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!

“…I’ll make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now

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!

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§ 21 Responses to 28 miles, 2 burning quads, and 1 sore butt later…

  • Megan says:

    WOW 28 miles?! You go girl! I biked six yesterday and thought it was intense! Haha and I love that Jack Johnson song. ALSO, I would totally eat at McElaine’s any day!!

  • Monet says:

    You and I really should be room mates because I adore everything you eat. From that sandwich on Ezekiel bread to your pancakes…I was drooling. I’m so proud of your biking self too! 28 miles blows my measly 6 mile rides out of the water!

  • julia says:

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! Nice to read yours:)

    Lovely pancakes and anything with brie is good!

    x Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Heather R says:

    That bike ride, while it looks tiring, sounds like it was an amazing ride and fun day! And good eats too!

  • kbwood says:

    WOWW great bike ride girl!!
    LOVE yalls meal! those carrot fries look AWEEEEESOME! so much healthier than regular cheesy fries! lol.
    LOVE yo pcakes TOO! do you stick your batter in the blender or use a whisk? that works!

  • Sweet Cheeks says:

    I have no desire to step foot inside a Mickey D’s the rest of my life. I can’t believe I used to LOVE that stuff! Crazy how things change!

    Your food pics are gorgeous!!

  • kaztronomic says:

    Goodness, you’re a machine! I’m glad you got home safely.

    Your feast looks far better than any fast food restaurant could prepare! 😀

    I don’t think your pancakes are ugly at all. In fact, they’re making me crave pancakes like whoa. x)

  • Wow 28 miles! I’m impressed!!!! That’s really funny about the banana. The same sort of thing happened to my tomato that I left in the car all day. oops! apparently intense heat isn’t good for produce that you DON’T want to cook 🙂

    Also I want to try those carrot fries!!! Yum!

  • wow 28 miles is intense : ) You are a beast! haha

    mm those carrot friends look SO GOOD!! i really need to make those before i leave. They sound so delicious. love the egg sammies too!

  • Oh my gosh, that is far! Kudos on making it 28 miles though! That’s about 27 more than I could have done! 😉

    I LOVE your McDonald’s inspired meal. It’s so cute!

  • I commend you for even beginning the 50 miles trek! I think my eyes popped out of my head when I read that 😛 I hope the whale watching happens for you soon, though! Third time’s a charm, isn’t that always the case when something goes funky on the first and second try?!
    And I think your McElaine’s looks way better than McD’s, too. And I WISH I knew the secret for perfect pancakes. Ic an’t make a pretty one to save my soul!!

  • Chelsey says:

    What a crazy day!! I can’t believe that luck. I’m glad you got some rest. My panckes are either really good or really not, so I am sorry to say, no advice.. haha!

  • Run Sarah says:

    Congrats on the crazy ride! I love all of your McElaines eats – especially the Egg McMuffin!

  • squigglefloey says:

    What a ride!
    Congrats on even attempting 🙂

  • You are so cute! And hardcoreeee.
    I LOVE that he made animal style carrot fries, I chuckled outloud to myself for a while. Baha!
    If I lived in claremot I would go to 21 choices
    e’erydayyy! Especially after 28 miles…

  • Roni says:

    Your pancakes look awesome!! 🙂

    Great ride!!

  • Wow, kudos on the bike ride. I think I got stressed just hearing about it!

    For the pancakes, the evenness of the color has most to do with your pan, so don’t take it personally 🙂 A heavier, thicker-bottomed pan will give more even golden color, but it won’t taste any better. 🙂

    I got a chuckle out of that poor banana pic. At first I didn’t read the explanation and I was thinking, “What IS that?”

    Georgie Fear RD

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