Monthly Archives: May 2011

Swim/Bike/Run at the Milkman Triathlon

Swim: 2010 Milkman Triathlon, photo by Milkman Triathlon via Shutterfly

For 26 years people have gathered in Dexter, New Mexico to participate in the Milkman Triathlon (sprint).  Last year just under 200 men, women, and children completed the race.  This Saturday, two of my good friends, Stefanie and William, will be competing in the race.  Stefanie is a veteran racer – she’s won the Duke City Marathon and competed in a number of marathons around the country.  This isn’t her first triathlon, but it is for William.  William is a strong swimmer, but is newer to cycling and running.  He ran his first 10K at this year’s Run for the Zoo.  Check back in on Monday when Stefanie and William will give us the scoop on the 27th Annual Milkman Triathlon from the experienced and newly initiated perspectives.

Bike: 2010 Milkman Triathlon, photo by Milkman Triathlon via Shutterfly

What:  27th Annual Milkman Triathlon, 500 meter swim/20K (12.4 mile) bike/5K (3.2 mile) run
When:  Saturday, June 4, 2011
Where:  Dexter, NM

Run: 2010 Milkman Triathlon, photo by Milkman Triathlon via Shutterfly

~R

Happy Memorial Day!

enjoying wine festival

Wine festival and my summer have officially started without any glitches.  My friends and I had a great time celebrating at wine festival and the after hours of BBQ-ing at my home was a great way to wind down for the evening.  We arrived at wine festival about 20 minutes early to ensure that we beat the crowds.  We also have a system that my husband tries to enforce.  We start at the very far end of the wine festival and make our way forward.  This gives us a little bit of extra time to spend at each winery and less time waiting in line.  This year we paid an extra ten dollars each and visited the V.I.P. tent at DH Lescombes.  Here we were able to have a private tasting of six reserve wines along with food.  This was really nice because the tent was air-conditioned and we were able to escape from the lines and the heat.  I never thought I would love the combination of bacon and chocolate but let me tell you – it was delicious!

There were also a few wineries at the festival this year that I had not seen before.  One such place called Cottonwood winery.  They have fun wines like Vanilla Creme, Roan, and Black Mustang.  These were not your conventional wines but were more for dessert or a wine novice.  They were sweet and refreshing but not sickly sweet.  Like I said Wine Festival is my favorite holiday of the year and now I have officially started my summer!  If you didn’t get to make it over there Saturday or Sunday they are also open today.

Happy Memorial Day!

S

SIDE NOTE:  How about a bike ride too?  With a couple of friends and T, I biked over to wine festival on Sunday.  It was a great way to get in a little bit of exercise and enjoy the outdoors.  Since Balloon Fiesta Park is right off the diversion channel, it’s perfect for biking.  Unfortunately it was a little tough biking back home into a stiff headwind, but still a good time overall.  We didn’t see any bike racks, but near the entrance there were wooden structures where we locked-up our bikes.  We weren’t the only cyclists and when we were leaving I noticed about 20 other bikes.  So hop on the old two wheeler and pedal over to wine fest for some antioxidants and exercise!

~R

Will Run for Wine 5K

To coincide with my favorite holiday of the year, I thought I would mention the ‘Will Run for Wine 5K.’  I figure if you want more exercise than just walking around the wine festival this might interest you.  It is a 5k run/walk at Balloon Fiesta Park.  Here are the details:

Event Type: Running
Event Date: May 28, 2011
Starting Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park

Fees:  race day  –   $35.00

For more information click here.

Happy Memorial Weekend everyone!

S

Wine Festival-My Favorite Holiday of the Year!!

some of my favorite wines of New Mexico

Those of you who know me very well know that wine festival is my favorite holiday of the year!  Wine festival season kicks off Memorial weekend at Balloon Fiesta Park and continues until October, and I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!  I can’t think of a better way to kick off my summer.  I love being outside under the bright New Mexico blue sky, enjoying some local vino and visiting with some of my favorite people.  What could be better than that?  This particular wine festival is the 2011 Albuquerque Wine Festival.  It takes place at Balloon Fiesta Park and is $15 for admission.  You must show your valid ID  and be 21 years or older to sample the wine.  All adults who enter the festival pay the $15 and anyone under 21 is FREE.  Some of my favorite wineries include St.Claire, Blue Teal, Black Mesa, and Anasazi Fields Winery.  I will surely be visiting those first as I have a favorite wine or two or three that I love from each of these wonderful places.  :)

I am so in love with this self proclaimed holiday that I have made many preparations for the big day.  Here is what I have done so far.  I have made arrangements for an overnight sitter (We’re lucky because my parents are here).  I purchased my tickets online.  I have sent out a FB invite because I have made arrangements for my friends to meet at  my house before the wine festival.  I provide a designated driver to and from wine festival every year.  This way, no one has to worry about drinking and driving and everyone can relax and have a great time.  When we return to our house from the festival, we will fire up the grill to eat and have a water balloon fight to cool off from the heat.  I’m sure we will see you this weekend if you plan on attending.

