New Month…New Goals!

The BOY and I had an ‘Us’ weekend!  We spent Saturday morning hiking, picnicing, and napping (in that order) and then relaxed a bit as I soaked in the start of the Tour de France time trials.  The BOY grilled dinner and we sat out back enjoying the gorgeous summer evening with one of our favorite wines.


And then we crashed the neighbors party for a couple more cocktails.  We did the responsible ‘go to bed around midnight’ thing, and I was happy because I had biking plans with a friend Sunday morning.


I woke up feeling a little more tired than I would have wanted (perhaps I had too many drinks with our neighbors).  I packed up my car and pulled my bike stuff together.  It’s been too long since I’ve gone for a bike, ride and I am way out of practice.  I had to turn around twice because I forgot my helmet and bike lock.


I met my friend at a forest preserve to do a BRICK. She is doing a triathlon and has an interesting training program that involves intervals of biking and running.  Which is what we did for about an hour and then continued to bike for another 45 minutes.  It was a gorgeous day for a bike ride and my head cleared up quickly.  Afterwards, we went for coffee and supplements at the Starbucks/Whole Foods.


I returned home feeling super tired, but dove into my never ending house and wedding to do list.  I also noticed that my bike chain is rusted and needed to make an appointment to bring it in.  It felt amazing to start crossing things off, and I was reminded about why it was so important to have some down time this weekend.  I also used my time to watch more of the tour, loving the views of the Netherlands and the thrill of the sprint.

I did a big Bucket List post yesterday, but then remember that I had more short term goals to think about…so here we go!


June Goals

Eat Clean, Train Dirty– I cleaned up my diet this month and have been exercising often and hard.  The benefits…my clothes fit better, I have more energy, and my stomach has calmed down.

Cook and Bake– I got myself back into the kitchen after a bit of a ‘lack of time’ induced hiatus.  This month, I shared some new dinner recipes and of course some incredible ice cream recipes!

Drink More Water– My water bottle has been with me all day every day.

Slow Down and Enjoy Every Moment!- I had a great talk about this with my friend during our morning bike ride.  It’s always a challenge, but well worth the effort.  There were some great moments to enjoy this month!



July Goals

Strength Train 2x Each Week

Keep it Clean, Add in Green

Stay the Course with Wedding Planning (and Stay Calm!)

Have the Best Bachelorette Weekend!

I’m Still Addicted to the Tour!

After not getting to watch much of the tour this week, I arrived home from work last night with Chipotle for dinner declaring that I would be watching hours of the tour to catch up before today’s time trials.  The BOY was too exhausted to fight and knew that not only was he outnumbered (Cooper is now a fan) that he really should be studying!

My triathlon friend had a last minute change of plans and invited me to join her on her longest BRICK this morning.  I confessed that I was nowhere near 100% and with my company may come a few snot rockets.  She didn’t seemed phased and we agreed to meet at the River path near my house.


As I fell asleep last night, it occurred to me that I didn’t have anything to eat for breakfast and was lacking the usual fuel I would bring along for a training ride.  When I woke up, I decided to go to one of my favorite training breakfasts, the Dough Boy Smoothie.  Typically, I would set everything up the night before, but instead, I threw the ingredients (using a peach and some blueberries instead of banana) into the blender first thing this morning.  Then, got about feeding Cooper breakfast and pulling together my gear for the BRICK, before blending it all together.


Breakfast was lacking some protein, but super delicious and exactly what I knew my stomach would need on a day like today.  And, I found a few Kind Bars in the pantry to nosh on during the ride.


I met my friend at the Dairy Queen and we took a quick pre ride selfie before riding north.  This is the same path I rode a few weeks ago at the start of the tour.  I made it farther north today than last time, but still didn’t find the mountains : )  We had a time goal instead of a mileage goal, but after 3 hours, we had almost 33 miles behind us.  We rode a pretty slow pace, which was perfect for my body, but I had more energy than I expected.  Finally, some benefit of sitting on the couch for a few days!


