What’s Cookin’ Week of May 20th

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MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH!

Bike Month

One of my favorite sporting activities is road cycling. I started road cycling about 18 years ago when I lived in Richmond, VA. My first bike was a borrowed bike that was stuck in one gear…and it was the hardest gear! Let’s just say that I was “grinding” up every last hill. My most exciting cycling event was riding with the Tour d’ Italia in 2002! Wow. Those were some hills. We would start at the bottom of the mountain dressed in summer gear and end at the top of the mountain in full winter riding gear. I could not even make it up some of the hills without doing “switchbacks” on the road. Bet you are wondering what those are. Switchbacks are when you are “snaking” from one side of the road to the other to get up the hill in an “S” formation. Hello, talk about turning up the volume on the leg muscles!!!

Here are 5 IMPORTANT STEPS TO RIDING BETTER AND MORE SAFELY!

1. Follow the Rules of the Road

  • Ride with traffic and obey the same laws as motorists.
  • Use the rightmost lane that heads in the direction that you are traveling.
  • Obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs, lights, and lane markings.
  • Always look back and use hand and arm signals to indicate your intention to stop, merge or turn.

2. Be VisibleImage

  • Ride where drivers can see you.
  • Wear brightly colored clothing at all times.
  • At night, use a white front light and red rear light or reflector. Wear reflective tape or clothing.

3. Be Predictable

  • Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars.
  • Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there.
  • Do not ride on the sidewalk.

4. Anticipate Conflicts

  • Be aware of traffic around you and be prepared to take evasive action.
  • Learn braking and turning techniques to avoid crashes
  • Be extra alert at intersections.

5. Wear a Helmet

  • Make sure that the helmet fits on top of your head, not tipped back or forward.
  • After a crash or any impact that affects you helmet, visible or not, replace it immediately.

Enjoy riding and be safe!

What’s Cookin’ Week of May 20th

**My weekday names are all cycling terms!**

“Minute-Man” Meatless Monday:  Crustless Zucchini Tomato Pie served with arugula salad topped with cranberries, feta, pine nuts and Honey Balsamic Dressing and whole wheat roll

I am going to change up my ingredients on this a bit. I am going to switch out my zucchini for broccoli, decrease the parmesan cheese by half, and add some feta. I am not sure the measurement on the feta so will play this one by ear. I will also have some fruit on the table since arugula is a bit bitter for my children’s tastes (except for Tyler). The cranberries will at least entice them to try it.

“Minute-man”: –  in a time trial, the rider who is one place in front of you in the starting order. So called because in most TTs riders start on one-minute intervals.

“Turkey” Tuesday: Grilled Turkey and Brie Cheese sandwiches served on Ciabatta bread spread with fig jam and grilled in my panini maker. Served with fruit salad and ice cream dessert.

I usually pan fry my turkey slices before I put them on my sandwiches. This adds a nice grilled taste to the sandwich.

“Turkey” – an unskilled cyclist

“Wheelsucker” Wednesday: Simple Grilled Chicken served with Fresh Corn Saute with Tomatoes, Squash, and Fried Okra

The chicken and corn can be prepared ahead of time if necessary. Last time I made this, I also added avocado since avocado is one of my favorite foods!

“Wheelsucker” – someones that drafts behind others but doesn’t pull (ARGH!!!)

“Throw the Bike” Thursday:  Pan-Fried Salmon served with Quinoa tossed with Green Giant’s Antioxidant Blend frozen vegetables (my favorite quick frozen veggie mix) and steamed edamame

“Throw the Bike” – a racing technique in which a rider thrusts the bike ahead of his or her body at the finish line, gaining several inches in hopes of winning a close sprint.

“Feed Zone” Friday:  Taking a break…out to dinner. Hence, the title for Friday – “Feed Zone”. Going out always means eating more than you normally would…always remember portion control. Ask for a to-go bag at the beginning of your meal and pack some away…order double veggies…ask for olive oil instead of butter!

“Feed Zone” – a designated area on a race course where riders can be handed food and drinks.

“Soft-Pedal” Saturday:  Sweet Potato and Quinoa Cakes with Black Beans served with spinach salad topped with whatever raw veggies I have in the house.

“Soft-pedal” – to rotate the pedals without actually applying power.  Always love to soft-pedal!

“Saddle-time” Sunday:  Panko Crusted Tilapia with roasted assortment of veggies (not sure what yet) and leftover quinoa from Thursday.

“Saddle-time” – time spent cycling.

Saddle time was specifically picked for this Sunday since Chris and I have a 60-miler on the bike on Sunday AM! Fun times….

For more cycling lingo go to Road Bike Rider.

Enjoy your week!

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