Monday, August 23, 2010

Week 33 Recap

smile Jason! :)
Jason wearing his "Polite Escort" shirt
Despite only running once, I had a great week. I more than made up for the lack of running with plenty of biking, including a really fun social ride with Bike/Walk Central Florida for the opening of "What Moves You?" (photos). Today was the inaugural ride of the UCF Bike Bus. Although we did not have any passengers, it was a great ride to AND from work. I'm thrilled to find there is still civility in humankind :)

I'm happy to report I got through the 10 Days of Real Food Pledge,and it went far better than expected! Granted, we already ate very little processed food before this, but we had to get creative with snacks and desserts and had a blast in the process. I'll post more details and recipes later.

Overall, a fantastic week and this one is shaping up to be great too. I'm seating on the couch relaxing after a delicious homemade meal of aloo matar still basking in the joy that was the bike ride home :)

Week Totals (rounded)

  • run - 3.5 miles
  • walk - 6 miles
  • bike - 69 miles
  • total - 8.5 hours / 78 miles

Workout Summary

See details on Dailymile
  • Monday - biked 10 miles (errands)
  • Tuesday - walked 2 miles (bus)
  • Wednesday - biked 33 miles (work)
  • Thursday - walked 2.5 miles (bus); biked 7.5 miles (art ride)
  • Friday - biked 7 miles (errands)
  • Saturday - ran 3.5 miles; biked 10 miles (farmer's market)
  • Sunday - biked 1.5 miles (publix); walked 1.2 miles (publix)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Inaugural UCF Bike Bus Ride

After taking the Cycling Savvy course, I've felt empowered and more comfortable riding on the road. Some of our coworkers have ridden to work on occasion, but are not as comfortable riding down University Blvd. I have to admit that neither were we at first.

Taking the Econ trail is an option, but no one should have to go several miles out of their way to feel safe. Jason and I want to help anyone interested in commuting to UCF by bike to feel safe riding down University Blvd, and thus the UCF Bike Bus was born :) We've successfully completed two recon rides with Keri, and Jason rode by himself on Friday without incident. We're now ready to make this official and take on passengers!

Please join us for our first official UCF Bike Bus ride this Monday, August 23. We'll be leaving the Cady Way Trailhead by the Fashion Square Mall at 7 am and picking up passengers along the way. If you are riding that morning anywhere along the bus route, we'd love for you to hop on when you see us coming even if it's only for a few miles.

Visit the Official Inaugural UCF Bike Bus Ride Event for more details and to sign up.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Coming up for Air

I can't believe I have not posted anything in over two weeks, so here's a quick post to catch up.


The daily photo project has been keeping me really busy. I can't ever do anything halfway, so after the first few they required a bit more planning. One of the photos inspired me to break out the legos and now they have consumed my life :) I still need to upload photos from the past few days, but you can see what I have so far in my 31 Photos in 31 Days Album. Check out the other pics in my Flickr Photostream too because I've been having way too much fun with legos :)

day 10/31 - raised dots
The word "Lego" written in Braille

Real Food Challenge

Granola [16/31]
homemade granola
I took the 10 Days of Real Food Pledge starting on Saturday, which focuses on eating whole foods following these rules. We eat mostly this way already, with the exception of some vices (ice cream and candy), so this forces us to really pay attention to labels, and avoid heavily processed foods or things at restaurants that seem healthy but aren't. So far this has not been too difficult, but we've made all our meals at home. We'll see how we do when we go out to eat. One big challenge for me is bread. I love it so, and thankfully I found a great local source at the Winter Park and Maitland Farmer's Market. I really need to just make my own, but I keep putting it off. What I did do was make my own granola this week using this granola recipe from The Food Illusion, and it was amazing! I will never buy it at the store again. 


