The best laid plans are…well, you know

As I write this I’m watching the Tour of Romandie coverage on Versus. I’m blown away by the conditioning of the riders and how fast they can ride. Equally impressive is the countryside there in Switzerland. Hard to believe how green the fields are. Just awesome. I took Friday evening off from riding so that I could do some work on my bike and be fully prepared and rested for a hard Saturday ride. I planned on getting up early on Saturday, heading out to White Rock Lake for an early morning ride and, in the words of Phil Liggett, “suffer like a dog”. At least that was the plan. Friday evening I did something to my bike that was long, long, long overdue. Get my point? I don’t think you do. I mean something like 8 years overdue. You see, 8 years ago was the last time that I think it could have been replaced when I had my bike overhauled and the brake cables were replaced. I’m talking about replacing my handlebar tape. I had never done this myself but wasn’t afraid to try. I watched the video over at Bicycle Tutor and did it with no problems. The feel after I was done was amazing. I couldn’t believe I had waited so long to do it. I also gave everything else on the bike a good once over and it all seemed in order. I got up early Saturday morning, had breakfast and headed down to White Rock Lake. I knew something was amiss when I started seeing orange cones at the entrances to the parking...

Cooking Healthy Oatmeal Video

My little oatmeal article has spurred some awesome creativity from BikeCrazy. Sara took the time to put together a great video showing how she makes her super healthy oatmeal. That stuff just looks awesome! It’s amazing when you see somebody else do something how easy it makes it look. I love the way she has everything containerized for easy prep. I need to do that to make it easier on myself because if it’s too hard I won’t do it. You can catch more of BikeCrazy over at her website ByCycleTrips.blogspot.com. Thanks...

The Health Benefits of Oatmeal

When I was a kid my mom made all four of us kids eat some kind of hot cereal when it was cold. It was either oatmeal or malt-o-meal. I hated it. The only thing we had to spice it up with was some butter and that didn’t improve the taste at all. Once it got cold it was even worse. I remember vividly the gag reflex I would have by trying to force down cold oatmeal. Because of that I refused to eat oatmeal for over twenty years. That changed five days ago when 2009 started. Why did I change my ways and give oatmeal a second chance? Because I had heard for years that it was good for you and it had quite a few health benefits. I need all the health benefits I can get. I decided to do some research and find out what those health benefits were. Here they are. 1. There are numerous studies that show that oatmeal may lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The soluble fiber in oatmeal is supposed to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while maintaining the HDL (good) cholesterol levels. 2. The insoluble fiber in oatmeal helps keep the bowels clean by making your stool heavier so it passes through easier. It’s also good for diabetics because the fiber slows down the digestion of starch. 3. Oatmeal is loaded with vitamins like E, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, and thiamine. It also contains zinc which is important for healing of wounds, growth, reproduction, and it’s important for your metabolism. 4. Some studies suggest that a diet...