Cheers!  Salud! Prosit! Sant! Prost!

S

CSA: Los Poblanos Organics

 

About one year ago my husband and I signed up for the weekly harvest box available from Los Poblanos Organics.  My vegetable intake skyrocketed and I tried produce that I’d never tasted before like rainbow chard, tatsoi and kohlrabi.  I learned that many of the greens and stalks of common vegetables are edible too – just sautee on their own or add to taco meat, marinara sauce, soup, or vegetable/beef/chicken stock (e.g. beet greens, radish greens, and peeled broccoli stalks).

Compared to conventionally grown produce, this stuff seems to have an earthier, more palpable taste.  Like one of Plato’s prisoners, I felt like I had been eating just a shadow of the actual tomato or orange.  This stuff is the real deal.  The celery is hardy and and the strawberries are sweet.  Tomatoes are deep orange-red and taste home-grown.  Why did I wait so long to start eating in-season?

A harvest box is basically a box of vegetables and fruits pre-selected and available on a one-time, weekly, or bi-weekly basis, pick-up or delivery.  It’s supposed to be enough per week for a family of four.  Since it’s just the two of us, that means we’ve decreased our consumption of meat and grains and we hardly ever have to go to the grocery store. 

The produce is all organic and most of it usually comes straight from LPO farms in Albuquerque.  To supplement the harvest box, LPO partners with other organic farms (out of state) for items like tangerines, grapefruit, and strawberries.

I know you think this might be nice, but I’m probably paying a premium for organic produce.  I think it works out to a pretty amazing deal: 

  • the box is $28 if you pick-up,
  • it usually contains about 10 different types of produce, 
  • I don’t have to scrub away chemical sprays found on conventional produce (especially potatoes where I prefer to keep the skins on),
  • I avoid the hassle of lines, baskets, and impulse buys at the store, and
  • I get to support a local farmer. 

During the summer, a box often contains 4 or more organic avocados – conventional avocados can easily cost $1.50 each.

There are other options for CSAs (community supported agriculture) all around New Mexico.  Check out the Farmers Markets of New Mexico link on the left for other options.

~R

Petroglyph National Monument a 2.2 mile hike

One weekend our family decided to take a hike to Petroglyph National Monument.   We first stopped at the visitor center to see what trails we could follow.  On our hike we followed the Rinconada Canyon Trail.  It is an easy 2.2 mile loop that anyone can do and we finished it in about an hour and 15 minutes.  We took our time and let our son lead the hike and explore the surroundings.  I think this hike is perfect for little ones because they can explore as much or as little as they want along the way.  We brought some snacks and drinks and stopped along the way when he needed it.  He also brought his inexpensive digital camera with him and the photos I’m sharing with you now are the ones he took.

I prefer to hike this in the spring, fall, early mornings or late evenings.  It isn’t much fun to hike this when it is 90 degrees outside-especially with kids.  I love this place for a number of reasons.  One, driving there only takes about twenty minutes no matter where you live.   Two, if you stop in at the visistor’s center there is a junior ranger program for your kids.  This means while on the hike they get to learn about the animals that live there, the native plants and of course the petroglyphs.  After completion of the booklet they also get a junior ranger badge that they can add to their collection of badges.  Three, it is an easy 2.2 mile loop that anyone can do and it can be completed with kids in about an hour or so.

Happy Hiking!

S

geocaching- a fun family workout

finding geocaching treasures in the bosque

‘Geocaching?   What the heck is that?’ is what I said when my husband  wanted to explore this new hobby.  I have finally convinced him to write a post about it!  Here is what he has to say……..  It all started while talking with a friend at a birthday party.  Because of him, I have spent just about every weekend searching for hidden treasure with my son, sometimes my wife and anyone who is interested.  After doing some research, I purchased a GPS unit called theGeomate Jr.  It is a very simple GPS that is used to guide you to the nearest cache.  My five-year old son uses this GPS and I like it because all I have to do is turn it on and it points to the direction of the nearest cache.  It tells you how many miles away or how many feet away you are, and it also lists them by size.

writing in the log book

My son and I take the GPS on hikes, and during the hike, we turn it on.  The Geomate has led us to some great peaks and interesting places all over Albuquerque and its surrounding areas. So far, we have only found the larger caches.  They are usually in ammo boxes or Tupperware containers.  Inside the cache, you find silly little toys and a log.  It is the finder’s responsibility to sign the log and if you decide to take a toy, you must leave one of equal or higher value in its place.

My next goal is to create my own cache with my son.  I can’t wait to see how quickly it is discovered, what comments people have to say about our hiding spot, and what people leave instead of the items I have place in there.  I have always loved hiking but now that we get to find something,  it makes it even more enjoyable!

