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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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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 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 ( 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!

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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