Archive for the ‘Tour de Cure’ Category

Got Leftovers?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Now that you’ve made those fabulous roasted carrots with ginger and turmeric, and yams, and rice …. here’s an idea for “refreshing” the leftovers.

Heat a bit of avocado (or coconut) oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until the oil just starts to shimmer. Add about 1/2 cup rice per serving and cook a a couple of minutes, stirring frequently. Add the leftover roasted vegetables and combine well with the rice – you judge your serving size. Add a handful of fresh or frozen peas and stir to combine well. Cover, reduce the heat to medium, and heat through. If you want a little extra protein, cook an egg or add some tofu. If you’re using tofu, I would probably use a firm tofu and cook that with the rice.

Not quite a stir-fry, not quite a scramble ...

Not quite a stir-fry, not quite a scramble …

This makes an easy and satisfying post-ride or work-night meal.

Aaaah, a quick and chilly ride yesterday.

Aaaah, a quick and chilly ride yesterday.

I need to start gearing up for the 2017 Napa Valley Tour de Cure … will you join me this year? Please help to support a great cause and take the ride of your life!

 

Foodie + Cycling Today!

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

This morning started out with a trip to the Meyer Factory Outlet Sale with a girlfriend – a foodie equipment adventure. I only bought a couple of things (so, so proud of myself!) because right now I don’t really have room for more stuff. Once I get my garage squared away and suitable for storing pots, pans, baking sheets, and so on … then I can consider buying a big set of sparkly new pots and pans … and perhaps a few other things.

My goal for the trip was to find a great deal on a fully automatic espresso maker, but it turns out that they stopped carrying any electronics at the outlets some years ago. Sigh …

Later in the day I headed out for a short ride (30 or so miles). It was glorious. Not too hot. Not too cold. It was just right.

Soon I’ll be leading training rides for the 2017 Napa Valley Tour de Cure. Now is a great time to check this ride out! And, of course, make a donation to my ride. Remember that your donation is tax deductible.

2016 Napa Valley Tour de Cure starting line. Won't you join me in 2017?

2016 Napa Valley Tour de Cure starting line. Won’t you join me in 2017?

That Was A Convenient Breeze!

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

A quick check of the weather forecast early morning showed 2-4 mph winds until about noon, when it was supposed to increase to 10 mph. Although I started out pretty early, I didn’t get as early a start as I had hoped. My goal was to get out and back before the wind kicked up too much.

Why do I still rely on the weather forecasts? Sigh … it started getting breezy earlier than anticipated and I had a bit of a side/headwind coming into Winters. While I was refueling, I chatted with a couple of other cyclists who were surprised by the earlier-than-expected breeze. Alas, the wind is an excellent training tool.

As I headed back out I realized that my ride home was going to have a lovely tailwind of a breeze. That was really nice for a change!

Super Protein Smoothie

1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen cherries
1/4 cup frozen green grapes
1/4 cup frozen mango chunks
1 scoop whey protein powder
2 tablespoons egg white powder
1 cup ice water (or more, if desired)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Makes enough for two.

Super Protein Smoothie

Super Protein Smoothie

Yes, training has started for the 2017 Napa Valley Tour de Cure! Also, Davis Bike Club’s Foxy’s Fall Century is coming up in a few weeks. I’ve got some work to do to get ready. I’ve been off my bike too much this past year.

Happy cycling!

25th Anniversary Napa Valley Tour de Cure!

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

103.8 miles. It took me an uncharacteristically long time, but I finished.

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At the start!

It was an amazing ride, as always. Here’s a shout out to all of the ADA staff and the hundreds of volunteers who make this THE best ride. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just starting out, do yourself a favor and check out this ride.

Full post to come soon!

2016 Napa Valley Tour de Cure

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

Is TOMORROW Sunday, May 1st.

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of this ride and will be my 8th year riding this event. This ride is near and dear to me. It was the very first organized ride I ever rode and every year it just gets better.  If you’re looking to start cycling more, this is a great way to go. The volunteers are amazing. Every route has something gorgeous to offer every rider and there are routes for cyclists of every level. The SAG support is fantastic and the food is terrific.

Read more about it here.

P.S. Dear weather gods, please get all of your crazy winds over and done with today. I think I can speak for most of the riders on this one. We would really appreciate just a gentle, lovely breeze tomorrow and not these 26 mph winds with 40 mph gusts. K? Thanks in advance!

Ono! So Simple. So Delicious!

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

When times get tough, the tough get to cooking. What’s better than super healthy comfort food?

Ono, curried cauliflower, greens & shiitake mushrooms.

Ono, curried cauliflower, greens & shiitake mushrooms.

Light. Healthy. Nutritious. Delicious!

