I started the day making comfort foods for the holidays. I made vegan corn-starch-free pecan pie, GF puppy chow (trail mix and rice chex covered in chocolate and powdered sugar), macarons, s’mores squares (cocoa crispies with vegan marshmallow fluff) and peanut butter cookies. All very gentle on the system for most anyone, though lately my body really only wants salads, raw veggies and fruits. It can deal for a month or so, because that is how long it’s going to take us to consume it all! Besides, this post is about bicycling which will help me combat the extra calories.
Afert a break with Zen on my lap I got dressed warmly to take a bike ride.
Since my E-Bike wasn’t road ready yet (although very close) I decided to try the ride on our old Trek. It’s an 18 speed, which is very good for manual cycling on hilly roads.
That being said, the ride kicked my ass. I also discovered I horribly shorted myself on mileage last year with taxes. I was counting 8.5 miles one way, and it seems that where I stopped was 8.3, it was a point I thought was slightly over half way. Anyway, that spot where I finally gave up and stopped was Sprout’s. I chose to get ingredients to finish off the comfort food spread- pecan pie needs vanilla ice cream, so “So Delicious” brand helped me out with coconut milk based vanilla ice cream.
The worst part of the ride was a massive hill on Bannister Road about 2 miles from home (I know because when I stopped for breath, my fitness app told me I’d made it 2.1 miles. The hill was so stupid that I walked the last 150 feet. Let’s say I’m really glad I’ll have power assist on the E-Bike.
The only hiccup was at about mile 6, I did have to stop because the chain derailed on the front. It was an easy fix and I proceeded.
Anyway, it was good exercise, a good test run, and helped me figure out some things to be aware of. My route is fairly friendly other than the intense hills, as there were only 2 small stretches where I had to ride in the car lane. I discovered that even though my E-Bike has a chain guard, I should probably still make sure my right pant leg is secured. I also found out I need to keep a pair of work gloves in my portable equipment in case I need to deal with the chain. I also decided that I will make friends with sunglasses for the first time in a long time. My cheeks and eyes were the only parts of me that disliked the 50° weather today.
Anyway, Nathan ended up coming to get me so I didn’t have to make the full manual trek home. Once home I finished assembling my E-Bike and gave it a much shorter test run. It was fun and much faster than my manual pedaling alone. I’m looking forward to riding on all the sunny days, and now I need to figure out when to give it a solid round trip to work to know exact timing.
Now it’s dinner time and I’m fairly satisfied with a greater awareness of my current bicycling abilities, as well as a fully functional E-Bike ready for use.
May you have good bicycling days. May you manage your commute in pleasing ways. May you enjoy your exercise and find ways to fit it in easily. May everything always work out great. Above all may you know that the divine loves and supports you in all that you do.