Do you and your partner frequently find yourselves stuck in a rut when it comes to date night? Opting to #NetflixAndChill over doing something exciting, simply due to a lack of inspo or preparation?
The hubs and I do.
We’re often too tired after a long week to get gussied up on Friday night, and usually find ourselves walking over to our same old sushi spot.
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I decided it was time to break our boring streak and try something new.
We both enjoy leading an active lifestyle and like to plan outings that incorporate more than sitting around, stuffing our face. Don’t get me wrong — that part is of supreme importance — but I like to work for my meals.
Last weekend we scored a pair of super cool bikes from Solé Bicycles in Venice and it was immediately apparent how we’d infuse some excitement into our weekend bonding — a bike date by the beach!
Saturday morning, we picked up our chic new bikes from Solé’s Venice shop and made our through the city.
First stop, Gjusta bakery + cafe on Sunset Ave.
I’d been told this popular eatery was frequented by the Westside’s hippest crowd and I was dying to see what all the fuss was about.
No sooner had we parked our bikes and sauntered up to the deli counter than Jake Gyllenhaal and his bro-in-law Peter Sarsgaard strolled through the joint.
Being a former entertainment reporter and lifelong Gyllenhaal fan, this sighting was pure gold for me — I tried my best to close my gapping jaw and act nonchalant in front of my date/husband who was less than impressed by my school girl giddiness.
In addition to its potential for celeb sightings, Gjusta proved to be a stellar restaurant with its incredibly delicious, healthy eats.
I ordered the scrumptious Grain Bowl which included sautéed greens, fermented vegetables (yay, probiotics!), and a soft-boiled egg, while the hubs got a Lox Bialy.
After breakfast we continued our beachside ride, taking the boardwalk from Venice past the Santa Monica Pier.
The ride gave us time to digest our food and enjoy the sights, and by the time we made it to our favorite stretch of beach, we were ready for the next portion of the day date: a quick Couple’s HIIT Workout.
We swapped our date wear for activewear and hit the sand for a little cardio to finish off the afternoon.
We got in a great sweat sesh and enjoyed a beautiful ride back as the sun set over the ocean.
We had such a blast on our biking date that we’ve decided to do it again this weekend on Valentine’s Day.
This time we plan to bike from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach and back. It’s a whopping 26 miles, but the lavish lunch we’ve got planned post-bike should provide enough motivation to make it through (fingers crossed).
Want to have your own fun, fit biking date by the beach? Solé Bicycles are not only super stylish, they’re also incredibly lightweight — only 25 lbs. Check out my bike — The Whaler — and the husband’s bike — El Tigre — on Solé’s website.
You can also rent bikes for pretty cheap along the boardwalk.
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On me: BCBG Sweater Dress (on sale!) // Stella & Dot New Moon Necklace + Arc Pendant // Stella & Dot Hudson Tote // Jonathan Adler Sunglasses // Lace Up Booties (similar here) On him: J Brand Jeans Kane Slim Fit // J.Crew Long Sleeve Tee (similar here)
Stay tuned this week for a video of the Couple’s HIIT Workout we did on the beach.
Also — if you’re single, this V-day and looking for a like-minded, fitness-loving partner, I’ll be sharing a very cool new way to find love on the blog later this week!
Weigh In: What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you and your partner like to workout together?
*Disclosure: The bicycles in this post were provided by Solé.