Rollin’, rollin’, rolling on the river! I was singing Tina Turner in my head all morning as I rode 30 beautiful miles along the American River. Check out my view in front of me:
And off to the right:
Gorgeous morning! Don’t let the lack of people fool you, shortly after the bike path was PACKED with cyclists and tons of runners from a local training group. As much as I love running, I was so happy to be cruising along at 16 MPH rather than running at 6.5 MPH.
At the halfway point I stopped for a little rest, some fluids and to enjoy the view. At the halfway point I was right on track to meet my goal of 30 miles at a 15MPH pace.
I snacked on some peanut butter pretzels and raisins (nature’s sport beans) while enjoying the view of the river and the fly fishermen.
At this point I was feeling good but started to worry about being able to keep pace for another 15 miles. But I powered through the second half of my ride and actually picked up the pace a little. The final results:
Total time: 1:57:46
Pace: 15.3 MPH
I came home, showered and had a fabulous breakfast made by Aaron. I had full intentions of photographing it, but I guess I was too hungry. Halfway through I realized I never snapped a photo. Just trust it was good. Honey wheat bagel. Half topped with bacon, egg and roasted red pepper. Half topped with cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomatoes capers and onions. YUMMMM. I see a lot of food in my future today!
On the agenda for the rest of the day:
– Grocery shopping
– Nap (maybe)
Lately I have been experiencing a dull pain in my right knee cap. As I ride it turns to a hot, burning sensation. Is it possible that a tight IT band can cause discomfort in the front of my knee? I always thought it went down the side of the knee. Any thoughts?
Some gear I forgot to tell you all about that I remembered this morning:
– Body Glide: DO NOT ride without it!
– Bento Box: great to have on the bike to easily access snacks while riding.
– Arm and leg warmers: quickly change as the weather changes without stopping for a restroom.