Wind Blows.

It’s tough getting longer workouts in with my school and work schedule. I have a short break on Monday mornings to get stuff done. Normally I get school work done, but with the upcoming 31 mile bike race, I planned ahead, worked extra last night, and woke up ready to ride!

 

I rushed out the door for my 7:30am class without eating. OOPS. I was sstttaaarrrrvvvvviiiiinnnnggg by the time I got home at 9:00 am. I wolfed down a bowl of oatmeal topped with brown sugar, banana, and blackberries.

 

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It tasted better because I was so hungry. 😀

 

Once I got going on my bike ride, I realized that it was SO windy. As in, I thought I was going to be knocked off my bike by the winds. I think that if I would have stopped pedaling I would be going backwards. UGH.

 

Since when is it windy in Florida?!

 

I planned on riding 25.0 miles as my last long ride, but there was no way I wanted to fight the wind for that long. I ended up riding 15.0 miles, which felt more like 100. My legs were burning and it honestly felt like I was weightlifting, not biking.

 

My average pace was around 12.0 mph, which is way slower than average.

 

Riding against the wind BLOWS! Literally.

 

 

When I came home, I knew that I needed protein to help my muscles recover. I whipped up some eggs and veggies:

 

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  • egg whites
  • spinach
  • green peppers
  • onion
  • sundried tomato
  • cheddar cheese

 

Carbs are also necessary in any well-rounded lunch, so I piled it all on a toasted everything bagel.

 

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This was to die for. I loved it! It was so filling, and oozing with veggies.

 

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Later, I snacked on a huge platter of pita bread, celery sticks, and hummus.

 

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What can I say, I’m a hungry girl!? That workout kicked up my appetite!

 

Sometimes I feel like it’s not really about the exact mileage completed, but the effort put into it. Sometimes 15 miles feels like 5, and sometimes it feels like 100.

 

Do you tend to listen to your body (perceived effort) or go strictly by the numbers (miles, heart rate, speed, pace) when judging how well your workout went?

 

I felt like I got a great workout today, even though I was much slower than normal!

 

❤ MegaNerd

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Bike + Beer + Bagel + Boy

This pretty much sums up my evening:

 

Bikes, Beer, Bagels (pizza style)…

 

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…and boy. 😀

 

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Before Dinner, we headed out for a bike ride. The half metric century is coming up next Sunday, and we need to get out there and ride!

 

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We rode 15.0 miles in 59 minutes. The first half of the ride was much faster because we were riding with the wind. We were riding around 20 miles/hour on the “out” and only 13 miles/hour on the “back”. It was a bit depressing to see our average speed drop from 18 to about 15 over the last half.

 

Either way, it was fun! I feel like each time I bike it feels more natural. I’m feeling a lot more comfortable on my bike and with changing gears, etc.

 

Once we got back from our ride, pizza bagels were made. We had plans to go to Mellow Mushroom, but we decided we are both too poor right now (hello, college students?) and that it would be more fun to make our own!!

 

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Mark eats AT LEAST TWICE the amount of food I eat. He is like a furnace or something, I do not know where he puts it.

 

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Anyways, they were pretty epic:

  • Everything Bagels
  • Marinara
  • mushrooms
  • garlic salt
  • onion
  • green peppers
  • broccoli
  • sun dried tomato
  • feta cheese
  • banana peppers

 

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They were pretty darn tasty, and healthy, too!

 

I also had a Beer. Goes perfectly with pizza.

 

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The rest of the day was pretty standard. I did some blog work and some home work… and went to the gym to lift weights. Nothing worth writing about!

 

I am heading to Downtown Disney for a special treat! (Hint… its yummy!! )

 

Do you prefer to make your own pizza at home or go out for pizza? What is your favorite pizza joint? I LOVE by-the-slice places that have cool, outrageous toppings!

 

❤ MegaNerd

25 Miles and a Turtle Rescue

In preparation for the upcoming bike race, I set out to ride 25.0 miles on my bike this morning.

 

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Considering that the bike race is in less than two weeks, and I haven’t gone more than 15.0 miles in months, I am planning to drop from the 100k to the 50k distance. Riding 31.0 miles through the hills of Clermont, FL will still be a challenge!

 

I think that it is just safer to drop to the more manageable distance than trying to push myself to ride 60+ miles when my body isn’t used to it. I’m just starting to recover from my knee injury and I don’t want to push it.

 

Before I left, I made some breakfast.

 

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My new favorite Chobani flavor, pineapple

 

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…and a slice of peanut butter toast. My bread looked sort of heart-shaped, so I cut the corners off. 😀

 

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The thing I LOVE about biking is that I can pretty much eat anything before a ride, as long as I eat enough. Totally NOT the case with running. My stomach is very sensitive to all the jumbling around.

 

Mark is planning to join me at the bike race, so he came along this morning.

 

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We met up with Caitlin, who rode one loop around the airport with us. It’s fun having biking pals that live so close!