It was quick switch out of helmets before making our way back to the trail for a 30 minute run jog during which we talked books.  I raved about Reconstructing Amelia and she told me how funny Bossy Pants was.  I need to pick that up before our trip to California!  I was definitely tired when we strode back into the Dairy Queen parking lot, but not nearly as wrecked as I expected.


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I stopped at my favorite sandwich shop (Which Wich?) on the way home to grab a warm chicken pesto on wheat that I devoured during the start to today’s tour on the DVR.


After lunch and a shower, I wanted nothing more than to sit back and watch time trials.  But I had a first birthday party to attend!  I was able to watch Tony Martin and saved the rest for tonight, which I knew might take some convincing when the BOY returned from the library.


The First Birthday Fiesta was super fun!  It is always wonderful to catch up with my high school friends and clown around a bit. 

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On a fun note, the uncle of the birthday boy is a chef in Napa Valley.  He and his girlfriend cooked up the most incredible fiesta meal complete with homemade churros.  Of course, I introduced myself and they had a few suggestions for our mostly unplanned upcoming trip.  The BOY returned from the library with food on his mind.  I’m sure you guessed it, but he called in an order for Thai food, which I happily scooped up on my way home.  Even though I ate at the party, I always have room for a few bites of Thai.


We ate dinner in while watching the nail biting finale of today’s time trial, and I’m sure I won’t make it up late tonight after this morning’s LONG workout.  I am looking forward to a revitalizing morning yoga class.  On a totally different note, thanks to everyone for the pep talk after my running woes. I have no expectations for this upcoming half marathon, but appreciate you letting me vent about my lack of training and cheering me right along!


Have you been following the tour?

What was your workout today?

Summer Saturdays

Ahh…one week into summer and I am loving me some Saturdays!

This morning, I woke up, got in a good cuddle with Cooper, and then made breakfast.




Instead of my usual eggs, I went with a Quinoa Cake.  Yum!  Although I didn’t have any bananas, so I smothered it with almond butter, agave, and coconut.  It was fantastic!




And gave me more than enough energy to power through an awesome and inspiring hot yoga class.  Let me tell you…my dancer pose has never looked felt so good!  After yoga, I spent some down time on the couch watching trashy TV.  Then, packed up my car to meet a friend for a bike ride and a run.




She is training for her first triathlon, so I offered to tag along to keep her company and live vicariously through her since this is the first year in a few that I am not training for a triathlon.  This is the same friend that I ran the 10 Mile Coffee Date with, so there is always plenty to talk about.




We rode along the Des Plaines River Trail, which was beautiful.  It was really fun to ride a different trail and get a new perspective and of course, workout with a friend.  There was a little flooding, so we got slightly sidetracked on our way north, but easily made our way back.  We were talking so much and enjoying the sights (we saw a deer) that I barely took any pictures.  After our 130 minute bike ride (a little over 20 miles), we locked up our bikes and set out on the next portion of our workout, a 20 minute run.  This was my first BRICK since last summer and my legs felt heavy and slow, just like they were supposed to.  And I felt happy and strong, just like I expected!


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After our 2 plus hour workout, we knew we deserved smoothies and fro yo samples, and there was a place just across the street to serve up both.  Then we said our goodbyes and I drove back home.  The BOY and I brought in dinner from one of our favorite restaurants and the rest of my evening is looking like this…




Now that’s one happy day!



How do you like to spend your summer Saturdays?

Tidbits of Saturday

Wake up (kind of), roll over, open eyes, blink at alarm clock, 9:30! No Way!!!

Consider going back to sleep, see the BOY smiling next to me, realize that I really should get up.

Stare at pantry considering breakfast, based on options, decide to make pancakes, sprinkle them with cinnamon.




Change into biking clothes, apply sunscreen, fill water bottles, prepare fuel for BRICK.




