Trek Women
March 31, 2008


The Loveman woke me up on Sunday morning and asked me if I was going to do the club ride.  This of course meant that he would be home with the monkeys (score!).  I told him I was going to ride by myself and he kind of shook his head.  He said "You have a lot more to write about when you ride with other people".  Yes, he is correct and yes, I love riding with the club but I just wasn't in the mood. 

I felt like I needed to get away from everyone and everything and be alone for a little while.  The Loveman prepped my bike as he always does (I know I'm spoiled) and I prepared for a fabulous ride.  I had on my favorite red jacket that matches Slick perfectly as it brings out the red accents in his paint job.  Slick and I were looking good and I was feeling good. 

We got out on the road and I felt great.  Slick impressed me with his ability to handle the road like no other bike I have ever been on.  He is absolutely amazing.  I did about 27 miles and not once did I ever feel like I was riding a bike.  I felt like I was on cloud 9 just clearing my head.  I didn't have a care in the world.

It's amazing how much I accomplished on my ride.  I completed my to do list for the week, worked through the monkeys' spring activity schedules, figured out my work and show schedule, picked summer camps and road trips for the kids and enjoyed the scenery.  Fortunately I never had to worry about the bike because it rides itself.  No lie.  I jest you not.  The Trek Madone 6.5 WSD is beyond my wildest dreams.  I'm so glad Slick and I found each other.  He's so good at relaxing and calming me down. 

Now lets all take a deep breath together.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhh......

March 30, 2008



Yes, I am still a part of the biggest loser contest and am trying to be strong but the strangest thing happens when I get around my family.  I am no longer the girl that eats right but instead I become a food junkie.  With that I bring you the top ten ways to gain 5 pounds in a week.  I did it and so can you!

  1. For breakfast always start out with coffee and add some heavy flavored cream.  After coffee time treat the rest of breakfast as if it is a 3 course meal.  Donuts, then cereal, then pancakes. 
  2. Make sure to order out as many meals as possible and don't forget about the sides, they're the best part...especially garlic mashed or mac and cheese which are offered on almost every carry out menu.
  3. Try and eat some type of cheese product with every meal and then throw in a glass of whole milk for good measure.
  4. Keep your children's easter baskets easily accessible so you can pop several pieces of candy in your mouth all day long without the kids ever noticing. 
  5. When eating at a restaurant, first finish your plate, then try and help out all the skinny people at the table that are "too full" to finish their meal. 
  6. Don't worry about filling up on bread at a restaurant.  Eat it up, slather it in butter or olive oil with cheese and always ask for more, even if you have an appetizer, salad and entree on its way.   
  7. No matter how full you are, always order dessert and don't share it with anyone.
  8. Every day between lunch and dinner a trip to the ice cream parlor is a nice afternoon pick me up.  Your order should include a large chocolate malt or shake.
  9. Have an all junk food lunch with the whole family that includes doritos, twinkies, cupcakes and cheese puffs.  You'll suddenly become popular with all the kids on the beach, not just your own.
  10. Every night before bedtime check your fridge for any leftover pizza or pasta and get in a good bedtime snack.  There's nothing like listening to your stomach churn when you're trying to fall asleep. 

Good luck!  If you follow all the steps I'm sure you'll have no problem being as successful as me! 

March 29, 2008


I would like to start this blog out by apologizing for barely writing last week.  I could only get dial-up (what's that?), I didn't have a car and it seemed near impossible to take my kids anywhere that didn't involve water, ice cream or sand...not neccessarily in that order.  Oh ya, and did I mention that the Loveman left 4 days early because he had to "work"?  I could only be so lucky.

Here's some highlights from the trip...

  • Fiona turned 6 years old, had a pool party, and ate half an ice cream cake.
  • Seamus smacked his cousin Max about 5 times a day.
  • Liam started playing tennis, fishing and boogie boarding.
  • Kiley found out that she has a future in Olympic diving.
  • Fiona started swimming in 9 foot deep water for hours on end and never drown.
  • Someone spotted a shark in the ocean while the kids were swimming.  I didn't tell them. 
  • We went out for ice cream every day.  I was the official "drip cleaner".
  • I traveled alone with 4 children alone on an airplane and I didn't jump out the window.
  • Liam decided to tell me that he was scared to death of flying right before boarding.  Nice.

