I did it!
I was lying in bed Saturday afternoon, surrounded by kleenex, too tired to move. I called my mom and said, “I don’t want to do 50km… let’s just do 25.” I haven’t recovered from my cold, and I was feeling more like lying in bed watching Netflix than biking.
Then I woke up yesterday morning and decided, “screw it… I’m doing 50km.”
I sniffled my way through the route with my parents and finished 45.23km (cheaters, that’s not 50km!) in 2:40:02 at a pace of 3:32 min/km and an average speed of 17 km/hr.
Slow, but not too shabby for a sick person who hasn’t been able to exercise for a while. We only stopped twice and I didn’t walk up any of the hills like I saw a lot of people doing.
Here’s a map of the route from my Garmin Forerunner:
I wanted to share a recipe that I used to make bars for the ride. This is one of my favourite recipes ever. I’m not clear on how oats fit into the gluten/gluten-free thing, but I bought some Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats and decided to give it a whirl.
Peanut Butter Energy Bars
1.5 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flax
1/4 cup sesame seeds
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
3/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp natural cane sugar
1. In a large bowl, mix oats, flax, sesame seeds, and coconut. Set aside.
2. In a small saucepan over low to medium heat, mix together brown rice syrup, peanut butter, vanilla, and sugar. Stir frequently until peanut butter is melted, colour is consistent, and it just starts to boil. Be careful not to burn it.
3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir well.
4. Spread into a 9×9″ pan and put in the fridge until it’s hardened (about an hour). Cut into 16 sections.
The mixture is really sticky, so I usually spread it into the pan and then cover it with plastic wrap and use my hands to squish it all down. I like the silicone pans because you can just pop out the whole thing later to cut it.
I was running low on time, so I just snapped a crappy picture:
Super delicious. I brought them on the bike ride to share with people on my team – everyone loved them!
One last thing… my herbs are out of control.
You can kind of see the difference from a week and a half ago. Now I have to learn how to use herbs in cooking.