A Tumble Off the Bike

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Good afternoon!


I never got hungry for a big dinner last night – my Thanksgiving lunch was simply too big!  I ended up eating Sweet Potato and Black Bean Balls rolled in flax with a side of broc:


These balls are really easy to make and taste delicious.  Simply mix mashed sweet potato, black beans, and salsa together, and then roll in flax.  Bake at 400 for 15 minutes and serve with mustard.  Yum!


Plus, a Clementine:


This morning,  my dad, the Husband, and I decided to go for a bike ride. 


Before we left, we all had a bowl of cereal.  Mine was with rice milk:


We drove to a nearby travel to ride.  It’s nice to ride on a trail instead of the side of the road for once!  🙂


My dad always gets stares with his weird tricycle (he has shoulder problems and this style of bikes is easier for him to ride):


We did 15.0 miles at an easy pace.  It was SO cold outside! I think it’s in the mid-60’s here, and trust me – for a Floridian on a bike, that is COLD!  I wore long sleeves, but the wind cut right through me.


Poor Husband was shivering the entire time!  Brrrr….


At the halfway mark, there is a cute little shopping area right next to the trail, so we stopped for coffee.  Somehow, my dad talked the counter lady into giving us three cups of free coffee (no one had a wallet)!  He is a miracle worker.  😉


Chug, chug, chug!


Around Mile 11.0, I ran my bike off the side of the trail.  I’m not sure WHY I insist on riding so close to the edge, especially when its caused me to wreck TWICE now.  My wheel caught on the edge, and I flipped over my handlebars


I’ve found that the key to not injuring yourself in an accident is to just accept the fall.  You run into trouble when you tense up and try to break your fall with your hands.  I kind of just rolled off my side and only ended up with a few lovely scraps. 


The Husband broke too fast when I flipped, and he fell down, too!  I was really relieved he was OK – I’d feel so bad if my poor cycling injured someone else.


My bike was damaged in the wreck, and we had to take off the big wheel so I could ride it back to the trailhead.


Guess I’m due for a visit to the bike shop!  🙁


After hobbling back to the trailhead and driving home, the Husband made lunch. He made veggie burgers with cheese:


And he made stir-fry bananas, which he coated in agave nectar before cooking:


So delicious!  My husband is a genius.  🙂


Off to get some work done – what are you going to do today?  Did you participate in the post-Thanksgiving shopping madness?  I just can’t stand to go to the malls today!



  • Tania @ Moment Anew November 27, 2009, 2:07 pm

    Goodness! Glad to hear you’re okay after that tumble!! We don’t have a “Black Friday” up here in Canada but we have our version–Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. I usually don’t go to the malls on Boxing day here but find a lot of fantastic online specials. That way I still save and don’t have to deal with the crowds 🙂

  • Melissa S. November 27, 2009, 2:09 pm

    Glad you and the husband are ok! falls are always scary (i actually fell at the start of my 10k yesterday…yeah, too many people in that race!).

    and i totally am not hitting the malls today. not much of a shopper anyhow…and the crowds are madness. yuck!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) November 27, 2009, 2:12 pm

    stri fry bananas sound amazing. 🙂

    Sorry about your fall!! Are you sure it wasn’t from your bike chain freezing up from that cold?! 😉

  • Graze With Me November 27, 2009, 2:17 pm

    That bike story sounds like something I would do. Both my knees are super scarred from wrecking my bike numerous times growing up.

    I love the idea for those sweet potato/black bean balls, thanks!

  • Amanda November 27, 2009, 2:18 pm

    Oh, bike falls suck. Glad you’re okay!

    I’m definitely going to have to try the sp/bb balls and the stir-fried bananas! Yum!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 27, 2009, 2:22 pm

    So glad you both are ok. 🙂

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 27, 2009, 2:24 pm

    Yikes! Glad you handled the fall with ease and poise. No shopping for me. I have no patience for that 🙂 And no money!!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal November 27, 2009, 2:26 pm

    Ahh! Good thing you know how to take a fall! And thankfully you have on your gloves. I flipped over my bike once, and sliced the heel of my hand and got a bunch of rocks in there. Not pretty.

