28 miles, 2 burning quads, and 1 sore butt later…
July 25, 2010 § 21 Comments
…I was finally home.
Because of last week’s whale-watching fail, Dmitri and I braved the chance of biking those long 50 miles out to Newport beach. The roads were ugly alot of the time, with bumps and dips, and there were a few long stretches of uphill roads.
I filled my bottles with coconut water, which I finished within 2 hrs of our bike trip. It was so sweet and refreshing!
15 times the potassium? YES PLEASE! 😀
I also made myself an apple + brie sandwich on ab Ezekiel Sesame Toast for lunch.
Of course I had to bring some sort of snack. Enter: Mama Pea’s KIND bar.
…which turned out kind of soggy (everything was sort of falling apart!). I blamed it on the maple syrup (I should have used honey instead). I wrapped the somewhat more solid ones in plastic wrap and took them on the road. It’s just as delicious if you simply scoop the “dough” and eat them straight like that :D.
0 hr (7:10am). Little did Trekmeister and Ms. Gianta know that their mountain bike frames were going to be tested on the road.
25 miles and 2 hrs and 30 min later, I was exhausted.
28 miles and 2 hrs 45 minutes later, Dmitri got a punctured and flat tire. Fortunately, while I sat in Subway as Dmitri biked over to the nearest Target to get some rubber stuffings, he met a couple of bikers who happened to have equipments & tools on them!
28 miles and 4 hrs later, I called it quits. I’m usually not one to give up easily, but my quads were burning and my knees were starting to act up. I didn’t want to strain my knees because I have really bad knees!
5 hrs later, we were still circling around the city of Fullerton trying to find the nearest train station. Dmitri recently got the new Android phone and he was using the GPS on his phone to look for the Metrolink station. All the GPS did was take us in a big circle.
7 hrs later, we finally hopped onto the train heading to L.A. Union Station.
8 hrs and 25 min later, our train to Claremont departed from L. A. Union Station.
9 hrs and 5 min later, we arrived at Claremont and biked 2 miles back home.
9 hrs and 30 min later, with more than 28 miles behind me, 2 burning quads, and 1 sore butt, I was home.
I did a full on Savasana the moment I stepped into the house. Whale-watching still did not happen, but it will, it will, I PROMISE!
11 hrs and 30 min later, we celebrated our failure with McDonald’s McElaine’s.
On the menu:
- Egg McMuffin (one fried egg and melty cheese)
- Chicken McNuggets Boca McNuggets
- French fries Carrot fries
- Real fruit smoothie (yes real watermelon!)
I haven’t been to the Golden M in almost 6 years. I don’t plan to ever go there when I got this!
Dmitri got creative and made In & Out-inspired animal (carrot) fries!
Everything was lip-smacking delicious! And you bet I went back for more Boca McNuggets ;-).
After that lonnnnng day, I still had to drag my butt to lab for about an hour or so. I came home and was barely awake as I mindlessly skimmed through some blogs.
15 hrs and 10 min later (10:20 pm), I crashed onto the sweet comfort of my bed, and snoozed till 7 this morning. I feel so refreshed now!
Yesterday, Dmitri brought this banana on the road but didn’t get a chance to eat it. The poor banana barely made it.
Heat + bumpy roads = no good for bananas.
Well, with a banana like that, I can only think of one thing for the morning: Banana Pancakes!
Quick Whole-Wheat Banana Pancakes
(adapted from Green Lite Bites)
- 1 large overripe banana
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder (forgot to add this, but still turned out a-okay!)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg I used cinnamon because I didn’t have any of this
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg and the milk. Whisk till light and frothy.
In a separate, smaller bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Add the dry to the wet and mix till just combined.
Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray on medium-high heat. Pour desired amount of batter into pan and cook about 1-2 min on one side, or till small bubbles form. Flip and cook the other side for another 1-2 min.
I made 4 small pancakes and 3 large ones.
Drizzled with watered-down PB2! I’m telling you PB2 makes the perfect pancake topper!
Pancakes with a side of yogurt for dippers and blueberries.
Have a fantastic Sunday!
+ Do you know how to make perfectly smooth and even pancakes? I need help! My pancakes always turn out blotchy, with uneven brown spots!