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Cooking from the back of my bike [Jul. 8th, 2012|04:39 pm]
Today was the first true long-distance ride in my training: riding out to Vermillion, Ohio, and back, a 60-mile trip. Erin, who has now signed up for Pedal to the Point and is planning to undertake this crazy ride with me.

We chose today because the weather forecast was for cooler temperatures, and in fact the worst of the heat did break last night. We planned on a 7am departure, riding along the shore to Vermillion, where we would stop for brunch before turning around and coming back.

But before we left, I wanted to make sure that there would be something for dinner this evening. And I knew that I wasn’t going to be in the mood to start cooking something after 60 miles of biking. So last night I got a nice roast out of the freezer and this morning I got up at 6 and chopped onion and garlic, then seared the roast, sauteed the aromatics, and added broth for a potroast.

Erin and I got on the road at about 7:30. The ride out was going well, but we got a little confused in Lorain we suddenly found ourselves getting cheers and encouragement from the people along the street. I mean, Lorain is certainly a friendly town, but this seemed a bit extreme.

It turns out that we had biked right into the middle of a triathlon in which the biking segment was well underway. So well underway, in fact, that we appeared to be stragglers in dire need of encouragement. We had no choice, really, but to keep biking along, returning the smiles of our supporters as bikers in sleek jerseys, leaning heavily into their drops and also giving us a sideways glance of pity.

When we started running into cops who asked if we’d taken a wrong turn, we realized how pitiful we appeared to everyone. But when we reached the turnaround, we were only a short distance behind the last turners. We waved off the last of the helpful police, explaining that we were on our way to Vermillion.

The rest of the ride out was uneventful. What I hadn’t taken into account was how quiet Sunday morning is in Vermillion. We managed to find one little place open and got some breakfast.

Then we started back. Into a headwind. This is when the fun started draining out of the day.

We eventually made it back, tired, sweaty, legs hurting, and pretty much beyond moving. Now dinner is about done, thanks to the addition of veggies. And I am very glad I took the time to start dinner this morning!

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[User Picture]From: cyan_blue
2012-07-08 08:44 pm (UTC)
So cool!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2012-07-08 09:25 pm (UTC)
I don't bike, but Hubby and I walk. It's been hard to get out there with the heat and humidity!! I applaud your fortitude!! Today we walked around a pond and added one hill for two miles. We were happy for the shade and the nearness of water which allowed us to stay cool. Keep on truckin'!! (and good for you, having a start on supper!!)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-08 11:55 pm (UTC)
The heat is beastly, no doubt. Glad you had a good walk.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2012-07-08 10:04 pm (UTC)
All this biking talk is making me want to fix my bike and start riding again. Thanks for the motivation.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-08 11:55 pm (UTC)
Good for you!
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2012-07-09 01:01 am (UTC)
You made it!! Congratulations!! Next time will be easier ... honest. :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-09 01:17 am (UTC)
Man, I hope so! Knee is being a bit sore this evening.

Edited at 2012-07-09 01:17 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2012-07-09 05:01 am (UTC)
I'm very impressed. Still too intimidated to try it myself, though.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-07-09 11:59 am (UTC)
I'm not sure that I'm not still too intimidated to try it, really. 63 was pretty killer, and two days in a row is just boggling to me.
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