Big weekends -- our mini vacations sneaking off to some nearby local to mountain bike, road ride, run, or hike -- are what motivate many of us to get through the work week. By Monday morning we're often considering our next adventure. