Thursday, March 13, 2008


Took off for a long ride this evening. I wanted to take the Stumpy out, but I've got the bars off. I'm changing out the stem. I considered putting the bars back on, but took the Tarmac instead. Mistake.

It was breezy as the flag shows. See those clouds? After I crossed under 610 I notice it had recently rained. As I continued north it began to rain. Unfortunately the chi-chi bike has chi-chi slick tires. No sipes. YIKES! I also discovered the chi-chi bike doesn't like to be drifted! That snappy Tarmac handling is great when there's traction, but electrifying without it. I didn't fall, but if not for experience drifting across slipery surfaces on the mountain bike, I'd have bit it.

I turned south, away from the rain, and rode back to do several loops on Heights Blvd, and Washington Ave. Repetitive, but dry.

I've been eating like a horse since I turned up the fire on the training. I'm doing OK, because I'm down 4-lbs. over the last week. Tonights' meal started with saute'ed shrooms...

Pulled them off and pan seered some pounded chicken breasts...

Then I mixed up some balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, and some spices.

I deglazed the pan with this and about 1/2 a can of beef broth (for body). Then I mixed that back with the mushrooms and topped the chicken. Viola!

Served up with some rice and yams. It's almost impossible to photograph yams in an appetizing way. Good thing they tasted good. Simple to make - canned yams and added nutmeg, a pinch of cinnimon, and about 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. The sweet potatoes were a nice contrast to the balsamic vinegar.