Archive for April, 2014

Breezy Morning …

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

It’s breezy out there this morning. Oh, well. This will be good practice for the Napa Valley Tour de Cure – it’s supposed to be breezy in Napa on Sunday.

The wind is an excellent training tool.
The wind is an excellent training tool.
The wind is an excellent training tool.

7 Days & Counting!

Monday, April 28th, 2014

The Napa Valley Tour de Cure is almost here! I was hoping for better weather this weekend so I could get in one last long ride before the big day, but it was breezy, breezy, breezy here in Davis. I got in a decent ride yesterday, 65.1 miles, but just 16.1 miles today. It never really rained today, but there were a few sprinkles on our ride so we cut it short.

Scenes from Saturday's ride

Scenes from Saturday's ride

Today was about resting up from a crazy busy couple of weeks. An easy ride was just right.

A day in the kitchen was productive and fun. I did a little baking to share. The cloudy weather had me in the mood to bake some bread and what could be better than some healthy, hearty homemade Multigrain Bread? Whole Wheat with Pumpernickel, Millet, & Oat …

Shaped, Proofed, Scored, and Ready to Bake

Just out of the oven ...

Cooled and sliced ...

I love this recipe. It’s based on the Tassajara Bread Book recipe. This was my first bread book and I highly recommend it for any level of baker. The level of detail in the instructions is terrific if you’re just learning how to make bread. For the more advanced baker, the variations provide loads of inspiration.

Dinner was a salad of greens, apple, goat cheese, toasted pecans, proscuitto, & honey mustard dressing (homemade, of course!), with grilled pork loin chops (marinated in a little olive oil, thyme, and rosemary), and roasted yams and potatoes. The pork was beautiful (some of the most perfect grill marks I have ever seen), but the photos did not turn out well.


Roasted Yams & Apples

There may have been a few cookies coming out of the oven yesterday, too, and they’ll all be going to good homes on today.

Dark Chocolate & Cherry

Lemon & White Chocolate

Well, it’s getting to be just light enough outside to grab a quick pre-work ride, so off I go.

Here’s wishing you a delicious day!


Thanks, DBC!

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Thanks Davis Bike Club for inviting me to join your ride on Road 29 today – and I didn’t even have my DBC jersey on! I was struggling in the wind and thinking of turning around to head home. I enjoyed the company and the draft and ended up with a total of 54 miles for the day.

2 Weeks + 1 Day

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

With just 2 weeks & 1 day to go, I must make use of every training moment before my 2014 Napa Valley  Tour de Cure.

In a few days I’ll start checking the 10-day weather forecast daily. Not so much because it’s accurate (it’s more often not, especially when it comes to wind mph), but because it gives me some sense of how to prepare. Each year I end up purchasing one new item (or maybe two …) just to make sure I have what I need for hot/cool, dry/wet, whatever the predicted conditions may be.

Morning Ride

The mornings have been perfect for cycling before work and some evenings after. I’ve been cycling almost every morning before work, and would like to ride more after, but too many things have been going wonky, so … whatever.

I’ve been cooking some really good, healthy stuff lately, but haven’t been getting many decent photos.

I have been experimenting with Chia Seed Pudding recipes, working on developing a healthy one that tastes as amazing as the one I had at True Food Kitchen in San Diego. It’s not quite there, yet, but I am hopeful.

Today’s ride was 65.1 miles … lots and lots of “Davis Hills” today. More of the same tomorrow. Makes for great training!



Two Weeks + Two Days!

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

The Napa Valley Tour de Cure is just 2 weeks and 2 days from today! It’s not too late to make a donation! Just click here.

I have been riding nearly every morning before work and longer rides on the weekends. Gearing up!


Volunteer Needed – Napa Valley Tour de Cure

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

The Napa Valley Tour de Cure is looking for a rest stop manager at Fieldstone rest stop on Sunday, May 4, 2014. If you are interested, please contact Gurwant Bal at

Recovery Ride … Haha …

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Well, what started out as a recovery ride turned into 50 miles in the wind. I’m in serious need of a refreshing recovery snack.

Strawberry Banana Buttermilk Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Buttermilk Smoothie

1 large banana
1 cup sliced strawberries, frozen
1 cup buttermilk
1 scoop whey protein
6 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Makes enough to share with your cycling partner.

Vegan? Use almond milk and a vegan protein powder.


My goal this week is to ride most mornings before work and evenings after work. Tomorrow morning will be my recovery ride.

Just Three Weeks Away!

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

The Napa Valley Tour de Cure is just 3 weeks from today!

I’ve got brand new Continental Grand Prix Four Season tires and a nice tune-up on my Colnago, so my bike is all set to go. I got a good training ride in yesterday with 85 miles from Davis, Winters, Vacaville, Dixon, and back to Davis. Just a couple of rolling hills in there, so I’ve still got some hill work to feel ready. Next weekend! Today’s ride will be a nice couple of hours spinning recovery ride.

After the ride I made a big batch of brown rice penne pasta with marinara, ground turkey breast, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, spinach, argula, toasted fennel seeds, and herbs. It tasted good, but it was not a very pretty sauce, so no photos. It was just about the perfect post-ride dinner, though.

It’s a bit breezy here this weekend, so that will add to the training benefit, right?!

Starting to Feel Like Summer

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Sunrise Roll on the Klein

12+ miles before work.

20+ miles after work.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer!

Napa Valley Tour de Cure – seeking volunteers

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The Napa Valley Tour de Cure still needs several more volunteers to help set-up on May 3 and on Sunday, May 4. If you (and friends or family members) are not riding – please consider volunteering for this amazing event. For information and to register to volunteer: