Sunday, March 25, 2012

16 Chilly Miles

Good afternoon!

It’s been a lovely weekend at home so far. I took the last couple days off of blogging because I didn’t have much to say and because I needed a bit of a break. On Friday evening, I went out to eat with my friend Curtis and it was nice to just chat and enjoy each other’s company, not to mention my food, without worrying about pictures. Yesterday I worked all day and then I hung out with my parents at home all evening. We watched “Life As We Know It” while laying around in our sweatpants. Pretty much my ideal Saturday night.

Today was a little more exciting; I went out for my first bike ride of the year!


I’ve been looking forward to it all week, but I wish the weather would have been more cooperative Sad smile.

I fueled up with some oatmeal before heading out.


It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve had oatmeal and I’ve missed it! My tasty bowl of oats contained:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • Topping: baked apple 

I guess it’s kind of weird to bring back warm oatmeal when we’re on the verge of summer, but what can I say? I love the stuff.


After letting my breakfast digest and pumping up my bike tires, I headed down town to the TART Trail for a 16 mile out and back ride.


Unfortunately, it was freezing outside and I was definitely not dressed appropriately for the weather. I left the house wearing capris and a long sleeved t-shirt when I really should have been wearing pants and a winter jacket! The weather was supposed to be high fifties and partly cloudy, but it was actually in the forties with no sun what-so-ever. Epic fail, weather channel.


I didn’t let that rain on my biking parade though Winking smile. I pedaled hard, making my way from one side of town to the other in about 35 minutes. I stopped at the turn around point and did a bit of stretching before riding back.


I love the TART Trail – it’s my favorite place to bike!


One of the reasons I love it is the gorgeous scenery, but I must say that the bay is much prettier in the summer when the sun is actually shining.


I ended up riding 16.22 miles in 1:13, which is an average pace of about 13.3 mph. Not too bad for the first (freezing cold!) ride of the year!

After my ride, I made an easy lunch using leftovers from last night’s dinner.


We had grilled chicken, roasted veggies (mushrooms, red bell pepper, zucchini) and brown rice. Today I chopped up the chicken and veggies, stirred it into the rice, added a little soy sauce and garlic powder, and heated it in the microwave for a quick and easy stir-fry.



I have an errand to run for my mom right now and then a couple of assignments I need to work on. After that I’ll be heading back down to Grand Rapids for another week of rotation. Less than six weeks to go until graduation, but who’s counting? Winking smile


Have a wonderful day!


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