Friday, May 30, 2014

Dr. Maya Says Kick Ass.


I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. 
Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.

Maya Angelou 
April 1928- May 2014

#shesparkles

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Girl Crush: Alison Powers

Alison Powers- 2014 US National Time Trial Champion

Alison Powers on the podium with Specialized-lululemon riders Carmen Smalls and Evelyn Stevens.

I have a major cycling girl crush right now. Ms. Alison Powers- you are a beast! Alison took the one-two punch this weekend at the US National Road Cycling Championship in Chattenooga, Tennessee. She scooped up both the Time Trial and Road Race 2014 national titles, which nicely compliment her 2013 criterium title which she will defend in August. It can't go without mentioning that she is the first professional rider to hold all three titles simultaneously! All bow down to the reigning Queen of American Cycling! #shesparkles

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Scarf That Rocked My World.

After a year of spending 50% of my time on road, I’ve learned a thing or two about traveling. I breeze through security without violations or pat downs, I never pay for drinks at the airport or on a flight, and I’ve mastered the art of ‘get-shit-done’ while cruising above 10,000 feet. These my friends, are the acquired skills of a road warrior.

Recently I came across a product that I will now never travel without. My Vinyasa Scarf from lululemon. I learned long ago that traveling with some sort of large snuggly scarf was critical. It works as a blanket or pillow when I need to take a nap, it covers the stains on my shirt that I get from trying to consumer beverages on a bumpy plane, and most importantly I still look (ok, maybe just feel) cute when I get off the plane after a 14 hour travel day. All hail the scarf!


While browsing at lululemon at the Mall of America (seriously, that place is overwhelming and ridiculous) my hand brushed across a stack of these scarves. It stopped me in my tracks and I instantly needed whatever I was touching. I’m a sucker for scarves, and once the sales girl wrapped me up in it no less then 10 ways I was sold. As soon as I got home I watched the recommended YouTube video and practiced the art of Vinyasa Scarf origami. Basically, I haven’t taken the thing off since I got it. Please my friends, do yourself a favor and snag yourself one of these oh-so-soft and versatile scarves.



Happy travels to you!    

Monday, May 19, 2014

Minneapolis.

I hate to admit it, but I don’t cook anymore… or blog for that matter. Two things I wish I had more time for. Event season is in full swing and my travel schedule these days has me home just long enough to do a load of laundry and repack my bag. I love the adventure but I do miss the conveniences of home. Like my slow cooker, soda stream, and juicer.

My last trip took me to Minneapolis for the Esprit de She Lakeville Duathlon- a killer all women’s luxury race series. If any of you ladies are looking for a fun triathlon, duathlon, cycle, or running race this summer check them out they have 15 races across the country! I’ve watched enough Food Network to know better than to lump Minneapolis in with the rest of the Midwestern stereotypes of BBQ and fried food, and sure enough I was not disappointed. Thanks to the recommendation of my food loving sales rep we ended up at the Blackbird Café on Nicollet Ave for dinner Saturday night. I heard someone refer to Nicollet at “food street” so I knew I was going to be in for a treat.

Cathy- Esprit de She Lakeville winner, Lindsey- Brand Director for Esprit de She,
 me, and Patti- my gracious host while in Minneapolis and National Director
of Lifetime Fitness Cycle Clubs. 

Blackbird Café is a hipsters paradise with a quiet and relaxed vibe (until 9pm), which was perfect after a long day of work. My waiter was a man of few words who rocked black nail polish and a tie with the tip cut off, and at 9pm the restaurant turned into a nightclub for “Blackbird Prom.” The menu covered all the trendy favorites including a pickle plate, beet and asparagus salad, Brussels sprout hash, and lamb meatballs. There were lots of things on the menu that caught my eye and I really had a hard time deciding despite my ravenous appetite.

