|Loving this bike trail|
|Loving it even more for leading me through this forest|
Aside from the sections of busy roads, it was a beautiful ride. Long rolling hills for a nice challenge. Birds, trees, water. Sunshine. Bright blue sky.
|In the forest and beside the river. Good spot to stop for a snack!|
But I made just about every rookie mistake that you can make on this ride. Oh, I did a few things right...like wear a helmet and gloves and brought water...but that's about all I did right. Let's see...
- Grazed on some leftover pizza for lunch before heading out rather than fuelling properly.
- Didn't bring a snack even though I knew I'd be hungry soon.
- Chugged water before heading out rather than hydrating in the hours leading up to the ride.
- Didn't stretch.
- Didn't put on sunblock.
- Made a pit stop en route for snacks but bought a Snickers bar (peanuts give energy!), a small bag of baked chips (need salt!) and a diet Coke (caffeine!).
- Chugged my leftover water when I got home.
Add all of that up and you have a ride plagued with low energy, tight legs, stiff back, sore hands, and an upset stomach. Followed by violent stomach cramps and throwing up after I got home (thanks to chugging that water). Which made recovery eating almost non-existent. Um, that means that snickers bar didnt put me over my calories for the day...not that this is the way to stick to plan though.
Honestly - you'd think that I have never exercised before.
I did make sure to take an Epsom salts bath afterwards, and I certainly learned my lesson about hydration, nutrition and stretching. So I can take some comfort in that, I suppose.
Make me feel better - have you ever made rookie mistakes like this, despite knowing better? I'd love to hear about it!