    Stir fried bananas sound good!

    • caitlin November 27, 2009, 2:53 pm

      i didnt have gloves the first time i fell off by bike and thats exactly why i got gloves!!!

  • Lara (Thinspired) November 27, 2009, 2:27 pm

    Is the hubs a good cook or what?! The stir fried bananas are such a great idea, and of course I love the England football shirt 🙂

    It’s so cute that you went biking your your dad and hubby! I would love to do something like that!

    • Lara (Thinspired) November 27, 2009, 5:07 pm

      Just saw your tweet. I’m embarassed that I didn’t even comment on your fall. I would have fought the fall all the way, so that advice is appreciated. I hope your bruise clears up soon 🙁

  • Laura Georgina November 27, 2009, 2:44 pm

    What a lovely Black Friday, minus the fall of course! I would be so happy if the Mr. would come biking with me….

    I totally agree with just letting yourself fall. I am as klutzy and injury-prone as you can get, but I find I’ve always hurt myself worse when I try to stop/catch myself during a tumble.

    No Thanksgiving here in Trinidad, so no Black Friday shopping or even day off! I’m going for my first run since I tweaked my knee a week ago, so I am counting down the seconds until I get out of work and hit the ground running 🙂

  • stina November 27, 2009, 2:50 pm

    Those stir fry bananas look delish! I’ve got some banana on my counter that need to be eaten. I may have to try that.

    Sorry to hear your damaged your bike in your fall, but better the bike than you!

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans November 27, 2009, 2:58 pm

    Sorry to hear about your tumble! I ride pretty often and have had my fair share of crashes (and a broken hand and collarbone to prove it), but I definitely agree with you about “accepting the fall!” As crazy as it is, just falling without putting out your hands or anything to stop you is actually the best thing you can do!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite November 27, 2009, 3:03 pm

    Glad to hear you and the hubby are okay!

    I’m a baby when it comes to bikes… I know it sounds silly, but I’m too chicken 🙁

    Lunch looks delicious! Love the stir fry bananas!

  • Sam November 27, 2009, 3:03 pm

    I love the Husband’s England shirt!

  • Evan Thomas November 27, 2009, 3:04 pm

    Glad you’re ok from the fall. I was going to go to Target, but ended up making a new recipe for pillowy chocolate cookies–this was definitely the better option.
    And haha I’d kill for 60 this time of year

  • Nicci@NiftyEats November 27, 2009, 3:07 pm

    No shopping for me, people were crazy last year. Instead I went for a morning run, yoga and then cardio sweat session this afternoon. Now, I’m watching Food Inc!!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 27, 2009, 3:26 pm

    Those stir-fried bananas look awesome– like a healthy version of bananas foster! But without the fire and ice cream (which, let’s be honest, are the best part of that dessert…oh well).

    Glad you’re okay after your spill– is it weird that sometimes I like taking little falls? I feel like scars and bruises make me look like a bad-ass (and I’m so NOT).

    • Caitlin November 27, 2009, 5:00 pm

      mmmm banana foster!

  • christie, honoring health November 27, 2009, 3:28 pm

    Yikes, sorry about the fall, hope you are OK.

    I went to yoga this morning and am now studying for a test in my yoga teacher training on Sunday. I have to write a one hour lesson plan and it is freaking me out just a tad…

  • Bec November 27, 2009, 3:39 pm

    Glad you are ok after your crash! Hope your bike gets fixed soon 🙂

  • jenna November 27, 2009, 3:40 pm

    glad you could go biking with the hubby and dad! lunch looks great!

  • Caroline November 27, 2009, 3:46 pm

    Glad to hear you’re okay after your tumble!
    I WISH it was mid 60s here!

  • Erin November 27, 2009, 4:02 pm

    Wow, stir-fry bananas looks and sounds really interesting!

  • megan November 27, 2009, 4:04 pm

    wow, glad you are ok! What a scary feeling, flipping over the handlebars!

    I did go shopping today. surprisingly it wasn’t too crowded, and I got some great deals. I love Christmas shopping, and it was fun going with my mom 🙂

  • Julie November 27, 2009, 4:17 pm

    Oh no! I’m glad your okay, but that stinks about your bike.

