Today marks the LAST LONG BIKE RIDE before Ironman Lake Placid (IMLP). Randy was a true sport and agreed to go with me on my 6 hour ordeal. At my behest, he also burned some new music for my Ipod included the “Barbie World”, “I feel like a woman” by Shania Twain, “Dani California (RCPS) and more MJ-yay!  The trick to riding long in the summers in Vegas is 1) get up at the crack of…..whatever you want to call it.  In my case it was 3:45 so we could be on the road just before 5:00 a.m.) 2) Start with Frozen waterbottles.  As many as you can carry (I had 3).  Bring money. More than you think you need–seriously, it cost more to drink on a hot 6 hour bike ride than it does at any happy hour in Vegas:) and finally, at the suggestion a couple months ago from coach Kurt, a LOADED Ipod!

Breakfast 4:15 a.m.

Blackberry-Spinach Smoothie

You are probably wondering if I have gone completely off my rocker. I mean, what athlete eats a bunch of spinach before a long workout? My theory is that apes and guerilla eat leafy greens all day long–so why not try it?  The smoothie is purple, thanks to the blackberries, creamy (thanks to the yogurt and banana), sweet (thanks to the fruit and packet of Stevia) and even give the copious amount of spinach, the green flavor was undectable.

Blackberry-Spinach Smoothie

  • 1 Cup Strauss Family Organic Yogurt
  • 1 Ripe banana
  • 1.5 Frozen organic blackberries
  • 2 Cups (yes 2 Cups) organic baby spinach leaves
  • 1 packet Stevia
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed

Randy and the Cupcake…

Randy has a nice habit of addressing the girls in his life (at least the ones he likes!) by “sweet names” such as “dumpling”, “struedel” or “cupcake”.  After about 2/3 of the way on the ride, he pulled up next to me and queried “How are you doing, cupcake?”. My brain being as food forefront as it is, started to dream about all of the different kinds of cupcakes; Red Velvet with 7 minute frosting; German Chocolate Cake with that ooozy coconut icing; Lucsious Lemon with tangy white spread; and the ubiquitious Devil’s Food. Damn, I want a cupcake!

Bike Ride 5:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Miles–lots (okay right around 100)

Heat –hot (okay, right around 100)

Water bottles et al–alot (okay, right around 100.  No, just kidding, about 8)

Broke down and bought a 20 oz Coca Cola at about the 5 hour point.  Tasted great and drank it within about 3 hilly miles

Off the bike and on to a short transition run.

12:30 p.m.

  • Another Blackberry-Spinach Smoothie

2:00 p.m

  • Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Red Sauce
  • Broccoli

4:00 p.m.

Artisan Cheeses. Several Tastes. At work and doing a tasting. Really good cheeses!

10:00 p.m.

  • More Artisan Cheeses and a Salad

12:00 a.m.

Half a dozen Snow Creek Oyster on the Half Shell–yummm!!!!!

1:30 a.m. Sleep…..with visions of cupcake dancing in my head