Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. My boyfriend and I have become (for better or worse) frequenters of an amazing breakfast place called Le Peep, a national franchise that proudly displays the tagline, "The Best Breakfast Food in the World." I have a few other rivals for brunch on my list, but this place is in my top three. Their coffee is SO good that I actually look forward to that first hot cup o' joe more than my actual breakfast. ;)
Dutch Apple Oatmeal with blueberries, brown sugar, and a wheat English muffin on the side - coffee not pictured ;)
Unfortunately, I came down with a pretty nasty cold this past week, so I was barely able to taste anything on this plate. The most annoying part of this cold was that it completely zapped my taste buds and my sense of smell. I couldn't even taste coffee! It was just hot. I added sugar to my cup and then realized that I should have just had it black, since I was basically just drinking it for caffeine. Womp. The good news is that my taste buds have since returned!
The rest of my day was pretty low-key due to a serious sinus headache, but when Sunday rolled around, I knew that I wanted to keep my plans with my dear friend and workout pal Maria. We had planned a potentially longer workout with a bike + swim combo tentatively penciled in, but a bike ride seemed like the best way for me to get movin' again after taking a few days off. We set out on the trusty Monon Trail near her abode and rode north for a bit, then looped back after a warm-up so that she could buy a helmet, as her boyfriend had accidentally taken hers in her car, and decided to venture off the beaten path a bit on some main roads. There was a nice bike lane for about... a quarter of a mile, so we carefully shared the open roads with the cars. Sometimes I wish there was a bike-only path or road because as much as I LOVE the Monon, it's downright dangerous. I'm constantly slowing down and then getting back up to speed after zig-zagging my way through runners, strollers, and dogs on leashes (that I've almost gotten wrapped up in more times than I care to remember). Like I said, I love the Monon, and the shade and beautiful scenery always makes for a beautiful, satisfying ride. However, if you own a road bike, then you know there's nothing like really letting your legs go to hit 20+ mph consistently. That being said, I loved mixing it up and using both the Trail and the roads for a great short distance ride this morning.
Awesome pro-biking sign in front of The Bike Line in Broad Ripple :)
Please note that I regrettably experience #3: "Each U.S. rush-hour commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic." (!) #commutingsucks
These two go hand-in-hand: "25% of all trips are made within a mile of the home."
"Just three hours of bicycling per week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%"
Our sweet rides
Cycling pals :D Love this girl!
(Check her out at www.mariaromaine.com!)
I must admit that I didn't JUMP out of bed this morning to go ride. I kept asking myself if working out at all was a good idea considering that I was still pretty congested. But, after Maria said, "Should help you feel a bit better" in a pre-ride text, I decided to just.do.it. Sometimes you just have to get back on the horse (or bike) and jump back into your normal routine, even if you're not yet feeling 100%. After feeling sub-par all week and missing my workouts because I was literally down for the count/out of it from polishing off an ENTIRE bottle of DayQuil (true story), I got moving again. And boy did it ever feel good to get some fresh air on my bike and MOVE my body. Maria was right after all, and I think I'm finally kicking this cold to the dust with a little help from my trusty bike and my biking partner. ;)
My lovely lunch
Spicy tuna sushi rolls, salad with broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, and avocado (with Bolthouse Farms French Yogurt dressing), and a side o' fresh grapes
Now to tackle some laundry... though I'm sure I'll venture outside again before the weekend's over. ;)
Here's to making the most of the weekend!
Enjoy your SUNday :)