Blackbird Café, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
We started with the crispy duck rolls, and as with most duck dishes I was delighted. I don’t know what it is about duck but it just doesn’t seem like you can screw it up! I really enjoyed the sweet chili sauce with carrot shaving that accompanied it. For my main dish I had the spicy peanut Udon noodles with braised Berkshire pork, pork belly, and a sunny side up egg with a side of kimchi. I’m really obsessed with kimchi these days. Everything was very fresh, homemade and you could tell that the chefs really loved the food that they produce. If you are ever in the Minneapolis area I hope you check out the Blackbird Café!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Breakfast Quinoa

We have been hearing it for year. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I know many people who will bypass breakfast for a big cup of jo and hold out for lunch. I am not one of those people. I need breakfast. Farm fresh eggs, crispy bacon, creamy hollandaise and a plethora of reasons to eat pastries what’s not to love about breakfast. While I wish I could eat eggs benedict every morning I don’t have the time to be whipping up fresh English muffins and hollandaise every morning. My skinny jeans also thank me.

I have been on the hunt for a quick and easy breakfast that is packed with protein that doesn’t require me to make a mess of the kitchen and can be thrown together as I head out the door to work. So today, I give you breakfast quinoa! The first time I attempted this recipe I wasn’t expecting much. I ended up loving it so much I refined the recipe and made it again for lunch! The quinoa is cooked in almond milk, brown sugar, and a dash of vanilla to give you a slightly sweet, protein packed bowl of goodness. Top it with your favorite seasonal fruit and nuts and you have yourself a delicious and easy to make well-balanced breakfast. I like to make a big batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week so I can throw my breakfast together in under 5 minutes.
The players.


Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
2 cups almond milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 dash vanilla
Seasonal fruit and nuts

Directions: 
Combine quinoa, almond milk, brown sugar, and vanilla into a pot with a lid. Bring to boil and then lower to a simmer. Let simmer for 20-25 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed. Serve in a bowl and top with your favorite seasonal fruits and nuts (I love bananas, slivered almonds, and a dash of almond milk).


What are your favorite topping for breakfast quinoa? 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Aloha.


I must once again thank my lucky stars because I’m writing this from the tropical paradise of Hawaii. I’m here for work and I’ve had to pinch myself every morning because coming to Kona for the Ironman World Championships is something I have wanted to do since I got started in the sport. While the work days are long and hot I have loved seeing the Kona sites and feeling the World Championship vibe. I love being around so many other TriGeeks and letting my tri-freak-flag fly. My coworkers think I’m a little crazy because every time we pass a pro I start rattling of their stats and their likely hood of winning the race. #trigeekproblems


The highlights so far this trip have been the numerous trips to Da Poke Shack (pronounced Poke-E), and swimming about a mile of the race course. The swim course is absolutely stunning. The waters are crystal clear and you get to look at lots of little fishies as you swim. With each stoke it became come and more clear what an incredible race it is, and that one day I’m going to have to be on the start line.

The view from Dig Me Beach. 
Da Poke Shack you say? After my first bight of the “Shack Special” I decided I needed to befriend these guys. Da Poke Shack is a small unassuming store font on Ali’i Drive that offers up the best ahi tuna I have ever had. It is caught fresh daily (like I watch the guy cut it off the fish) and there are a handful of different seasonings you can choose from. It’s serviced in a small to-go container with a scoop of ride and choice of side, I’ve been munching on the seaweed salad all week. Its healthy, delicious, filling, and I literally dreamed about it last night. I can’t get enough Poke.

Poke goodness!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Dream Big.

Long drives, like the one I did to Interbike, give me a lot of time to think (and sing). Probably more time than is good for a person. Nevertheless, I spent a fair amount of time reflecting on the last year. Where I have been, how hard I fought, and the big decisions I made. It wasn't an easy year but in the end everything turned out OK. Actually more than OK, and I thank my lucky stars for that every day.

One of the things I realized was that I have spent the last year living in survival mode while I job hunted, moved, adapted to a new lifestyle and career. It was kind of exhausting and I only had the energy to live one day at a time. Now that my life has settled down (a bit) I've decided it’s time to start dreaming again. So I set 3 goals: 1 person, 1 professional, and 1 athletic.

How I feel when I set goals. 

I've learned that setting goals keep me focused and reaching for more. Some of my goals will be achieved more quickly, and others may change or evolve over time. It’s OK, as long as you keep fighting. This time around I’m going big, and I suggest you do too.


What are your big dreams?