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All Prettied Up!

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

I got my Colnago back and she is all sparkly clean and working great! Now if I could just find a bit more time to ride.

Just got back from a pretty easy not quite 40 miler about Sacramento. Lunch will be an Asian-style Chicken Salad. Crunchy. Salty. Sweet. Tangy. Light. Refreshing. Spicy.

Then try to get caught up … so much to do!

Speaking of getting caught up, I am super far behind on meeting my  2015 Napa Valley Tour de Cure goal! Wanna’ help? You can make a donation here.

Winters Ride … Like Visiting An Old Friend

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

It’s time for some serious bike work, but first, a ride.

Downtown Winters

We would all love to have some rain, but I am hoping it can hold off until I’m done with my ride today because I am not dressed for rain!

Lake Solano Park, looking towards Lake Berryessa

It turned out to be a beautiful, but a little breezy, day. I lucked out – I rode into the wind on my way out towards Vacaville and got a nice push on my way back to Winters.

Lake Solano Park, looking towards Winters

Oh, dear … I have never dropped a chain quite like this. It was really stuck!

Old Chain + A Bad Shift = A Mess!

Yep. Definitely time for some bike work. I’d better not tempt fate … time to cut this ride a little short and head back to town.

My Colnago will be all clean and sparkly and new-feeling just in time for my 2015 Napa Valley Tour de Cure ride! Please help me to reach my goal – you can make a donation here.

Gearing Up

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

The Napa Valley Tour de Cure is just 6 weeks from tomorrow.

Six weeks?!

Please help me to reach my goal of being a Champion! To make a donation, please click here.

I got a little 65-mile training ride in today on the American River Trail. I took a wrong turn past Nimbus Fish Hatchery and ended up on this side of the path, near the Aquatic Center.

American River Trail, near the Aquatic Center

The water is so low right now. We really need rain, but I was thankful for some nice cycling weather today.

American River Trail, near the Aquatic Center

I haven’t been on this side of Hazel Road very often the past few years, but I used to live and ride over this way almost daily.

American River Trail, headed back towards Nimbus Fish Hatchery

I’ve got to make the most of this weekend and this beautiful weather because the next few weeks are going to be crazy hectic busy with too many other things. Thank goodness for the trainer set up in the living room which makes grabbing a quick workout in the morning possible!

I broke out my special ride treats for today …

I pretty much love Honey Stinger anything on a ride or hike.

I am excited to have some work done on my Colnago this week – new gears, chain, tires, and all that stuff.  The guys at Mike’s Velo City in Winters will get her in perfect shape for the big day!

Shout Out: Velo City Bicycle Center

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

I am so happy that Mike’s Velo City in Winters works on Campy components.

I need to replace a bunch of stuff on my Colnago. I love my Campy shifters, but I’m learning it can be hard to find shops that have the equipment to work on them. I don’t want to go back to the shop where the bike came from (they’ll remain nameless) because they’ve been pretty rude and elitist when I’ve go in there.

The guys at Velo City in Winters have always been really nice and very helpful whenever I’ve gone in there. A few years ago I took my Trek in for a tune up and they did a great job. They’ve helped me out a few times in the past few years when I’ve been out on a ride and something stupid goes wrong with my bike. They fixed it, they charged a fair price, and they have always been really nice about it. This is the kind of local shop I love to support.

New Challenge Begins …

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

The new challenge begins … officially tomorrow. Each morning as I work out on the trainer, I’ve been watching lots of You Tube videos about these challenges. I’m learning some things I didn’t get right on my previous challenge (duh, instant oatmeal*) and getting some ideas on how to better come up with my own plan that will work for me. I’ll keep working on recipes and ideas and posting them. Part of this challenge for me is to make sure I’m blogging. I get so busy with work that sometimes the last thing I want to do is to come home and use a computer.

* That said, I will always keep some organic instant oatmeal on hand, especially at work, because it’s a lot less unhealthy than a lot of other options. … like running to the Coffee House and grabbing a scone.

It’s a lovely day outside and I’m thinking it’s time to head out for a ride. It’s training time! The 2015 Napa Valley Tour de Cure is just 8 weeks away. I am very far away from my fundraising goal. Please consider making a donation to my ride. It’s a great cause!

Davis Ride … Follow-Up

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

So, my friend and I loaded up a truck with our bikes and gear and drove all the way to Davis. It was a bit breezy in Sacramento when we left, but … by the time we got to Davis the wind was really blowing.

I unloaded by bike, changed shoes, started gearing up to take on this wind … my friend, on the other hand, didn’t even want to take her bike out of the truck. So, we packed everything back up and headed back to Sacramento for a ride on the American River Trail.

Classic!

We got about 40 miles in on the ART.