Don helmet, reset watch, reset mileage, ride out towards the path.

Ride north towards Barrington, enjoy the fresh air, smile and nod at fellow bikers, turn around and head back towards home.




Enjoy the green trees and cool breeze. 




Ride 16.75 miles in 70 minutes, which is longer than expected.

Arrive home, ditch helmet, change shoes, head back outside.




Adjust 30 minute run to 20 minutes for time’s sake, return to the path, legs feel tired, but body feels strong.

Finish 20 minute run covered in sweat, drink cold water, cool down, take a shower.

Make lunch, lucky to have random leftovers of turkey burgers and lentils.




Drink lots of water, pack up a snack (cantaloupe), and drive to the movie theater.

Order an iced tea, get comfy in seat, remember why I love this theater.




Watch Star Trek movie, this is a GOOD movie, you should go see this movie!

Movie is over, must use the bathroom after drinking huge iced tea, pick up wine of the month at Cooper’s Hawk.

Drive home, take a few minutes to chill out, get ready for dinner, watch the Preakness, get excited about seafood.




Decide to wear white before memorial day, haters need not comment.

Drive to Bob Chinn’s, get excited about no line, sit down, order dinner, and chat with the BOY.




Love every bite of dinner, drive back home, crack open wine, and sit out back listening to music and chatting with the neighbors.




Is there any better way to end the day?





Share a tidbit from your Saturday!

Banana and Quinoa Pancakes

During the week, breakfast is usually a make ahead option or something pretty quick.

Luckily, I have complied a list of easy and delicious healthy week day breakfast options…


Breakfast Stirfry

Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

Dough Boy Smoothie

Hot Banana Breakfast Quinoa

Overnight Oats in a Jar


So on the weekends (and Mondays), I like to do something a little more fun.  For example…Pancakes!  Yes, this blog is full of them.  Mostly because they can be made quickly, offer tons of flexible options, and fuel a morning workout.




This morning, I went with a twist on the 2 Ingredient Pancake adding in some leftover quinoa for protein and texture and cinnamon because that just makes everything taste better.




I ended up with a plateful of tasty mini pancakes that I couldn’t wait to devour!




There’s just something about starting off your day (and week) with a warm breakfast that just feels fun!








By 10am, the weather had gotten about as warm as it was going to get for the day.  At 57 degrees, I was slightly disappointed, but it was time to climb onto my bicycle.  Over the last week, I didn’t get in all of my workouts (because it was busy AND because I was recovering from my half marathon), so I knew today needed to be worthwhile!




I was happy that I added a long sleeve shirt before going outside because on my bike, the wind was chilly!




I had the most peaceful and enjoyable 11 mile ride this morning.  The 45 minutes whizzed by as I soaked up the sunshine.  All of the water from the flooding is gone, and I swear that the grass and trees look even brighter than a week ago.




I finished up my ride, returned my bike to the garage, and headed inside for half a Larabar and to change my shoes.  I have retired my original Pure Cadence shoes after the half marathon, and thought that this morning’s BRICK would be the perfect slow and steady run to start breaking in my new shoes.




BTW, I can’t even begin to express how excited I am to have purple running shoes!  Although the same shoe (Brooks Pure Cadence) this is the second generation so it did feel a little different on my feet.  I ran for 30 minutes and this time took off my long sleeve layer to the heat and sun.  As I was walking out the door, the BOY started talking about lunch.  When I arrived home, he had a rich beer on the container with chicken prepped for the grill.




I showered and got started on laundry, and the BOY excitedly manned the grill out back.




He made himself a colorful Buffalo Chicken Wrap.




And I stuck with simple grilled chicken, a sweet potato, and veggies.




He made extras so I’d have lunch for the week.  AWESOME!




The sun is calling my name, so I am heading out back to hang with the BOY.

Happy Monday!



