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Mother’s Day Bike Ride

Posted Jul 27 2011 10:39am

Happy Mother’s Day to all who are mothers, who have mothers, or who know mothers.  When I came downstairs this morning, this is what greeted me:

stuff

Cards, a gift and flowers. What was that all wrapped up so pretty? I had an idea….

gift

gift cert

A Cabi gift certificate! Cabi is one of my favorite lines of clothing, sold through home consultants, and one of my good friends is a Cabi consultant.

The flowers are beautiful as well, turns out my husband bought them yesterday and hid them in the garage in water. I didn’t have a clue! I enjoyed them while I drank my coffee out on the deck. It was a beautiful morning. My dog, Sheila, hung out with me too.

coffee on deck

sheila

Normally before I go for a long run or bike ride, I like to have a little something in my stomach. But it is hard for me to eat in the morning, I’m just not hungry when I wake up. So my go-to snack is a banana with peanut butter which has carbs and protein and is easy to eat. Today I thought I would shake it up a little and mix equal parts of peanut butter and apple butter.

butters

This is a great combination, and really gave my usual snack a nice change. I cut my banana the long way, spread the mixture on it, and put it back like a sandwich.

banana

I rode 11 miles in 55 minutes on the C&O Canal Towpath this morning. I just started biking again a few weeks ago. I bought my bike in 1998 (!) and it never got much use, until two years ago when I spent a spring and summer riding it. I won’t ride on roads, so I put the bike on the car rack and take it to nearby trails which we are lucky to have an abundance of in this area. The towpath is dirt and rocks, and it rattles my bones and teeth. This is the part of the trail I rode today.

trail

And here is the view:

potomac

potomac

The scenery is amazing, and there are lots of turtles and birds. I did see a snake once, so I am sure they are hiding there as well.

When I got home I made myself a protein shake. According to my Garmin I burned 580 calories on the ride, which is a lot for me. After long runs and bike rides I try to drink either chocolate soy milk, or a protein shake. I like the Syntrax Nectar Chocolate Truffle , it is whey protein and has 23 grams of protein. This is the best tasting protein powder I have found, the vanilla flavor is good for mixing in smoothies, but the chocolate is the best. Don’t even try the Cappucino flavor, that one is nasty.

It’s a good idea to get some protein and carbs in your body within 30 minutes of your run/ride. We have an abundance of strawberries right now, yesterday I was at the grocery store and they were buy one get one free, so I got two, forgetting I had bought a package just a few days earlier. Then my husband came home from Costco with a whole flat of strawberries. I used one package in this morning’s smoothie:

smoothie
That is O.N.E. Coconut Water, lots of berries, and the protein powder. This made a big smoothie, enough for two people.

I decided to add some flaxseed as well:

flaxseed smoothie

Frothy and delicious!

One more thing. When I pull into the parking area to get onto the trail this is what I see:

haunted house

I suppose it is a haunted house. I have no idea what it is doing there, what it ever was, or what is inside. And I don’t plan to find out!

Question: What is your favorite post run/ride snack?

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