Journal

Apr
5

Summer Camp

“It feels like summer camp, doesn’t it, Clara…”  Teammate Ina Teutenberg states the obvious with her hearty German laugh.  Ina and I go way back.  We’ve ‘camped’ many a times together during women’s races in Europe.  Only this time, in Holland, we’re teammates instead of racing on respective National Teams.  And the camp?  Well, I have to admit, this is a few steps up from the infamous summer … more

Apr
5

Day after Wednesday soup: Miso!

Miso Soup! I have a good excuse for making ‘Soup Wednesday’ happen on Thursday this week.  I’m at a bike race!  And, it started on Wednesday.  Thus, it’s Wednesday night, and I’m just getting to the soup.  Here at the race in Holland, the internet is down in the house we all stay.  So the posting will have to wait for tomorrow.  For all you soup lovers out … more

Apr
1

Bike racing 101: Tour of Flanders

Complete and utter sensory overload.  That’s today in a nutshell.  It was the day that marked my ‘welcome back to European racing’ here at the Tour of Flanders.  Ronde Van Vlaanderen for the die-hard cycling fans out there.  Also known as one of the hardest single day races in the world on two wheels.  Yes, today was the day I’ve been anticipating with angst and excitement for some … more

Mar
28

When the soup is good, all is good…

Peter and I say this with a Belgian (Flemish?) accent often: ‘when the soup is good, all is good’.  We heard it in a documentary on the US Postal Service pro cycling team awhile back.  It was one of the Belgian soigneurs who said it (with a real Belgian accent) it’s stayed with us since.   As mentioned, I love making soup, and it’s Wednesday again so I’d … more

Mar
27

Nervous energy and the bergs that beckon in Belgium

I’m used to nerves at this point.  Nervous energy I have when facing a daunting workout, an epic race or, like last night, a speech in front of a few thousand people.  What gets me through these nervous times is one thing: preparation.  I know what it means to be fully prepared and to execute, no matter the task at hand.   But there’s something to be said … more

Mar
21

Soup Wednesday!

It’s Wednesday again.  Since the inception of my ‘soup is good all is good’ commitment to sharing my favorite soup recipes with the world at large happened on a Wednesday, this category has thus been dubbed ‘Soup Wednesday’.  I think I’ll run out of soups before I run out of Wednesdays.   This week, let’s make the Creamy Parsnip Bisque soup I love so much.  It’s non-fat and … more

Mar
18

Ode to Ally

I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of new athletes this and last year.  Being off the blades and back on two wheels, the athletes are opposite to the extreme.  The sports and the environment they are practiced in could not be more different.  I find it somewhat ironic that the athletes on two wheels seem to have a little more edge than those on the blades. … more

Mar
17

What a difference a day can make…

Another adventure with the skidoo, ATV and finally, the sweet smooth ride of the SUV to the airport brought me out of my winter wonderland to the chaos of LAX.  Yes, it was a shock to the system to arrive at the bustling airport after the two hour flight to the south west of Salt Lake City.  I felt like Dorothy and I definitely was not in Kansas … more

Mar
14

When the soup is good, all is good…

I admit it, I LOVE soup.  Homemade soup, that is.  I am the self-proclaimed ‘Master of the Soups’.  Almost everyday (at home), I make soup for me and Peter.  Especially in the winter.  There’s nothing better than homemade warm soup on a cold day in the mountains.   There’s so many soups I like to make I thought I’d share some of them here.  Over the next weeks, … more

Mar
11

Into the abyss

Definitely never experienced a commute like last night.  After a long day in the saddle, finally riding outside again, I stayed down in the valley, passing a bit of time before seeing my trusted massage therapist Janelle.  By the time I made it back up to the skidoo it was already dark.  Five hours and over 150kms on the bike, solo, left me dirty and tired.  The ‘Action … more


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