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I feel so refreshed, alive, and rejuvenated after this morning’s 18 mile bike ride!


Being outside and enjoying nature is seriously a spiritual experience for me.  It calms me and re-focuses my energy on the things that are really important.  Love it!


I woke up at 6:30 and peeked out my window to see if the streets were dry yet (it has rained here for four or five days straight!).  Everything looked pretty slick, so I snoozed for another hour, woke up, and made a little pre-ride snack:


A slice of whole wheat toast and PB with a coffee.


After last weekend’s scary crash, I must admit that I was feeling a little nervous about my ride today.  It made me feel more secure to lay out all my safety gear and assure myself that I was prepared:


Safety gear includes:


  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses (the Husband’s… I need my own)
  • Gloves (Ratty old ones I dug out of my gear box.  I need a new pair!)
  • Road ID
  • Copy of health insurance card
  • Cell phone


I brought my camera on my ride today so I could show you all the beautiful Florida scenery I get to enjoy!



I love this area because it’s a long, flat stretch of empty road near the Orlando International Airport.  There are virtually no cars (yay), and I get to watch the planes come and go!  If the timing is right, I even get to bike under an airplane as it crosses this tunnel:


Pretty cool!


I also like the fact that if I pay attention, I can find some neat animals and birds!  Last weekend I saw a raccoon and a turtle, and today I spotted a trio of sandhill cranes:


As mentioned, I rode 18 miles.  Since this is actually a "short" ride for me right now, I decided to mix in some speedwork.  Each speed set consisted of sprinting for 30 seconds, cycling regularly for 1 minute, and then repeating 5 times.  I did the 5-sprint set twice.  It was so hard towards the end, but I can definitely see how it would make me faster!


YAY!  I love biking!


  • Duration:  1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Distance:  18 miles


My duration is so long because around mile 17, I rode by a guy pushing his car.  His motor had blown out, so I got off my bike and helped him push it for about 1/4 a mile.  Now, THAT was a workout.   My thighs were burning!  Whew!  He said he was surprised a girl had stopped to help — I told him to PAY IT FORWARD and rode away!  🙂


I practically attacked the fridge when I got home!


Nate and Kate, these pancakes are you for! (Apparently, they refer to me as Caitlin Pancake!)


I made pancakes with Hodsgon’s Mills InstaBake mix.  So delicious!


Plus blueberries and blackberries.  And, of course, maple syrup!


This is a pretty light breakfast for all the exercise I just did (I probably burned upwards of 750 calories), but I’m meeting Meghann for an early lunch and I don’t want to blow my appetite!


Have a WONDERFUL day!



  • Thinspired May 22, 2009, 7:41 am

    Awesome bike ride, Caitlin! I just love your posts…always a sure way to get inspired 🙂
    Enjoy your bloggie lunch!

  • Stacey May 22, 2009, 7:41 am

    yay! biking is sooo great! my boyfriend and I have a 20 mile loop that takes us through the back country. We get to see cows and horses and a ton of fields that go on for miles 🙂

    Cant wait till your hubby can ride with you!

    PS. I give you props for riding by yourself, I would be too scared to venture out onto roads alone!

  • Help Meghan Run May 22, 2009, 7:46 am

    I recognize that road! 🙂 Cool. Just watch out for any alligators. 😉

  • tfh May 22, 2009, 7:46 am

    It is so hard to get back on the bike after a spill! Very nice 18 miles, with a car-pushing break. 🙂

  • Anna May 22, 2009, 7:47 am

    Great ride! Love the action shots. Glad to see you back in the bike after your accident… I had my own scary crash just yesterday! I tried to refrain from posting too many gory pictures, but I couldn’t resist a couple! Haha.

  • Brandi May 22, 2009, 7:47 am

    that looks like a good way to start your day – and that’s awesome you stopped to help that guy!

  • Nicole ( May 22, 2009, 7:48 am

    The shot of the plane is so neat!!

  • Amanda May 22, 2009, 7:50 am

    WOW! What a morning – very inspiring 🙂

  • seesaraheat May 22, 2009, 7:51 am

    What a lovely bike ride! I’ve really wanted to get a bike for a few years now but I need to save up and budget for it 😉

  • Nate May 22, 2009, 7:53 am

    Good…you’ve had your morning pancakes…now I can get started with my day. Thanks for the shout out.

  • K from ksgoodeats May 22, 2009, 7:53 am

    Cool views!! Caitlin pancake – haha cute! Have fun with Meghann today!

  • Beth May 22, 2009, 7:56 am

    I just bought the fabled Instabake mix….how do you adjust the box directions for one? Just curious if maybe you make some for your hub too.