Banana and Quinoa Pancakes



1 overripe banana, mashed

1 egg + 1 egg white

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

Cinnamon to taste



Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well.

Preheat skillet or pan over medium/high heat.  Spray with cooking spray.  Drop batter onto skillet with 1/4 measuring cup.  After ~5-7 minutes flip pancakes if ready.  Let sit another 4-5 minutes. 

Serve warm with fruit, syrup, nut butters, coconut or your favorite toppings.



What is your favorite easy week day breakfast?

What do you like to make for breakfast on the weekends?

Indoor BRICK

With the launch of running season behind me and a Shamrock Shuffle 8k PR in my pocket, it is time to dive into some more serious training.  Ok, so probably not super serious, but definitely more time consuming!  I took the time to schedule out my workouts leading up to the half marathon on May 5th and sprint triathlon on June 16.  I am behind a bit in long runs, but have a weather dependent 10 miler scheduled for tomorrow with a friend.  On the calendar for today, my first BRICK of the year!


Unfortunately, I had a conference call this AM and missed my new spin class and the weather was not conducive to busting out my bike.  Total bummer because it’s almost May and my bike is still hanging up in the garage.  Since I am new to joining the park district, I sometimes forget about the resources I have access to for training.  When I arrived this morning, I asked if I could use the spin room for my workout.  They said that’d be fine but since the room was locked, it didn’t work out.  They mentioned that there are spin bikes, with clips in the gym that were currently empty.




I walked over to the bikes and discovered this high-tech spin bike.




Have you seen anything like this?

Since It’s been over a year since I had a gym membership, I have not.  I flipped through some of the programs and got started with an endurance ride.  However, the ride was pretty boring and so 10 minutes in, I switched to intervals.  It was much more engaging to have the instructor in the video pushing me along, but the music was pretty lame.  He claimed it was to help me ‘relax my upper body’.  Personally, I prefer something a little more upbeat, so I plugged into my ipod while following the directions written on the screen.  After 45 minute, I was sweating and pleased with my ride.  Not as exiting as a spin class but definitely better than pedaling away alone on a stationary bike!




I changed my shoes, wiped down the bike, and found my way to the track for a 15 minute run.  Ahh…now I remember why this workout is called a BRICK.  It took me about 8 minutes to get into my groove, but the last half of the run left me feeling strong!  It was definitely a solid workout considering I had to stay indoors.  Here’s to hoping the rest of this year’s BRICKS can take place outside!  We had late lunch plans, so I came home to shower and have a quick snack.  I was craving a banana and almond butter, but my banana was super mushy…yuck!  So I mashed it up, stirred in the almond butter and a dash of cinnamon.




I know it probably doesn’t look appetizing, but I dug in with a spoon and it tasted awesome!  The perfect carb/protein combo to tide me over until lunch.



What was your workout today?

Any random post workout snacks that you like?

Let’s Call It a Tie

This morning’s winner…Blueberry Muffin Bread

This afternoon’s winner…Biking

Final Ruling…It’s a Tie!


The BOY reluctantly headed off to the library to work on Law School stuff, and somehow despite the decadent breakfast and my strong desire to sit on my couch and watch the Tour de France all day, I motivated myself into workout clothes and out the front door (well actually I used the garage door).  But either way, it was an accomplishment.  Typically if I don’t get out first thing in the morning, then it’s hard for me to get out for an intense workout.




Maybe it was these brand new socks that I found on sale and wanted to trial before the triathlon.




Or all of the biking I’ve been watching on TV. 

Either way, I loaded up my bike to hit the road for an undetermined distance. I was a little nervous that I might get hungry on the ride after having a not-so-typical (but super yummy) pre workout breakfast, so I packed up a Bonk Breaker bar.  This bar was given to me by a friend who is a huge fan.  I have had the PB version before, but I was eager to try the fig flavor.  What impresses me the most about these bars is their natural ingredient list.


