Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Five weeks to go

Today: Easy - Trainer
10.81 miles
52 minutes
-distracted with work on my mind, didn't drink water during workout
*next time no laptop or going through mail, drink more water

Yesterday: Moderate Cardio - Trainer
14+ miles
15-16avg mph
55 minutes
-bike fit a bit uncomfortable but did good with drinking water

Tomorrow: Moderate - Road?
Goal: 10-15 miles

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Audi A4

My husband never stops giving me the nicer of our things. Even when he knows nothing ever stays new or as prestine as it had been in his care.
My car has been in the shop for the past couple days. Our dealership insisted on giving us a loaner even though we can make do. They've always taken good care of us, even for the littlest things like when I broke the visor clip.
Thanks guys. This car has leather seats, a funny electronic key, sun roof, and big screen radio control display but it's way to complicated for me. I can't wait to get my wagon back.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Reason I was late

Dear Boss,

I was late today because I took the initiative in ironing my blouse instead of letting my (sweet) husband do it. Now that I've tackled this task, anything that comes my way will seem simple by comparison.

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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Ready to Ride the Giro!

I have only ridden my bike on the street in front of our home less than three minutes and I have already fallen over! This was my first time on the road with my bike; prior to this I had only ridden on the trainer indoors. I pedaled back and forth and wanted to come to a stop. Unlike platform pedals (where there's nothing holding me to the bicycle), clipless pedals kept me attached by my shoes which have cleats.
Me: "How do I stop?"

John: "Just clip out." A knowledge so rudimentary to him that he doesn't have to think about how to come to a stop and step off the bike.

I came to a stop, unclipped my right shoe and having no momentum to drive me forward, I was left to balance at a stand still. I leaned left and fell over hitting the ground. Timber...LOL!! Apparently I should have unclipped my left shoe because I was use to stepping out on my left leg.

The lesson for beginners:
  1. When approaching a stop, twist your feet (heel out) to the side to release the shoe from the pedals as you slow down.
  2. Straighten your leg, out to the side as you come to a full stop and lean the same way as that leg, standing firmly on the side you have unclipped. Caution: shoes with cleats don't have a lot of tread so it's important to come to nearly a full stop before putting your feet down and standing on the shoe. You can slide and fall.

Yeah...I'm really gonna be competitive in a triathlon in two months (perhaps the Kiddies Division...I could probably beat them if I ran along with my bike!).

Saturday, August 08, 2009


Dude, this is the best set up ever! My laptop fits perfectly between the handle bars. I can read emails with my headphone plugged in to Pandora.com. Listening to Adagio for Strings by Tiesto now. Try to get me off the bike and laptop now, LOL!!!

Friday, August 07, 2009

Bike Tech 101

My own bike tech, lol. I'm learning but instead of inside a meeting room, I'm in a garage. The best part--I can drink beer too! Cheers to a happy Friday and an awesome weekend!!

Worth the Effort

When I think what a pain it is to haul an extra bag full of dirty tupperware to take home, I tell myself it's worth the effort to eat healthy.
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Things that go bump in the night

Did she think that I can't see her only because she covered her eyes so that she can't see me?!

Seeing Doubles

Must mean it's time for bed!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

I nominate Precious as the Best Kitler for CatsThatLookLikeHitler.com!! She is Tom's baby girl (http://www.donoghuephotography.com/)

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Cucumber, Dill, and Red Onion Salad

1 cup sugar
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup water
2 large red onions, sliced thin

3 cucumbers, cut in half moon shape, seeds removed (preferably Hothouse cucumbers)
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 lemons, juiced
1/2 cup fresh dill, picked from the tough stems (or 2 ½ to 3 tablespoons dried dill)
salt and black pepper to taste

In a plastic or glass bowl, combine sugar, red wine vinegar, and water. Mix to combine. Add onions and cover. If you have time, marinate overnight if you have time. Drain the marinade from the onions and proceed with making the salad.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cucumbers, olive oil, lemon juice, dill, marinated red onions, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Note: use Hothouse cucumbers if you can find them. I think they taste better and work the best for this salad. They have more flesh, fewer seeds, and you don't need to peel them because the rinds are thinner and less waxy.

Dill (or dill weed) is an herb and can be found in the produce section near other herbs like basil, cilantro, rosemary, etc. If you cannot find fresh dill, you can substitute dried dill but the rule of thumb when substituting dried herbs for fresh is to use about 1/3 of the amount needed in fresh herbs so for this recipe use about 2 ¾ tablespoons of dried drill.


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