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My Cycling Adventure

by Meghann on June 7, 2009

My poor bike Blue has been so ignored lately! Instead of taking him out for a ride in the bright sunshines, he has has been locked up in my apartment while my running shoes got to have all the fun. This morning I knew I had to make it up to Blue and take him out for his longest ride to date: 20 miles!

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A great point about heading out on the bike on a summer morning, is the gentle breeze it gives you on the ride. I was able to sleep in to 7:00 and was on the trail by 8:00. With running during this time of year I need to be on the trail before the sun rises to ensure that I am off before the heat is in full swing!

I woke up pretty hungry – I blame last night’s beer – so I grabbed a Mocha-Walla Odwalla Bar to hold me over through the long ride.

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This bar had a very strong mocha flavor to it. If you like coffee, then you will like this bar.ย 

I headed out to Wekiva Trail which is a quick 5 minute drive from my house. After a simple safety check I was ready to roll.

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This is actually the longest distance I have ever gone on the trail. It’s an in and out trail that goes a total of 14 miles and each half mile is marked. I got to the 10 mile marker and simply turned around and headed back.

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I thought it was amusing that when I paused at the 10 mile marker I whipped out my cellphone to quickly check my e-mail.

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Got to love technology’s ability to inform me whose commenting, no matter where I am. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Having only rode up to mile ย 7 at the farthest before, I was pleasantly surprised on how beautiful and industrialized the rest of the trail is. In fact there was an area to pull off at maker 7.5 where a bunch of bikers were stopping to have breakfast at either the cute Cafe or Panera in the area.

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How fun would be to live right on the trail and have the ability to either walk or ride to brunch on a gorgeous Sunday morning?

The 20 miles in all felt great to on my legs and I ended the ride feeling refreshed and renewed.ย 

When I returned home I was STARVING! Bike riding really boosts your appetite! I dug right in the fridge and made a huge fruit salad of Cantalope, Blueberries, Kiwi, Strawberries, PLain Non-Fat Yogurt and 1/2 cup of Nature Path’s Pumpkin Granola.

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The best part was the dollop of Lemon Curd I plunked on top.

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The Lemon Curd blended with the yogurt perfectly and gave the whole bowl an extra pinch of sweet & tartness.

Now I have the rest of my Sunday to sit back, relax and enjoy! I am thinking about checking out the local Farers Market and treating Abbie with a trip to her favorite dog park. I love weekends!

1 Matt June 7, 2009 at 10:21 am

Sounds like a fun ride!

2 Mara @ What's For Dinner? June 7, 2009 at 10:24 am

Looks like a great ride, and it reminds me that i have GOT to get my bike from my mom’s house! I have a separate ringtone on my phone for when I get blog comments to my blog email address!! I love seeing comments come in!

3 Tess June 7, 2009 at 10:38 am

Uh Sounds like a nice ride. I just got a new bike to so maybe I’ll take it out for a ride today too.

4 Amy C. June 7, 2009 at 10:48 am

Looks like fun! That seems like a really cool trail to ride. One question. What does lemon curd taste like? I love lemon so I’m curious! ๐Ÿ™‚

5 Bec June 7, 2009 at 10:53 am

glad you got a good ride in this morning!

6 Jenny June 7, 2009 at 10:53 am

congrats on an awesome ride, girl =)!

7 Ada June 7, 2009 at 10:55 am

Congrats on your ride! I love that mochawalla bar..so yummy!

8 Anne K. June 7, 2009 at 10:58 am

That ride sounds like a lot of fun, and it looks like a beautiful day. Your breakfast looks delicious, too! Have a wonderful Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Kathryn June 7, 2009 at 11:13 am

I love long bike rides!! It gives you a different feeling then running. I am jealous of everyone that has long gorgeous trails and the ability to bike everywhere. I would much prefer it to driving! Enjoy your day sounds perfect to me.

10 Susan June 7, 2009 at 11:19 am

Yay cycling!!! I’m really getting into this whole biking thing. It is SO much fun. Looks like you guys have great routes around there, I’m struggling finding a good spot around here I can go FAST on ๐Ÿ˜›

11 Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 7, 2009 at 11:27 am

Awesome ride! Congrats on it being the furthest! I really need to get a bike!

great looking re-fuel!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday- I love weekends too!

12 diana June 7, 2009 at 11:36 am

Sounds like you had a nice ride. I think it is so great that you have a trail to bike on. So are you thinking of another tri?

13 jenngirl June 7, 2009 at 11:50 am

Beautiful day! Makes me wanna get on a bike and ride. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

14 biz319 June 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Great ride this morning! Um, pretty sure I was still asleep even after you finished that ride!

I’d go to the farmers market if I were you!

15 Nicole June 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I can’t wait to get out on my new bike!!

16 Courtney June 7, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Hi Meghann! Great blog, I’ve been reading it for a whole now and just recently (actually… yesterday haha) started my own. Odwalla bars ARE delicious! I like the ChocoWalla flavor, and I looooove the cute little bird mascot! And regarding your post from yesterday, Kettle chips are AWESOME. Try the sea salt and pepper flavor- you won’t be dissapointed!

17 Leah June 7, 2009 at 12:44 pm

That’s a great ride today Meghann! Enjoy the rest of your day.

18 Niki June 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Great job on the ride!! I need to get out and start riding my bike more!

19 Katherine June 7, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Sounds like a great ride, glad you had a chance to get the bike out! Enjoy your afternoon – I think I’m going to hit the dog park with my pup soon too! ๐Ÿ™‚

20 Madison June 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Wow–20 miles! You are the incredible super woman–marathon runner and now basically marathon biker! That is so great!

I started following your blog about 2 weeks ago and I absolutely love it. Thank you for being an inspiration!

21 Adi (oatonomy.com) June 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm

What a nice Saturday so far! Bike trails are great.

22 ksgoodeats June 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm

What a great biking trail!! Glad you had a good ride! Strong coffee flavor? Sign me up ๐Ÿ™‚

23 strivingforbalance June 7, 2009 at 6:02 pm

what a great bike ride to start the day!

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24 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) June 11, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Hooray for bike rides! I really want to get a bike, I might start saving up for them (my husband too) this summer ๐Ÿ™‚

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