 

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We biked 25.0 miles in 1 hour and 38 minutes. The wind kept changing, so our speed varied from 13.0 mph all the way to 22.0 mph!

 

The distance isn’t going to be an issue, but I need to get used to the hills!

 

Mid-way through the ride, I spotted a turtle in the middle of the rode. There isn’t much traffic where we bike, but I felt really bad for it! Luckily, we found it in time. We saved the turtle!!!

 

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The bike ride made me SO hungry…next stop, Crankytown! (I get really grumpy when I’m hungry.)

 

We headed out for lunch since I didn’t really have anything for us to eat at my place. Quizno’s (sandwich shop) is on the way, so we stopped and had sandwiches.

 

I got a Regular Turkey Bacon Guacamole (sans ranch- yuck!). It was EPIC.

 

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My sub had:

  • turkey
  • bacon
  • guacamole
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • salt and pepper
  • whole wheat bread

I ate every last bite!

 

Not even two hours later, I got a smoothie craving.

 

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I threw a bunch of random things into the blender but it tasted extremely banana-y. By the time I was finished, I think it had:

  • frozen banana
  • frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of vanilla soy milk
  • 4 slices of pineapple

Not my finest work, but hit the spot.

 

Biking makes me SO hungry, almost more than running does! I have absolutely no idea how many extra calories I burn biking, but I’m pretty it’s a decent amount!

 

Does exercise make you hungrier? Sometimes I feel like running can suppress my appetite, but other times it sends my hunger levels through the roof!

Time to stop eating my homemade trail mix and find some dinner.

❤ MegaNerd

Drafting for Speed

I woke up bright and early this morning to meet with Mark for a bike ride! The metric century is in two weeks, and I need as much time on the bike as I can get!

 

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We intended on doing 25-30 miles at a steady pace, but once we realized that we only had a little over an hour, there was no way that we could finish in time to make it to class. Instead, we decided to pick up our pace a bit for our normal 15 mile route.

 

Normally it takes a little over an hour to complete the 15 mile route, because we are usually riding side-by-side and chatting. Today, we finished in 53 minutes, a whole 9 minutes faster, by riding in a single-file line.

 

By decreasing wind resistance, the back rider(s) use less energy to maintain a higher speed. This technique is called Drafting. Being less than a foot away from the other riders tire is a little nerve-wrecking, so its important to communicate if you need to slow down, or stop.

 

 

We were able to maintain about a 17 mph pace for the majority of the ride. I noticed that when I was following in the back, my heart rate dropped significantly, and my legs felt like they were getting a break. Crazy how it works!

 

 

Before I left, I had a cinnamon swirl bagel with a hefty serving of PB.

 

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After our ride, I made smoothies for us!

 

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I love my green smoothies, but after drinking soooo many for Project Glow, I wanted to switch it up. I combined:

  • 1 cup whole frozen strawberries
  • 1 whole frozen banana
  • 1 container Stonyfield vanilla fat free yogurt
  • 6 oz pineapple juice

 

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The picture above lies… I used frozen bananas so that I wouldn’t have to add ice.

 

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It was SOOOO good. I will definitely be making this again.

 

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Even though I have the day off of work (for Good Friday), I have a lot to get done! I feel like its so much easier to be productive on Fridays than it is Saturday or Sundays.

 

❤ MegaNerd

Bondi Bands and a Bike Race

I took the day off work to study for my three exams (yikes!) scheduled for tomorrow. I decided to take a break around 9:30am (I had been studying since 6:00am…) to bike ride with Caitlin!

 

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Caitlin rode to my apartment to pick me up, and from there we biked another 15.0 miles. Even with the wind, we managed to complete it in under an hour.

 

I am in serious need of some longer rides!

 

Last night, Caitlin and I were discussing bike races. I really want to have something to work for, and I’m probably not going to be in good enough running shape to do any epic run anytime soon. A bike race is the perfect solution!

 

I am planning on riding in the Breakaway to Sugarloaf Metric Century (100 km = 62 miles) on April 18.

 

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I’m not sure if I can be ready to ride 62 miles in three weeks considering the most I have done in the last couple of months is 20 miles. If I don’t feel ready, I will drop to the 50km ride, but I think I can do it!

 

Back in August, Kelly and I did 50.0 miles on a whim. Even though it was tough, I think with a couple of longer rides, I could easily complete the distance.

 

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I guess we will find out!

 

On Saturday night, Ashley brought over some Bondi Band samples for everyone to try. I picked three: two headbands and one hat.

 

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I loved the way the fit and keep my hair out of my face. I usually pin my fly-away hairs back, but I feel like it’s probably a bad idea to put metal pins under my helmet… I just see that going terribly wrong.

 

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While biking, my hair usually gets all messed up and falls into my eyes. It’s quite annoying, so I decided to try it out under my helmet.

 

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It fit perfectly, and worked like a charm! It got pretty sweaty, but they can be machine washed.

