We had one of those rare rainy weekends in San Diego. Actually it was more of a 4 day water-fest.  Double yuck!  I shouldn’t be complaining since my friends in the Northeast had temperatures in the single digits. I mean, really. Since when can I not train in 60 degree weather with a slight drizzle? That is like a June day in Vermont.  Answer: SINCE I MOVED TO SAN DIEGO OVER 3 YEARS AGO.  I’m such a wimp. You might as well go get me a sippy cup and a binky.

Part of the post race amenities that I missed: Burger Lounge Quinoa Burger from their super-cool food truck

This past Sunday, I had every intention of running the Carlsbad Half Marathon as a training run.  I picked up my race packet on Saturday (yay me for driving up Interstate 5 in the rain).  Sunday morning’s rain got the best of me and I traded in a fully catered 13.1 training run for a 14 mile independent hilly run on my own plus an hour on the bike trainer.   I reloaded my Ipod with a fresh batch of songs since my other mixes had gotten so stale. There is nothing like a new Ipod mix to get me motivated.

My latest guilty pleasure (move over Real Housewives of New Jersey/Beverly Hills/Orange County) is “Nashville”. The series is on at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesdays but I usually don’t watch it until Thursdays, as 10:00 p.m. is waaaaaay too late to stay up.  Here’s the catch:  I don’t even like country music that much. But the show is so bubble gum pop-country cliché that it is really good.  You’ve got Connie Britton playing almost washed up country legend “Rayna James” in search of a career comeback. She looks like a combination of Debra Messing and any of the 12 or so 45+ country music stars (insert your fave if you have one).  Then you have Hayden Panettiere playing the petulant, spoiled flavor-of-the-month country pop tart. Finally, you have the supporting cast of brooding male musicians with names like Deacon and Avery and Gunnar who are all intertwined with the women in the show.  Really good stuff.

Since I’ve finally fallen in love with riding outside (did you hear that Kurt?), my 1 hour trainer ride seemed a little tedious. The Ipod was loaded with an esoteric mix of songs including “Wrong Song” (the “hit” single off of Nashville–i played it at least a dozen times back-to-back) as well as some Usher and FLO RID A interspersed with Diana Ross and Starland Vocalband (the latter best known for the 1975 one hit wonder “Afternoon Delight).  I started composing a “Top 10 things to think about and/or do while I’m pedaling on bike trainer”.

  1.  Visualize leading the bike course during a (relatively) hard set (This, my friends, will never ever ever happen to me—but it’s great fantasy)
  2. Mentally compose recipes/blogs
  3. Marvel at the fact that I’ve had these ripped up tri shorts for 11 years.   There are 3 holes on both cheeks.  That’s vintage Louis Garneau circa 2002 waffle pattern 🙂
  4.  Mentally compose a to-do list of 35 things;  30 of which I will forget by the end of workout
  5.  Practice my swimming technique and “catching the water” (not while in the aerobars)
  6.  Facebook (only on warm up and cool down).  On most days. 🙂
  7.  Devise a stretching routine that I’m going to do at end of day (and forget to do most days)
  8.  Make mental note to take bike in for overhaul
  9.  Respond to emails and and texts (only during warm up and cool down). Thank goodness for the Iphone—this was a little challenging back in the mid 2000’s
  10.  Pretend like I’m a famous rock star and play air guitar and sing at the dog (who is sitting there with a most canine “WTF are you doing?” expression)

Last night, I had an easy dinner of baked potatoes and roasted broccoli.  I figured that if I were already jacking up the oven temperature for potatoes, I might as well roast some other veggies at the same time.  Although I prescribe to cooking most things at 350 degrees (it’s an easy number to remember), I’ve learned that baked potatoes get really crisp jackets at 425 degrees.  I threw the potatoes in the oven for an hour.  40 minutes into that, I started the broccoli

Roasted Broccoli for a Sunday night dinner

Basic Roasted Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 2-3 crowns of Broccoli, separated into 1 inch-2 inch florettes. You can thinly slice any pieces of the stem as the high heat will soften the outside fibers
  • 1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil (Use more oil if you want a crispier vegetable
  •  1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 425
  • On flat pan such as a cookie sheet or sheet pan, toss together broccoli, oil, salt and sesame seeds
  • Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes.  Open oven door and shake pan to loosen and rotate broccoli and to release some of the steam trapped in the over. Close oven and cook another 10 minutes
  • Enjoy!

Next up: San Dieguito 1/2 Marathon February 10th