Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cycle Scenes v.2 (WW # 80)

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I had been wanting a change of scenery for a long ride and planned to cycle at Callaway Gardens last weekend. Unfortunately, the weather was not on board with my plan.  This weekend the weather was dialed in and off I went early Saturday morning.  Callaway has a wonderful bike trail system that meanders deep into the hilly Georgia woods.  The gate attendant told me it had just been repaved.  {She also asked me if I was over 65.  Heavy Sigh....}  

Although I had planned to cycle the roads, I decided to try the trails.  True to her word, it was as smooth as glass.  My Garmin lost satellite connection several times in the woods with the surrounding hills. Luckily, I had recently installed a no-frills {aka: cheap economical} Cat Eye Velo 9 bike computer.  It did the job just fine.  It fact, it's easier to see its display compared to my Garmin watch.

All of the bridges are numbered so you can't get lost.  But, make sure to get a map!

After about 17 miles of hair-pinned turns and thus burning up my brakes, I decided to ride mostly on the roads.  It was difficult to get up to speed on the trails as well.  It is off season and there was little traffic to worry about.  I also made a lightning fast clothing change as it was getting warm in my capris and 3/4 zip top.  I put on a much thinner long sleeve shirt and shorts.   Back to work!  

Their roads are my favorites to both run and ride!

The scenery is beautiful.  With countless lakes, bridges, golf course venues, and yes even a few azaleas blooming already,  I tried to limit my picture taking.   I was there to ride, after all.  But I couldn't help stopping a few times during my 42.3 mile ride.

Even after shifting to roads, I still did a few short trails segments.  They were just so peaceful!
 
Can you see the ducks?


Callaway is very shady but there are a few sunny stretches.


I'm completely satisfied after 42.3 miles!

It was one of those days where you feel grateful to be outside.  To feel the sun.  To move.  To breathe hard.  To sweat.   As a bonus, I stopped for a coffee date with our college kid on my drive home. PoPo took me out for my favorite Oysters Rockefeller that evening too.  A.Wonderful.Day.  Sunday it was too nice to stay inside so I opted for another outdoor ride logging 17.7 miles.  Why not, right?  And yeah, I felt a wee urge to even out my mileage for the week.  {Point 3?  No can do!}

Weekly Recap:

3 Indoor Trainer  = 30.0
2 Outdoor Rides = 60.0

Total Cycling Miles = 90

Hip/Glute Strength Sessions = 2


And that's a wrap!


Does uneven mileage bother you?

Where do you like to go for a change of scenery?


86 comments:

  1. I'm envious of your bike rides! As warm as our winter has been, it's still too cold to get on the bike. I'm not complaining tho--I've enjoyed my mostly very comfy running conditions!

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    1. And I'm envious of your super comfy running conditions! I can't believe how warm it's been the last couple of days. I'll be whining about the heat and humidity in no time.

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  2. Wow you have logged a lot of bike miles this week! You are totally inspiring me to get outside and bike. I usually don't do it until April. I plan to bring in my bike for a tune up this week. Thanks for the linkup it's fun!

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    1. I haven't had much of a winter to worry about so the temps have been mostly comfortable for cycling. A few mornings were too cold this week and I put my bike on the trainer. I have had to deal with some wind -- and I don't like that at all! I'm so glad you are enjoying this linkup!

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  3. Now, if I had access to trails such as those, I'd definitely be a much more enthusiastic cyclist. Wow! Totally envious....

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    1. This was a bit of a drive for me but totally worth it. I've run half marathons inside Callaway and my first triathlon was there too. I'll definitely return.

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  4. I remember watching a PBS gardening show that was filmed at Callaway Gardens. My mom loved it so I would see it whenever I visited my parents. It seems like a gorgeous place to ride or run. Glad you got to go on Saturday!

    Thanks, as always, for the linkup!

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    1. It's a great weekend destination place! In addition to the beautiful grounds and trails, they have a Spa, Discovery Center, Butterfly Center, and a Beach plus other activities going on -- especially in the summer.

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  5. Wow! It's trails and scenery like that that makes me want to be a cyclist! How beautiful!!

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    1. I just love being in the great outdoors. Their trails are open to runners too. I saw a few walkers but only one runner.

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  6. Most of the time uneven mileage doesn't bother me. I'm anal about some things, not others.

    Did I miss something? Is there a reason you're not running?

    That looks sooooooo lovely. I really miss sunshine -- but I also don't envy you your summers.

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    1. I needed to take some time off my feet (I had a couple of issues going on after the marathon) and decided to enjoy a few weeks of cycling instead. I really do enjoy it!

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  7. That seems like a lovely place to ride. That gate attended needs glasses. Clearly you are not a day over 40;)

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  8. Oh my goodness! Callaway Gardens looks gorgeous! That's exactly the kind of place I'd love to run, and maybe I'd even like biking if it was there! 42 miles biking in a day--how do you do it?! And huge kudos for doing nearly 20 the next day!

