I spoke with my wonderful future mother-in-law last night and she asked how my back was feeling after my first week of work. Then how my running, biking and swimming were going. It occurred to me then that I hadn’t written in over a week and it was time to get back on the bandwagon. After all, if this blog is about keeping up with workouts through travel and busy day to day life, I’d better actually keep up!
Opera season began Tuesday and we were rehearsing in the Presidio, which makes my ride to work very agreeable and fast, and my ride home very up-hill. I also never got around to re-attaching my pannier bag rack so getting to and from work with work clothes and snacks in a backpack, making sure my violin and music were there and figuring out which cafes would be open at our strange lunch hours required some planning. I was fine until yesterday when I biked to work and remembered that I needed to bike home with my backpack and violin. I have doubled up with backpack over violin backpack but it’s not particularly safe and I didn’t want to strain my back. My fiance got a call in the afternoon and he was waiting with the car to bring me and all of my belongings home at the end of the day. What service!
Today we joined the start of the SF Bike Coalition 49 mile scenic city ride. I began my day with a big bowl of multi grain hot cereal, to which I added flax seeds, dates, banana and strawberry. Yum! I used to always eat oatmeal with soymilk, blueberries and walnuts before a long ride to get a good mix of carbs, protein, omegas and antioxidants but I’ve branched out and am happy with the alternative. We met the entire crew at Four Barrel Coffee, a fantastic coffee shop on Valencia and I indulged in an over-priced affogato. The espresso was pretty bitter but the beer icecream was fun touch.
The ride commenced at the Civic center and we actually decided to go our separate way from the start, as they were heading down Market and toward Union Square and we were more interested in exploring the southern part of the city. I had never ridden (or driven) most of the streets we took today and we were pleased to find Sunday Streets on the first part of our ride. In the end, I enjoyed seeing how the southern half of the city connected but it’s not a ride I’ll do again. On the way home my back started aching and my fiance got a flat tire so we hopped on a bus for the last few miles. It was a long ride for the short amount of mileage covered but you can check it out here or on my lauratogo routes at mapmyride.com if you want to try it yourself!
slow but hilly 20 mile ride
plenty of pimag water for hydration before, during and after the ride
magstrides in my slippers