Monday, July 5, 2010

Bike Rides, Le Tour and New Bars

The holiday weekend has been filled with lots of fun bike rides through new spots in and around Richmond and lots of time watching the Tour.  Saturday morning we rode on the east end through town on a course that began at fellow Guppy Bryan's house.  12 of us rolled through the beautiful countryside of New Kent and Mechanicsville.  My goal for this ride was to throw out the power meter and HR monitor and just ride for fun... push it when I wanted to and spin when I didn't.  My ride was much improved from the weekend before.  I actually had some legs but still need to do quite a bit of hill work.   Most importantly, it was the most fun I had on the bike in some time and reminded me how much I love to just ride.  After the ride, it was pancakes courtesy of Bryan and Nikki.  I brought my GF mix and the fresh blueberries that his kids picked the day before made our post ride fuel perfect.  

Chef Bryan

Part of the hungry crew...

On the way home, we stopped at a local farmers market and loaded up with lots of local fresh veggies to get us through the next few days.  The Hanover tomatoes are the best!

Today, we headed out again, joined by much of the same group and a guest appearance by the the sponsored rider and his wife.  Today's ride started south of the river and headed west through Powhatan and Goochland.  Although allegedly a "recovery" ride on the bike, the pace was not recovery pace and the terrain out west seemed on a gradual climb.  I worked hard on the way out, but managed to keep a wheel, thanks in part to Bart's domestique skills to bring me back to the group when I did get separated.   After the store stop in Maidens, we crossed over the James and headed back east on River, before the sponsored athlete took us back across the river via the prison.  Yes, you read that right, the prison.  The prison owns a beautiful piece of property that borders both sides of the James.  So we used their cut through route to get back on the south side.  Despite being faster paced than I had anticipated, it was still a great ride, a fun time with friends, and I was pleasantly pleased with what I had in my legs.

Other than bike rides of our own, we've been watching the Tour.  I love this time of year.  There is nothing better than getting to be able to watch hours of cycling through the amazing French (and surrounding country) countrysides.  I must confess I become a bit of a Tour addict.  This year is even more fun having met some of the Cervelo Test Team guys at the Tour of California.

And finally. . . week one of my eating plan has gone fairly well.  Lots of big salads for lunch, fish for dinner and even some new protein shakes.  My stomach felt great when I stuck with that diet and slightly less so when I diverged with some grass fed beef and wine on Friday night and some 4th of July barbeque on Sunday.  So today, it was back to cleaner eating.

I also made some homemade recovery bars/balls this weekend that were extremely yummy.  Based on a recipe posted by Bree Wee, they had dates, coconut, walnuts, lime juice and cranberries.  Mix everything in the food processor, roll into balls and bake at 350 for 7 minutes.  Will make a great mid-day snack or pre-morning workout bite to eat.

Hope everyone had a great Fourth!


DB (D1, Mighty B, TG 40) said...

Great rides this weekend - and hoping for a bunch more(KONA!). BTW - really liked your recovery bars - they were moist and yummy. Did you try any during your ride?

Real Deal said...

Great pics! So glad everyone enjoyed the ride and especially the pancakes!!

I agree with D, your balls were good. ; )

Real Deal said...

Oh, forgot to ask, did you stop at Pole Green produce?

DB (D1, Mighty B, TG 40) said...

Did Deal just say "balls" - where is Tyler when you need him?