Anti-Inflammatory Remarks

Hey ho! Haven’t been around much I know, but…

I had a big event on October 4th. I turned the big Five-oh! That’s right, over the hill, in the third quarter, the downward slide…Well, pooh! I did it, I made it, and on we go.

On that marvelous day, a friend of mine treated me to a two hour massage. (Ahhhhh!) And after if was over, she told me a little bit about the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. After some searching and talking to a few other folks, I decided to give it a go. I mean it doesn’t stray that far from my normal diet. With the exception that there is no sugar, no wheat, and no wine for 28 days. I can handle that.

Right now, I’m eating salmon, salmon, and more salmon. Along with veggies, fruit, eggs, and the occasional oatmeal. As somewhat of a foodie, I am getting pretty bored.

In addition, we are heading out of town for work that will take us to a location that is not terribly well known for its healthy eating selections. I’ve packed my tuna, my sardines, my canned salmon, but what could I nibble on whist trapped behind the desk in our office on wheels?

(Where miracles happen everyday….can I get a Hallelujah!

Anti-inflamatory Granola

I’m calling it “Ginger Snap Granola” because I added 2 Tablespoons of ground ginger along with 1 tsp of cinnamon. I also mixed a variety of nuts (almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and black sesame seeds) to come up with the requisite amount of those and eliminated the coconut.

Smells like heaven! (And I think it will taste even better!)


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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinitis

Yes, it’s true. Both feet! I’ve been dealing with this sucker since July. Of course, I wasn’t able to get in to see the doc until the end of August because of multiple conflicts.

Consequently, I am taking things easy. Which is REALLY hard since the leaves are epic right now. I especially feel bad for my sweet Daisy who hasn’t been getting in her morning 2-3 mile jaunt. We’ve been keeping it close to home and I can tell that she is BORED. Hell, I’m bored!

As mentioned earlier, I’m still trying to figure out whether Pocket is better than just adding links here. Here goes! Lots of info for me!




Why pro athletes heal so quickly (advert)

Anybody else out there got some suggestions on getting over this? (And yes! I’m wearing the damn boot at night!)



Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Bicycle, Uncategorized


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Meatless Monday!

John and I have been really good about observing Meatless Monday. However, since we did leftovers last night, I’m sure he’s craving some protein.

At the moment, the Barefoot Contessa is whipping up THIS wonderful concoction. Even though it’s fall, I’m considering making that, adding in some of the wild mushrooms I gathered this morning.


What I gathered whilst walking the dog

But then, jogging over to the Meatless Monday website, I found THIS wonderful bit of yumminess.

Perhaps both?

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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized


Too many places….

Why can’t it be simple? I find places on the internet and I want to connect them and/or read them later.

Facebook lets me post links, but trying to find that brown butter peach cake I made two years ago is impossible. Same with Twitter…

Stumbleupon…you know, I used it for awhile, but was never able to really master it. I think the biggest issue was, again, trying to weed through all the articles that I tagged. Back then (what, six months or a year ago), you couldn’t tag things (cooking, health, yoga, etc.) so it made it hard to retrieve.

Pinterest….Sorry! I just don’t get that one at all! And I consider myself a visual person. Way too much overload….and from people I don’t even know. How do I get rid of all of THAT garbology?

Now that I’ve been a smart phone addict for 6 years (really that long!) I’ve had challenges with apps that work on the phone but not on the laptop and vice versa.

So, now I’m testing out Pocket. I can read things on my iPhone, or my laptop, and then delete them or file them when I need to.

Actually, I think the most apropos place might be right here. I can customize my links, my tags, my look, my feel. It’s easy to find stuff….my only concern might be that someone thinks I’m plagiarizing them.

Ok, what gives? What’s your favorite way to store links and what’s the easiest way to retrieve them for you?

Gimme your 411…

But for now, here’s today’s link that caught my eye and that I can’t wait to read!

50 Things to Grill in Foil! (Thank you @FoodNetwork!)

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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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A week of bikes

It’s really been more than a week, but the time flew and I feel like it needs to be quickly reviewed.

