Showing posts from April, 2015

Gearing up for the Grizzly Peak Century!

This weekend I aimed to prep for next week's Grizzly Peak Century by riding most of the course. I did the Pinehurst - Grizzly Peak Loop and the North Loop. I am planning on doing the car-free start so I will miss the first part, but will have tucked away some miles and climbing in just getting to Tilden. At first I was worried about doing this ride unsupported, but there are plenty of restrooms and water stops: Sibley Visitor Center on Skyline, on Wildcat Canyon Rd. in Tilden at the Island Picnic Area, Pinole, and in Briones at the Archery Range. The Orinda BART has a nice big restroom that you can pull your bike into it and a water fountain. My last water stop was at East Bay Coffee in Pinole and that got me to the end of the ride.

 My Strava

Against my better judgement, I had a bulletproof-style coffee in the morning for breakfast. I usually run on carb fuel, but decided to try it. I wasn't quite feeling it, so had another 2 cups while getting my bike packed. When I was sitt…

Cinderella Challenge 2015

It's been a while since I did the Cinderella ride, it is such a nice one! I just wanted to go out for a day on my bike, and this was the perfect bike therapy. I even got a good climb in on the Challenge Route, which I needed to do to get ready for Grizzly Peak Century. I did 3 loops of Hawk Hill - Marin Headlands loop to prepare, plus spinning. I have already done a couple long rides in the winter, so distance is not a problem.

86 miles,  7:27 moving time, 8:28 elapsed time.

I started the ride at 8am after taking BART to end of the line at Dublin/Pleasanton. The ride is a pretty packed parade of princesses, so we were riding at a mellow pace. Even with that, I barely made the cutoff time to do the challenge route.  Here's a clip of my favorite part: the descent on Patterson Pass Road.

It was a hot day, so I brought along some extra S.O.S. I loved the route, the vibe, and great support of the ride! I saw the SAG vehicles often and the course is well marked with pink …

Spring Training

Spring is here, and with that comes a lot of changes and personal challenges, such as being single again. For those that enjoy spending most of your time biking, running and swimming, not going out and staying out late, waking up very early in the morning to stay on track of your goals, then you know it can be a challenge to find someone who understands that and is supportive and possibly enjoys that also. Relationships run their course and you cross the finish line together with some some happy memories and mementos. If you're not on the same pace or going in the same direction, you split ways and have to keep moving on your path. Perhaps you will cross paths again later. I used to be sad that no-one was ever waiting for me at the finish line, but then I realized there WAS someone there, the best in myself is always waiting there for me.

I've been finding peace running on trails in the Presidio. I decided to mix it up a bit and put some long rides on the calendar. I look …

Raw Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bites

Raw Peanut Butter Trail Mix Bites
2 cups toasted okara from organic soybeans
2 cups Farm Fresh To You trail mix
1 cup peanut butter (slightly melted)
1 cup ground flax seeds
Honey and maple syrup to taste
3/4 - 1 cup liquid (water or juice)

Mix and let absorb
Then add 1/2 c coconut oil

I also couldn't resist adding some sesame seeds and shredded coconut!
Spread into a pan like brownies and let cool in the fridge for half an hour.
Cut into squares or bars. Enjoy!