I have a big race announcement!
But firstâ€¦ lunch!
I was inspired by a lovely (non-vegetarian) recipe on Zesty Cookâ€™s blog and thought Iâ€™d make a veggie version of Baked Pasta Casserole.
This mini casserole dish contained:
- 1 cup cooked wheat wheat pasta
- 5 chopped black olives
- 1/4 cup kidney beans
- 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes
- 1/4 cup pasta sauce
- Cheese (to top)
I just combined everything in a little mini casserole dish and baked it at 375 for 20 minutes. After topping with cheese, I broiled for another few minutes.
OKâ€¦. onto my BIG news! 🙂
In June, I completed my first (and only) bike race â€“ a Metric Century (race recap). My Dad and I completed the 60 mile race together!
Honestly, I thought the Metric Century was going to be a LOT easier than it actually was. Riding 60 miles at a steady pace â€“ I kept up with a pack of men â€“ was SO HARD.
In fact, it took me 4 hours and 24 minutes to complete the race â€“ thatâ€™s only 30 minutes less than it took me to run a marathon!
When I finished the Metric, the first words out of my mouth were, â€œI wanna do a Century next!â€ A Century is 100 miles.
The Echelon Napa Gran Fondo is a charity event benefiting LIVESTRONG and both The Queen of the Valley Medical Center and The Saint Helena Hospital located in the Napa Valley, California.
Thatâ€™s rightâ€¦ in May, I will be packing up my bicycle and flying ACROSS the country to participate in a 100-mile ride through the rolling HILLS (!!) of Napa Valley, California. This race could EASILY take me 7 hours.
Not only will this race be a tremendous physical challenge (trust me, 100 miles on a bike in the hills of California is going to be a LOT harder than a pretty moderate marathon run in the flat Florida), but Iâ€™ll also be raising $3,000 for cancer research. I hope I can count on your support!
Also â€“ if you are interested in participating, I might form a TEAM! If youâ€™d like to be on my team, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This race is 2 months after my triathlon, which works out perfectly. Iâ€™m excited to put MAJOR time into the saddle between now and then. But, I have no doubt this will be the most physically challenging event of my life, and I am a little nervous.
What was something you thought you couldnâ€™t accomplish, but you did? When I first started to run, I never thought I could complete a 10Kâ€¦ but I did! And know I know itâ€™s ALL possible!