung out together. I was so impressed at the leaps and bounds the animals are making with each other.

But they aren’t ready to be alone together yet. So when Michael I got dressed to go out to dinner for date night, I put Bella in the crate for the hour or so we’d be gone. She wasn’t happy about it and I felt badly but…it’s too soon for her to just be out and about without us there.

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Michael was going out of town for a week so we went to Eleni’s in Sellwood for dinner as a date night before he left. Eleni’s has a special place in my heart because it’s where we had our first date.

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I ordered a glass of  Pinot Gris with dinner and we started with Michael’s favorite appetizer, the “Ktipiti” which is a spicy feta dip. It’s so good! We always order it.

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It came with warm pita bread, veggies and Greek olives. If I could have licked the plate of the feta dip residue I would have, it’s that delicious. For my entree I went with the steamed mussels that were in a tomato and garlic sauce with onions and feta. I’ve been craving clams or mussels for weeks! Finally got to have it.

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Michael ordered the lamb special of the night. It was a leg of lamb where the meat was so tender it fell off the bone and mashed sweet potatoes. It came with sauteed kale but they’d used a really heavy hand with the lemon and it was basically inedible. Which was weird because we’ve always had a good meal at the Sellwood Eleni’s.

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On the way home we stopped at Dairy Queen for a blizzard. It’s been a good 8 years since I’ve been! I used to be obsessed with Blizzards and would eat the big ones at least once or twice a week. This time Michael and I ordered the mini–which surprisingly still had a lot of calories in it! The mini was about 350 calories. Eeeek. Oh well. It was worth it. It will probably be another 8 years before I go back. 😉

We got home and let Bella out of the crate for the rest of the evening and Fat Kitty was extra grumpy. Hissing, spitting, growling. It feels like we take one step forward, two steps back with the cat and dog!

QUESTION: If you have a dog and cat, how long did it take for them to get along?