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After taking most of the week off riding in order to let my knee rest, I decided I’d better get out and ride some this morning before tomorrow’s big ride. At first I was just going to do a loop around Rock Island and come home. As I started biking down my street, I changed my mind, and went out to Oak Lake Park where tomorrow’s Trail Trek ride was starting from. I left pretty early this morning because I wanted to get ahead of the heat advisory this afternoon. The ride down wasn’t too bad, it’s about 4 miles and just goes a bit further than my normal ride to work.

Oak Lake Park

Oak Lake

While riding around the lake I started realizing that I was an hour early for picking up my trail packets. I had kind of figured I would ride to the lake, ride home and then drive back later to get my packet, because of the heat. Well then I remembered the Farmer’s Market was open so I decided to bike back there to waste some time and then go back out to the lake. I’m glad I went because I got some honey and a smoothie because by then it was getting pretty hot.

Bikes Parked at Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

I was getting pretty hot and decided to take my smoothie and stand in the shade near the railroad tracks. Luckily there was a nice breeze going through there and that felt pretty good. I love looking at the old train platform.

Train Platform

Looking up at Platform

After I had spent enough time at the Farmer’s Market, I rode back out to Oak Lake and then on home using the Antelope Valley trail. Over near the trail is a coffee shop called Destinations that you wouldn’t even know about if you weren’t out wandering around.

Destinations

View from Antelope Valley Trail

Turtle in Union Plaza

Once I was nearing the end of my ride, I realized I could finally stop at Sips and Subs and get lunch. They never seem to be open when I go by there so I was happy. They also have air conditioning, which was nice.

Sips and Subs

In the end, I rode a little over 14 miles and everything seems fine. I iced my knee when I got home but haven’t noticed any extra pains or anything. Mostly I’m just a little more tired than normal because of the heat. I am so ready for that 25 mile ride tomorrow!

Holmes Lake

Geese

Bridge

What is it about numbers that create such milestones of accomplishment? If you really think about it, a number is just a number, but there’s something alluring about a round number that’s higher than any other number you achieved in the past. Today I hit two round numbers, I have now lost 120 lbs and I rode the bike for 20 miles.

The bike ride was supposed to be an easy ride, nothing to major and not too far. I was a bit worn out yesterday so I figured it would be safer to just ease back into things and not overdue it. Yea, apparently that’s not how my brain works. Once I over shot my goal for the day I decided to just go for it and hit my goal for the weekend. I’m working on getting ready for a 25 mile ride on June 27th, which will actually equal a bit over 30 once I add in travel distance to and from the event. See, I have no way to haul my bike by car so I have to bike there first and home again.

I rambled down my favorite Rock Island trail and debated heading over to Jamiaca North but I just didn’t feel like tackling the hill up Old Cheney for the trip home. I ended up at Densmore Park, where Rock Island ends, and then looping back towards home. Since I decided to go for my 20, I ran up Billy Wolff and back and then finished out with a second half loop up and down Rock Island and a very tired ride back home.

Break on Rock Island

Rock Island Trail - Overlooking Star City Shoes/HWY 2

Break on Billy Wolff Trail

Billy Wolff Trail at the Intersection of Normal Blvd and South Street

Intersection of Bill Wolff and Rock Island Trail

Shelter at the Intersection of the Billy Wolff and Rock Island Trails

During the last 4 or 5 miles I was really fighting to keep going. My whole body was starting to hurt and I was debating between keeping going and just dumping the bike and laying beside the trail in the grass, hoping no one ran me over. So the last part of the trip was a mix of internal pep talk, whining and arguing. Part of me convinced I was going to die and the other part that wanted that 20. I’m so glad the drive outweighed the whining.

So maybe there’s nothing extra magical about 20 miles vs say 22.3 or 19.1 or etc, but it still seems meaningful to me and motivation to keep going. Now let’s just hope when I wake up tomorrow morning that I don’t regret it.

Rode to the Trailhead at 84th Street

Walton, Ne

Rode to Walton, Ne

Crossed some bridges, saw some water...

Rode to this bridge and decided it was time to head back home

Stopped at Juice Stop on the way home for a 12oz Grand Slam

Not much to note on today but I thought I’d share a couple pictures. I rode the bike to work and then stopped on the way home to vote. Today was the big “yes/no” vote on the arena and I’ll be interested to see what the voter turnout ends up being. Lots of people voting at my polling place.

A bit later I ran out to get groceries so I can make Sunshine Lemon Coolers for work tomorrow. Sometimes when I get stressed it just feels good to bake. Plus, I have an excuse to try this recipe and not eat them since they will go off to work and be eaten by the others.

Bike Goes Voting

Bike the Vote!

Bike at the Grocery Store

Getting Groceries at Wagner's Food Pride

Vital Stats

Name: Angela
Height: 5’8″
SW (2019): 475 Lbs
CW: 410 Lbs

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