What a day it has been. Super quiet and very enjoyable. Slept in a bit this morning to the late hour of 8 a.m. Okay this is late for me. Murphy had managed to take over Marc's side of the bed - amazing how much room he can take up. (Marc is in Charlevoix for a stage race.)
The rain this morning slowed down my plans a bit. Zipped out as usual and picked up the newspapers and a couple bottles of Perrier (this is my weekend treat). Since it was raining, I decided to delay my morning ride and enjoyed lingering over the newspapers and drinking a fair amount of milky vanilla tea. Hit out at around 10 for my ride. The ride was supposed to be two hours but due to poor time management on my part, the ride ended up being two hours and 45 minutes. Oh well, no biggie. It was a great ride. A long block of tempo sandwiched between some endurance riding. Bit chilly though, I was kitted up in leg warmers, long sleeve jersey, gloves and a vest.
Relaxed for the afternoon with the rest of the newspapers and browsing the WWW. Murphy patrolled the backyard with zeal - even attempting to catch a butterfly... I headed out for my second ride of the day late in the afternoon. Thanks to the blue sky and sun, it was super warm and just what I needed to motivate for the second work-out. Hit up secret park and worked on some cyclo-cross specific drills. It wasn't a long session but it was quality. This is something I learned from my taekwon-do years, quality and quantity are not the same. I kept my work-out focused on a couple of key skills and did only as much as I needed to make sure I was progressing and did not push myself to the point where fatigue resulted in bad form. Rolled around a bit and enjoyed the green grass and rushing water of Hogs Back Falls. I so rarely get out to public parks on the weekends that it was a nice treat to see so many people out enjoying the park and soaking up the greenspace in the middle of the city.
Now I'm just chilling out and enjoying the comfortable evening. I cooked up a batch of skinny fig bars and they are cooling on the counter as I type. Last night I attempted to make granola bars. But I decided to modify the recipe... I wasn't intrigued with using 3/4 cup of brown sugar and butter in the granola bars. So I decided to substitue peanut butter. My logic being that peanut butter is sticky so this will hold the granola bits together. Nope. Didn't work. So now I have some super tasty granola. Ingredients include: oats, slivered almonds, wheat germ, raw unsalted sunflower seeds, chopped dried apple, chopped dried apricots, honey and natural peanut butter. A good mix of wholesome ingredients that I don't feel badly about eating. Actually this has made a very protein-packed version of granola - without an ounce of oil or butter. I mixed some into some plain yogurt last night - very tasty. I think this would be good with dried cherries - but these are hard to find.
Finished reading Knit Two by Kate Jacobs. I enjoyed it. Not nearly as much as Friday Night Knitting Club. But it was still a good read. I also read Comfort Food by Jacobs. This was a pretty good read as well. If you're looking for some reading this summer and don't want to read anything too heavy but aren't ready to dive headlong into the "chick lit", I'd recommend the Jacobs books. In my opinion you don't need to be a knitter or a cook to enjoy these - the characters and stories stand well enough to not need the themes. Discovered today that Margaret Atwood has a new book at the publishers - should be out in the fall. (Perfect timing for Christmas...)
Tomorrow my cooking adventures include barley risotto and chickpea burgers from Super Natural Cooking. I've never cooked risotto before and this will be the first time I've really made more than hummus with chick peas. I promise to stick to the recipes (at least for the first time!).
Okay, enough computer action for one day. Looking forward to Sunday. Lots going on: weight work-out, long ride, afternoon plans with a pal, and Marc is coming home. Pretty good way to close off the week. Hope you're having a good weekend.