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    1. They rent bikes for leisurely riders too. I think that's what their trails were designed for. But thankfully, they don't mind if you cycle on the roads.

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  9. That looks like a great place for your ride! Nice job with all the biking this week and getting in your hip/glute strengthening!

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    1. I'm trying very hard to get back on that band wagon! Thanks for noticing!

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  10. Wow! What a gorgeous place to ride! I'm jealous of all the trees.

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    1. I love being in the woods. It's so peaceful.

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  11. Wow, I'm jealous, sun shine, no snow and lovely trees. Lucky you!

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    1. It was a beautiful weekend. We were due one after all the grayness lately.

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  12. Gorgeous! I don't stop much for photos on my bike, but those are magnificent. I wanted to ride today, but it started pouring just as we got to the bike path. By the time we got home it stopped and then it got sunny. :-(

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    1. I normally don't either but I couldn't help myself. The weather played a cruel trick on you!

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  13. That looks like such a beautiful, picturesque trail. I'd have to stop and take pictures too! The best way to enjoy the wonderful weather.

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    1. If I had brought more Tailwind and food with me, I probably would have kept riding. It was such a lovely day.

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  14. Wow... those trails/roads in Callaway are beautiful! I miss having a bike on beautiful days like those.

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    1. I really is enjoyable when you can find a great place to ride.

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  15. What a beautiful place to ride! And you logged some great mileage!

    Thanks for the link-up :)

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    1. It's easy to log long miles in such a pretty place.

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  16. Wow - what beautiful scenery! I don't know how to ride a bike (I know, I know) and when I see sights like that I would love to ride one day. Especially since you can cover so much mileage (vs. on foot!). I'm jealous of the great weather you have too - I miss warm sunny days in Ohio this time of year!
    And no, uneven mileage doesn't bother me at all. Because I'm weird like that :0)

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    1. It is great cardio and cross-training for runners. It's never too late to learn how to ride a bike. You'd enjoy it.

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    1. I think the bonus was the best part! I miss my kid.

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  18. Looks like a lovely place for a ride. As far as mileage, as long as it's at least .1, I'm good. I have to keep going if it's something like .13 LOL. In fact, one of the ways I hit my mileage goals each month is to always run just a little bit more than my plan. (And by little bit, I mean .1, .2, or .3)

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    1. I agree. I can handle the once decimal place -- but two? That would send me over the edge. LOL.

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  19. Fantastic biking miles! That looks like an awesome place to ride!

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    1. It's really a fun place with a lot of activities and special events throughout the year. A great weekend destination!

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  20. I do love getting on my bike. Unfortunately it's on the trainer until most likely May. Lol! Looks like a beautiful place to ride.

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    1. It's so much quicker to hop on the trainer and I've been doing that a lot lately as well. To cycle outdoors takes extra time. After getting dressed and geared up, I then have to cut through to woods to get to my route.

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  21. What a gorgeous trail! I would have loved to have been out there with you, though I don't think I've cycled farther than 30 miles at a time!

    That gate attendant thought you were over 65? I honestly thought you were in your 40's at most when I first started following you!

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    1. My husband thought I should have said YES so I would get the cheaper price. I just couldn't...

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  22. Keep the pictures coming. All I see here is WHITE.

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    1. Mostly what I've seen all winter is GRAY. It was so nice to have a pretty day.

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  23. Wow, what a beautiful area for a bike ride! I would have trouble ending my ride with scenes like that (as long as I was feeling good that is).

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    1. If I had more food and Tailwind, I think I would have kept going. I was down to just water.

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  24. Yes, uneven mileage bothers me, but if I'm going to for time instead of a mileage number, I know uneven numbers are going to happen.

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    1. Yes, if I switch my mind over to time -- I can go for EVEN time so matter what the distance. LOL.

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  25. I'm okay with even mileage if I go out to ride a specific route, if I go out for 40 miles, then it better be on the dot, or over. I want to do some more research on roads like this to ride on. I've been sticking to the same 5 mile loop, which gets real boring, real quick. But it's near my house, safe, and I know the distance which makes it easy to ride any # of miles I want.

    Thanks for hosting. :)

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    1. My regular loop is about 4 (or 6 if I add a street) miles. It's near my house and I feel safe. But, it does get old -- especially when your on loop 8 or 9 or 10...

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  26. What a beautiful park! and what great pictures! how did you get such great shots?

    Uneven mileage doesn't bother me, until I see it all added up for the week.

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    1. I use one of my water bottles to prop up my phone and set it on a timer. However, the timer is not long enough for me to turn around for a front shot. Thus, you always see my behind. UGH. LOL.

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  27. Uneven mileage doesn't bother me. :)

    Great job on your bike rides this week! Callaway Gardens looks like a beautiful place to ride!

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    1. I really enjoyed that ride and hope to go back soon!

