Showing posts from December, 2014

2014 Recap

Distance / Miles:
Run: 800 Swim: 100 (2014 goal accomplished!) Bike: 773 + Bike Commute: 2600 = 3,380 Total: 4,280 (a few more miles than last year!) Races and Events:
DSE Fort Mason 5k (3rd place female)SFR Point Reyes Lighthouse 200k  (first time completing a brevet within cutoff time!) KP Half Marathon - 5k (3rd place Masters AG award (gun time), first place AG (chip time)SFR Two Rock - Valley Ford 200kOakland Running Festival 5k (1st place AG)DSE Walt Stack 10k8th Alcatraz SwimSee Jane Run 13.1SF Marathon (First minimal marathon, 2014 goal accomplished!)Santa Cruz Roughwater SwimSFR Lucas Valley PopulaireMarin County Triathlon (Olympic PR)Brave the Bay
Running: My year is pretty much planned around running, biking and swimming. It's what I enjoy doing - that's when I feel really alive! It's also a social outlet with all the different training groups out there. I love being outside. Though I didn't hit any PRs (except nailing the 10k run after the tri) I placed pretty…

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Whole Foodie!

When I'm not running biking or swimming, I like to spend several hours a day in my kitchen preparing healthy meals and fun new recipes. Here are my simple recommendations for foodie gifts that complement a whole foods lifestyle.

Juicer - Juicing is an easy way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet.You can save the pulp for the next item...

Phat Beets Pickler - For fermenting and pickling naturally. Preserves food you may not have time to eat right away and adds healthy bacteria to your diet. What I love about this item is that it fits on a Mason Jar, so once you're done with a batch you can just put a lid on it and goes right into the fridge. For larger batches, try a fermenting crock.

Dehydrator - Make healthy snacks and preserve foodsfor camping and emergencies. My favorite is dried plantains. They make a yummy pre-workout snack.

Mandoline Slicer - Great sidekick for the pickler and dehydrator!

Crockpot - Very affordable and convenient!

Happy Cooking!

Mushroom Season

In October I attended a Mushroom Cultivation workshop with Mushroom Maestros via the Biofuel Oasis Urban Farming events. A month later I was eating delicious homegrown oyster mushrooms! I try to eat them almost every day, shiitake in particular. They are very nutritious, help support the immune system, and are a great addition to my seasonal farm box diet. Lately I have been trying the Reishi and Cordyceps powders with herbal tea as a natural athletic supplement.

Last weekend we went to the annual MSSF Fungus Fair and got to see all kinds of mushrooms, kits and cooking demos. Now I feel like broadening my mushroom palette!

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Brave the Bay

Last weekend, I did Santa's Triathlon at Brave the Bay...

This is a fun event at Aquatic Park to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The triathlon is a 5k fun run/walk to Marina Green and back, a plunge in the Bay, and a team cable car pulling contest. They had music, lots of food, a raffle, and a costume contest. It was organized by Bob Guinan, our administrator at Water World Swim as an SFPD Challenge. He is a retired officer and we are very appreciative of the support our first responders give us on our local races and events. The teams consisted of different police stations, firefighters, local athletic clubs and companies.

After the run, I pulled together a small team from our swim group and we took the plunge and then tried to make the cable car move. Pulling a cable car is harder than it looks. It took some muscle to get it to move at first, but then once you get it rolling it's easier to pull. We managed to get it down the street in 37 seconds! We also raised …