  • Sammi November 27, 2009, 4:22 pm

    You know what I love? Going into my google reader after being MIA for a few days and seeing six missed posts of yours! Just finished getting caught up 🙂 that bike ride looks super fun! Bikes always hurt my crotch area… I should look into what to do to fix that because I love riding bikes other than that.

    I’ve never done the whole black friday shopping thing. It sounds like fun but I’ve never actually gotten myself to do it. The lines are the only thing that puts me off from it. Getting the sales would be nice though.

  • K November 27, 2009, 4:27 pm

    Whew, glad to hear both of you are ok. Falling while biking is so scary! 🙁
    That stir-fried banana sounds really good, I am definitely trying that next time I get bananas.
    No Black Friday shopping for me since I live in Canada but some stores seem to have big sales on this weekend (maybe overlow from the states, who knows! ;)) so I hit up Michaels for some Christmas stuff earlier today.

  • Erica November 27, 2009, 5:20 pm

    I totally want to try those beans balls soon- the others of yours that I have made were fantastic! I’m so glad that you’re ok. I agree- just letting yourself fall is always the best option. Hope you’re having a good Friday

  • TorontoGirloutWest November 27, 2009, 5:22 pm

    Dude!!! That was a close call. Stay safe!

  • Jenny Eastwood@ JennyLikesToRun, On a mission to run a marathon to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Foundation November 27, 2009, 5:28 pm

    hahaha, guts about you falling off your bike, you poor thing! I so wanna try those sweet potato/bean balls, they look so yum!
    Today I’m going to the local Christmas In The Park show 🙂 My boyfriend’s performing and I can’t wait to watch my man rock out on his guitar up on stage.
    I’m going with one of my besties, can’t wait!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 27, 2009, 5:54 pm

    That is the exact reason I don’t get close to the edge. I don’t want to fall. But I giggled at the thought of 60 being cold. It is 40 here today and nice (except the rain).

    I hit the mall because I had to be out at that time of the morning with Hunni and I’ll never do it again. I thought I was going to get hurt and I didn’t even wait in line. Ahhh!

  • maria November 27, 2009, 6:15 pm

    Glad you are okay! My husband wrecked my bike when he was riding it after we first moved to Japan. A little road rash was all he got out of it!

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet November 27, 2009, 6:56 pm

    Oy..sorry you wrecked! Just glad you’re all right and didn’t get hurt worse. Same with your hubby!

    What a great idea with the bananas, I LOVE cooked bananas. My favorite is just plain grilling them. Fried bananas are my absolute favorite dessert with some ice cream. YUM!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner November 27, 2009, 7:06 pm

    Those bananas look awesome! Glad you are ok after your wreck 🙂

  • Michelle@eatingjourney November 27, 2009, 7:10 pm

    You poor thing. I hope that you’re ok. I didn’t do much today. Working on a vegan gluten-free granola and baking two pies and 1 batch of sweet potatoes for a second thanksgiving tomorrow. blogging.workingout.studying. God my vacation is packed. Hope that you had a restful day and the book is going well 🙂

  • Karla November 27, 2009, 7:24 pm

    Glad you are ok! I too took a little tumble last week on the mountain biking trail. Ouch!
    PS – your dad is super cool! I love that bike and his hair!

  • Alison November 27, 2009, 8:17 pm

    you are so right about embracing the fall! i took a self defense class and that is exactly what we were taught. i’m glad you’re ok and got some free coffee out of the day!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 28, 2009, 12:01 am

    Three free coffees!!! What is his trick!!?

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) November 28, 2009, 8:19 am

    sorry about the fall. i’m way too big of a baby to survive that without crying. i suppose that’s why i don’t cycle.

    do you have a recipe for the sweet potato black bean balls or is it pretty much what it sounds like?

    • Caitlin November 28, 2009, 8:44 am

      no recipe – just what it sounds like 🙂 only four ingredients, you cant go wrong!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama November 28, 2009, 11:41 am

    Sorry to hear about your accident, hon! 🙁 I read about it yesterday via twitter but never had time to read about it. Hope you start feeling better soon!

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