Sunday, February 5, 2017

Cycle Scenes (WW # 79)

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Let's just say this week was a bit of a struggle in the motivation department for me.  But by the weekend, I was excited to see the sunshine and anxious to get outside and play in it.  After Coffee Talking Saturday morning with fellow bloggers, I biked 20 windy miles.  My calves and feet had been cramping off and on during this ride and at the 20 mile mark, I decided to call it a day.  {Note to self: always carry salt caps.  Duh!}



On Sunday I woke up to another gray and rainy day (let's be clear here...the forecast was only 20%).  This is the day I planned for a longer ride.  While waiting to see if the rain would move out, I decided to finally bake the Super Hero Muffins from the cookbook Run Fast East Slow given to me by my friend Wendy.   Although I'm notorious for deviating from recipes, I did not on this one.   They are {ahem--were} scrumptious!  Our teenage son inhaling three in a blink of an eye should be an indication anyone in your family will love them.  



Although the rainy weather put a halt to my plans to drive to the beautiful Callaway Gardens for a long ride of 40 miles (hence the failed blog title Cycle Scenes), I did finally get in a late afternoon ride...on my bike trainer.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  I watched the movie Taken 2 which I had recorded earlier this week.  It kept me entertained for 1 hour and 45 minutes, which equates to conservatively 25 miles. My heart rate averaged a very pleasing 143.  It felt good to sweat profusely.  I'm not kidding. 




And that's a wrap!

Have you tried a recipe from Run Fast Eat Slow?

What is your go-to activity when the weather wrecks your plans?




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83 comments:

  1. The treadmill or the bike trainer are usually my back up plan! Sometimes I look ahead and reschedule my workouts in accordance with the weather.

    Those muffins look delicious!

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    1. I constantly check the weather to plan my workouts as I prefer doing everything outdoors. The weatherman failed me this weekend. Big time. The muffins are delicious! Thanks again for the cookbook.

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  2. I love that you're getting out on your bike! I've always wanted to visit Calloway Gardens. Haven't you done a tri there?

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    1. Yes, I did my first Sprint Tri there and also several half marathons. The scenery is stunning. You would love riding or running there.

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  3. Good for you for getting such a great workout indoors on your bike and getting your heart rate up there where you wanted it! I tend to not push myself as much as I should on my bike. It's something I need to work on...

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. I don't know why it is so much harder to keep the heart rate up when cycling indoor. But, it definitely is. So I am very proud of that number today.

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  4. I make superhero muffins every weekend! I think the are my favorite recipe from the cookbook. Great job with the bike rides!

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    1. The muffins are very tasty. I may use pecans next time instead of walnuts just for variety.

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  5. Ok so you are making me feel like I need to suck it up and suit up for an outdoor ride soon. So excited for my first weekly wrap!

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    1. I'm glad you could link this week. Your temps are much colder than mine. So, I'll give you a pass on cycling for a little while! LOL.

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  6. Despite your early week struggles and the weather, you still got in some impressive bike miles! At the risk of sounding like a broken record ...I have GOT to get myself a bike trainer!

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    1. I hope you got my message. It's a no frills Mag Trainer but it does the job. I like that it folds for easy storage. You can fully adjust the tension and resistance too. It was a gift but I'm sure it came from either Academy or Dicks.

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    2. There's a Dick's right up the road from me ....I'll be heading that way tomorrow! Ready to get some real miles under my belt!

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  7. Baking might be my go-to activity. Those muffins look scrumptious! Sorry the weather is not cooperating. My run may have been damn cold and windy, but at least it was dry!

    Here's to a better week this week.

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    1. Well you see I spent the morning making muffins so it must be a go-to activity for me as well. They are delicious. And guilt free!

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  8. YES, i love that cookbook! The superhero muffins are superb - they remind me of alot of morning glory muffin recipes! How fun to have coffee with other bloggers.

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    1. I've never had morning glory muffins. Now I'm intrigued. The coffee date is virtual but it's a wonderful linkup. You should join in some time!

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  9. The weather doesn't like to cooperate lately does it? I've been using my treadmill quite a bit.

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    1. I'm having one of those rare moments of regretting the decision to give my treadmill away. I probably could have run in the rain today, but it was too heavy for cycling. I'm also leery of slick streets.

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  10. I've been meaning to buy that cookbook - those muffins look good! You got some nice bike miles in!

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    1. It's the only recipe I've tried so far. I tend to bake more than I cook, especially when just having fun. The muffins taste great.

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  11. Congrats on our completing your long cycle rides. I have seen the first Taken but not the second one. Those muffins look good. I was thinking about getting that book, but I thought the recipes looked rather difficult.