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The bar looked a bit like a Fig Newton (bonus!) and I sliced it up to keep in my bento for the ride.  One goal of this ride was to practice refueling on the bike in prep for my tri in a two weeks.


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As I’m mounting my bike and about to hit the road, I realized that I forgot my sunglasses.  I ran back inside to grab them, snap a photo and then finally hit the road in full gear!




My thought for today’s bike ride first was to just get out the door. Once I managed that I decided to head east to another forest preserve path that’s about 10 miles away.  I haven’t gone along this route in awhile, but I used to use these back roads to ride my bike to the gym.  The start of my ride was quite literally bumpy!  The path and roads were not so smooth, and I rode up and down for a bit before finding a calm road to take me east.  These quiet neighborhood streets really aren’t great for a road bike, but I was in the mood for a change in scenery.  It was a 10 mile ride to the path, and I arrived feeling stronger than I expected after my slow start to the day.




The negative of this 7.7 miles forest preserve path is that it is almost always crowded. 

But the positives are the beautiful scenery…





The flat and shaded path…


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And the elk!


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I elbowed my way to the front of the fence…not really, but I did pull up next to a dad with his two young kids who were also checking out the elk.  The dad looked at me funny as I explained that I was stopping to take some pictures.  I’m always interested in the wildlife during my rides, even when they’re not so wild : )




I’ve run this path numerous times including during my pre marathon 20 miler, but I haven’t biked it recently.  I was happy for the change and the camaraderie of the other bikers and runners.  I even saw a guy rocking the Team SKY jersey.  I decided to try a different route back home taking a more popular rode instead winding through some of the neighborhoods.  Bad decision!  The sidewalk was awful, twisty and I had to duck branches.  The road was crowded with drivers who don’t know how to share the road and covered in big potholes.  I had a nice little adventure dodging obstacles the entire way.  As I made it back to our street after a 28 mile ride, a dark cloud was just rolling in.





I made a snap decision to turn my bike ride into a BRICK and quickly went inside to change shoes to take these muddy legs out for a short run.




15 minutes later, I was back home having finished my BRICK (115 minute ride/15 minute run).  Hooray for me!  This morning, I wasn’t sure if I would even change out of my jamies, and now I was exhausted and ready to dig into some lunch.




I made it home a few minutes after the BOY who was taking a study break for lunch.  He had quite the operation set up when I walked through the door.




I managed to get my tuna sandwich put together just before a dark cloud began dumping buckets of rain over our house.


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After a 2 hour workout, I was ready for some food and a little more couch time.




And it was perfect timing to be back indoors!




I was pleased with my successful workout…especially since I am two weeks away from my triathlon and nervous about getting in rides while I am in class next weekend.  So happy that my Saturday had a good mix of Blueberry Bread followed by some Biking!!!

{Iced} Tea Sparkler

I love when it’s 9AM, you’ve already gotten in your workout and you have the entire day ahead of you!  What’s even better is that the BOY is out of town and my Mom is coming over for some lunch and shopping this afternoon!




Let’s be honest, with weather this hot, you don’t really have a choice but to get up early and hit the road.  This morning, I had a biking buddy which was a really nice treat (and helped me get out of bed so early).  We headed North up to Barrington, chatting the entire way.  19 miles later, we were back at my house and the 75 minute ride flew by.  He headed off to swim, and I hit the path for a 30 minute run.  AND…IT…WAS…BRUTAL!  So crazy hot, humid, sunny, everything.  I seriously collapsed on the couch in the air conditioning the second I walked in the door, and then realized I was super thirsty and needed some water stat!


With record breaking temperatures, I have been all about staying hydrated and coming up with fun drinks to cool me off.  My new favorite is a tea sparker!  Are you getting into the iced tea this summer?  With 100 degree weather, how could you not be?!  There is a billboard along my commute for a sparkling tea at Caribu Coffee.  I’d love to go try it, but I also figured I could easily make my own healthy version at home.