All in all it was a good trip with the family and I know the kids had a ton of fun.  Now I need a vacation from my vacation!


March 26, 2008


Palmtreeonbeach1 After being here for 5 days I have finally found some internet service...but here is the problem, I never have a moment to get to it.  I am very busy chasing my kids up and down the beach, hanging by the pool making sure my kids don't drown, and eating and drinking til my hearts content.  I am busy in a different kind of way, a vacation kind of way. 

There is a fair amount of riding and running that goes on around here.  The one thing that my children and I keep noticing is that no one ever wears a helmet.  Old, young and everything in between, no helmet.  Believe me if I had to choose one place where I would wear a helmet while crossing the street it would be in Florida.  The drivers are horrible and the majority of them are over 80.  No joke.

Personally I have barely been exercising. If I exercise I need a sitter and finding a sitter is a whole new set of challenges.  Sometimes its good to have a little rest time, right? 

March 20, 2008


It was 40 degrees today with 30 mile per hour winds and this is what Kiley, my 3 year old monkey, wanted to put on when she got home from school.  She's a little excited as we are going to Florida tomorrow for a big family vacation with siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and grandparents. 

I have been going to Sarasota, Siesta Key for the past 30 years. Siesta Key has one of the top ten beaches in the world and it's beyond beautiful.  We spend a lot of time going to the beach and then the pool, then the pool and then to the beach, then to get ice cream etc. etc....with a few meltdowns in between.  It is good fun and the kids always look forward to it all year long. 

So tonight I pack for 5 people while trying to find a bathing suit that makes my body look like a size 6...I think I vaguely remember being a size 6 back in grade school.  Then I think about how all of the kids are going to behave on the plane and I take a deep breath, cross my fingers and do a shot.  Just kidding. 

I can't wait to run, ride and get lots of rest and relaxation...ok so that was a joke also.  Come on, is vacationing with your children while being surrounded by water ever relaxing?  Hmmm...maybe when they're 16.  Please ponder that thought. 

Happy Spring!

March 19, 2008



While I attended the National Bike Summit in DC I met an enthusiastic dynamic individual.  Her name is Deb Hubsmith (right in photo) and she is the Director of Safe Routes to School Partnership. 

She planted the seed for Safe Routes to School several years ago while at the National Bike Summit.  After years of hard work and perseverance she received a 613 million dollar grant and was off and running.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching her moderate a couple of the sessions.  She's short, to the point and knows exactly what she's talking about.  She means business and after meeting her you can completely understand how she has done so much in such a short period of time. 

If you are unfamiliar with Safe Routes to School, it was established in 2006 and here is a brief overview of the program.  For the past 2 years community leaders, parents and schools across the U.S. have used Safe Routes to School programs to encourage and enable more children to safely walk and bike to school. The National Center for Safe Routes to School aims to assist these communities in developing successful Safe Routes, programs and strategies. The Center offers a centralized resource of information on how to start and sustain a Safe Routes to School program, case studies of successful programs as well as many other resources for training and technical assistance.

If you live in a community that could benefit from the Safe Routes to School program, hop on their website and they'll walk you through the process.  Good people doing good things.  I love that.

March 18, 2008


In case you haven't figured this out yet, I'm an enthusiastic person.  I get excited about pretty much everything.  I love life, I live in the moment and I love to share how I feel.  Some people like it and I'm sure others find it annoying, and that's ok.

Jim and I have been friends with a couple, Jen and Ron, for a little over a year.  They are a very physically fit or should I say "naturally" physically fit.  They have both been runners their whole lives and they're a bit high strung (in a good way) so they are always burning calories.  I shared my love of biking with Jen and took her on her virgin ride months ago (see Lose Your Panties blog) and she totally got hooked.  She now has a bike that the Loveman built for her and she rode 17 miles on Sunday.  GO JEN! 

Her husband Ron was on the cycling team at Penn State.  Can you say gifted?  Nothing like a guy that is 6'1" and weighs 170!  Poor thing!  Ron was always intrigued and excited about the Trek gig (one of my biggest blog fans) and the Loveman and I begged him since the day we met him to go riding with us.  He was always full of BS excuses such as "My bike is so old" or "I have no time" or "I don't know if I can do it anymore."   Loveman and I kind of laughed in his face and said, "If you hopped on a bike today you could easily kick either of our butts."

