Every Sunday, Carrick and I head out on our bikes for a long ride. Sometimes the rides are 10 or 15 miles. The past couple weeks they’ve been 20 or 25 miles. We don’t really plan in advance where we’re going to go. We decide that morning while we’re getting dressed and eating breakfast. A lot depends on the weather. By the time we’ve finished breakfast, pumped up bike tires, filled water bottles and completed various other cycling-related pre-ride tasks, we’ve decided where we’re going. Lately, we’ve been talking about riding out to Farnsley-Moreman (about 25 miles) and back. Today, we decided to ride downtown and out to Shawnee Park to pick up the Louisville Loop. We figured we’d ride toward Farnsley-Moreman, see how far we get before getting tired, then turn around and come back. We ended up doing the entire route, a 50-mile round trip. We stopped at a “cyclists welcome” convenience store to get water and snacks and realized we were only about 10 miles from Farnsley-Moreman. We couldn’t be that close and not finish, so we decided to keep going.
It was a perfect day for a ride. The temperature was probably in the low 80s, humidity seemed very low and it was a beautiful blue-sky day. I’m glad we took advantage of it. The ride took about 4 hours, which I figure isn’t too bad for our first 50-mile ride. Or second 50-mile ride if you count the 50-mile “round-and-round” 100-mile to nowhere ride we did back in May. Overall, it was a pretty fantastic day.
Today’s food journal:
— Whole wheat english muffin = 1 point
— 1 Tbsp peanut butter = 2 points
— 1/2 banana = 0.5 points
Lunch (during bike ride):
— 1/2 Builder Bar = 2.5 points
— 1 apple = 1 point
— 1/2 package cheese/peanut butter crackers = 2 points
— 1/2 small Root Beer = 2 points
— Grilled chicken sandwich = 9 points
— About 5 waffle fries = 4 points
— BBQ sauce (less than 1/4 cup) = 1 point
— Iced tea = 0 points
— 50 mile bike ride: 4 hours, 12 mph average = +29 activity points
Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!
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