Pomegranate Pancakes

This morning I woke up determined to get out on my bike.

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It’s been way too long since I took good ole’ RED out for a spin. In fact, the last time I rode  was with Kelly on our crazy 50 mile adventure!

My bike has been sitting on the patio so lonely. I spent part of yesterday afternoon fixing the tubes and reattaching the chain.

I rode a typical running route..

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It felt so good to get outside. The weather is in the mid-low seventies, and it feels amazing!

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It was a leisurely bike ride:

  • Distance: 10.0 miles
  • Time: 42:49
  • Average Speed: 14.0 miles/hour
  • Average HR: 146 bpm

Before I left, I ate a quick snack:

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When I returned, I made a REAL breakfast. I saw Caitlin make pomegranate pancakes, and I have been dying to try them!

We’re all out of eggs, so I decided to give the “flax egg” a try.

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For one egg:

  • 1 TBL Flax
  • 3 TBL Warm Water

Mix!! It was so easy, and I couldn’t even tell a difference in the taste of the pancakes (although I’m used to flax).

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I mixed the pomegranates into the batter, poured them onto the skillet…

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…and let them do their pancake thing.

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I enjoyed four pancakes out on the patio, with maple syrup on top. 😀

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Chomp. The pomegranate arils added a nice crunch!

Off to work on school stuff again today! I’m working hard this weekend, so I can have fun in New Jersey next weekend!

Happy Sunday!

❤ MegaNerd

Twice the Speed, Half the Effort…

…ok, maybe that isn’t totally true. I would say 1.5 times the speed with a different type of effort.

I took my road bike out for my first ride this morning. My dad and I got up early and went to Flatwoods Park in Tampa. It took me a while to figure out how to pump the tires with air (I am seriously a COMPLETE newbie at this) since it was different than Old Rusty.

I fueled up in the car with the other half of my Peanut Toffee Buzz CLIF bar—I really like this flavor!

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Flatwoods Park is a 7 mile loop, but it is 2 miles of trail to actually get to the loop. I rode the first two miles at an easy pace to get used to shifting gears and breaking, all while keeping my dad company.

Once we got to where the big loop actually started, Dad told me he wanted to go onto the off road trail and to go ahead around the loop. We decided to meet back in half an hour which ended up working out perfectly!

I could tell from the beginning that I was going way faster than I ever had on Old Rusty. I felt great and was using about the same amount of effort and going so much faster.

Half way through the ride, I could tell that my back and arms were starting to hurt. I tried to switch the position of my hand to keep the blood flowing. The hunched over position will take some getting used to!

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Stats from my first road bike ride!

  • Distance: 7 Mi loop + 2 mi warm-up + 2 mi cool-down= 11 Miles
  • Time (7 Mile loop): 27:34
  • Average Speed: 15.1 mph
  • Max Speed: 19.8 mph (weeeee!)
  • Average Heart Rate: 147 bpm

I am really happy with that! Especially for my first ride! 😀

I came back all hot and sweaty and really wanted a big bowl of cereal… so I made one!

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My bowl contained:

  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup kashi heart to heart
  • 3/4 cup milk (waaay too much for the amount in the bowl… but I like to drink it at the end!)

I think that biking will be a great alternative to running—especially in the heat! The wind from going faster really cooled me down, something I never experience when I am running.

Do you cycle? What was your first experience with a road bike like?

❤ Meganerd