I have been brewing a whole bunch of loose tea since my lesson earlier this year.  My newest acquisition from Argo Tea is this Hibiscus Apple Tea, which came highly recommended by the staff.




When I opened it earlier in the week, the strong, sweet aroma was amazing!  You could seriously leave this out on your counter as an air freshener.




I brewed up some iced team in my favorite Crate and Barrel pitcher, and refrigerated it over night.  This pitcher is perfect because it is meant for hot and cold AND totally airtight to slide on its side into your fridge or a cooler on the go!




When I stopped drinking cut back on soda, I became a big fan of these Ice Mountain flavored waters that I buy at Costco. Surprisingly, even the BOY likes them! Combined with fruity tea, they make an refreshing (and calorie free) summer drink!




Just combine ~3/4 tea with ~1/4 cold plain or flavored sparkling water in a glass with some ice. 

Seriously, the word refreshing doesn’t even do this drink justice.  I am addicted!




Drink Up!!!


What cold drinks are keeping you cool this summer?



Here are some other blogger favorites worth trying!


Chilled Chocolate Chai


Vanilla Baily’s Slushie


Peanut Butter Iced Coffee


Fresh Cherry Mojitos


Perfect Iced Coffee


Fresh Mango Lassi

Wisconsin Weekend

It seems like I haven’t opened my laptop in forever, when really it has just been two action-packed days.  The BOY and I headed up to Wisconsin to spend the weekend with my parents at our close friend’s home on Green Lake.  We drove up Friday afternoon, and the skies were clear and the roads not too crowded.




The moment we crossed the border into Wisconsin, the BOY and I were already feeling more relaxed!




It was perfect driving weather, and the view of the open fields, timeless farm houses, and sun setting was beautiful as we chatted throughout the 3 hour drive.


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We were the first to arrive, so we found a local pub with outdoor seating on the lake to grab some dinner and the last of the sunset.




Don’t we just look more relaxed???


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I think the Spotted Cow beer definitely helped!




The BOY was thrilled to find cheese curds on the menu (this is Wisconsin after all), which he quickly inhaled!  We split the Haddock and Perch Friday Fish Fry, which we really enjoyed!


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As the sun was setting, we made our way back to the house to meet up with everyone else as they arrived.  The BOY and I opened a bottle of wine (this is a new one that I found at Trader Joe’s) before heading out for a late night boat ride.  Under the star-studded sky we caught up on life, listened to music, and appreciated our natural surroundings.




The next morning, I was up early and full of energy.  I was looking forward to hitting the hills on my bike, but first…a boat ride around the lake.  What an amazing way to start the day!


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I was able to recruit a friend to brave the 26 mile loop around the lake.  This is the same route we took last year, except I stopped for some lake view shots.


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The hills were rough and at one point, I looked down and saw that I was riding downhill at 31mph. Man, I love biking in Wisconsin!!!




After our 25 mile bike ride, we decided to tack on a short 2 mile run.  My legs felt like Jello, but it was easy to cool off with the drizzling rain that  started just as we were heading out.  We made great time on our ride and run, finishing the BRICK in a little over 2 hours.  When I returned home, I found the BOY reading by the water.  I was super sweaty and ready to hang out on the pier.



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The afternoon got even more exciting when my parents arrived just as the sun was beginning to peak out from behind the clouds. 




We all piled onto the boat for some water fun!




On a whim, I decided that I wanted to try out my rusty water ski skills.  I haven’t skied in at least 2 years, and my legs were crazy tired, but I really wanted to get into the cool water.   I figured, why not give skiing another try?!




And…I popped up on my first attempt!


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Woohoo!  I skied around for a few minutes, even surviving some choppy waters.  I attempted to cross the wake, made it out before toppling over.  With a smile on my face, I called it quits, hanging my hat on my one successful run.  Maybe water skiing is a little like riding a bike!