A Two Workout Kinda’ Day

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

I got some stuff done this morning and then went to the gym. My New Year’s present to myself was a membership to a new gym. I’m looking forward to some spin classes soon, and enjoyed a gentle yoga class one night last week. I’m trying out new machines, some old favorites, and this is a good thing because cross training will help to make me a stronger cyclist.

But I’ll never stop loving riding my bike, so when the day went from cloudy and cold to sunny, what else was I to do? Even though I had a good workout at the gym this morning, I had to ride.

Tower Bridge, Sacramento

Enjoying some unexpected sunshine this afternoon.

Rain, finally!

Monday, December 8th, 2014

We have finally been getting some rain here in Northern California and I am loving it! It does interfere a bit with cycling, but the air is cleaner, fresher, and far more breathable. I am fortunate enough to have access to a fancy Compu-Trainer, elliptical, and treadmill so I am getting at least some exercise.

The rain has held off this weekend, so I was able to get a short ride in yesterday and a longer ride in this morning. Cool temperatures and very little breeze made for a pleasant ride on the American River Bike Trail.

The rainy weather is calling for some serious comfort food.

Cream of Tomato Soup

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Probably not the healthiest dinner, but sometimes comfort wins out and that’s OK. It’s not entirely unhealthy, though. I always add my little touches that help ease the guilt a bit … organic, lower-sodium cream of tomato soup … whole grain bread … just a touch of butter in the pan, mixed with a touch of olive oil to give a nice, flavorful crisp the the bread … a combination of cheese that included at least half reduced fat cheese.The trick is to use just enough full fat cheese to give a touch of the ooey-gooey melty cheese thing that people love about a grilled cheese sandwich.

So, that was Friday night’s dinner … after what felt like an unusually long week.

Saturday … the sale I’ve waited all year for! The Meyer Factory Outlet Sale!! I haven’t been to this in years and I had planned to go last year, but I missed it. It’s running until December 15th – if you need any kitchen stuff, now is the time to stock up. Check out their website and you can download a coupon for an extra 30% off. Go ahead – splurge on your inner foodie.

After some shopping and errands, I grabbed a quick late afternoon ride yesterday. The weather cleared up and it was gorgeous!

Tower Bridge

River heading towards Downtown Sacramento

Last night’s dinner was a bit healthier – a spicy beef stir fry with asparagus, green beans, and mushrooms, served over brown rice.

Spicy Beef with Asparagus, Green Beans, & Mushrooms with a little extra chili garlic sauce

This was super easy to make. Simply marinate some thinly sliced beef in a bit of soy sauce, white white (or dry sherry), fresh minced garlic, Tiger Sauce, a little honey, and a little sesame oil. I didn’t measure … just go by taste. Whisk together these ingredients and then taste before adding the raw meat. Next time I make this, I will add some chili garlic sauce or Sriracha sauce. I wanted it spicier!

Clean and trim your vegetables. Be sure to cut them into consistently sized pieces so that they’ll cook evenly. Heat up your wok with a little avocado (or peanut) oil. Quickly stir fry the mushrooms, then set aside. Next cook the asparagus, then green beans, setting aside. Remove the meat from the sauce and set the sauce aside. Cook the beef a few pieces at a time so that they’ll cook quickly. Remove from the heat and set aside, repeat until you’ve cooked all the meat. Pour the reserved sauce into the pan and heat quickly, bringing to a boil. Reduce heat, add the meat and vegetables and toss to combine. Cover for just a few moments to heat through. You want the vegetables to be crisp-tender, so be careful to not overcook.

Serve over brown rice and if desired, add a splash more hot sauce.

Be sure you make a BIG batch, because it makes for terrific and easy leftovers. Enjoy!

Now it’s time to turn the Christmas lights on and enjoy a Christmas movie to get in the spirit. This week I’ve got to get started on my holiday baking.

Suggestions? Requests?

California Thanksgiving … This Is How We Roll

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

A picture from my friend Julie’s Thanksgiving bike ride.

I wish I could have been there!

Check out Julie’s Instagram for more awesome photos: http://instagram.com/_180_

Here’s to Friendly Cyclists You Meet Along the Way!

Monday, November 10th, 2014

This was a good cycling weekend. We rode about 46 miles yesterday and today I rode about 57 on a mostly solo ride. Both days were a pretty easy pace. About 3/4 of the way through my ride today a group of guys invited me to join their ride. I did my best to keep up, but 3 of them easily outpaced me. One of the guys, Al, hung back and rode with me. It was nice to have some friendly conversation on the ride. They were riding to Old Town Sac, from the Folsom area and back. I was planning to ride through Old Town, so it worked out great. So, here’s a shout out to Al and his buddies Tony, Anthony, and Phil – thanks for the company and especially for making sure that I got through that one area with some … interesting activity … safely. I hope you had a great ride back home!

No ride photos today, or yesterday. What’s up with that?