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Rideau Lakes Tour

15 Jun

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Last weekend marked my second time doing the Rideau Lakes Bike Ride. My mom and I rode from Perth to Kingston Saturday and then Kingston to Perth Sunday. It was such as amazing weekend so I thought I would share it with you all!

The weekend started with me getting up bright and early on Saturday morning- 5:30 am, which amusingly enough is actually sleeping in for me! Because I am an organizational freak, all my stuff was ready to go, so all I had to do was put on my cycling gear and eat breakfast. I knew I needed to have fuel in my tank, but I didn’t want to eat so much that I felt weight down. I had a grapefruit and whole grain toast with natural peanut butter – it was delish! My parents were picking me up and of course my father was running behind, but they made it to me eventually! Once the car was loaded and ready to go we headed off to the Ottawa check in spot to drop off my dad, then my mom and I headed off to Perth.

It was kind of a gloomy day, but luckily we missed the rain. My father and his friends on the other hand were not so lucky! It wasn’t long before we were on our bikes and ready to hit the open road! Last year was my first time doing the ride so I had no idea what to expect. There were more hills than I was expecting, so this year I made sure to train harder on the hills prior to the ride.

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Scott and I hit up Gatineau park Sunday mornings and climbed up to Champlain lookout and then back down to the bottom. I must say, that extra hill training really made a difference- this year I felt like I was flying! I was definitely a lot stronger than last year – it is crazy what you can train your body to do. We made a couple stops on our way to Kingston to fuel and use the facilities ;).

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We rolled into Kingston at about 1:30. I had been thinking we still had another 20 minutes or so to go, so when I came over a hill and saw Kingston below I was so happy and slightly relieved! As soon as we got off our bikes we gave each other a huge hug. It’s such an amazing feeling to arrive there and know that you got yourself there on your own strength and will power. It was even more special to share that moment with my momma! We then of coursed stretched, which after 4+ hours on a bike felt incredible. My dad and his buddies arrived shortly after and then it was time to pass out! Except for his crazy Iron Man friends who decided that going for a run after an 188km bike ride would be fun!!

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After we arose from our comas, we all feasted together. Although I had just burned a crap ton of calories and worked my butt off for the better part of the day – I still tried to make healthy, smart choices. My plate was loaded with lean protein, carbs, veggies and good fat. For dessert, a ton of fruit and a bite of a brownie 😉 – yum! And after the feast, it was time to go for a walk and go out for a second dinner! I was still full from the first dinner, so I just went along for the walk and the company J. It’s always so nice to sit around with like-minded people who all share the same passion and enthusiasm for living a healthy and active life. And to hear all their crazy stories from the day! After dinner we all retreated to our rooms and hit the hay for the night.

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The next morning we all met up again for breakfast and made sure to fuel up for the ride. It’s always funny to see all the cyclists walking out of breakfast with a handful of bananas and whatever else they can sneak out and snack on during the ride. It’s even funnier on the ride home to see those bananas sticking out of their cycling shirt pockets! It’s crazy what you can fit in those things! The weather on Sunday was a much nicer than Saturday- Mr. Sun was with us the whole way home J. I am always cold though, so I started with warmer riding clothes and stripped off a layer at every stop. We had a great ride home and actually made better time than the first day!

All in all it was an amazing weekend. Training was extremely time consuming (probably didnt’t help that I am also training for my sprint –tri!), but it’s so worth it! Like I said, there is no better feeling that finishing the ride and knowing that you got yourself there with your own body. It may seem long, but time flies. I put my self-motivation tools to use which definitely made a difference. Any time I was on a tough hill (there is one going into Westport that I swear goes straight up!), I would talk to myself and tell myself I could do it. If I was starting to feel like I had so much farther to go, I would think about my checkpoints and just focus on making it to the next one. When I knew I was getting close to the finish, I visualized the end of the ride and that drove me to it. A little self-motivation sure goes a long way!

So that is how I spent my Saturday and Sunday last week-riding 200km, feasting, and spending time with my two amazing (and super fit!) parents.

For anyone interested in cycling, I highly recommend doing the Rideau Lakes Tour!

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