After some skiing and wakeboarding, we headed back to the dock to pick up refreshments.




And then rode around the lake chatting, sipping on some wine, and taking in the gorgeous homes and spectacular views.


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By the time, we pulled back into the dock, it was time for dinner.  After a long day, we were all pretty hungry, so we walked up to the house to get started on dinner prep.  We had some fresh organic produce and tons of hands to help in the kitchen.  First, I just needed a shower.


To Be Continued…

More Wisconsin Weekend Fun to Come!

BRICK is Back

I am a little late in the season to get started with my tri training, but better late than never…right?  For the second morning in a row I didn’t set an alarm clock and woke up refreshed after more than 8 hours of quality sleep.  I made a simple breakfast burrito with eggs, salsa, and avocado while I checked email and caught up on Words with Friends.




This morning’s workout plan was a bike ride, and I decided to slip in a short post-ride run.  I left my running shoes by the door as a reminder.




Although last weekend’s ride was a success, I was still a little nervous about my clips.  In this heat, I was planning to wear shorts to our afternoon BBQ, and I knew that skinned knees and bandaids didn’t match my look.




I got to test out my clipping skills almost immediately.  I was heading down a slight hill to the path when the stop light quickly changed to yellow.  Although there aren’t typically cars at that intersection, there was one today.  Before I knew it, I was stopped in the intersection with my foot clipped out and planted firmly on the ground, heart pounding, and with enough room for the car to pass safely.  Whew!  I continued on my way following the same course as last weekend. 




I didn’t expect to see many other bikers on the road this late, and for the most part, the streets were pretty quiet.  I biked north through South Barrington, Barrington Hills, and I think I even made it to McHenry county.




I cruised along ~15 miles at a good pace.  I  stopped for a photo and a snack before turning around.  Just as I held up my phone, a group of bikers came by, and a young guy screamed out to me…’looking good’.  So busted!!!  I hadn’t seen very many bikers all morning and in this area, none of them are around my age.  I’m guessing that the typical hard core bikers don’t stop to pose for photos during their route!




When I got back on my bike, I got hit with a MASSIVE head wind.  Instantly, I realized why I had been feeling so quick on my out.  I had the wind at my back.  Slowly but surely, I pedaled my way back home enjoying the views of the large homes with fountains and the horses grazing at the barns.


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My legs were pretty fatigued pedaling against the wind, and I had to shift down to my little wheel for some of the flats.




I arrived home after a 1 hour 50 minute ride looking like a sweaty mess, which the BOY kindly pointed out to me.




Even though my legs felt like jello, I was committed to getting in a run.  I figured I could use my light weight sneakers for some extra speed : )  It took a little push, but I got myself off the stairs and out the front door.




I don’t think that I have ever in my life run so slow!  It felt like I had sand bags tied around my ankles.  It is possible that I’ve run faster with a tire tied to my waste in my training sessions.  But I kept swinging my arms and putting one foot in front of the other.  I was definitely huffing and puffing 18 minutes later when I arrived back at the house.  It was hot and humid and I was soaked in sweat.

Complete first BRICK of the year-CHECK!

I’ve got a little ways to go before my first triathlon, but I am definitely on my way.




The only way to recover from a workout like that…a HIGH protein Green Smoothie!




In this surprisingly tasty mix…

1 cup almond milk

2 large handfuls of spinach

1/4 cup raw oats

1 banana

1/2 cup shelled edamame (sounds odd, but really tasty and high in protein)

A few slices of frozen fruit





Absolute Green Smoothie perfection!!!




Between yesterday’s activity and this morning’s BRICK, it is possible that every muscle in my body hurts.  And I’m not sure how late I will be able to stay up tonight.  Is it embarrassing to go to sleep at 8pm on Saturday night?  But I am feeling strong and looking forward to getting back into my training.  Only 6 weeks until my next triathlon!!!



You can read about more of my breakfasts, BRICKS, and refueling HERE!