The weather was threatening to rain but that didn't stop me. I loaded my bike in the back of the truck, filled a small water bottle, packed my bike bag with electrolytes for the water, two clementines, mp3 player (that I ended up not using), paper towels and a zip lock baggie (for juicy oranges and trash). I put on my Garmin, grabbed my helmet and headed out the door.
My goal this year is to be able to ride between 25-30 miles so I can do some of the fun rides in the Houston area. My longest ride to date was a 13 miler. And boy am I ever slow! I like to stop and smell the roses, so to speak.
Today my goal was to take that 13 miles and add another two miles to it. Start slow, right?
Arrived at Brazos Bend State Park and unloaded my gear. The place was pretty empty. The skies were gray and the temps were in the mid 60s with a breeze blowing.
I got to see ducks and alligators and lots of little birds. Rode past my favorite camping spot:
Rode over a bridge where Big Creek flowed.
|Shelley, that's my Armadillo Dash 5K shirt. :)|
Snack time! Water with electrolytes and clementines. "Oh, my darlin, clementine"
Rode on some back trails where I came across a man walking his dog. I rode slowly past and he smiled and told me Happy New Year. I smiled and returned the happy wishes. I always look people in the eyes and I could follow his eyes checking me out. Thanks, stranger dude! Made my day. And creeped me out at the same time.
Saw some beautiful old live oaks.
Some trails made me feel like I was on the set of Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It was kind of weird how quiet some areas are. And a few of the trails had kidney busting bumps. I even had my shocks switched on the bike but it didn't help. Still nice to see all of the scenery.
I rode to the very back of the park where equestrian camping is allowed. Someone was camping with their horses and had obviously not heard of the leash rules for dogs because his dogs came chasing after me and barking and growling. I thought the little dog was about to bite me so I yelled at it. The guy finally called his dogs off. Ticks me off good too. I reported it to the front office. What if some kids had been back there riding? MY kids?
In all I rode 18.26 miles. I exceeded my goal and am that much closer to my 30 mile goal. It took me a looooong time though.
I learned that it is much easier to ride on roads than trails. I also learned that long rides require some sort of quick energy like GU or sport jelly beans...or something like that. At the end of the ride I could feel that all energy had left my muscles. I was tired and not a good tired. I needed some fuel. Lesson learned.
Got home and unloaded then had a 100 calorie Muscle Milk for some protein. Let it settle then headed out the door for a run.
I took it very slow as my hammies were hurting from working in the yard on Monday. My run intervals were in the 11s and 12 min miles. That's ok. I did it. Ended up with 3.63 miles. Slow miles. :)
I'm not sure of the mileage involved in an official duathlon but mine consisted of 18.26 on the bike and 3.63 on the feet. Where's my tee shirt?!
Chuck and I got salads from Freebirds. They forgot to put the steak on our salads so I had to drive back and get them to fix our orders. Oh, and the floor was wet so I slipped and almost fell and further aggravated my hamstring. Call me Grace. LOL
Watched Biggest Loser last night. Did anyone else have your jaw drop when they mentioned a guy losing 41 pounds that first week? Holy crap!! One week? I know he's big but still. And one lady got sent home for losing 9 pounds in a week? 9 pounds! I would do a back flip if I lost 9 pounds in a week. The weight loss on that show amazes me.
I know not every one likes the show for various reasons. I don't like the game play but I love watching the people transform their lives. And they are so happy about it too. It encourages me to keep going.
Calorie deficit for Tuesday: 1740
If you want to get thinner, eat a little less dinner. :)