Clearly too many things have gone on in the past 48 hours; a clever title summarizing the events escapes me.
Saturday morning, we ventured over to the Farmer’s Market in Boulder.
A little self control (resisting many purchases), and a Lot of free samples later, we walked away with fresh corn ears ($0.50 ea), a bag of Sweet Potato Empanadas (oh, yes), and a mix of Basil leaves that will find themselves in the form of Pesto very soon!
The bikes were packed in the car; we took them up to the Boulder Reservoir for an afternoon ride. There are tons of routes, loops, trails, etc that surround that area (running, riding, hiking, etc) – our 20 mile loop proved to be much more challenging to my post-LR legs than I anticipated. It was slow climbing and heavy breathing for this girl, on top of a few mini panic attacks as we road the highway to the country roads. Whew.
My ride was suddenly cut short; thanks to my first bike “crash”. I’m not sure my legs were disappointed, as they had little to no juice left. My ego, left elbow and wrist? They were left pretty bruised, but not broken.
What happened? We were approaching a busy intersection (Highway 36), having to make a left turn across traffic. D was a few feet ahead, assessing the situation – I was going back/forth between clipping out or not, coming up the hill to the stop and not knowing we could just keep rolling. He stopped, I couldn’t unclip, and tip…..I landed hard on my left side, and my bike landed hard on me. Ouch.
D sat with me on the side of the road to calm me down :), and decide whether anything was broken. As the shock subsided, the pain showed up. I couldn’t put any pressure on my left wrist/arm, so there was no way I could ride back. I felt pretty pathetic sitting there, but D insisted he ride ahead and get the car while I cooled off in the shade and let my arm rest. I went across the street; not a bad place to sit and wait, right?
Beautiful Scenery. Sad bike.
Once I knew there were no shattered bones floating around in my arm, I was just glad my first “crash” happened the way it did. Things could definitely be worse! Aside from the fact that my arm refused to bend more than 90* in either direction (i.e. no straightening, no further bending. It just sits right next to my torso, useless), I’m fine. Mobility has slowly returned over the last 48 hours, so no serious damage was done!
Moving on – we headed to Fort Collins! D was invited by his friend, and the Velo-One team, to join them on a 72 mi ride (“Pedal to the Point”, benefiting high risk youth in Ft Collins) Sunday morning.
Sunday afternoon, after they all survived the morning ride, we gathered in their backyard for another picnic with plenty of good eats and more fresh produce straight from the source!
I could camp out here for days. They have grape tomatoes, peaches, grapes, cucumbers, lettuce, zucchini, and flowers in bloom.
Our contribution to the food spread was a Black Bean & Mango Salsa Salad. The recipe came from Cooking Light, with a few changes to suit our taste buds. We also doubled the amounts to satisfy the crowd.
2 ripe Mangos, peeled and diced
2 cans Black Beans, rinsed
~1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
~1/2 cup Green Onions, sliced
~1/2 cup Fresh, Chunky Salsa
1 cup Wild Grain Brown Rice, cooked
2 tbsp Olive Oil
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together! Serve fresh or chilled.
Protein: beans, rice
Carbs: rice, beans, mangos
Fat: Olive oil
Fun Mango Facts: high in vitamins A & C, and providing ~3g of fiber per fruit. It is native to southern Asia, specifically Burma & eastern India. One medium sized Mango provides ~110 calories, and is fresh in season from May – September. Now is the prime time to seek out this colorful fruit; it’s a tasteful, sweet addition to salsa, marinades, and/or salads. For a healthy desert, top sliced mango with low-fat yogurt, ice cream or cool whip!
I skipped the Pulled Pork Sandwiches, but my plate was full of the other side dishes & fresh fruit, plus some protein in the form of a hardboiled deviled egg:
A brownie or two may have been added to that spread, leaving me and my bum elbow satisfied and full. 🙂
Back to Monday, and all that training business!