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Finally A Nice Saturday!

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

I got a nice ride in today – best stress buster ever. I made it to the top of Cantelow without walking. I did stop briefly to stretch out a bit, but no walking this time.

I have no idea how many miles total because my Garmin Edge died this past week. What? It was fine, and now it’s not. It did get a little wet on my last ride, but I thought that this was supposed to be OK in rain. Apparently not.

This is my third Garmin in less than 5 years. What is up with that? I think it’s time to find a different product.

Did I mention that I did not walk Cantelow this ride?

That Was A Nice Weekend

Monday, December 5th, 2016

… a very nice weekend indeed. I got to spend time with old friends and new. A little foodie retail therapy. A little cycling. Lunch and some chocolate cake at Konditorei Austrian Pastry Cafe. A stroll through the UC Davis Arboretum with some nice company.

Chocolate cake ...

Chocolate cake …

A view from the Arboretum ...

A view from the Arboretum …

My first Christmas tree in my first house.

My first Christmas tree in my first house.

I have a busy day ahead of me tomorrow at work, so I really should be finishing up my chores and heading to bed soon.

Foxy’s Fall Century 2016

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

For the last 10 days I have been checking the weather forecast regularly and have gone back and forth between wanting to ride and wanting to bail on today’s Foxy’s Fall Century. The forecasts changed a bit daily – rain, no rain, but wind was a certainty each time I checked the Weather Channel’s site.

By the end of the workday yesterday I had convinced my self that riding today would be a bad idea, but I checked the weather forecast again when I got home and decided that I would reevaluate in the morning if I would ride or not. As of last night, the forecast was no rain until late afternoon and fairly reasonable winds until about 2:00, when they were projected to be 20+ mph. I began to think that if I started early enough that I could finish the ride before these 20+ mph winds started. So, I packed up all of my gear and went to bed with the promise that I would make my final decision in the morning.

I am so glad that I rode today.

What's a ride without a fabulous selfy?

What’s a ride without a fabulous selfy?

For a couple of weeks I’ve been trying to get friends to do the ride, but no one wanted to. I have not been cycling nearly enough this past year, so I wasn’t feeling particularly eager (or confident) to do this ride solo today. But I really needed to do the ride, so I was quite happy when another solo rider pulled up alongside about 10 or 15 miles into the ride and we got to chatting and finished the course together. I was very appreciative for the nice company.

After the ride, the lunch was good – lasagna, salad, gluten-free bread, desserts (ice cream sandwiches, macaroons, gluten-free chocolate cake).

Foxy's Fall Century - Lunch

Foxy’s Fall Century – Lunch

By the time I got home, I was a little hungry again …

Golden Milk - healthy and soothing.

My new go-to recovery drink is Golden Milk.

The weather held out throughout the ride. I did not get rained on this year and the wind didn’t get that bad. Actually, the winds were for the most part pretty favorable today.

I know I said this last year, but … next year … the full century is the goal.

Christmas 2015 Full Moon

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

Santa brought Northern California some lovely rain, followed by a beautiful clear Christmas night to enjoy this stunning full moon.

We won't see another Christmas Full Moon until Christmas 2034!

We won’t see another Christmas Full Moon until Christmas 2034!

I’ll post some foodie pictures and perhaps a recipe later, but for now, a quick ride on this ch-ch-chilly day. Making some additional adjustments to the Reve and hope to have her just right very soon!

… and the Klein Collection Grows

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Welcome home!

Yes, another Red Klein. This one is sparkly ... and a road bike!

Yes, another Red Klein. This one is sparkly … and a road bike!


This beauty is designed for comfort and performance. The Klein Reve features a lightweight aluminum frame with carbon-fiber wishbone stays and a softtail, rear triangle. I have a feeling this will become my climbing bike.

She needs a few minor adjustments, but on a quick test ride she shows great potential to be a perfect fit!

Thanks, Santa!

Happy Friday!

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Good Morning and Happy Friday. Are you looking forward to the weekend as much as I am? It’s looking like Saturday in the Davis area will be great for cycling, but Sunday’s weather, not so much. Winds are predicted to be in the 23-mph range. Yikes! No, thank  you. 

I am especially looking forward to cycling this weekend as I have not been on my bike for about 2 weeks and that is simply too long.

Bike ornaments, of course!

Bike ornaments, of course!

How could I resist?

How could I resist?

Here’s wishing you an awesome Friday!

Fall Quarter Already?!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

I can say conclusively that I did not get enough cycling in this summer. But, I did get a really nice short ride in Friday morning before work …

A spot of color along F Street in Davis

I rode twice on Saturday … an early morning ride and a later afternoon ride … for a total of about 30 or so miles …

And Sunday I got to ride with a couple of girlfriends out to Winters and back, then I took on another loop around Davis solo for a total of 62 miles …

Oat Fruit Bar was good but my favorite is still the Oat Cake!

Yogurt, Bananas, & Candied Pecans (oh, so so sweet), but gluten free (sans the granola, of course!)

I sure love this bike!

I do have to get some serious training in because I’ve got to get ready for the Foxy’s Fall Century in less than 3 weeks.


Phone Blogging?!

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Whoa … I can do this from my phone?! Blogging just got a lot more accessible!

Check out my "new" commuter bike.

With a bit of TLC, she will be a classic beauty. I will feel like a real Davisian (Davisite?) doing my daily work commute by bike.

It was a lovely day today for a quick ride to Winter and back. Total for the day close to 50.

Icy cold, refreshing,, and spicy!

Now, how do I rotate this pic?

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.


Trek Bike Recall

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Trek Bicycles is recalling about 1 million bikes for a safety issue.  For detailed information, click here.

Check out this video – it will help you to determine if you  need to take your Trek bike in to your local Trek shop.