Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Skratch Labs Recipe of the Week; Peaches and Coconut Rice Cakes

Another easy recipe, the truth is they are all pretty simple and that’s one of the joys of them!


  • 2 cups uncooked sticky rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon coarse cane sugar
  • ½ cup peeled peaches (canned/tinned or fresh)
  • ½ canned coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt


  • Heat oven to 350f
  • Combine the water and rice in a rice cooker with a dash of salt and let cook
  • While the rice is cooking mince the remaining ingredients, (I mis-read this and simply chopped up the peaches)
  • Lightly coat a backing sheet with nonstick cooking spray or use parchment paper
  • When the rice has finished cooking mix with other ingredients
  • Line a small bowl with plastic wrap and press rice into shape. From experience you can press pretty hard was you want it to stick together and keep its shape
  • Remove from plastic and place on baking sheet
  • Bake for 10 – 15 minutes
  • Let cool and wrap


Chopping the peaches meant there was really not enough peach spread through the mix and also that it was ultimately quite delicate. Next time I will definitely make sure I mince them. That said the taste was great, very light coconut with a sweet hint of peach!


Over to you!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Golden Gran Fondo (GGF) Week 3

Week 3 is in the bag and as expected it was a big one. I continued with the TrainerRoad 8 Days in California challenge completing it on Saturday. Here is how the week shook out;

Monday. 28 Miles. Princess Stage with 5 KOM including steep ascent in last stage. Short sprint in first third. Fell off the back during the middle climb. Clawed my way back to front group and finished mid bunch. Legs pooped from yesterday's triple! Added an extra 8 miles riding tag-a-long with Becca as she finished up a brick.


Tuesday. 25 Miles. Only one KOM. Several intermediate Sprints and fast flat run in to the Finish.


Wednesday. 26 miles. 3 intermediate sprints and 4 KOMs, fast tailwind finish. Easiest day so far...which is good as legs are feeling it for sure, 176 miles in last 5 days. 


Thursday. 15.6 miles. Short hard TT with extended warm up and easy cool down.


Friday. 35.1 miles. Two big climbs and lots of intermediate sprints to keep up with the GC Leaders. Mechanical at the hour mark but caught up again. New 40k PR.

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Headed out to the Amgen Tour of California to hang out with the SkratchLab guys at the expo. A windy and chilly day but had lots of fun!


Saturday. 25.3 miles. 8 Days in California. Final Day. Lots of surges and sprints! Total count for the week 205.3 Miles 810 TSS.


Sunday. 47.5 miles. Got out later in the day as Becca and I were at the last day of Amgen Tour of California to hang out with the SkratchLab guys at the expo. Again lots of fun!


A mix of rolling hills, flats and climbs. Hilly and windy to start. To become a better descender I need to ride down descents so I hit one of the biggest drops around here and hung on! Fast and flat 10 miles to a long climb home. Good ride...longer than planned but oh well!


So for the week:

8 workouts, 209.11 miles in 12:21 I missed my strength work (again), which I need to do otherwise it will come back to haunt me! I am really happy with the progressive build of the mileage. I am not going overboard with it. One more build week and then a rest week.


I am at 415 bike miles for the month so I am still on track for somewhere north of a 600 mile month.


I have a FTP test tomorrow so I hope to see an uptick from my current level of 206. It’s basically the same ride as I did on Thursday and I was able to hold 218 for the first section and 225 for the second…we’ll see!

In case anyone is interested all screenshots are from SportTracks.