Archive for May, 2015

Not to Brag or Anything, But …

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Guess who I got to ride alongside of today on the American River Trail?

Oh, just about all of the teams for the 2015 Amgen Tour of California. They’re out spinning their legs today, gearing up for Stage 1 of the men’s race, which is tomorrow in Sacramento.

Yep. I got to ride with each team for about 2-3 seconds as they zipped past me. Some of the teams were very polite and called out, “On your left.” I really appreciated that.

Like I said, not to brag, or anything, but now  I can say that I’ve ridden with most of the 2015 Amgen guys. Although, I am sad that I didn’t get to ride with Team Sky. They were already headed back the other way, so we passed right pretty close to Discovery Park.

Happy cycling! Here’s wishing all the guys on all the teams an exciting and safe Tour of California!

Last Training Ride Before the Tour!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

The 2015 Napa Valley Tour de Cure is just TWO days away! I am now just $181 shy of Champion status! Please help  me to reach this goal by making a donation to support my ride. Simply click here to go to my personal Tour de Cure page.

I was fortunate enough to be able to take today off work and get a good training ride in. According to my brand new Garmin Edge 510, my maximum speed was 124.8 mph, but it also says that my average mph is lower than I think it should be (12.4 mph!). I’m not convinced that these numbers are entirely accurate. I rode about 70 miles on the American River Trail, from Sacramento to Folsom and back. According to my Garmin, I also burned 3,000+ calories.

All that excitement plus the sun and heat left me very hungry, thirsty, and in the mood for a cool, refreshing smoothie.

Cherry Berry Protein Blast

Cherry Berry Protein Blast

1/2 cup non-fat vanilla Kefir
(or Greek yogurt)

1/2 cup cool water
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 small fresh nectarine
1 scoop whey protein
1 cup crushed ice

Place all ingredients in a large blender, such as a Vitamix. Blend until smooth.


This makes about 2 pints.

OK, not lots and lots to do to get ready for the weekend! I’ll be in Napa all day tomorrow volunteering for early registration check-in, and then volunteering for the Champions Dinner check-in. I’m really hoping to make Champion status again this year, so … you can help, if you want.

Click here to go to my personal Tour de Cure page.