Birthday Bikes and Black & Whites

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me…..  I have to give Adam credit, I’ve had a really great birthday so far!  It’s hard to believe that I’m 24, I feel like I should still be in college (which I guess is a good thing since I’m planning on redoing my undergraduate!).

We woke up early (for a birthday!) at 8am to take showers and head to the train to Manhattan.  I ate a Cool Mint Clif Bar for breakfast en route. 


My chosen birthday activity gave me a chance to use my birthday present from my mom and dad – my new heart monitor!  I got the Polar Sport RS100 and I think I’m in loveActivity # 1– 2 hour bike ride in Central Park.  We rented bikes from the same spot as a couple weeks ago, I can’t believe I didn’t discover this sooner!  The two hours were great, but almost over too soon.  We did a full loop around the park, plus a couple little loops within.  I was so proud of myself – I basically learned how to ride a bike a few weeks ago when my parents were here but this time I wasn’t afraid at all and I even stood up down most of the hills.  The loooong uphill stretches were a little difficult, but fun.  On one of the more difficult hills I started murmuring sweet nothings about the goodness of diet coke so we made a quick pit stop:


I earned that guy!  When I checked my heart rate monitor after we turned in our bikes here were my stats –

  • 1hour 52minutes
  • 62 average heart rate
  • 647 Calories burnt

I was surprised by how high the calorie burn was but I’m pretty sure it was accurate (you program in your weight/height/age/sex so the only way for it to be off is if your heart rate is off but that seemed pretty spot on).

Activity # 2– reconsume those calories and then some!



The hour+ wait in line was so worth it!  I ordered a black and white milkshake and it rocked my socks.




Halfway through I switched with Adam and finished his black and white malt; I love when we prefer each others orders, we are such a good pair!

Shake Shack is one of my favorite spots in the city and I was really pleased to see all of the ways they made an effort to go green –




Equally exciting were these Prius sponsered solar powered wifi/power spots –



If I wasn’t moving next week I would definitly bring my laptop there.

On the way home we stopped at Economy Candy because my dad had a candy order he wanted me to mail him before I moved!  We have to make a stop at Trader Joes tonight to complete his package 🙂

Once we got home I did the “Pilates for Dummies” video I Netflixed.  It was about 30minuteslong and a pretty good workout except maybe a little bit too ‘dummied,’ I would have prefered a few more reps.  I also did 5 sets of 10reps of arms exercises with my 5lb weights.

After we shower we are headed to fun activity # 3 – the movies!  See ya later.

What was the most fun bithday activity you have done?  I love, love, loved riding through Central Park.  Throughout the years my parents have surprised me with – rock climbing, parasailing, skydiving, a tattoo, and a flight lesson.  I loved sky-diving but I think the most thrilling were actually the tattoo or the flight lesson.

5 thoughts on “Birthday Bikes and Black & Whites

  1. oh so glad you had a great bday! i saw that shake shack on travel channel or food network the other day, i don’t recall, but i saw that they have a webcam so you can check out how long the line is, it must be real good! happppy birthdayyyy!

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