 

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Once I got back, I was pretty hungry for some lunch. I decided to make a semi-homemade pizza.

 

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It was nothing fancy, I don’t have too many ingredients at the moment. I’m trying to be super frugal in order to pay for other things (like a bike race!)

 

Speaking of frugal…

 

It is SO much cheaper (and yummier!) to buy a block of cheese and grate it yourself!

 

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Off to study and find some dinner!

 

Have you done a bike race before? How do they compare to running road races?

 

❤ MegaNerd

Running is SO 2009.

I am starting to really love biking!

 

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I really haven’t run more than a handful of times since the marathon in January, and I actually am pretty okay with it. I miss it, but not too much. Biking is the new thing; Running is SO 2009. ;) 

 

This is my third bike ride of the week! I biked 7.5 miles on Wednesday night, and another 15 miles with Caitlin on Thursday.

 

I debated riding the usual route near my apartment for time saving sake  (I have TONS of schoolwork that needs to be done) or heading to a trail. The trail is 25-30 minutes away, and involves packing up the bikes, driving, etc. However, it is a weekend and I wanted to feel like I was doing something fun and not just exercising to burn calories. Yuck!

 

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Heading to the Seminole-Wekiva trail was a wise decision. The change in scenery was nice, and the weather was perfect. The shade helped kill some of the wind that we’ve been having, and it made for an amazing ride!

 

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I brought along my favorite biking buddy, Mark. (Is this an ad for something!?)

 

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We had fun looking at the cows…

 

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…and just being outside on such a gorgeous day!

 

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The entire trail is 14.0 miles each way, but we turned around after 8.0 miles because my stomach was growling. Lame!

 

We took a break and split a packet of Sharkies, but I don’t think it did anything…

 

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We still ended up riding 16.0 miles. Our average speed was around 13 mph, but we kept doing sprints (racing each other) and at one point got the bikes to 27 mph!

 

Once we got to the car, I tried to eat half of this Koka Moka PRO BAR

 

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…but I HATED it. It tasted like a Brownie CLIF bar dunked in stale coffee. I was sad, I thought I would like it!

 

Side Note: Mark says I take WAY too many pictures of him while biking… I can’t help it!!!

 

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As I got closer, Mark says, “Ok, come on, Meg… give me the camera. I think there are plenty of pictures of me with this helmet on already.” EPIC!

 

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It was quite amusing.

 

We picked up Publix subs on our way home. I usually get the exact same thing, but I switched it up this time:

 

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  • Ham
  • Cheddar cheese
  • honey mustard
  • tomato
  • lettuce
  • green peppers
  • onion

 

It was pretty good! I saved the other half for later in the week. It’s cheaper to get a whole than a half…

 

We also got a fresh pineapple! I had no idea how to cut it, so I let Mark do it.

 

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I ate most of it… oops.

 

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I’m off to get ready for a blogger meet-up! I can’t wait!

 

Do you prefer to bike/walk/run on trails? How far are you willing to drive to get there?

 

❤ MegaNerd

Bikes and Brownies

This weekend has really flown by! I’m sorry that I haven’t been around all weekend, I needed a break from the computer screen! Nothing too exciting happened, anyways.

 

This afternoon, I went on a bike ride with my friend, Mark. Caitlin and Kelly were supposed to join us on a trail, but bailed last minute. We decided to go anyways!

 

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Instead of driving to a trail, we decided to just ride the airport loop. I got super excited every time a plane flew over. I used to work at the airport, but I still NEVER get sick of seeing them. I always find airplanes amazing.

 

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I know, I’m a nerd. I love airplanes.

 

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We got a late start to the ride, and had to cut it short to make it back before sunset. We rode a total of 13.0 miles in about an hour. The winds were making us SO slow! There had to be gusts around 20mph.

 

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I also saw a random brown cow.

 

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On the ride back, Mark and I were talking about what type of food we were each going to eat when we got home. After discussing various amazing sounding foods, we both decided we were going to make pasta. I suggested we make dinner at my place since we both wanted the same thing.

 

I bought this new type of pasta, Garden Delight, which has a full serving of vegetables.

 

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We basically started throwing random contents from my fridge into the pot. It started with pasta and ended up with:

  • grilled chicken
  • halved grape tomatoes
  • peas
  • garlic salt
  • lemon pepper
  • smart balance butter

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It actually worked out really well! It was fun to throw a bunch of randomness in. The pasta had a great flavor, and I was glad that there wasn’t really any sauce to mask the taste.

 

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Between the two of us, we finished off the entire box of pasta. I had seconds.

 

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YUM! The best part, was that it cost around $3.00 for the entire meal. Yay for cheap eats!

 

After dinner, we made some delicious-buy-one-get-one-free-from-publix brownies.

 

 

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I had a little piece with some Cake Batter ice cream. A-ma-zing!

 

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I’m a sucker for sweet stuff! 🙂

 

Okay, I’m off to finish up some school work before the crazy work week starts! Gaaaah.

 

❤ MegaNerd