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So Close, Yet So Far!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Just $210 more to reach Champion Status. If you haven’t had the chance to make a donation, please help me to reach this goal. If just 8 people donate just $29, I’ll make it!

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Spicy Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Years ago I discovered this method of cooking shrimp and I have never boiled it since. Ina Garten, on an episode of Barefoot Contessa, made her Roasted Shrimp Cocktail. To make is spicy, just add some red chili flakes before roasting.

Spicy Roasted Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail & Tartar Sauces

The sauces shown are very simple, rustic versions of tartar and cocktail sauces.

For the tartar sauce, simply combine to taste mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, lime (or lemon) juice, and a dash of Worcerstershire sauce and blend well.

For the cocktail sauce, simply combine to taste some ketchup, horseradish (I like lots), lime (or lemon) juice, and a bit of chili garlic paste.

One week from today, right at this very moment, I will be riding in my 7th Napa Valley Tour de Cure! If you would like to help me reach Champion status, please click here to make a donation. You’ll be supporting the American Diabetes Association and helping meet their mission: To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

I’ll be headed out shortly for a training ride on the American River Trail. It’s a beautiful morning for a ride! Hope you get one in, too.

One Week & One Day!

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

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Better Gear Up for Some Wind

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Tour de Cure SupportI’m looking ahead to the Napa Valley weather forecast for the next 10 days and it’s looking like we are going to have some breezy conditions leading up to our 2015 Napa Valley Tour de Cure. Fingers crossed that it won’t be too breezy!

So, I guess I’ll just be thankful for recent breezy conditions from Sacramento to Folsom, and Davis to Winters, that will help me to prepare for my Tour de Cure! If you haven’t had a chance to donate yet, please help me to reach my goal of being a Champion to Stop Diabetes again this year!


Napa Valley Tour de Cure Training Ride

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The 2015 Napa Valley Tour de Cure is now officially less than 2 weeks away!

Today marks my first official Napa Tour de Cure Team Red training ride. What a great group! I loved the camaraderie, support, a little playful competition. I’m looking forward to more Team Red rides!

Go Red Riders!


Two Weeks!

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

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Busy Day on the ART!

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

I just got back a bit ago from a ride on the American River Trail. LOTS of other people had the same idea this morning – it’s a beautiful day to be out there! I am quite surprised with myself that I did not take a single picture.

Riding was steady, with a few bursts of brilliance and speed. Just what I needed.

There were a few other Tour de Cure jerseys out there, gearing up for the upcoming big day! There are two rides in this area: Napa Valley and Roseville (Gold Country). My Tour de Cure is always the Napa Valley Tour de Cure.

Find your local Tour de Cure here!

Two Weeks and One Day …

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

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Just a Few Pics from My Day …

Friday, April 17th, 2015

I had a lovely walk this afternoon and ran into a colleague in the Arboretum on campus. We walked and chatted together for a bit. I enjoyed the company and it was a nice break from a rather … the right word escapes me at the moment … morning in the office. It wasn’t a bad morning, it was just … different.

It was a beautiful day in Davis, lots of sunshine, a little bit breezy, and warm. Here are a few photos from just off campus to enjoy.

First Sunflower of the Season!

Roses just off the Arboretum ...

So fragrant ...

... so sweet ...

... makes for a refreshing and reinvigorating mid-day break.

Then to end the day like this …oh, so, so needed.

I keep going to the river to ...

The 2015 Napa Valley Tour de Cure is in just 3 weeks from Sunday! Where did the time go? I am still striving to reach Champion status. Won’t you help me? You can make a donation here.

I am looking forward to joining some fellow Tour de Cure cyclists on Sunday for a training ride in the beautiful Napa Valley!


Finally … A Chance to Ride!

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Today was my first opportunity to ride in a while. Too long. I got just over 50 miles in and it felt great! It was a beautiful day … not too hot … not too cold … a bit breezy, but not too much.

Quick water stop at William Pond Park, off the American River Trail in Sacramento.

I rode on the American River Trail from Old Town Sacramento towards Fulton, about 20 miles on the path, before turning around to head home. I was hoping that the wind I rode into would help me on the way back home, but …not so much.

Although, I suppose it’s a matter of framing. If I look at it from the perspective that I really need to train for my upcoming 2015 Napa Valley Tour de Cure Ride, then yes, it was indeed helpful because it made me work harder.

It was an interesting ride out there today. I encountered a snake crossing the path (shudder!) … wild turkeys … geese … squirrels … lots of wild life on the Trail today!

I was pretty hungry when I got home, but it was mid-afternoon so I didn’t want a very big meal. On the ride, I got to thinking about smoothies, and I haven’t had one in a while. This was a very light smoothie, very refreshing, and not super sweet.

Perfect Post-Ride Snack - Blueberry Cherry Protein Smoothie

Blueberry Cherry Protein Smoothie

1 cup filtered water, chilled
1 cup crushed ice
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1 scoop whey protein powder

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Makes just over a pint of smoothie.

Whey protein is a great recovery food, so it’s often recommended after a ride or workout. This smoothie held me over a while, so I could get some chores and stuff done.

For dinner, I had some Rock Fish (a type of cod), shrimp, and tomatoes that I wanted to use.  I chopped and then sauteed the tomatoes in a little olive oil, added a bit of slightly crushed fennel seeds, herbs de Provence, and a little crushed red pepper flakes for a bit of heat. I simmered the tomatoes with the fennel and herbs until the tomatoes began to break apart a bit. I cooked these on low for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. In another skillet, I briefly sauteed the shrimp (just until they turned pink) and added them to the tomatoes. Then I sauteed the fish in a bit of olive oil. Then, I poured the tomato and shrimp mixture over the fish, gave it a gentle stir, and turned the heat down to low, simmering until the fish was fully cooked, tender and flaky.

To serve, I had some leftover homemade croutons, so I placed a few in the bottom of a bowl. I ladled some of the fish-shrimp-tomato mixture on top, being sure to include plenty of the juices, then topped with a bit of Feta cheese.

Rock Fish, Shrimp, Tomatoes, Fennel, Feta

This came out even better than I expected! The picture does not even begin to do this dish justice.

I hope you had an awesome day and got to get some great cycling and amazing food in.

I had a very short weekend after a very long week, and may I just say that I am looking forward to Saturday already?