I haven't been running much because of the foot and the knee twinges at me every so often. The last time I ran was last Tuesday. Something came up preventing me from running on Thursday, and then I got distracted over the weekend by legos, volunteering at the Celebration of Running 5k, and dealing with my broken iPhone. I have no excuse for yesterday; I just can't seem to get back into the groove of waking up early to run, and having to run in the dark doesn't help. I've also ditched all my racing plans for the near future, so there is no pressing motivation to follow a running schedule. I can surely tell that not running affects my mood, and I was a little down yesterday. I realized that it wasn't just the no running, but that all these little things have been happening that are out of my control and I don't like it when I'm not in control :)

Bike Commuting

I have been biking quite a bit on errands and to work testing out a new route for a UCF Bike Bus we're organizing. I'll post more details and a link to the site when it's ready, but check out this article at Commute Orlando in the meantime with some of the footage Keri took on our first test ride last Friday: Bike Bus: Reclaiming University Boulevard for Human Power. It went much better than expected, and we did another test ride this morning that went even better. We even picked up our first passenger today! We're getting pretty excited about the possibilities of this bike bus.

Social Cycling

the group waiting at a red light We've been participating in and helping organize some social rides with Commute Orlando that have been a lot of fun and had great turnouts. The first was an S-Cargo ride to the Maitland Farmer's Market on a Sunday morning. We had over 2 dozen people, including some children, pets and inflatable penguins! Check out my S-Cargo Photo Album to see how much fun we had, and the S-Cargo video at Commute Orlando.

penguin passanger Last Friday we went on a night ice cream ride from the Cady Way Trailhead to Twisted Bliss for a yummy frozen treat, then rode through downtown Orlando. It was quite a site to see over a dozen bikes all lit up. Riding down Orange Ave in the dark on a bike gives you a totally different experience and perspective than in a car. It is awesome! Check out my Ice Cream Ride Photos on Flickr and Keri's Ice Cream Ride video at Commute Orlando.

Tomorrow night we're riding with the group to City Arts Factory for the opening of What Moves You?, and art exhibit about transportation including the Orlando Bike Kitchen. Check out this post for more details: Ride to City Arts Factory.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

July 2010 and Week 30 Recaps

I cannot believe I've been eating only vegetarian food for over 4 months now and I don't really miss meat. I occasionally crave something, but it quickly passes and I feel much better about what I consume these days. I still need to wean myself off sweets and other processed convenience foods, but for the most part we do ok. Training this month was hindered a bit by the development of plantar fasciitis and a bike fall that kept me from running for 2 weeks. I did plenty of biking and it seemed to help maintain my fitness as I was able to jump back into running this week without any problems. I'm reevaluating my goals for the rest of the year and focusing on having fun. I have a 5K race this weekend, the same one in which I placed last time, and I'm not sure what to expect because of the break. Maybe the rest will work in my advantage :)

Goals for August

  • take one photo each day with my iPhone [Flickr album]
  • 95% homemade meals (eat out 4-5x times)
  • Cool Summer Mornings 5K #3

July Accomplishments

July Stats

  • run = 41 miles
  • longest run = 11 miles
  • walk = 45 miles
  • bike = 196 miles
  • longest ride = 41.2 miles
  • totals = 282 miles / 40.5 hrs (avg 1.3 hrs/day)

2010 Goals Progress

To be on track, percentages should be around 58%
  • run/walk = 586 / 700 miles (avg 84/mo; 21/wk; 84%)
  • cycling = 748 / 1750 miles (avg 107/mo; 27/wk; 43%)
  • tri 2010 challenge = 1351 / 2010 (67%)
  • total exercise hours = 253.5 / 365 hours (avg 1.2/ day; 69%)
  • 101 things = 19 / 30 done (63%); 11 in progress

Week 30 Totals (rounded)

  • run - 9 miles
  • walk - 7 miles
  • bike - 75 miles
  • totals - 92 miles / 10.5 hrs

Week 30 Workout Summary

See details on Dailymile
  • Monday - biked 22 miles (work + bus)
  • Tuesday - walked 2.5 miles (bus)
  • Wednesday - biked 12 miles (doc/errands)
  • Thursday - biked 32 miles (work)
  • Friday - ran 3 miles; walked 2 miles (bus)
  • Saturday - biked 9 miles (farmer's market)
  • Sunday - ran 6 miles; walked 2 miles (errands)
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