Thursday, June 26, 2008

Riding into the Sunset

I have been struggling with my eating habits today. I blame it on the summer heat. Honestly. I didn't head to the gym after school today as I usually do, only because I knew I was going to join the group tonight for a ride. When I got home, I looked in my fridge and nothing sounded good. Finally, after staring in my fridge and cupboards for a while, I opted for scrambled eggs. I attempted to make an english muffin with the egs but found the last one left to be moldy. Scrambled eggs alone it was. I Just wasn't that hungry today. Maybe my stomach is shrinking? I still blame part of it on the heat.

It was about 83 degrees when our group met up shortly after 6 this evening for our ride. The UV index was only at a 3 (out of 10). Don't worry, I still applied the sunscreen! We had a nice turnout... 6 guys and 3 girls (including myself). We took a different route from any other of our rides; wanting to head south and then east, riding into the 10-15 mph wind, with the idea that when we would head north and back west it would be smooth sailing.

When heading south it was hard work. The wind was so strong, but I was able to keep up with the front of the group, averaging 14-16 mph on the bike. When we started heading east, the wind wasn't as bad but was still present, especially as soon as we reached the county road heading into MN. The beautiful green fields were enough to distract one from the wind.

We headed north through Moorhead and were going to attempt riding through Lindenwood Park. Getting there seemed to be quite a challenge. A few of the neighborhoods were re-doing their roads and we had to re-route a couple times, and then got to another street that was being re-done as well. We were determined to get to that park. Finally, at one point, we ended up getting off our bikes, walking along the side of a couple yards, crossing the dirt covered road, and then got back on the saddle. We were a bit dirty and muddy, but from there it was smooth sailing. The park was beautiful and the sun was starting to drop in the west. It was a great ride overall... a little challenge thrown into some great scenery!

OCN: 18 miles, 1:28:00, 12.27mph

17 comments:

IronGambit said...

Cycling is more important than the gym anyway! :)
I bet your group is happy to have a new recruit like you!

Makita said...

Cycling is way more fun that the gym, too! :D

Kudos to you for finding a group!

L*I*S*A said...

Great ride!

I know that I'm not nearly as hungry as the mercury climbs.

Marcy said...

Just about 1.5 hrs on that baby?!? You rock dawg!

Jess said...

Nice job on the ride! Sounds like a great workout!

Viv said...

Sounded like a great scenic perfect time ride, well except for the wind. Scrambled eggs for dinner, that would be a tough one for me. Maybe the stomach is shrinking, I swear that happens and for me i am grateful.

Molly said...

That is so funny about the english muffin...i cleaned out the fridge this morning to prepare for tonights grocery run and i found...a molded engligh muffin.
Great ride!
Take Care

Ms. Math said...

Sounds like an awesome ride!

D10 said...

I hate days when you don't really know what you are hungry for. On these days no matter what I make it is the wrong thing.

Nice ride. It sounds like it was a good workout.

Kevin said...

"Finally, at one point, we ended up getting off our bikes, walking along the side of a couple yards, crossing the dirt covered road, and then got back on the saddle"....When did you take up cyclocross??

Danielle said...

I tend to get that way in the summer too...eating less....

Jess said...

Sounds like it was a nice ride!

Annette said...

Sounds like a good ride. It's always more fun with others! As for your eating - the heat does that to me too sometimes. You'll adapt and be back to normal soon. Don't forget to drink lots of water! :)

(I hate it when the bread gets moldy!) :(

Ms. V. said...

Good Lord woman! Go to the market!!! You need some fuel for you bod!!

Great job on the bike!!!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Lovely ride. So much better than being cooped up inside at the gym, don't you think?

RunnerGirl said...

Great job on your ride, your group sounds fun!

Sherry said...

Sounds like a beautiful ride!!! Nice job!!!