Yes, that’s right. The stars all aligned today and gave us a beautiful day, some free time, and a day off for Chris to put up with my freaking out gracefully show me how to use my bike. But that’s all later… I had a day to fuel up for it first!
It was my first day reporting as a full-time “reporter.” I spent it in provincial court, which is actually my favourite thing to cover. The worst part however, is that it always goes longer than expected and you can’t eat anything in the court room! No matter what I do, I’m always stuck in court with a growling tummy at some point. It sucks. I tried to be prepared regardless, starting my day with a giant bowl of oat bran.
My favourite kind of bowl.
- 1/2 cup oat bran
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 scoop vanilla whey powder
- 1/2 a banana
- pinch cinnamon
- ground flax
- unsweetened coconut
- carob chips
- almond hazelnut butter
Then I packed a giant bag of food.
I ate the two banana muffins, plum and babybel around 11 am. I was hungry for lunch, but didn’t have time. Lunch didn’t come till 2 pm when I ate the tuna pita and gala apple. Then I ate the cashew cookie Larabar at about 5:30 before our bike ride
I found this handsome boy waiting outside for me.
I drove around my parking lot for a bit trying to get a handle on the bike. To be honest, it was terrifying. I got used to the thin tires and handlebars pretty quickly, but that high seat killed me! I almost crashed every time I stopped the bike. And it took me about 2 minutes to get ready to get on the bike.
Chris suggested we bike through downtown, which immediately set me in panic attack mode. There was no way I was ready to ride along rush hour traffic and get on and off the bike at lights. So instead we went up towards this “experimental farm” (I think they just experiment on potatoes, but I’ve heard stories about cows with holes in their stomachs). It was absolutely gorgeous, the sun was shining and we were surrounded by lovely green fields.
It was just a short ride to get me broken in. Here’s the stats:
Duration: 35 minutes
Max HR: 163
Avg HR: 123
Chris took me on some hills (I’m sure it was on purpose, the jerk) and it was so. hard. Wow. My legs are still in rough shape from yesterday’s run. At one point I had to get off and walk my bike. It felt like I was carrying cement between my hips and knees. I hope my tri is on flat terrain!!
After the bike ride, I came home and made a very exciting dinner. I stopped by this local bulk store called the Scoop & Save. I’ve never been there before and it was fun to check out all the goodies they had. I’d say Bulk Barn is still the best for straight up bulk goods, but this store had a lot of imported stuff and foreign packaged foods. Including shirataki noodles, which I’ve been dying to try forever.
As soon as I picked these up, I knew I wanted to make some Hungry Girlfredo. I made the sauce a little different though. I microwaved two laughing cow cheese wedges with 1 tbsp fresh parmesan, 1/2 clove garlic and some pepper.
My thoughts on the noodles? I loved them!! I thought they tasted like a mushier, lighter version of rice noodles. Almost tasteless. I’ve heard this isn’t always the case with the tofu shirataki noodles, so I definitely suggest trying these out before you give up entirely!
My only complaint was that it left me temporarily full. Not surprising, seeing as it has no calories! They do apparently have a lot of fiber, so that’s gotta count for something. I had a fairly substantial dessert about 90 minutes later of two chocolate protein poose cookies and a bowl of strawberries. Now I’m fully satisfied
Alright, Chris has reappeared and wants to go get his dinner. He apparently doesn’t get as excited about mushy Japanese “noodles” as I do. I’ve got the next two days off, including swimming lessons in the morning. See you tomorrow!