Thursday, January 27, 2011

Specialized and CeraSport

The perfect combination!! I recently read a review about the new Specialized Purist bottles. Since I am both a water bottle hoarder (just ask my husband) and a Specialized addict (just ask anyone who knows me or works at a bike shop), I simply HAD to get my hands on these.

The bottle is AWESOME! They've put a new squirt valve on the bottle that saves you from the annoying opening and closing of valves while on the bike. It's always "open," just grab and squeeze! They've lined the bottles with silicon dioxide so that cleaning is amazingly easy. The silicon coating prevents the growth of mold, discoloration of the interior of the bottle, AND keeps the bottle fresh and clean. And, for those who fear the terms "silicon dioxide" in relation to a coating that could chip off - a quote from the Specialized site, "Even if it could be removed, silicon dioxide (at the levels found inside of the bottle) occurs naturally in fruits, vegetables, and nuts, so ingestion is not a problem. "

Combine this awesome bottle with my delicious CeraSport and you have a winning combination! Ahh, CeraSport, how do I love thee...let me count the ways, "One-one thousand, two-one thousand, three-one thousand!!"

To try your own Purist bottle - check out the Specialized website!

To try CeraSport, click on the link HERE! If you used "CAWES" as a coupon code, you'll even get 15% off your purchase!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mountain Ninjas


Who needs light to ride a bike?? Ramba, aka AK, and the Badger took to the trails on a hiatus from the roads due to the colder temps, and a touch of insanity. Just to add to the ninja-ness of the wasabi warriors, we did most of the ride in the dark.

Where Would YOU Go?

OK...now, I know that some folks out there (crazies) enjoy the cold weather (loonies). But, most of us (normal people) probably don't like it too much. Certainly, if you're spending this winter in the Mid-Atlantic region, you're facing one of the coldest winters in recent history. Of the many news reports I've heard, watched, read...the statistics have mentioned temperatures up to 10 degrees below the average for this time of the year. I mean, when your car's temperature gauge reads 9 degrees...that's COLD.

So, some of us (non-insane) dream of warmer climes. Some of us (non-loonies) picture blue skies, warm sun, green fields, and no snow. Ahh...to see the rolling roads and 45 degree temps in Girona, Spain would make my little porkchoppy heart so happy right about now.

If you dream of warmer places...where would you go? Where would you spend your wintery months?

BTW - I don't really think cold-weather lovers are crazy...just far tougher than me!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Party Time!

The CAWES gals got together for a little party to celebrate the start of a great season and the birth of the Porkchop. We managed to gather together a few dozen of our closest friends and eat a bunch of delicious food and drink some great wine. It was a great way to start off the new race season, introduce some of our new riders to some of our local Philly-based sponsors, and spend some time together!
The night ended with an after party at the "Manor Bar" in New Jersey and then Mike managed to convince Jason and Robin to drive over to Philly for cheesesteaks. Mind you, this photo was snapped at about 1 am. Yum.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Rough Days

I'm sure that everyone has them....but there are days (especially when it's cold and snowy - BLECH) when I can't help but feel like this...
This is not a particularly nice way to feel, as you can imagine. When I do feel like this

there are really only a few people in the world that can make me feel better. My teammates certainly do a wonderful job, as do my husband and best friends. But, even they cannot match the power of two super important people...Dan and Marnie. For the past few years, I have been visiting Dan and Marnie at Still Waters Holistic Health Therapies. Whether it's my legs giving me trouble in a power workout or my brain having trouble focusing on work and dissertation studies, these two have never failed to help me feel less like this...

And more like THIS.
Thank goodness for them...no one wants and Angry Porkchop on their hands. I hear they can be as deadly as Angry Grizzlies and Badgers.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Porkchop's First Roll...

2011 is the year. The year that the Porkchop learns to ride the rollers. I have literally NEVER ridden rollers before today. Leah and I finished our workout this morning and I attempted my first roller ride! Thankfully, my mantel is the PERFECT height for rollers, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Of course, as is REQUIRED of the first roller attempt...it must be videotaped! So, here it is.

video

I didn't land on my face, so I'd consider the Porkchop's First Roll as a success! Can't wait until my Kreitlers get here, so I can practice JAMMING on them!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blending with BCHAN

Well, the road season is upon us. (YAY!!!!!!) As the seasoned cyclist knows, recovery is almost as important as the time you spend beating yourself up on the bike. One of my favorite aspects of recovery is the post-ride recovery smoothie.

What is so awesome about the recovery smoothie, you ask?

Let me explain. Today for example-- almost four hours in the saddle, post ride core workout + stretching is done, my toes have defrosted, and I'm STARVING. Unfortunately, it's only 5pm. Too early for dinner, but eating another Clif Bar or those carrots I have in the fridge just aint gonna cut it...

Enter recovery smoothie.

I've been on a sunflower butter and banana smoothie kick lately. Yeah, it's a little fattier than your typical fruit smoothie, but hey, I also just burned 2,000 calories.

All you need is:
1 frozen banana (frozen is key! it maintains the overall consistency of this frozen delight)
Couple ice cubes
Splash of orange juice or other liquid, even tap water will do
A small dollop of sunflower butter (soooo much better than PB!)
2 dollops of low- or nonfat-plain yogurt
2 spoonfuls of Gold Medal Aminos (I just started using these and so far they work really well for recovery!!), or your recovery aid of choice.

Throw it all in a blender, magic bullet, food processor, or, heck, I suppose you could even use one of those old fashioned hand held beaters (though if you choose this option, let me know how it goes for ya**). Pour your well blended treat into a glass, and zing! you've got yourself a recovery smoothie!

Bon Appetit!

Here's to recovery smoothies. And the 2011 Season. It's going to be awesome. I can feel it.


**Pics or it didn't happen!