Nutrition is popular

And fun.

I got to hang with a special group of people who believe in healthy lifestyles tonight and listen to their great personal feelings on food.

We talked about carbohydrates and what makes them good or not. Although there seems to be a better more complex type of carbohydrate that we all should strive to include we also talked about ideal ratios of fats, carbohydrates, and protein.

In all, the group got to share some broad perspectives and it’s really neat to be part of learning and sharing. I think most people are looking to get quality nutrition and avoid some of the man-made ingredients and feel better. Next month we will have another topic to discuss.

Looking forward to it. Thanks to all who came and shared.



I must admit the infamous Tuesday Night Ride that starts out of downtown near the Ventura County Museum’s public parking lot between Santa Clara and Main St. is a daunting ride. It’s darn near like a road race and getting in shape for the attacks on hilly Santa Ana Rd. and the Casitas Pass is work.

Getting there and setting off ahead of the main group is one way to accomplish your own training goals and still be there if you get caught later to catch the dynamics of a group draft at a fairly high pace.

Joining me in that thought was a couple of fit riders who were ready to go at about 4:45 which gives us a good 15 minutes head start. This strategy gives us a chance to warm-up so we don’t have to chase or burn our lungs and legs on the wicked paces on the hills.

The loop we ride covers approximately 40 miles. Generally the goal is to do it under 2 hours for a 20 mph average. Last night we accomplished that and enjoyed it thoroughly with the combined efforts of three individuals, Sprinter  Dave,  Super Smooth Michelle, and (this writer)Tenacious Tucker.

A three man (sorry Michelle) mini train can be pretty efficient for getting back to Ventura along the coast from Bates Rd. to Emma Wood State Beach after tackling the hills of highway 150 at all or our own individual climbing paces.

The wind was a challenge all through Casitas Pass but generally was in our favor once we got on highway 101. Motoring along at 25-27 mph was maybe a couple of miles per hour slower than our heroes who were somewhere behind us but was still a respectable speed. We then exited at Seacliff and hit the Old Rincon Hwy for a solid 6 miles of steady pacelining at maybe 22-24 mph.

In the end we never got caught. We finished the 40 miles at 1:57:00 or so with a 20.2 mph average and Dave, Michelle and me got a great training ride.

Article originally appeared at ActiveVentura.com

These are numbers commonly seen on the bottom of plastic containers. They are important because the codes tell us what type of plastic is used and I guess tells the recycling agencies how to sort them. The key to understanding them is to know the impact they have on the environment and on our health.

Briefly, Number one is Polyethylene Terephthalate. You find this on most single use drinking bottles. The concern is the buildup of bacteria due to insufficient cleaning or reuse. They are the most viable for recycling. They also litter our streets and go out to the ocean and become floating waste.

Number 2 is High Density Polyethylene used in sport bottles, cloudy colored milk jugs, cereal box liners, shampoo bottles, and many other containers. Very recyclable and not harmful.

Number 3 is bad. Polyvinyl Chloride is a controversial plastic. They should be non-food storage only. Number 3 has been named “toxic plastic” due to softeners (DHEA) that may cause cancers and other health issues.

Number 4 is OK. Low Density Polyethylene used in making bread bags, frozen food bags, and squeezable bottles. It doesn’t transmit any known chemicals into food and can be recycled.

Number 5 is fine as well. It is made of Polypropylene and not as recyclable as numbers 1 and 2 but is safe and found in yogurt containers, syrup bottles, straws and medicine bottles. Lately, many of the newer bike bottles I’m seeing are made from this plastic.

Number 6 is bad news. Polystyrene is used in making styrofoam, plastic tableware, and take-out containers. This product may leach styrene compounds- a possible carcinogen- and disrupt hormonal functioning.

Number 7 is not good at all. A clear, hard, shatterproof plastic made with Polycarbonate, specifically Bisphenol-A or BPA. It may pose serious health risks. The popular and colorful Nalgene water bottles were made of this and recently underwent a change where they are now BPA-free. Your Sparkletts and Arrowhead 5 gallon water bottles are made from this and continue to be manufactured with Bisphenol-A. When warm these bottles can leach BPA into water or food. Bisphenol-A is a synthetic hormone and may be linked to cancers, obesity, diabetes, and premature developmental problems.

I hope this is a helpful guide. Personally, I wish to not use these and prefer glass and stainless steel for water and use only plastics that are safe and recyclable for food storage when necessary.

Post ride

Today I got home about 1pm from our Sunday group ride where several of us added the Casitas Pass option. Total, maybe 70 miles, enough for good post-ride nutrition!

On the menu:

  • Scrambled eggs with a little bit of potatoes
  • Oatmeal with flax seed and almonds
  • Apple
  • 2 biscuits with olive oil and oregano
  • Oolong tea

I know it looks like breakfast in the afternoon but that’s a good thing once in a while.

The Kettlebell


Not to worry, I’ve been eating my green foods and drinking only good water and tea lately and otherwise been keeping with some kettlebell routines.

Pictured above are some of my kettlebells ranging in weight from 35 lbs to 70 lbs. They are unique in that they are the ultimate free weight. It takes a combination of technique, some yoga principles and olympic style explosive movements to do many of the exercises.

If you want to build core, these will do it for you. If you’re looking to create sprint power or build up your V02 max you can swing the kettlebells. Pure strength? Then grind out some reps.

I really enjoy practicing with the bells. Just to give you an idea, a strong man of average abilities would most likely do well with one or two 54 lbs kettlebells while a fit and strong woman would want to practice with 26 lbs or 35 lbs KB’s.

Simple Green

Very easy and quick lunch. Can of chunk light tuna in water with steamed vegetables. There’s cabbage, spinach, and broccoli steamed in micro, and then as it is cooling I add oregano, basil. ground black pepper, seasoned salt, and a bit of dill slathered with olive oil and a bit of hemp oil as well.

It’ll make you feel good!

After yoga, before a ride



Here’s the Green Monster made with Almond Milk, Hemp protein, Hemp oil, Agave sweetener, and a bit of cinnamon.

And the oatmeal with pistachios, flax seed, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Finally, the Morning Thunder tea containing black tea and roasted mate that gives you a bit of caffeine.

Your basic little breakfast with a good amount of protein from the smoothie and the oats. Last week I spent in yoga immersion by attending 7 sessions of Bikram Yoga and simultaneously taking a week off the bike. The yoga helped define weaknesses to address in flexibility, mobility, and strength.

I can’t wait to get some more sessions. For now I can work on some of the difficult yoga stuff at home and get ready for a couple hours on the bike later.