Tuesday, August 28, 2007

a fresh twist

Nick and Tracey's foray into Sushi has sent me on a new flavor spin.

Try this, its really good.

Add to rice: lime, braggs or soy sauce, a little wasabi and some picked ginger.

Cook the rice ahead of time and its instant lunch, snack or whatever.

Add edamame, broccoli or your own combo and there's a great dinner.


Sunday, August 26, 2007

just a little wee drive

Well, As I don't travel enough. I decided to go to Boulder on Thursday for a Friday Swim lesson.
We really don't venture into Boulder all that often, mainly as we don't usually have reason to. So this was my first foray into the city there in nearly 2 years.
I have to say that Boulder completely trips me out as I find it quite intense. Yet, fun when you relax into the scene. I sat in the bookend cafe on Pearl St on Friday and people watched for a while. Then I went to Wholefoods at 5pm on a Friday which was insane, but pretty cool - I did more people watching there than actual food buying. They had this fig chocolate pressed pate in the cheese section that I didn't buy as I thought it would melt but it looked amazing and next week when we get swim lesson #2. I'm going to go back to get some.
The swim lesson was great, and its exciting as he gave me technique pointers as well as advice for my swim program ( hmm... on that note its probably time my swimming became a program!)
I stayed with Nick and Tracey. They made Sushi on friday night - so good. They had been given a Sushi set for an engagement present( great idea!). Boulder can be great... Nick bought some really good Sushi grade Tuna at wholefoods. Gunnison doesn't exactly have sushi grade anything - unless maybe you catch and eat a trout- down by the river - ha ha).
On Saturday I went up to Winterpark for the last of their race series. It was well attended and relaxed. The race was a point to point where we rode about 5 miles out to the start. I was racing the singlespeed and it was awesome untill about an hour into the race, when the chain fell off 5 times in about 5 minutes, wot a bummer, so I had to ride back up the trail and take my sorry self on the road back to the start. Its time I believe to retire the single and get a real one! As despite a new crank and chain it has been a problamatic ride in the past few months.
FromWinterpark I drove up to Breckenridge for a excellent Saturday evening and Sunday swim/ride with LaDawn. It was the most amazing day today, calm sunny late summer perfection.

Brian had the boys over....


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Ogden, Utah

I've just been having a bit of a dilemma. Deciding on a beverage to have with dinner, A Margarita or a glass of Kombucha tea. It has been 10 days since the Snowmass party now.. so guess which one won out. I wonder though what tequila is like w/ Kombucha?

Well I promised an Ogden report.

It really was a super fun weekend. We stayed in a venue side Condo ( expertly organised by Dara Marks Marino). #22 Lakeside and we couldn't have been any closer to the course without actually camping out in the Earl Lodge bathroom ( a viable option by the way - Earls Lodge was the Snowbasin Ski area facility and it was extremely fancy). Our Condo was stacked with as Brian put it (estrogen) and talent. We did have 4 resident boys, however they couldn't quite compete with the personality of Liz Vollmer , Sage, Kristi Lanier and Dara.

Photo - courtesy of Will Kelsay ( sad to say I bypassed the post awards party - was still burned from post Snowmass!).

Ogden I thought had a neat vibe ( Tom Speigal owner of Team Unlimited summed it up well. " Other venues embrace us - Ogden UT romances us") .

The race had its logistics, with 2 transitions one at the bottom of the 'hill' and the T2 approx 3000 ft and 10 miles up the road at the Snowbasin Ski area. Brian nearly got caught out as we drove up to T2 early on Saturday to leave our running stuff when he realised his shoes where in the Condo garage. It worked out okay though - we had heaps of time.

Brian had the race of the day in my opinion. He had a solid swim exiting in 55 and passed 52 people to post the fastest bike split and the fastest run split to get himself into 3rd and on 'the podium'. this was his best result by far (when its been a full XT with a swim) and well deserved.

My swim was a bit rough and dissapointing to me as I thought I was capable and experienced enough to get the better out of myself on the day. However I did have a good bike and a good run and I really felt strong and in control of my effort so that was encouraging. I finshed 3rd and am now in third for the series, with the race drop I'm tied with Candy Angle going into Tahoe.

Now we have a nice long build up to Nationals in Tahoe and Worlds in Maui. We are excited to have the time to work on our weaknesses and hopefully see some improvement.

As Gunni doesn't have an open pool right now I've been going out to the river and swimming. Feels safer than the lake and is closer. The view from the water is pretty neat, its in the canyon and highway 50 is just up from the river so I figure that if anything where to go wrong - get eaten by a trout or something - I could just get out and walk in my wetsuit along the road. that'd be one for the books!

I am going to Boulder for a swim lesson on Friday and am really excited about it. I may also race the Tippery creek Winter Park race too. I'm thinking about racing the singlespeed just for a change of mental space.