  • Meghann May 22, 2009, 7:56 am

    Early lunch? We’re meeting at 12:15! 😛

    I have a special treat for you!!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 22, 2009, 7:58 am

    beth – i use the pancake direction but i cut it in half (so i use 1 cup of mix, 1 egg, etc) and then i either make 1/2 for the husband OR i make a waffle and freeze it for myself for another morning. today the husband is gone, so i just made a waffle and wrapped it up for later.

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health May 22, 2009, 8:09 am

    Great Bile Ride and Awesome Views!

  • Niki May 22, 2009, 8:28 am

    Great 18 mile bike ride! I love all the pics too:) Can you just head out and ride from your house or do you drive somewhere to a less traffic area? I ask this because I would love to bike but there is no way I could leave from my house and bike on a very busy highway!! I would surely get runover!

  • Carolina John May 22, 2009, 8:30 am

    very cool caitlin! i love biking, but up here it’s not nearly that flat. good job.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 22, 2009, 8:37 am

    niki – hey there! i have about 3 miles before i hit that deserted area — its in a very high traffic area and i stay on the sidewalk

  • Anonymous May 22, 2009, 8:44 am

    I loooove bking, too. You really need to get some biking shoes and clip in to your pedals. It makes a huge difference. You’ll love it.

  • Sarah W. May 22, 2009, 9:03 am

    super sweet of u to help that guy!!!

  • Bec May 22, 2009, 9:05 am

    what a great ride! Have you considered getting clip ins, I just got some this spring and they made a huge difference, especially on hills!

  • amy. May 22, 2009, 9:06 am

    Congrats on a killer bike workout–you look so cute in your peace sign pic! You are like super woman, helping that guy push his car. Go girl!

  • Fizalan May 22, 2009, 9:11 am

    Gorgeous way to start the day! I live about 2 miles from Dulles airport for DC and having planes fly over you when you are riding or running is an experience that I can never get over.

    Happiness Awaits

  • Jenny May 22, 2009, 9:24 am

    you go girl! what an awesome workout! enjoy your lunch date <333

  • runnerskitchen May 22, 2009, 9:36 am

    Congrats on the long bike ride! You are very inspiring 🙂 I’ve been dealing with some chronic running injuries and am contemplating purchasing a bike to keep me active and sane!

  • redheadedjournal May 22, 2009, 9:38 am

    That is so smart of you to bring a copy of your health insurance!

  • eatfabinnyc May 22, 2009, 9:41 am

    Great bike ride! And GO YOU for helping to PUSH A CAR! 🙂

  • megan May 22, 2009, 9:50 am

    sounds like an awesome workout! Especially the pushing the car part 🙂 i love biking 🙂

  • Caitlin's Mom - Joy May 22, 2009, 10:03 am

    What a lovely community you Foodies are. I’m Caitlin’s mom and due to a computer issue I just read the lovely comments Caitlin put on her blog for my birthday….then I saw the birthday wishes in the Post a Comment section from the readers! I am touched and thank each of you for your sweet happy b’day wishes. I did have a very fun day with friends and Caitlin is planning a Tennessee trip up to celebrate in person later in the Summer. I couldn’t have a more thoughtful daughter – she is truly a special person in so many ways. Hope all of you have a good day. Mom

  • Tea Time May 22, 2009, 10:10 am

    I think you should keep your husband’s sunglasses and have him get another pair. You totally rock that pair of sunglasses.

    You are really something for stopping to help a guy push a car. Don’t know if I would’ve done that for fear that he may have been a serial murderer.

  • completelydelicious May 22, 2009, 10:34 am

    You look SO cool with your gear and your bike! Way to go!

  • Sammie May 22, 2009, 10:46 am

    You are really making want to get out my road bike and clock some miles. Enjoy your lunch with Meghann.
    I love your Mom’s comment. She sounds like a joy.

  • healthy ashley May 22, 2009, 12:23 pm

    I’m doing a 40 mile ride tomorrow and you just inspired me to actually pull it off!

    I love that you helped that guy 🙂

  • spicygranola May 22, 2009, 1:01 pm

    that bike route looks amazing. I can’t wait till I get a bike! Way to go busting stereotypes helping that guy!

  • Lindsey May 22, 2009, 2:10 pm

    Great job on the bike ride! The route looks awesome! How cool to ride under the airplane!

  • lilveggiepatch May 22, 2009, 7:19 pm

    Great ride!!! I’m so impressed with your discipline, and that you’re having FUN with it!

  • Oh She Glows May 22, 2009, 8:33 pm

    I love you and your biking!!!! So awesome. You are a totally hot biker chick now. 🙂

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