Ono, also known as Wahoo, is lean and mild-flavored. You’ll want to be very careful to not overcook this fish.  I cooked mine in a little avocado oil with a grind or two of one of my favorite seasoning blends (use your favorite!). I quickly seared both sides then turned the heat to low, covered and cooked gently for a few minutes. You really don’t want to overcook this fish, so watch it closely.

The greens and mushrooms … not much to say except shiitake mushrooms are amazing.  Slice and cook them in a bit of avocado or olive oil on high heat. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of salt to taste. You’ll want to brown the mushrooms a bit, then put the clean greens (use your favorite blend of cooking greens) on top of the mushrooms, cover, reduce heat to low and allow to steam to your desired level of doneness. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

This batch of cauliflower I cut about a quarter of a large head into 1/4-inch thick slices and sauteed these in avocado oil on high heat. I wanted it to brown and caramelize a bit before adding the curry. I used a prepared curry powder (use your favorite!) and added just a bit of heat with some chili flakes. Turn the temperature down to low, cover, and allow to steam just a bit. I like my cauliflower very al dante, and not soft. Cook to your desired level of doneness.

This would be a terrific post-ride meal for a big ride like the Napa Valley Tour de Cure, don’t you think?

Enjoy in good health!

Time Again for Post Work Rides

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

I had to leave work a little early yesterday to meet PG&E at my house to investigate a gas leak. I just had a new dryer installed on Friday and … the installers didn’t do it right. I was very grateful that PG&E came out right away. I was even more grateful that he was able to resolve the issue in a time frame that allowed me to also grab a quick post-work ride.

All in all, I logged about 28 much needed miles total yesterday. A quick ride in the morning and about 1.5 hours after work. Not a fast ride, but a ride.

Here are a few pics from last night.

I'm glowing with delight! Have sunscreen, will ride.

I’m glowing with delight! Have sunscreen, will ride.

Notice my Tour de Cure jersey? This from my very first Tour de Cure – when I rode with Team Golds from Vacaville.

I can hardly believe that the Napa Valley Tour de Cure is now less than 2 weeks away. I am not feeling ready at all this year. If you would like to support my ride, please make a donation here. This is an especially important Tour this year – it’s the 25th anniversary!

Up and over a few rollers.

Must get ready! Spinning up and over a few rollers.

Moonrise.

Moonrise.

No matter where the road takes us, as long as we're together, I'll be smiling.

No matter where the road takes us, as long as we’re together, I’ll be smiling.

It’s Been Too Long Since …

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

I just got on my bike and rode … and rode … and rode. It’s about time!

The Napa Valley Tour de Cure is just 6 weeks away?! How did this happen? If you would like to donate to support my Tour de Cure ride, please click here. Interested in riding? Find your Tour here.

Pleasants Valley Road, a few miles outside of Winters, CA

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Pleasants Valley Road, in Vacaville

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Pleasants Valley Road, in Vacaville

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Pleasants Valley Road, in Vacaville

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Putah Creek Road, between Winters and Davis

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Selfie Time!

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Road 29, headed back towards Davis

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Back in Davis … photobombed by my own shadow!

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Can you see Sacramento in the background?!

Hello Spring!

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

We still need more rain and snow, but I am so thankful for a lovely weekend to get some good cycling in. Yesterday was beautiful and today promises to be even better!

Along Seivers Road between Winters and Dixon. Spring is here already!

Along Seivers Road between Winters and Dixon. Spring is here already!

We enjoyed a nice caffeine stop mid-ride.

Cappuccino & Espresso at a favorite rest stop, Steady Eddy's in Winters.

Cappuccino & Espresso at a favorite rest stop, Steady Eddy’s in Winters.

Post ride I made a spicy fish stew that made for a perfect dinner. Served here with some short grain brown rice, lightly stir fried mixed baby greens (mix from the Farmer’s Market), and garnished with a bit of Chevre cheese. I posted a similar recipe a few months ago.

This batch was about half seafood (two types of cod) and half chicken Andouille sausage. It was super spicy because I did not adjust the chili flakes (oops) to account for the spicy sausage. The Chevre cheese helped to temper the heat a bit and added just a bit of richness.

Spicy Fish Stew with Chicken Andouille Sausage, Greens, and Brown Rice. Garnished with a bit of Chevre.

Spicy Fish Stew with Chicken Andouille Sausage, Greens, and Brown Rice.

Yesterday I logged about 65 miles on my Colnago and today I hope to ride even a little more. I’ve got to get out and ride, ride, ride to get myself ready for the 2016 Tour de Cure. I’m striving for Champion Status again this year. 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.

Here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend!

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.

Enjoy!

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.