Tuesday, June 15, 2010

20 miles!

All before 9am yesterday, I completed 20 miles on the bike!

This was my longest ride EVER and I did it in 1 hour and 32 minutes. I'm pretty proud of this. I had planned to go out and do 16, but as I started riding, I thought how solid TWENTY would be. Plus, it just sounds better. And so there, at mile 5, I determined I would drive for 20.

On my ride, I encountered a lot of animals...squirrels (no count), blue jays, pelican (on a boat), egrids, a weird grey crane, about 5 bunnies (including one hauling ass across an open field. I yelled," GO BUNNY, GOOO..."), a black fluffy cat who meowed at me, a turtle against a fence, and two kittens, one tiger/one black walking on top of a wall. Too cute!

I took these two right at the start of my ride. Sadly, no dolphins:(

After my ride, I was a mess. Does anyone else get super dirty from cycling?

I may have been dirty and red,but I felt GREAT and accomplished.

I was also hungry! I had one thing in mind: French toast!!

I ended up eating two french toast, one egg over easy, and three pieces of watermelon. Totally hit the spot after 20 miles...

Max watched me eat. I assured him that he did not like French toast...

Later that night, I met up with Callie at her job for a 750 yard swim! This is where I need the most practice. I hope we can meet up and do some open water swims, too. 

And this morning I did Week 7, Day 2 of the Couch to 5K, which is a 25 minute run straight. I did 24. The sun was so hot. It was making me emotional. I felt like crying. I pushed through, but when he said "One minute left," I gave myself permission to walk. Usually, I would say, "I can do anything for one minute," but at that moment, the sun felt like sharp needles on my hot, burning face and my entire body was soaking, dripping wet. It was miserable. And it's done now.

The goal for tomorrow is swim and then some sort of strength exercise, like weights or yoga.

Jumping ahead a bit, I just threw together some random ingredients and came out with this:

Comment for the recipe! I must go get ready. There is a community forum tonight downtown about the oil spill. 

Here is the agenda:

6:00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks
Susan Glickman, Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy
6:10 – 7:00 p.m. Panel 1: About the Gulf Oil Spill
Moderated by Laurie Macdonald, Defenders of Wildlife
Dr. Ian MacDonald, Florida State University
William Hogarth, Dean, College of Marine Science at USF
Dan Berard, Geophysical Engineer
DT Minich, Visit St. Petersburg & Clearwater
7:10 – 8:00 p.m. Panel 2: The Media’s Perspective
Moderated by Ernest Hooper, St. Petersburg Times
Preston Rudie, Channel 10 CBS WTSP-TV
Rob Lorei, WMNF Radio, and WEDU-TV
John Hill, St. Petersburg Times
Mitch Perry, Creative Loafing
Jan Hollingsworth, reporter & editor
8:10 - 9:00 p.m. Panel 3: Solutions
Moderated by Darden Rice, Gulf Restoration Network
Cynthia Sarthou, Gulf Restoration Network
Susan Glickman, Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy
David Friedman, Union of Concerned Scientists
David Pettit, Natural Resources Defense Council

Looks pretty good!


Kittie said...

Oh my gosh, I get filthy when I ride. I get off my bike and there is dirt and the occasional dead bug stuck to my legs.

Robert said...

Hey, we're doing the C25K program too! But we're only on week 2, for the second time, LOL. Moving to week 3 on Monday though!

Glad to have found your blog, I'll be regular reader from now on!

Unknown said...

congratz on the long ride! Beautiful pictures :)

Anonymous said...

good job on your bike ride!! :) so exciting, beautiful pics girl, they're gorgeous!