Saturday, February 28, 2009

and I thought I liked Vino, Holy Crap!

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Kris Sneddon, Max Plaxton, Geoff Kabush, Duncan Meyers, Roger Bartels and I. The MTB crew from Tweetie

Friday, February 27, 2009


I sure miss summer and this favorite spot to race. Guess where this is and you are today's lucky winner!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Baby Bobs Bash

The Nigh's threw together a nice surprise, coming out party for Baby Bob this past Sunday afternoon. They let one of their dearest friends, AKA Massage Becky put together some games for us to play to make the party even more exciting. Becky gave us two minutes to figure out this puzzle and needless to stay, I lost.

Guess how many mini M&M's were in the baby bottle? Of course Captain Candy won the prize for coming close to the exact number.

Lori won herself a nice FBI Action kit which comes with a loaded dart gun and hand cuffs. I won't tell you what she plans with this stuff :-)

Baby Bob enjoying the Tour De Cali with Auntie Brittany

and of course, a surprise toy for the parents.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

What's cooking? on a cold winter weekend

Fresh Leeks
Fresh Fennel

Potato-Leek soup with Fennel
recipe from William-Sonoma SOUP

killer Coffee Crunch Bars, bon appetit magazine's adaptation of Leah Reich's old family recipe. They were gone in less than 5 days by the cookie monster that I live with. I added real espresso coffee instead of instant which gave it a richer taste.

Quinoa and Sweet Potato Salad:
2 cups of cooked quinoa
1 sweet potato cooked and diced
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup fresh chives chopped
1/2 cup of chopped fresh spinach
mix the above 5 ingredients in large bowl
one whole large orange squeezed
1 tlb honey
1 tlb toasted sesame oil
1 tlb rice wine vinegar
1/4 tsp Turmeric
1/4 cup water
salt to taste
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
mix well
Pour dressing over Quinoa and toss. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Looking for a Single Speed Bike out there...

I have a close friend who is looking for the following type of bike, any of you peeps got the goods?

Hey everyone, I'm in the market for a single-speed. I do have one currently, but it's a franken bike and I am actually looking for a true single-speed. Not looking for any one-off kind, just a basic SS. Like a SASS or a RIG, something along those lines. Preferably a 29er, but will look at everything. My ballpark would be $600 or less. I'm 5'10" so I'm guessing 17.5" - 19.5" although, I'm pretty sure I'm most comfortable on a 17.5" bike.

Give me a shout!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Turn up the intensity!

High Intensity Exercise Has Heart-Healthy Effect

By Paula RasichReviewed by Elizabeth Klodas, MD, FACC
January 5, 2009--Here’s another reason to follow through on that New Year’s resolution to up the intensity of your workout. According to a small study, intense physical activity increases blood flow through the arteries, even after a fatty meal.

In addition to boosting “good” HDL cholesterol, cutting “bad” LDLs, and lowering blood pressure, intense exercise benefits your heart by protecting the inner layer of blood vessel walls, called the endothelium, from getting stiff. Endothelial dysfunction---when blood vessel linings no longer widen to accommodate increased blood flow---sets the stage for atherosclerosis.

To investigate the effect of exercise and a high-fat meal on how well the inside of blood vessels function, a team of scientists from Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway and elsewhere, assigned eight healthy men to three trials. In the first, study volunteers engaged in one session of moderate-intensity activity (60 to 70% of maximal heart rate) 16 hours before eating a high-fat meal. In the second, participants did a high-intensity workout (85 to 95% of maximal heart rate) 16 hours before eating the same high-fat food. In the third, the men did not exercise, but consumed the high-fat meal.

Before and after each meal, tests measured levels of blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides), antioxidants, and how well blood vessels in the arm dilated in response to stress. Fatty foods generally diminish our blood vessels’ ability to dilate effectively. Interestingly in this trial researchers discovered that high-intensity activity was associated with a 45% improvement in arm blood flow after the fatty meal, even though the exercise session occurred many hours earlier. Moderate-intensity activity increased blood flow by 20%, whereas no blood flow improvement was seen in the sedentary group.

The novel finding study authors say “was that the high-intensity exercise not only prevented the normal post high-fat meal reduction in endothelial function but, in fact, increased blood flow despite lipemia [higher levels of blood fats].” The protective effect of high-intensity exercise was also long lasting, suggesting a mechanism by which regular exercise reduces the risk of heart and vascular disease.

The study findings are published in the January 13, 2009 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Tyldum GA et al. Endothelial Dysfunction Induced by Post-Prandial Lipemia: Complete Protection Afforded by High-Intensity Aerobic Interval Exercise. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2008.Back to Top

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Ready, set,GOOOOO

The cold weather jacket stayed put on the chair as I headed to the basement for my ride on the trainer. As much as I wanted to ride outside on Saturday, I could not, nor did I have time to wash my bike again from all the salt and sand. Surprisingly I looked forward to riding and had one of those great rides where I could just ride all day long. If it was not for the saddle soreness, even with (chamois butter) I swear the engine was purring like a kitten. Got to love those days!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Save the Ta Ta's Party

Ta Ta's party pics

Last night I was invited to one of my best friends sisters One year anniversary Brest Cancer Survivor. What a great idea for a party! Pam's sister Shelley was diagnosed with breast cancer less than a year ago and I have to say she looks great! Pam put on this surprise party for her last night to demonstrate our love for her sister and all the women who are affected by Breast Cancer. I actually thought Pam came up with the idea save the Ta Ta's but I guess it has been around some time, cute idea. It was really good to see my old friends and catch up. I can't believe some of my friends daughters are already finishing college, makes me feel old. Everyone pitched in to buy Shelly a beautiful necklace designed by Jane Seymour. Proceeds from the party were donated to the Brest Cancer research foundation. The rest of the night was filled with singing, dancing and having a good ole time with the girls.

Friday, February 13, 2009

The glass is half full

Wow February is half gone and we had two splendid weeks of great riding weather, how lucky for us Wisconsinites. I can only think that March madness is just around the corner and the smells of the warm tropic winds are headed are way. It's only gonna get better from here on in!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

JS ONLINE: Deaths rip hole in tight family

A close friend of mine lost her brother and nephew in Saturdays fatal car crash caused by another drunk driver. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family at this difficult time.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Why I Ride

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

CTS article hits nail on the head

Compton earns bronze at Cross Worlds

I could not agree more that VOS drafted herself to victory without even working. That's racing I guess.

It's too bad Katie could not of taken it at the finish after leading the first half of the race by 17 seconds and blowing off the doors at the start.

I love Women Power!

World Championships Cyclo-cross on demand here

Monday, February 02, 2009