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    1. I typically think recipes with more than three ingredients are complicated. But, I stuck with this one and I'm glad I didn't change or shortcut anything. It really wasn't too difficult but being honest, I haven't tried anything else yet.

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  12. Well, first and foremsot...if my outdoor plans get jinxed, I head to my stairway ;-) Of course, I have Dear OLD 'Milly waiting in the mud room for me...but she's seldom my first choice

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    1. Ha! I thought about you and the stairs when it was pouring rain. I do have many of them at my disposal. As you probably know, I gave away The Dust Collector.

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  13. Great job biking 20 miles on Saturday! That's too bad you couldn't get your longer one outside, but at least you got 25 miles! That's a lot to me! I have yet to try something from that cookbook. Those muffins look delicious though!

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    1. I was happy to get any miles logged on Sunday. Now I need to get my adventurous with the cookbook and try something different.

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  14. I have RFES on my Kindle - I always forget about it! If it's drizzly, I'll run outside. If I want to ride on a rainy day I head to an indoor cycling class!

    Thanks for hosting the link-up!

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    1. I need to get a bit more adventurous with RFES now. You have to reserve spots at indoor cycling around here. So unfortunately, that is not a last minute option for me. But at least I have the trainer.

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  15. SUperhero muffins are a staple in our house. Yesterday I made the Blueberry lemon Scones. So good!

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    1. I'm looking those up. I may need to try them next!

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  16. We had great weather this weekend, it was so nice to be outside and not wet! Great job on the cycling :) I have seen that cookbook a couple times now , are you enjoying it? I may need to take a closer look! Have a great week!

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    1. I've gotten really lazy with cooking the same old stuff. So, I do intend to try some new recipes. This book is a great place to start. So jealous of your weekend weather!

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  17. Sorry to hear that you struggled with motivation last week. But for somebody who struggled with motivation, you ended the week on quite the high. Congrats on the 20 mile bike ride!

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    1. Thankfully by the weekend, a bit of mojo had returned. Getting outside in the sunshine it the perfect antidote too.

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  18. I've been wanting to try something from that book! I've had no motivation to cook cook, if that makes sense. Plus I don't have the book ;)

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    1. I certainly understanding not wanting to "cook cook". My meals have become very quick and simple with minimal effort. I need to work on that.

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  19. I am a big fan of the superhero muffins! I think I have made a few things in the book but it has been awhile, I should dig it back out and make those muffins again. We had pretty good weather this weekend and now we are back to 15 degrees and snowing. Agh the winter that never ends.. so few nice weather reprieves this year!

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    1. I need to be adventurous and try another recipe now. I've been enjoying your beautiful snowy pictures.

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  20. I don't have that cookbook or do I bake much - no kids home & the hubby & I would eat it ALL.

    I have to be able to run since I have no alternative activities.

    Glad you have the bike and you are rocking it!!

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    1. I'm already starting to see that once our last one goes to college, I doubt I'll do much cooking!

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  21. I don't cook much but I have been curious about that cookbook! I know what it's like to feel un motivated. It was happening to me last week- I was going through a week where I was ready to be done with my training. This week I was able to reset and being able to finish out my training strong! You'll get back on track soon!

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    1. I think that happens to all of us from time to time. I'm starting to find like my old self.

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  22. Everyone has been talking about that cookbook, it looks like a great one! I love muffins and probably would have gobbled them up! Too bad the weather didn't cooperate this week but you got in some great miles on your bike!

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    1. I almost forgot I had a trainer it's been so long since I've used it. DUH.

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  23. I lacked motivation too. Must've been something in the air. Didn't help that we had rough weather in Boulder too. Sleet on Wednesday, and it didn't get above freezing that day, Thursday, or Friday.

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    1. Yeah, it would be hard to be motivated with that kind of weather!

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  24. you still logged in some miles on the bike and the trainer and got your sweatfest on! ive heard about theat cookbook but haven't tried any recipes from it...
    your motivation will return to you soon, just be patient and enjoy spending time with your sanity.. (I still LOVE that name for your bike btw! my dad had a boat called the "Escape"-makes perfect sense to name something you love after what it represents)
    hope you have a better week ahead chica!

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    1. That's a great boat name! Our current boat's name is Happy Anna because it was an anniversary present to ourselves one year. And it makes me happy!

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  25. I hate when the weather ruins plans for getting outdoors. We've been getting lots of rain in Northern California so we haven't been hiking as much as we did last year at this time. I really need to get that cook book. I've heard great things and Super Hero muffins, sounds like something I need to try! :)

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    1. I've been hearing about your rain. I know you must be missing those weekend hikes!

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  26. I have not tried a recipe from that cookbook, but those muffins look fantastic!

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    1. I'm already planning on cooking another batch.