The day I got back from the National Bike Summit we had dinner with Jen and Ron and my biking enthusiasm was oozing out of every pore.  Ron said, "I need to get a bike."  His wife agreed that it was a life or death situation.  For real.  He had been sucked into the corporate treadmill and never had any time for years to do something that was so near and dear his heart.  The Loveman and I told him he needed a Madone andtheLoveman agreed to take him out shopping the next day.

The next day I called a new friend and Trek dealer, Jeff Dalik from the Bike Doctor in Linthicum, that I had just met at the National Bike Summit and asked him if he had a Madone 5.1 size 58cm.  Jeff laughed and said, "I have one Trek Madone left and that's the one."

Needless today they drove 45 miles that day to get the bike and Ron hasn't been the same since.  He's like a little kid or happy as a pig in *&%#!  He says the bike "takes off and rides by itself".  It all sounds vaguely familiar but so true.  Bottom line, I'm just thrilled that Ron has gotten his life back and I can't wait to attack him out on the road....and then feel the wrath of the counter attack!  Look out!

March 16, 2008



Ok, ok, I know...I am totally behind schedule but you'll be glad to know that I have come up with a name for my beautiful spanking, new, wonderful, fabulous 2008 Trek Madone 6.5 WSD.  As I have told you in past blogs, this process is almost as bad as Chinese water torture.  Making decisions is not my forte.  With that being said the 2nd runner-up is...

  1. 2nd Runner-Up - DOUG
  2. 1st Runner-Up - White Lightening
  3. Winner - SLICK

Yes folks, I have named my new 2008 Trek Madone 6.5 WSD, SLICK.  He is so slick and smooth on the road that I could not resist the name.

Of course I have prizes for my top 3 winners BUT for the life of me I can't remember who the heck game me the name SLICK.  I know it was a friend that I was out with or was over at my house or goes to school with my kids or I met at the playground, etc. etc.  So, if you are the lucky one, send me an email or comment and I'll send you your prize as promised.  The other 2 winners should be receiving something shortly.  I'll give you one clue, it's not the Loveman in a box.  He is much too valuable to my individual riding team to just send him away as a prize.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a name.  My new boy SLICK and I thank you!

March 15, 2008



Check out this short video.   It's very cool and I think everyone should watch it.  It sure puts a lot of things in perspective.

Wake up and smell the coffee!  Please forward it to anyone who you might think could benefit from watching it (like everyone you know!).  It's one of the best ads I've seen.  Very smart and gets right to the point.  What do you think?

March 12, 2008


Every women needs friends.  I don't care if you're Superwomen or a Supermodel.  We all need help.  As a mother of four clearly I need help.  I don't have family where I live so I have to reach out to people and I constantly have to remind myself that it's ok to ask for help.  If a friend has to work, is sick, has to volunteer at school, needs to attend a meeting, needs to go to the doctor's, or just needs a break from their kids, I am the first to offer.  I always pay it forward and it always comes back to me. 

Yesterday I got an email form Katie Gore, the organizer of She Got Bike as well as a good friend and the wife of the fabulous Joe from Joe's Bike Shop.  She leads rides for the Baltimore Bicycling Club and wanted me to know that there was a ride coming up the next day.  I got so excited when I got the email but I knew I had to square away Thing One and Thing Two or I would be towing them behind me on a trailer.  If you know Oregon Ridge (hilly as all hell), there was no way I would have been able to tow them.

Katieme When I saw my friend Michaela yesterday she said "You want to go ride today?"  I said, "No but how about tomorrow, pretty please?"  Without skipping a beat, she said, "Absolutely, no problem."

That night I was so excited about my first big ride of the season (34 miles is big when you've only been doing 15-20 miles in the freezing cold).  When I woke up I packed up my car, my kids, my bike and my gear and off I went to drop them at Michaela's.  Of course, I never checked the weather.

About 7 riders showed up and it was great to see Katie as I hadn't seen her since the fall and we chatted like a couple of old ladies (the guys just stare and ride by).  She always inspires me to be a better stronger person with her positive attitude and outlook on life.  We had a great ride but the wind was totally intense and never at our back (bummer).  A couple of time I thought I was going to take off with my yet un-named Trek 6.5 Madone WSD like Mary Poppins.  It was so freakin' windy but I didn't care as I had beautiful scenery, good conversation, a killer bike and a sunny day.  Does it get any better than this?