The Payoff

Normally I don’t think I will do the whole “post a day” thing but while on my ride tonight, I thought I would mention a few things.

For those of you on “the program” (or, “the club” as my friend Heidi and I call it), I tried a pretty friendly recipe tonight that was fairly low in the whole points plus realm:

1. Spinach Pasta

2. 2 Jars (we only had 1.25) of GOOD marinara sauce

** A quick word on “good” marinara sauce – I can make my own. I’m Italian. It’s what we do. I still haven’t perfected it but the flavor is better than a lot of store bought sauces. That being said, it takes a ton of time to do correctly. When looking for good sauces, I am a big fan of either Boves or Classico Tomato and Basil.  Everyone has their favorite. If I find out you are using Prego or Ragu I will hunt you down. This also goes for “Store Brand X Marinara”. **

3. 4 cloves garlic, minced

4. 1/2 an onion, finely diced

5. 1 package 93% lean ground turkey

The pasta was the hardest part of the recipe.  Note – if you follow the instructions, you SHOULD get 12 or 13 1-cup servings. Each 1 cup = 5 points plus.  He was right about draining the hell out of the spinach too.

For the sauce, sauté the garlic, onions, and brown the turkey at once.  Drain the fat. Add sauce. Cook SLOWLY. I added oregano and dried basil to it. (also salt and pepper)

The points plus value for the sauce will vary depending on how much meat you like.

I hadn’t had much to eat today due to our crazy schedule so I had enough points left over for some frozen yogurt.

At around 5:30, the skies slowly started to clear and as dinner was finishing, I knew I wanted to get out for a spin. Belly full of pasta, I threw on my riding clothes and was out the door by 7.  It was a perfect ride. Clear skies, temps in the 60’s, and I was moving pretty well for a full guy. I regret that I didn’t try to do the bonus mileage and hit a major climb. I was a bit worried for time and, since I don’t have my lights installed, I didn’t want to get stuck in the dark.

I am still way under my goal for the year. Only 600 miles in so far. Most people accomplish this in a month. Here we are, two months into the riding season…

I saw this on facebook earlier today and it made me think of my post yesterday:

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A pretty true statement.  I think that for me, that is what this whole process is about. Every day, every week  I want to be a little better than I was before. Faster, thinner, more nimble…really, just better. Me version 2.0

An endorsement, for those of you who are into the road riding thing, I HIGHLY recommend the Giordana Formared Carbon Flex Short Sleeve Jersey. I picked a couple of them up on clearance and really dig the cut and feel. They are well worth the investment if you can find them on the cheap.

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