Thursday, August 12, 2010

Three Things Thursday: Need You Now

Pre-workout fuel: Banana and slice of whole-wheat toast. Half-caff coffee on the side.
Workout: Rode 10.37 miles on Green Envy in 52 minutes, 25 seconds; average speed, 11.9 mph.

Who knows who goes bicycle riding in capri pants when it's 80 degrees out?
I know! I know!

That would be me. And that would be me because I own just two pairs of shorts and both pairs were stinky and in the laundry pile.

Need No. 1 on Three Things Thursday: New shorts. I know it's August, and we all hope and pray that in a month or so the air will cool and those capri pants will be a comfortable part of the rotation. Regardless, I now have 6-7 weeks of half-marathon training to go through on two pairs of shorts. Not good. So I'm on the hunt for another pair or two, and my current fave is the Brooks Epiphany Stretch Shorts on Running Warehouse. I've never worn Brooks shorts (reviews greatly appreciated) but they're cute and have an even cuter matching top. Do I predict a F4F sub-2:00 outfit?

By the way, there are also a pair of capris and a long-sleeve top in the "collection." Maybe I need to change my need to wardrobe ...

Need No. 2: Biking bravado. I like to ride my bike. I do. Really. It just scares me a little. The turns, other bikers who seem to take up too much space, my husband riding behind me. I spend a good third of the ride in fear that I'm going to crash/fall/lose control and hurt myself. I'm sure riding more will help (as would wider pathways). Any advice?

Need No. 3: Recipes for beets. We got our CSA delivery this week, and I was more befuddled than last week. Potatoes I can cook. Beets? Uh, not so sure. I asked my grandma and she began listing off Harrison(?) beets, pickled beets, roasted beets -- all the types of beets she likes. I'm not sure she's made any of the varieties as she told me to look up recipes on the internet. If you knew my grandma, you know that's way out of character. Her in character comment? Telling me how good this vegetable is and assuring me that I will like 'em. Here's hoping the 11th command -- Grandma is always right -- pulls through.

Also in our CSA basket: More potatoes, green beans and a white eggplant. At least I think it's an eggplant. I'm going to roast it tonight and hope for the best.


  1. Your post cracks me up. Have no advice on any of your needs, but wanted to let you know I was reading and enjoy your blog. Good luck with the veggies, the bike, and the wardrobe ensemble :)

  2. I wish I had advice for you about the bike and being scared. I live that fear with you. I love riding my bike, but I am scared the entire time I'm on it that I will crash and fall. Love the blog! :)

  3. Thanks ladies! I am glad I'm not alone in being scared.

  4. We did a CSA last year and beets were the only thing we wasted. They sat in the veggie drawer for months. The best I could come up with was a beet chocolate cake (which actually had good reviews). Good luck?

  5. The only way I've made beets is by roasting them. Just google "roasted beets" and you'll find REALLY simple directions on how to do it. I roast 'em, chop 'em up and throw 'em in a salad with spinach, goat cheese, balsamic, and spiced almonds (or regular depending on if I have extra time to make spiced ones). SO GOOD!

  6. Check out the blog Oh She Glows - I know I've seen beet recipes on there before. Maybe something simple like a beet salad?
    I think the more you ride your bike the more comfortable you will get on it. :)
    For shorts I really like ones by moving comfort - always comfy.
    Last thing, you could roast your eggplant and put it on a homemade pizza. YUM!