Tuesday, August 16, 2016

On The Road Again

The last day I biked was last Wednesday, the 10th. Thursday I injured my leg and got stitches, so I ended up waiting 5 days for that to heal enough to ride again. This morning was the first day I did not see any blood when I changed the bandages, so I got right on the bike and started with a short 1.7 mile ride to see how it felt. There wasn't any bleeding as a result, so I got back on and did another 3.5 miles for a total ride of 5.2 miles today. I might even get back on again this evening and do a couple more miles... we'll see! I'm very happy to be back on the bike!

I started where I left off, after having crossed back into Washington from Oregon onto I-5. There are lots of pretty evergreens and wildflowers along this route.

After awhile, the road runs alongside the Columbia River again. You can see Oregon on the other side (I'll go back across when I am closer to Portland).

The only town I went past was Kalama, population 2500, home of the tallest one-piece totem pole in the world. Here is another lumber yard full of cut trees near the Port of Kalama.

I hope to get out of Washington for good and cross back into Oregon sometime this week. My leg is feeling much better and I have lots of catching up to do on miles!

My eating has been good: mainly based on local produce. We are still getting our weekly CSA box (this week we had green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, melon, nectarines, and baby potatoes.) I also sent my kids out to the orchard to pick peaches, and got some basil, squash, and more tomatoes from a friend's garden. I picked up some pastured bratwurst, beef, and bacon from the Farmer's Market. So far today I have had black decaf coffee, a protein shake for breakfast, 2 slices of bacon with half a large peach and 1/3 of an avocado for lunch along with some unsweetened iced tea, and a string cheese for a snack. Tonight we will have roasted chicken and vegetables with some sliced melon for dinner. I feel good.

Thanks for all the support! One of my goals has been to follow along with Fat Guy Across America as he rides; he has not been riding for I believe 1-2 months but when he gets back on the road, I'd like to try and match his miles. I asked him how far his first ride back will be, and he said about 20 miles. I have not even done 10 miles in a day yet but my goal is to get up to 20 so I can follow along. He aims for 100 miles per week, so I am working up to that as well. You can always look for real time updates and follow my journey at My Virtual Mission: Fat Mom Across America. If you have joined me or will join me by choosing your own virtual journey, leave me a link to your Virtual Mission (or other site, if you are using something different) in the comments! It's free to use and very motivating and takes the boredom out of biking for me.


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Anonymous said...

You and Eric inspire me. Thank you for all your hard work and sharing your journey. I think I will join you. I wonder if I can bike across England on there. I will check.

Anonymous said...

Have you heard of Iron Fat? She is another one who inspires by doing triathlons and marathons even though she is very very heavy. You all show that being heavy does not have to mean not being an athlete. Maybe when you finish this ride you can do a virtual Iron Man? You could use your exercise bike for the biking part, walk for the running part, and swim laps in a pool for the swimming part. I think that would be amazing and I would cheer you on for that! Good luck with all of this and if you decide to do a PayPal or a GoFundMe I will definitely contribute.


Lyn said...

thanks Anne and Anon!


yes, I have heard of her. I used to read her blog "Dances with Fat." I haven't read it in a long time. Will have to check, thanks!

Anonymous said...

It's good to see that you're up and running again! Keep it up!


Anonymous said...

oooooh I LOVE the Iron Fat idea! It would take as much conditioning to do it on the exercise bike/walk/swim in the correct amount of time as it would to do it in a live event, so why not? You would get so fit as a result. I hope you pursue this.

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Alison said...

I've ridden 180 miles so far since starting my own virtual ride, thanks to you [I had started a bicycling regiment at the gym in early July, so I logged those miles into the virtual map, and have since added many more]! I've gotten from Boston to Albany NY area. It's very motivating to see actual map progress! I'm so glad your leg is feeling better, it's always such a bummer to handle any injury, especially when you're pumped to just get going!