Brian has a buddy coming into town to ride for the weekend. Wonder if that was planned?



For Ogden race articles check out - http://www.xterraplanet.com/, or http://www.insidetri.com/. http://www.trihive.com/ has some good photos.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Photo Journal of the Mountain championships XTERRA

This was a fantastic weekend in Ogden, Utah. A beautiful area... what a treat! Heres Part A - some racing pics (courtesy of Trihive.com) and Willkelsay.com

Part B - Out takes and The inside scoop will follow.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Snowmass finals weekend

The NMBS finals where held in Snowmass, CO last weekend. Racing wise both Brian and I had really good events. Can you believe I just wrote Brian and a good event in the same sentence. mechanical free -With a 17th in the XC and a 15th in the STXC. I ran the mens STXC after my race and was impressed watching how hard he was digging. If I had have been able to access that kind of effort myself? I suffered my way to 10th in the short track which followed a good 7th in the cross country. The XC was funny as along with Zephanie Blasi I basically battled with the Xterra girls Melanie and Jamie. Melanie had a really solid race at high Altitude. Pictured above are Lea, Caitlyn and I at the end of the XC.
Post race Ross Schnell, Jeff Schwalk, Lea and I rode in Ross's GTI up to some hot springs along the Crystal river. I'd underestimated the 5k from Carbondale ( was more like 12 miles) .... causing the others to call me JB #2. But we did find it. Mile marker 56 ish if youre in the area. Hot, cold therapy for the legs and good times. Pizza followed at the white house pizza in Carbondale..Good times followed the Short track too in the form of a stellar 80's party, we where somewhat overserved! and suffered for our fun the next day. Phew Monday was a rough day, but it was worth it I think, you have to party sometimes. We came home to some miscommunicaton over Maxwell dog, who wasn't at the kennel as planned and had spent the weekend at home in our house, amazingly and fortunately he was aok just hungry. I rewarded him with a trip to the river and he rewarded me by rolling in dead fish gus! Did I deserve it? Oh yeah, did I enjoy hung over and washing dead fish off the dog??

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Notice how

Homologous blood doping seems to come in Twos. When Tyler Hamilton tested +ve so did his Phonack teammate, and now two years later Alexander Vinokourov has tested +ve for blood doping with someone else's blood, and so has his Astana teammate??hmmm.... boring, dubious, dirty, My theroy is the blood baggies where mislabled.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Gadget girl

A few years ago when my friend Susan D was sponsored by RLX polo sport she had this winter cycling jersey that she made fun of. It was windproof, rainproof, lightweight super cute, with an exorbitant retail value.... yet the reason she made such fun was because it only had 2 ridiculously small pockets one for a cell phone and one for an I pod. What?!

Maybe the company was ahead of its time... or at least Gunnison's time.

I stopped to buy some wine on the way home from my ride today and pulled my headphones out of my ears to talk to a friend there, as I was paying, my cell phone rings and my back pocket talks to me. I put the wine into my back pocket (real cycling jersey pockets are useful) and turn off the heart rate monitor for the ride home. And now I'm on the computer!

Whats happening to me! I used the be the least gadget orientated person I knew.

My ride did redeem me, alongside the river to the Blue Mesa Lake. Peaceful and beautiful.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Raspberries, Farrells pie and intervals

We have wild raspberries in our garden and they are going crazy. Well.. in all honesty we have wild everything and the raspberries are the one redeeming feature, and that Brian has just mowed the lawn.

Farrells is a lunch place on the main street in Gunnison. Their food is really good, and they make THE best PIES! They usually have some delectable offering of fruit pie.

During my session in the pool yesterday I started thinking about Farrells and pie. Something to do with the fact that we were swimming intervals and I was dying. I got through the session and talked Brian into stopping by Farrells. It wasn't hard, our conversation went along the lines of I'll buy you pie! Yesterdays creation was Peach, divine!

Swimming had worked me so hard that I also came home post pie and immediately ate lunch.

I've just done 5 days of intervals... I made the mistake of telling Ann I felt I wanted to be able to run and swim faster too. (be careful what you wish for!).

Its important to me to keep a sense of humor and fun in my training. I mean seriously how many of us really enjoy cycling so hard uphill that our tongues hang out, as we gasp for air and try not to fall over.

So for fun the other day I did the Super D in our local series. I was actually kinda nervous ... wanted to stay upright and all. The pinnacles series in Crested Butte in its 10th year. Local race Guru 'H 'organises fun rides and courses, free beer, free food, cool prizes and I have to tell you the past 2 weeks have been excellent, a long muddy race last Thursday followed by incredible perfect conditions for this past week's Super D.

Brian is back in action with not one but two bikes. So he's psyched and my schedule says fun and enjoyable tomorrow. It also says not longer than 2 1/2 hours. Ann being smart. We think we might have to hit up the Continental divide. Brian does have a Fuel to break in.