Raining in San Diego, Thankgiving Wild Rice-Butternut Squash Salad and Brief Thoughts on Strength Training

I’m sitting at my computer at 5:00 a.m. listening to the rain that is coming down hard.  Yesterday I heard that San Diego was going to be getting rain overnight.  I asked if we were talking “San Diego Rain” (when it barely is spitting from the sky), or “Real Rain”; y’know, […]

By |November 21st, 2014|Exercise, Fall, Vegan|0 Comments

10 days post Kona and Chocolate-Oat Energy Bites

Woo-wee it’s the off-season….or the non-comp season…..or whatever this time of year is supposed to be called.    I’m 10 days past racing in Kona.  After a week of barely any exercise and eating whatever (hello beer, grilled bread, donuts and chocolate-peanut M and M’s…….) I’m easing back into some […]

By |October 22nd, 2014|Vegan|0 Comments

THE QUESTION, The Ultimate Veggie Burger and Gearing up for Final Races

Today, I had THE QUESTION. You know, the one eventually asked by most omnivores to most vegans upon opening up a conversation about diet.

You know, THE QUESTION. The BIG QUESTION.  Its huge, even G.I.A.N.T by some standards…….

Where do you get your protein?

However, I’m not knocking THE QUESTION.  A sense […]

By |August 26th, 2014|Food Info, Triathlon Training, Vegan|0 Comments

Basic Quinoa and Tapering for Boise 70.3

What do I do when I taper?  I cook; I drink tea; I rewrite songs LOL; I get a pedicure; I foam roll; I walk the dogs at night (not getting out of that one with the old “I have a long bike ride with the girls super […]

By |June 4th, 2014|Events, Food Info, Vegan|0 Comments

Vegan Coconut-Mango Ceviche and the Heat is On

I am spoiled.  Living on the coast of San Diego, most days are between 68-75 degrees.  A cold day is one that starts out at 39 degrees (when that happens, there’s a little snowflake icon that lights up on the dashboard of my car-super cute) Seriously, being a weather […]

By |May 2nd, 2014|Raw Food, Vegan|0 Comments

Whips, Hips and Paddles

Just to be clear, my blog hasn’t gone all crazy and wild on you;  I’ll save that for a later date, lol. This is just a little write up about a creamy dessert, movement and triathlon toys.

Paddles for the last 3 months, I’ve done a fair amount of swimming […]

By |April 17th, 2014|Dessert, Exercise, Triathlon Training, Vegan|0 Comments

Adjusting Training and a Twist on Vegan GF Banana Bread

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”-John Steinbeck

I know that I use this phrase often.  I’ve been feeling really good regarding training and racing and at the start of this weekend, I was ready to string together a couple of key workouts.  Sadly; they were somewhat thwarted yesterday by the rock I hit at about an hour and a half into what was supposed to be a 4 hour ride.  Thankfully, I stayed on the bike and at worst I was just aggravated.  After close inspection of the tire, we deemed it “good” and proceeded to change the tube. Got back on the bike and it blew. Tried a third and had the same problem. At this point, I told Gina and Julie to continue (because good friends don’t let good friends only enemies wait around for long mechanicals). I radioed to the tower called Geoff, and he set out to pick me up an hour away.    My other bike is in pieces so riding that wasn’t an option.  I arrived home and was just done with trying to eek out a quality workout. Reworked the training to push the long(ish) ride to Sunday and long(ish) run to Monday… biggy, right?  I set out for a mental douche mind-clearing run in hopes to temper my mood, and then consoled myself with a baking project.  Today, I was all set to begin my rescheduled long ride and found my other tire flat. Checked the tire for debris then changed the tube and it blew.  Headed down to the bike shop for more tubes and possibly tires, where Johnny was a doll and showed me all of the crap I’d missed in the tires……staples, beer malt liquor bottle shards, etc.  Seems like cracking empty 40 ouncers onto major roadways is a real sport in the Escondido-Temecula corridor.   Okay, tire project complete.  I’m good to go; ready to start this damn ride at noon and then Johnny pipes up:


By |April 13th, 2014|Baking, Exercise, Food Info, Vegan|0 Comments

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean That You Should……

 Triathlon Training, Text with Dog and Vegan Smoked Salmon

Last Sunday, I went a little overboard and ran about 25% more than I was supposed to run. Why? Dunno. Lotsa reasons, I guess.  It was a beautiful day in San Diego (but we have many); it was low tide and I could run the entire stretch from Del Mar to Torrey Pines on the beach; I have a new GPS watch; I was happy to be wearing a only sports bra and shorts; I had an new mix on my Ipod; I wanted to test the legs a week past completing a 70.3 race and gauge where I was….whatever the reasons were, I extended my run.  In hindsight, I knew that it wasn’t the smartest thing. I feel fine and there were no dramatic repercussions.  However, there’s a reason that a (good) coach writes a specific workout for his athlete.  In the process of training during a 7-8 month season, you should do everything you can to execute each workout spot-on, no matter how you feel or if the cool kids (AKA, your training partners) are doing something with more volume or intensity or both.  As KP explained to me, you need to be process-based.  He is looking for each workout in April to set me up for successful ‘A’ race in July.


By |April 8th, 2014|Exercise, Food Info, Product, Vegan|0 Comments

Almost Raw Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake and Beach Running

In the culinary world, and I think (finally!) in the upper right quadrant of the states, spring has sprung and bumper crops of asparagus, strawberries, and new potatoes are flooding the farmers’ markets and produce departments. Inspired by some really flavorful strawberries and a desire to create a dessert that would work for a Passover or Easter dinner, I created a strawberry cheesecake. It’s definitely vegan, almost “raw” and by some standards, “Paleo”.  Okay, so I took a little culinary leeway on the last eating-style category, as I’m not sure if the cave people were sugaring back in the day.  I’m also pretty sure that they were eating more slugs than wild salmon from Whole Foods, but I digress……. 🙂   I love making raw, vegan “cheese” cakes because they are a cinch:  If you can turn on a blender, you can make one in a snap.  The cleanup is minimal as well.


By |April 6th, 2014|Food Info, Raw Food, Vegan|3 Comments

Start of March, Palm Desert OLY and a Date Shake recipe

It’s been a great first half of March.  I was able to kick off the first weekend with an Olympic-ish distance race + post race quality time in Palm Desert with my parents and Geoff. For me, the race served two main purposes:  to shake out the proverbial cobwebs […]

By |March 18th, 2014|Race Reports, Smoothie, Vegan|0 Comments