Tran’s Mind Power: 1; Minh’s Bike: 0

Yesterday was a failed training day. The first of many to come, I suppose, knowing my track record when it comes to training. But.. I have to say.. that this one wasn’t completely my fault. The plan was to ride our mountain bikes out to Fairview Park, and then Minh would hang out while I ran 7-8 miles of hills. It took us a while to leave the house because my bike was acting up strangely, and as Minh has said, I don’t do well with making adjustments on the fly. By the time we actually left the house, there was very little daylight left. Minh had spent so much time making sure that my bike was running well, that he didn’t check out his bike, which was making all sorts of rubbing/clicking noises. I asked him if he wanted to wait and fix the bike before we headed off (especially since we were going to be riding in the dark anyway), but he insisted that “it’s been like that for a while” and that it wasn’t a big deal… Little did he know the superior power of Tran’s mind over matter.. mwuahahaha!!

It’s about 1.5 miles from Minh’s house to the entrance to the Santa Ana River Trail/Bed that would take us to Fairview Park. We decided to ride “hard” to the park as a good warm-up.. Minh obviously riding harder than I was, because I was lagging behind. Just as we were turning onto the trail for a sprint to the park.. click.. click.. click.. **nothing**… Minh’s chain broke. More correctly.. the powerlink came flying off into the dark oblivion of the river. We spent about ten minutes looking for it, to no avail. Probably a good sign for us to start carrying basic repair stuff with us (powerlink, tool, tube, CO2.. etc..), which we usually don’t, because Minh insists that it’s just excess weight we don’t need to be carrying around.

Anyway.. we turned around to go back home, since Minh couldn’t ride anymore with no chain. He “scooted” his bike most of the way home (like an oversized razor scooter). I took some pics with my phone, but they’re a little blurry because of the darkness and my shakey hands.

Since we weren’t riding, we decided to make dinner. A quick stop to Fresh’n’Easy and we had dinner ready in about thirty minutes. No pictures, but here’s the (super easy) recipe:

Garden Rotini with Three-Cheese Turkey Sauce

1 can three-cheese pasta sauce
1.25 lb ground turkey
1 bag (1lb ish) garden rotini (or pasta of your choice)
1 small onion, diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
4 cloves garlic, minced
Pizza or Italian Seasoning Paprika
Black Pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1. Make pasta: Bring a pot of water to boil (enough for pasta). Once boiling, add salt and and a little oil and pasta. Cook pasta to desired done-ness, drain, and return to pot.
2. While completing #1, add about 1 T oil to a fairly large saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and onions, and cook till translucent (5 minutes or so).
3. Add ground turkey and season as desired (I like about 1 T pizza seasoning, 1 t paprika, and pepper). Brown thoroughly.
4. Add tomatoes. Cook an additional 5 minutes to soften.
5. Add sauce. Stir to incorporate.
6. Add sauce to pasta pot and mix thoroughly.
7. Serve with crushed red pepper and grated parmesan cheese.


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