Category Archives: Food

Getting going in 2013

2013 is here! Time to crank up the mileage. Time to get ready for Battenkill.

After Luray, I took a break from hard training and racing to rest, spend time with my friends and family, and prepare myself to train for Battenkill. Honestly, rest was my first priority. My legs were tired and beat up after attempting single speed CX. I strained my hip flexor halfway through the season and that took me a few weeks to resolve. Then, after 4 geared races, it was clear my body was ready for a break.

Work has been very busy, with Congress closing out the year trying to avoid the fiscal cliff and the new Congress coming in. I’ve had very few chances to ride outside or at home on the trainer. It’s fine, I don’t need to push hard while I’m taking a break, but it’s been frustrating. I love being out on my bike. There is nothing like the open road and lots of miles to take everything else going on in life off your mind for a few hours.

I’ve been trying to avoid the pitfall of bad holiday eating habits. With my mom and daughter in town for Christmas, it was difficult. Not everybody wants quinoa and fried eggs for breakfast. After they left, I made myself a wonderful, not so traditional holiday meal. I made an open faced turkey burger, with a 5″ pita slice as the base, followed by baby spinach, bell peppers, red onions and grape tomatoes with a honey mustard sauce on top.

Here’s what I do:

Take about 1/2 pound of ground turkey meat. I season it with Old Bay, basil and freshly cracked black pepper. I make two think patties of equal size. I then put crumbled blue cheese on one, then place the second patty on top of that and seal the edges. Splash a little olive oil into a frying pan on medium heat and cook the patty, flipping once. I place the cooked burger on top of a 5″ pita slice that is covered in baby spinach leaves. Then chopped bell peppers, red onions and tomatoes. I’ll top it off with honey mustard sauce or BBQ sauce and there you go! A hearty, healthy meal that is easy to make and tastes fantastic. Here’s a pic: