Monday, June 15, 2015

New roads new friends

Every Saturday the Caloosa Bike Club rides out of Buckingham Park in Ft. Myers.  I decided to ride with them and explore the area of Lehigh acres and such. First off, Buckingham Park is a great start location. They have sufficient parking, and toilets!  There is also a doggie park.   The weekly route distance is 41 miles, and they rotate the actual route. It's not a 'no drop' ride, so if you are dropped, then you are on your own to find your way.   The group was relatively small, about 25 cyclists, which was split at the first turn out of the park while crossing the road due to safety reasons while waiting for a vehicle to pass.  I wanted to catch the lead group so bad, that I pedaled like I was racing in a time trial. It was sort of ridiculous.  In any event, the first part of the ride was mostly myself and another female, Pam, who spent most of her time in her aero bars, which was fine with me. 
At the 20 mile mark there is a store which we were within about 1/2 mile when the front group was heading toward us and they told us to turn around so we could ride with them. It was a nice ride back with them, easy out of corners, and steady pace.  Nice ride, thanks CBC!

Sunday was a new adventure to a new place that will be within 5-8 miles from our home, called Fred C. Babcock/Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area, or Cecil Webb for short. It's in Charlotte County, and since it's a State park, you pay $3.00 to park or get a St. Park yearly pass. It was a 45min. trek by car from Naples, but well worth it!

It's located just East of I75. The road meanders along the water there, where alligators can be spotted. At the end of Webb Lake Rd. there is a circle turnaround giving you a distance of 10 miles back to Tucker Grade Rd.  It's a great place to ride with no vehicles.  The wind picks up as the morning progresses, providing a headwind out and tail wind back.  Liz and ride rode 30mile and had a lovely conversation. She is training for a 70.3 race.

Rice cracker and basil encrusted chicken with corn on the cob, french fries, and an arugula/tomato/cucumber salad.  
This was the most delicious dinner!  
New original chicken recipe I came up with on the fly: 
Take a handful of small rice crackers. The Trader Joe ones are really good. Crush those up almost to a powder. Place in a bowl with basil flakes, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper.  Cover both sides of the boneless chicken breast and place them in hot pan with (EVOO) oil. Cook both sides till almost done, then transfer to oven to finish off. It will stay nice and moist. Yum!

Masters 6/15/15 

with Coach Kevin SCY
4 x 200 @ R:30 100 slow pretty swim/25K/25D/50swim
4 x 150 @ R:25 25Dr/25Swim fly/back/br by 50
4 x 100 @ R:20 desc 1-4
4 x 50 @ R:15 variables (ez/fast, fast/ez, ez, fast)

3 x desc by rounds on 200/100/50
1 x 200 @ 3:00 pull
2 x 100 @ 1:25 pull no buoy (use your legs!) *optional snorkel 
4 x 50 @ 1:00 (ez/fast, fast/ez, ez, fast)
8 x 25 @ :40 odds human stroke/evens straight arm recovery catch up

200 ez

Happy Laps!

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