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I have had fun searching for cache’s with my family in the bosque.  I’m pleasantly surprised to see how many are in our north valley neighborhood.  It has also proven to be a great babysitter!  My niece and nephew had never been geocaching before and we spent 2 hours searching for caches one afternoon.  This is a great way to teach children how to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors.  Happy Caching!!

S

Back to the Basics: Picnic in the Park

I remember the days when my family, relatives, and friends would gather at a local park for hours to celebrate a birthday or the end of a soccer season.  Parents would bring grills, coolers, tables, blankets, and soccer balls.  It’s been some time since I’ve been to a park bbq.  It seems most gatherings happen in someone’s home or backyard.  Don’t get me wrong – this is nice and convenient, but it’s just not as carefree as a park.  At a park, kids can run around with reckless abandon and everything is casual including how long to stay, what to bring, who to bring, etc.  With this in mind, we decided to bring our friends and family together for a classic picnic at Harnett Park in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque.

Entertainment included 2 bag toss games, a funky oversized frisbee, playground, oversize jump rope, and kickball. 

Everyone brought food to share and had a relaxing time.

When is the last time you kicked back in a park?

Working out in extremely hot & humid conditions or simply hot yoga

As a kid, my favorite part of the zoo was that hot and humid tropical exhibit.  So combining that heat and humidity with yoga should make for some good times, right?

Before trying out Hot Yoga Downtown, I’d been to 2 hot yoga classes before, but at a different studio and it was a different style of hot yoga.  Hot Yoga Downtown has a large wall of windows facing Central which is cool, but a little intimidating for a newbie.

Hot Yoga Downtown uses the Bikram and Barkan methods.  There were some iffy moments (camel pose anyone?) but I got through the class without passing out.  It was an hour and a half and the room is kept to 105 – 110 degrees.  There were students of all levels in the class.  There were some obvious regulars and first-timers, but there were many who appeared to be right in the middle. 

The positions are challenging to achieve and even the simpler positions are challenging just to hold.  Students are encouraged to try every pose and move into the more challenging poses only after the basic pose is accomplished.  Afterward, my body felt wonderful and my mind was clear.  I was sore the next day around my obliques and upper back.  Not “ouch” sore but the good “I worked hard” kind of sore.  I like that yoga allows me to see my strengths and gently reminds me (in an obvious kind of way) of where I could use some work.

First Timer Tips:  Arrive 10 minutes early to check in, get situated, and clear your mind before class starts.  Bring your mat, water, a large towel, a small face towel, and an extra set of clothes to change into afterward. (This is a sweat-inducing workout!)  If you can’t stand the heat get out of the yoga studio!  Kidding – actually, don’t leave.  Word is, cutting out interferes with the group energy.  I can’t speak to that, but try to stay and count it as one of your accomplishments for the day :)

Do you practice yoga in the tropical exhibit at the zoo or do you frequent a local studio instead?

Details:  Hot Yoga Downtown, 724 Central Ave SE, (505) 243-4688,  http://hotyoga-abq.com/

~R

Charity Volleyball Tournament for LLS ABQ

Looking for a last minute idea for exercise?  I have one!  Lisa Goodman who is running for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society- Man and Woman of the Year is hosting a volleyball tournament this weekend.  All proceeds go to our local ABQ LLS, which helps those in need in our community.

When:  Saturday, May 14 · 9:00am – 4:00pm

Where:  Charlie’s Sandbox (San Pedro and Paseo, next to Stoneface)

More info:  Benefits Lisa Goodman’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2011 Woman of the Year Campaign

Co-ed 6’s, 2 Divisions (More Competitive / More Recreational)
$15/person (includes $5 charitable donation), prizes for winning teams
‘Serve Savers’ (permits re-do of a missed/out serve) – $5 each, unlimited
Raffle drawings will be held (tickets $1), snacks/drinks for sale
Info:
• Round robin 9AM – 12:00PM, double elimination tournament 1:30PM-4PM
• Serving Competition at 1:00 ($1 per attempt)
• Less than 6 people permitted if $5 charitable contribution is made for each missing player (team of 6 owes $90 total, team of 5 owes $80 total, team of 4 owes $70 total, etc)
• Teams with 5 or 6 players must include 2 females, teams with 4 or less people must include 1 female
• To be eligible for tournament play, players must have played at least one point with team during round robin play OR you must have signed up and paid before the 14th
• Round robin games will play 2 games to 11, max 25 minutes – points scored during round robin play determine tournament seeding
• Tournament games will play best 2/3 to 11
• Referees only for semi-finals and championship tournament games

SPOTS LIMITED!! For more information, call/text Lisa at 980-5482 or email at lisaberk17@comcast.net. Sign up with Lisa or Charlie.  You can also check this out on Facebook or click here.                                                                                                                                                         S