I honestly thought I wasn't going to get out for a bike ride today-- the forecast said thunderstorms all day, and it looked like that when I woke up. To my surprise, it suddenly cleared up around 11am and the sun came out, so I got ready for a ride. I was aiming for 12-15 miles today, I'd done 12 miles on Monday and wanted to go a little further than that. So, of course I overshot that and did 20 miles.
Because of the holiday and suddenly beautiful weather, the bike path had a lot more people on it than usual [although still, not nearly as many as Chicago's bike paths in the height of summer!]. But I was able to keep up my speed for the most part and completed 20 miles with an average speed of 12.35mph [the last two miles home were with about 20 pounds of groceries, almost entirely uphill, so that slowed my speed down]. And, unlike the last time I did a 20 mile ride [in May], I did NOT feel like dying near the end [or at all]. That's a definite sign that I've really improved in the last couple months!
A few pictures:
Around mile 5
Mile 8 or so, I stopped to switch water bottles and snap this picture
10 miles down and taking a breather in a clover field before turning around.
I put new tape on my handlebars last night and I'm REALLY loving the orange!
Just chillin' about 15 miles in.
Something amazing also happened around 12 or 13 miles. A deer came out of the woods and ran alongside me for about 20-30 feet! It was beautiful and so completely unexpected [my camera wasn't ready, unfortunately!]. Really made me happy that I went out for a ride this afternoon.
Now I'm out of the heat, relaxing and munching on some blueberries. Mmmm, summer!
Also, since I've been working out so much with my long bike rides and going to the gym, sparkpeople decided to up my calorie intake... I went from 1550 being my *upper* limit to it being my lower limit and 1950 being my high limit! That is just TOO MUCH FOOD! Usually I eat 1250-1350 calories and feel perfectly satisfied with that. So I don't know how I'm going to deal with this new calorie goal other than putting guacamole on everything [which is always an option...].