THE PICKLE – First-time MS 150 riders

This blog post is written for those first-time MS 150 riders who are taking on the challenge of riding 180 miles to Austin in April.  A few weeks ago, I was thinking about how hard it is to rest from doing a long ride in one day, and wondering if my body would recover for Day 2 of the MS 150.  As you may know, it’s less mileage on that day, but we gotta pedal through hills!  Ouch!
So this past weekend, I decided to do a back-to-back ride.  I rode in a 55-miler on Saturday with some gentle, rolling hills.  It was alot of fun! The weather was beautiful (after the fog lifted) and you could see all of the pretty wildflowers growing!  I know, I’m a girly girl.
Then on Sunday, Wayne and I rode 70 miles during the Tour de Houston.  It was mostly flat, but at least I got the time on my bike in.
Yes, I am sore.  But I don’t think I am nearly as sore as I thought I would be. I think the part of it all that makes me not hurt so much is the sense of accomplishment.  Never in a million years would I think that over 2 days, I would have ridden 125 miles!  That’s 2 hours by car! What I DO know, though, is that if I can do it, any able-bodied person can do it!
We have several rides coming up, most of them more challenging than this weekend.  But I do want to mention that if there is anyone out there who is new to cycling and wants to try riding in a bicycle rally (they’re ALOT of fun!), the Katy Ram Challenge is coming up on Saturday, April 11th.  It will offer several routes from 12 to over 75 miles in length.  As always, Sun & Ski Sports will be there to provide bike maintenance and last-minute cycling must-haves (gloves, helmets, etc.).  For more information, go to

THE PICKLE – Women Specific cycling clothes

Women know that it is hard to find any clothing that really fits well, not to mention specialized cycling clothing! Up until the the first week or two of the Cycling Slimdown, I was wearing typical cycling shorts and jerseys. While they were functional, they were a little long on my legs, and the waist came up really high on my torso. As you know men and women are not built the same, so naturally we canʼt perfectly fit into the exact same cycling shorts.

Shebeest has come out with a plus size line; this is great because our goal is to get out of the plus size clothing but what do you wear before you get there? When I found out that Shebeest had shorts and jerseys in my size I was overjoyed. Not only would I look cute in the wonderful designs (yes, I am still a girly girl!), but the clothing would fit me correctly.

Shebeest has put together a chamois for the womens plus line. They have designed a chamois that moves with you to help eliminate friction and as you know, friction can lead to chafing. No one wants chafing in sensitive areas.

Long ago are the days where I must wear shorts that are too long for me, or be forced to wear jerseys that come down to my thighs. I would be in work out clothes and still look like a girl!


As Wayne and I pursue a healthier lifestyle and a slimmer waist line, we can not forget our goal in April: to complete the MS-150 Houston to Austin . In addition to bettering our own lives, we are peddling for much needed MS research, which is our most important goal. As part of our fund raising efforts, Sun and Ski Sports has graciously offered to sell T-Shirts, with proceeds donated to our pledge amounts. ALL profits go the MS foundation!

If you would like to contribute to the MS Foundation, and to support Wayne & mine’s Cycling Slim Down, the T-shirt are only $20. Get your shirt today!

Thank you so much!

Anna & Wayne

THE PICKLE – Pictures from 1/17/09 Ride

Hello all,

I just wanted to post some pictures from our ride on Saturday. I hope you enjoy them and I look forward to any comments or questions.

Also, please don’t forget about Bike University at the 6100 Westheimer. Friday Jan. 23rd from 5-10pm and Sat Jan. 24th from 12-6pm There will be representatives from over 40 cycling manufactures.  Come on by and say Hi to Wayne and I.


THE PICKLE – Chicken Strips

I’ve been wanting chicken strips for a few days now, but the problem with that is that they are all fried. Being that I’m trying to eat healthier, fried foods would not be a good thing. Well I was surfing the internet and came across a recipe for chicken strips, but these are baked chicken strips. I was a little worried about how they would taste or if they would get crunchy? Well let me tell you, they were so good! I think I had a pretty good meal, with 3 chicken strips, whole wheat pasta (less than a cup) in some marinara sauce and a green salad. It was a very filling meal and I got my chicken strip fix. I’ll list the recipe for you and a couple of changes I made to it. I got this from the Betty Crocker website.


cup Bisquick Heart Smart® mix


cup grated reduced-fat Parmesan cheese (I didn’t use the Cheese)


teaspoon salt or garlic salt


teaspoon paprika ( I used Cayenne Pepper cause I wanted some heat)


boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips


cup fat-free egg product (I got egg white in the carton)


tablespoons 40% vegetable oil spread, melted (I used the spray on the bottom on the cookie sheet and that’s it.)

Total Time: 1 hour 55 min (It only took me like 30 minutes, 45 at the most)


Heat oven to 450°F. Line cookie sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray.


In 1-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag, stir together Bisquick® mix, cheese, salt and paprika.

Dip half the chicken strips into egg product; place in bag of Bisquick mixture. Seal bag; shake to coat. Place chicken on cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken. Drizzle vegetable oil spread over chicken. (I didn’t put Vegetable oil over then)


Bake 12 to 14 minutes, turning after 6 minutes with pancake turner, until no longer pink in center. (I baked them for 20 minutes, cooking chicken freaks me out)

THE PICKLE – Review of 1/10/09

On Saturday January 10th Wayne and I went on our 1st training ride in Brookshire. First, I have to say that you must be prepared before you leave your home and keep in mind as to where you are going to ride. I didn’t think about that before I left, as I drove 45 minutes from my house (Outside of Houston) to the country. There are not many buildings along the ride, and the wind can be brutal. Also the temperature dropped…. a lot! Luckily I had a long sleeve shirt and sweater in my car so it was ok. It is so important to stay warm because if not it will make riding very uncomfortable. I got some toe warmers to put on my cycling shoes to keep the air from going through the shoes, the shoes are vented so you can stay cool in the summer but in the winter you want to keep all your body heat with you. I had a couple of hiccups with my bike, but that is to be expected on a new bike and being that I’m new to a road bike I knew I would fall at least once. (hehehe) I did. I fell because I didn’t shift correctly. The guys at Sun & Ski (Westhiemer) were great and helped me realize what I was doing wrong, Thank you Gray!

So the funny part of my blog is that I’m going to complain about my partner in crime, Wayne. (Wayne I love you to death but I got to do this) We had to stop twice in the 1st 3 miles to help Wayne get his bike straight. And then after we got going at a good clip, Wayne just took off on me and that’s fine but he didn’t even wait at the rest stop for me. Needless to say Wayne and I had our 1st arguement after that. I got after him and asked him why he didn’t wait. His answer was, “I didn’t know I was suppose to”.


I’ve decide that I will name my blog “The Pickle” because I always get myself into pickles. Especially with my friends and the crazy things I agree to do with them. The things I agree too are usually things that help and enhance my life but they are always a lot of work. Like the MS-150 with Wayne, but this is a good pickle.

Check back later for comments on our 1st training ride. We are doing the ConocoPhillips training series. And this week we are doing 14 miles in Brookshire. I’ll post up thoughts, concerns and maybe some pictures if I get a chance to take any.

If you have any question please feel free to list them on the comments section and I will try my best to answer all of them.

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments.