Get right back on

How did I feel getting back on my bike today?

Nervous. Excited. Terrified.

I took my bike for a little spin around a nearby cul-de-sac in my neighborhood and my heart was racing the entire time. All the confidence I built up on my bike after I bought it last July is completely gone. I want that confidence back, but it’s not going to come easily.

Today was just a test ride to make sure my left ankle can handle unclipping from the pedal (it can), and I hope to ride this weekend on the Burke-Gilman trail, where I won’t have to worry about cars and can focus on getting comfortable on the bike.

I have no clue how I did a triathlon on this thing. I now think triathletes are crazy… and can’t wait to get my crazy back!

Breakfast:

Bacon, eggs, sauteed zucchini. I’m going to stop eating so much bacon and just have it as a breakfast treat on weekends. Eggs provide plenty of protein in the morning, methinks.

I exercised before breakfast this morning by doing Level 1 of the 30-Day Shred. I’m not typically hungry right when I wake up, so I figured I’d try exercising first and see how I felt. I didn’t get hungry until well after I was done with the workout and finished stretching.

When I was running frequently, I had to eat something before going out on a run any farther than four miles (usually a Larabar, apple with almond butter, scrambled eggs or a banana). Then I would eat a little more after the run to help with recovery and, well, because I was freakin’ hungry by that time.

Morning exercisers: Do you eat before working out? Or do you prefer to wait until after you’ve broken a sweat? I think I’ll stick with pre-breakfast workouts for a while because I like the energy it gives me to start the day!

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