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  28. I'm so glad you got some outdoor rides in, and it looks like a really beautiful ride too! Uneven mileage doesn't really bother me... sometimes if I'm really close to a mileage though, I'll add a little on (if it's just .1-.2 miles to make it an even number, but in the end I feel like all my runs should have some sort of training purpose and not necessarily a number?

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    1. Oh yes, first and foremost the training run should meet its purpose. But it doesn't hurt to add a little at the end to make it even too. It's a win win.

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  29. That's a lot of miles lady and the scenery at Callaway is just beautiful! I'm sure that was extremely therapeutic :) Glad you got to visit your college boy ...I'm really missing mine right about now! Actually, he was over in your neck of the woods this past weekend visiting some friends at Bama ...BIG party he said. Which translates, BIG headache on Sunday! :)

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    1. You'll definitely have to put this on your list of places to visit and ride. I'm lucky my college kid is fairly close. I try not to think about those BIG college parties. LOL.

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  30. love all of the pictures!!! glad you were able to enjoy the sunshine, scenery and time with your college baby and husband!
    I hope you have a good week ahead and continue the scenic rides!

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    1. A pleasant sunny day outside, coupled with some great cardio exercise, is good for the soul!

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  31. What a great place!! I would love a nice peaceful traffic free ride :)
    Uneven mileage used to drive me nuts, but I have given that up in the past year...i stop at all kind of odd numbers lol

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    1. One of these days, you'll need to make the trip down to Pine Mountain for a long weekend and we can ride together! How fun would that be?

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  32. It looks so warm there! We are currently in a big snow storm on the east coast :) However, I just got an indoor trainer so I'm super pumped I can cycle more!

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    1. I've been using my indoor trainer a lot this winter. Even though I could cycle outside (and still do), it is so much quicker to just hop on the trainer when I wake up in the morning.

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  33. Gorgeous scenery! And without traffic is perfect - that's one place I'd consider riding a bike outdoors. Uneven mileage used to bother me and I would run back/forth in front of my house just to get even mileage :)

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    1. I've been known to tack on a little in front of my house to get a certain number too! No shame.

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  34. Those views are gorgeous! I would love to run on that!

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    1. Their half marathon (and full) is fantastic. It's a small race and you feel like you have that gorgeous scenery all to yourself.

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  35. Such pretty scenery! What a great place for a ride (even if the trails started to burn out your brakes!).

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    1. There were so many sharp turns on a downhill. I had to keep braking and I don't like to do that. The scenery made up for it though.

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  36. What a beautiful ride! It's so cool that you have such a great place to get in your miles.

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    1. It was a bit of a drive for me, but well worth the effort. I hope to do it again soon.

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  37. Your photos are great. Calloway Gardens looks fabulous and just the kind of place I'd like to visit. Reading your bike posts always makes me want to get on mine.

    I don't mind uneven mileage, but I know a lot of people who will run extra laps of a field to get to a whole mile number!

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    1. Hopefully when your weather warms up, you can get on your bike too. We've had such a mild winter, which I appreciate from a cycling standpoint.

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  38. Holly this is beautiful! You live in such a lovely part of the country. Can I come visit? 🤗

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    1. If you ever looking for a January half or full, put Callaway on your list. It is a small event but will not disappointment. I'll be there too!

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  39. What an absolutely gorgeous place to ride! Couldn't have asked for a prettier day! I need to get to Calloway Gardens soon.

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    1. It really is beautiful. It's also a great weekend getaway place with plenty of things to do, including a spa. Maybe we should plan a #holottafun event?

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  40. your rides always look so gorgeous!

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    1. I just love being outside enjoying nature. The scenery speaks for itself.

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  41. I'm glad you posted the pictures of this place, it truly IS very beautiful there! One day I'm going to take you up on a run there, but hey I'd even like to bike ride there.
    I'm going to leave the double digit rides to you on my Walmart special mtn bike. Woo wee parts of me were in pain from last week when I only did just over 11 miles.
    It was hard to stay inside this past weekend. I hope this weekend is a repeat too!
    To answer your uneven mileage question, it use too but I realize a little here and there is going to get me closer to my yearly goal! :)

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    1. "Those parts" don't bother me on an outdoor ride. But on the indoor trainer? Holy cow! I have to leave that for lower mileage. Good point about adding all the extra up. It makes a difference.

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  42. I love a change of scenery once in a while but I have such great running paths and trails 5 minutes from my house, that all I need to do is change up the route to have some variety.

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    1. You are very lucky to have such a variety in picking your running routes. Your pictures are always lovely too.

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  43. The sights you took in were just beautiful! Running in a different town or on the country roads by my parents' farm is a nice change of scenery for me. I can't wait 'til summer when the grass is green again! I miss that. Keep putting those miles on, Holly!

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    1. Growing up a country girl, I love running on rural routes. It's kind of hard finding those in the city. I have one two mile loop near my house where I can pretend. LOL.

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