hot bike ride

Riding and Eating

I was a little reluctant to bike to work last week. It was in the high 90’s and expected to be 100+ by the 4th of July…Ooof. That’s a little too hot for me.

Breakfast – I had two fried eggs with hot sauce and a toasted English muffin with cinnamon and Splenda, unsweetened iced tea. Calories: 338


I drove to the Park and Ride and then set out. I wore my arm-warmers but probably didn’t need them. I was a bit on the hot side, even though it was only 7 am! I was feeling really good on my bike ride in. It was quiet on the Springwater Trail.

I passed OMSI and was biking up the circular “on-ramp” to get to the Hawthorne Bridge and some runner was running on the wrong side of the path and almost crashed right into me as I was climbing up the ramp! Ugh! So frustrating. We almost crashed but she jumped out of the way just in time. Which was good because it’s kind of a steep climb and I was clipped in to my pedals and there was no way I could have unclipped in time. Thankfully I didn’t fall over.

I biked on the waterfront and saw they were setting up for the Blues Festival. I used to love going to that every year!

It was a good, slightly humid, bike ride into work. I was a little bit slower this time and didn’t burn as many calories as last time.


Morning Stats

Time: 37 minutes

Miles: 7.92

Calories Burned: 332

For my mid-morning Snack I had cottage cheese and some blueberries. Calories: 118. I ate my snack about 30 minutes earlier than normal. I was SO HUNGRY.


During my lunch break I went for a walk. The AC in the office was on pretty high and I spent most of the morning cold (crazy, I know). The walk was nice. It wasn’t TOO hot outside yet. I walked just under 2 miles. I tried to stay in the shade as much as I could. I estimated I burned between 50-60 calories.



Lunch – Two slices of ham with cheese, mayo, mustard, spinach, and Craisins rolled up. Also had some yogurt covered pretzels. Calories: 328


Snack – Guacamole with yellow and orange peppers and baby carrots. Calories: 116


It was a hot ride home but not too uncomfortable. If I kept moving it was okay. I created enough of a breeze. But dang it, when I stopped to rest or drink some water it was HOT.


I was feeling pretty good on the ride so I decided to keep going. Instead of going directly to the park and ride, I kept going up the trail towards Johnson Creek. I got to a bridge over a nice, cool creek and stopped in the shade for a moment to rest before turning around.



I think I might be ready to start biking from home…I think! We will see. Maybe next week I will give it a try. Here is the afternoon ride (with that little bit extra):



Afternoon Stats

Time: 39 minutes

Miles: 8.97

Calories Burned: 355

Total Miles: 16.89!

When I got home I took a hot bath with epsom salts. Sounds weird after such a hot ride but I wanted to relax my muscles a bit. They felt good but just in case.

Dinner – Dinner was delicious (and I was famished). 4.5 ounces of melt-in-your-mouth steak, steamed broccoli with Goddess Dressing and sauteed sweet potatoes. And a glass of red wine. So good! Calories: 640

We took Bella for a walk around 8:30 when it had cooled down a bit but man, my legs were shot. I was so slow. My legs felt like they were weighted down with concrete blocks. I just could not find the energy to go for a 1 mile walk! Crazy. I was just pooped. Period.

All in all it was a good day of biking, despite the heat, and looking forward to progressing soon!

I Needed The Ride

Wednesday was really my Friday because I had another short week. I like taking extra long weekends in the summer to take short trips. I did not sleep well Tuesday night. I got some really bad news right before I went to bed and struggled to fall asleep. The daughter of a coworker of mine was hit by a car and in very very critical condition. I also heard bad news about another coworker that has been battling cancer since Thanksgiving…all night I slept fitfully, thinking about them both.

My morning ride on Wednesday was a good distraction. For a short period of time I was able to clear my mind from the sadness.  I drove to the Park n’ Ride and set out into the early morning sunshine. It was a really nice ride.

I sprinted up the short but steep hill to the Springwater trail. It felt good to work it all out.

I biked through Sellwood and headed down to the Springwater Trail along the water. The sun was bright and I did not need my jacket at all. I stopped at this scenic spot by the water and shed layers of clothing. I felt much better!

I decided not to take the Hawthorne Bridge and instead I biked passed OMSI and headed North on the Eastside Esplanade. I went down the ramps to the Steel Bridge. I liked it much better than going over the Hawthorne. The only downside: the floating bridge has these big bumps that hurt my butt!

Going the Steel Bridge way added about an extra mile to morning commute.

I crossed over to the west side of the loop and headed into work. It was a nice morning ride, not too crowded on the trails, and the sun was warm. It was a good distraction from things that were on my mind.

Morning Commute:

Time: 44 minutes
Calories Burned: 356
Distance: 8.43 miles

It was a really good ride and I felt refreshed and upbeat. Until I got to work and got more bad news. 🙁



Wednesday was a hard day emotionally. The coworker with cancer passed away.  I’m glad she was surrounded by her friends and family at the end but it was a shock. She was a force before she got cancer: feisty and strong and fierce! My other coworker’s daughter was not doing well either. All day I just wanted to be on the bike. I was distracted at work, sad, and just emotionally exhausted and ready to go home.

I was so glad when quittin’ time came. I gratefully headed out into the sunshine. I biked a few blocks to the waterfront and passed the Sternwheeler boat.

I took the long way around, crossing the Steel Bridge, enjoying the sunshine and headed down the eastside of the esplanade.

It was about 82 degrees out on my ride home, not miserably hot, but hot. And the breeze was even HOT. I pedaled and pedaled, enjoying the sunshine and the ride. And the distraction.

I biked on the Springwater, through Sellwood and decided to keep going toward Johnson Creek.

I was feeling good on my ride, but toward the end it started to feel like I was riding through Jell-o. My legs had to really push it. I turned around just before Johnson Creek and rode to the car.

I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. Unfortunately it was filled with sadness. I got back to the car and loaded up my bike. Michael’s dad and stepmom were coming into town from Texas so I had a short amount of time to get home and shower and change before dinner. I was so glad I got to ride though! I needed it!

Afternoon Stats:
Time: 47 minutes
Calories Burned: 387
Distance: 9.68

Total Distance for the Day: 18.11 miles! I wish I could have biked to work one more time this week to sneak in some more mileage but I think this weekend Michael and I will try to fit in a long ride so it will be okay.

QUESTION: Do you mind the heat when riding your bike?



Update: Thursday morning my coworker’s daughter passed away. Please keep Kayla and Flo in your thoughts and prayers, if you pray. My heart is breaking for their families.