Wednesday, the 15th, John and I jumped on a plane to head to the south and the three H’s (hazy, hot, and humid). We ended up in Rock Hills, SC at their four-month old Velodrome to time the Elite Omnium Nationals. Loved it! It’s been two years since we’ve worked a track event, and I forgot how fun they are. The facility was beautiful, the people were friendly and helpful, and the weather really wasn’t that bad. With the exception of the rain day which killed my favorite keypad.



We returned home on the 19th with just enough time to do laundry, then catch the finish of Stage 1 of the US Pro Challenge finish in Telluride. Even though I’ve seen several pro races from the announcer’s stage, it was completely different to see the finish in my hometown. So proud of the OC – especially Stephanie Jacquet who KILLED it. We were so over-prepared, it was relaxing in a way.

After that, it was time to pack for the Blue Ribbon Alpine Criterium in Aspen. This is an elite women’s road race that has been run as a stage race in the past. This year, the event organizers were not blessed with sponsorship dollars and the race was reduced to a single criterium. We raced right before the USPCC men’s finish in Aspen came roaring into town. It was fun to play with our friends at Phoenix Sports Technologies gear and help them get their race in the books too.











We headed home on Thursday, and to an unscheduled weekend. Can’t even remember when the last weekend at home was. After doing nothing on Friday, I decided to head out to forage for wild mushrooms. Unfortunately, the drought has left us with very few mushrooms. Either that, or there are a lot of people out there that are getting to them before me.

I was able to gather enough to make a grilled wild mushroom pizza with goat cheese.

This morning, I looked at my Endomondo calendar, and noticed that the last time I rode my bike was almost two weeks ago! I am not even getting close to my big birthday goal. I’m not going to give up, but I’m going to change the focus a bit. Now, it’s going to be about fun and how many giggles I can get in one ride.

I started climbing one of my favorite trails. After a bit of that, I’d had enough and was luck would have it, I discovered a new trail. Well, me and three other guys. We all ended up on a road. The gentlemen were looking for Alta Lakes. I, on the other hand knew exactly where I was and decided to continue on the ski area road. This particular road I haven’t been on in the summer, and it is GORGEOUS. I think I’m going to have to make it one of my fun, short loops from now on.

On one of my descents, I got a little too close to a tree and left some skin behind. Ever the skier, the first thing that popped into my head was “Why didn’t they design break-a-way trees???”

Ah well, giggles and fun. And that’s what it should be all about.

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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Bicycle, Uncategorized


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Two in one day

I know, I know, unbelievable, right?

Well, there is a method to the madness…another Wednesday fast approaches which is my CSA day. I still have a bag of Basil and half a bag of Arugula left soooooooo.


A friend of me told me that she freezes hers, so I thought I’d give it a try.

First, I blanched the pesto and arugula and drained them in the colander. I then spun all the water out. (Ancient salad spinner, but well used and used often.)

Added the usual goodies, sans Parmesan cheese, and it is now lovingly resting in the freezer. How easy is that?


Here is Martha Stewart’s version which was the basis for the recipe. However, I don’t usually measure my pesto and used only her instructions. (Which are pretty invaluable, eh?)

Summer Pesto

  • One bunch of Basil
  • One bag of Arugula
  • 3/4 cup of Pine Nuts (toasted or not…)
  • 4 cloves of Garlic (or to taste)
  • Salt/Pepper
  • approx 1/2 cup of Olive Oil

You know the drill…blanch, drain, food process, freeze, enjoy!


Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Been awhile!

But I’m back! My friend, Stephanie of Fear of Bananas gives me inspiration every time she blogs. I just have to remember that it’s fun and informative. Not to mention that it’s fun for me to look back.

I have recently embraced the Happiness Project where you only have to journal one sentence a day. Talk about simplicity, but even that eludes me after a 14 or 18 hour day when I can barely find the bed through half closed lids!

Well, I’m back to the CSA challenge. Today, it’s BEETS!

I love them. John hates them. So I have to try to sneak them in while he’s not looking. I don’t make him eat them, but I need to keep them interesting for myself.

Today’s recipe:

Beets and Blues

1 cup of skim milk

1 medium beet (quartered)

1 cup of blueberries

1/2 tsp Grade B Maple Syrup.




Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


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