Triathlon Training

Oceanside 70.3 Race Report and the Ironman.com Athlete Tracker

Dear Ironman Dot Com,

If you are going to have a rolling start (or even if you are not), at least have better technology with real time splits and placement changes.  I get that the timing company is based in Canada, and that the eventual race winner, phenom Lionel Sanders, […]

By |April 2nd, 2017|Race Reports|0 Comments

Vegetarian Pho, Triathlon Training and What the Doctor Ordered

It’s so fun to say “tri-ath-a-lon-ing” and it’s even more fun to do it.  Last November, I finally kicked Achilles issues to the curb; trained for a few weeks; ended up with some debilitating foot problem; troubleshot said problem and finally got it somewhat under control (read NO GOUT). […]

By |February 21st, 2016|Fall, Injury, Soups and Stews, Vegetarian|0 Comments

Reaction, Fracture or Gout……..and the BEST Falafel EVER

Q4 2015 was all about A LOT of travel. I don’t envy my husband, who not only travels for play, but for work as well. Trips to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Arizona and Mexico over late October and most of November were followed up by 3 days in Colorado visiting […]

By |January 3rd, 2016|Injury, Restaurant Info, Triathlon Training|1 Comment

Cleaning up the Eating-Plant Based Style

The power of food is tremendous. It’s pretty amazing that what you eat has a direct effect on your productivity, mood, sleep, health, etc.  When I’m eating well, I clear my inbox; my workouts go splendidly; I have a ton of mental clarity; some not-so-great life situations and annoyances […]

By |September 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Fun Foodie Finds August 17th-23rd

Shiitake Mushroom Jerky from Far West Fungi My love affair for All Things Shiitake continues. Two weeks ago, Farm Fresh To You featured this Jerky as an additional add-on. Since then, this toothsome, salty/slightly sweet hasn’t been available through them, but I’m sure that you can order some directly […]

By |August 26th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Weekly Round Up–Foodsense, Now Favorites

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the 2nd week of summer. Six years ago this weekend, I landed in North County. I met Geoff (and Skye) on Dog Beach six years ago today (although Geoff was half asleep and it took him 3 weeks to ask me out. […]

By |August 9th, 2015|Exercise, Food Info|0 Comments

Vegan, Gluten-Free Chickpea Cashew Butter Blondies and #MBW

Day three of self-inflicted Monster Bike Week #MBW. Coming off of 4 days of R and R over at the Canyon Suites in Scottsdale (“R and R” is code for “barely no exercise, lounging, eating and wine”), I was gunning for some quality and quantity in training. It’s […]

By |May 21st, 2015|Baking, Exercise, Triathlon Training|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…..no 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:

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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.

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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.

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