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  27. Ugh!! weather ruining running plans is no fun at all! What was in those muffins? They look delicious!

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    1. Oats, almond flour, walnuts, carrots, zucchini, chocolate chips, amber syrup...

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  28. I have that book, but I haven't made those yet. I don't have almond meal so might have to use something else- maybe oat flour. They look and sound delicious!

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    1. I had to specifically buy the almond flour. That's something I wouldn't normally have on hand.

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  29. Nice work on all the cycling! I used to spin several times a week and now am lucky if I get in one but I've never done much outdoor riding. And everyone is talking about those amazing muffins! Yum!

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    1. Except for 10 minutes (and then unceremoniously kicked off an unknown-to-me reserved bike) I've never taken a spin class. I do like my road bike though.

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  30. I don't really have any indoor alternatives to running, so I either get out there and freeze/get wet or do some yoga! If I had space I would like a treadmill in the house.

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    1. After my treadmill collected dust for a few years, I gave it away. But I really didn't a good space for it either.

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  31. I checked that book out at the library but didn't try any recipes. I have read a LOT about those muffins and how good they are, though, so if I did try one I would try those. Side note: I didn't like how the book didn't include nutritional information and macros. I read the portions about how calories and fat shouldn't matter if you eat healthy, but lots of runners do count macros or at least want to see nutritional information, or they may be making the recipe for someone who wants this info.

    It stinks you didn't get to ride the gardens due to the rain, and I know the indoor trainer isn't as beautiful, but you definitely got a good workout in as well as a mental workout from the trainer. Great job this week!

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    1. I didn't really notice the book omitting nutritional information. I'll have to take another look. That is odd for an "athlete's cookbook".

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  32. The muffins look good! - I don't have a copy of her book but will probably see our library has it available. It's great you have an indoor trainer to allow you to bike when the weather is not so great outside. I wish I had room for a treadmill but I'd have to go to the gym when it's raining which has been happening more of in SoCal lately.

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    1. The recipes call for more ingredients and steps than I'm accustomed to. But, the muffins were very delicious.

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  33. Sounds like a great week! I need to get that cookbook. Everyone I know that has it, loves it!

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    1. It certainly is popular! Of course, they did a lot of promotion too.

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  34. I have that cookbook and will have to try those muffins!

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    1. You will not be disappointed. I used the chocolate chip option instead of the raisin one.

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  35. i bought the run fast, eat slow book in the fall and have yet to read it-those muffins look delish!

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    1. I've already made another batch. Except I just baked a pan of bread instead of muffins. It worked fine that way too!

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  36. My go-to activity when the weather thwarts my workout plans is probably to skip it altogether and lounge on the couch watching TV. Good thing I live in a location where that doesn't happen too often. :-D

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    1. Well, I did that for a couple of weeks myself when my motivating was lacking. At this point, I need to do something to keep my spirits up.

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  37. I keep meaning to pick up that book!!

    I have a stationary bike at home, if I really can't get out to run or I can't make it to the gym. Usually though the weather is never really THAT bad...

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    1. Thankfully, it's rare our weather is bad enough ALL DAY LONG to skip an outdoor workout. A stationary bike would come in handy!

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  38. My go to plan lately when the weather goes awry is nothing...just my current state of struggle. It is a continual work in progress.
    Glad you are getting some rides in :)
    I have not read Run Fast Eat Slow, is it just recipes?

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    1. Well, as you know -- I was doing that for a couple of weeks myself. But I took your advice and hit RESET. Yes, the book is recipes from Shalane Flannagan and Elyse Kopecky.

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  39. I am so glad you turned me onto the salt caps! It has truly saved me in several races, this past one too!
    Those muffins do look just divine! What kind are they? Banana nut bread?
    You can tell how far behind I am on reading, jumping over to read your coffee post, I can't believe I missed it :(

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    1. Salt Caps surely do seem to help. If I get cramps, they are very mild compared to the intense things I once endured. The muffins have oats, almond flour, carrots, zucchini and walnuts as the main ingredients. It reminds me of carrot cake with no frosting.

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  40. Biking in the wind is such a beast, one of my least favorite things! Way to get it done!! I have been really enjoying all of your Instagram posts and love following your journey!! Also, I need to check out that cookbook, sounds great!! Thanks so much for linking up with Sunday Fitness & Food. I'm hoping to get my act together and share a post at Weekly Wrap this weekend :-)

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    1. WIND is a four letter word. Sometimes if feels as if I'm going to be blown over on my bike. We'd love to see you back her on the WW!

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  41. Those muffins look delicious! I've heard many great things about the cookbook. Maybe one day I'll get it for me.

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    1. They certainly did a lot of promotion of this cookbook last fall. I look forward to trying more recipes.

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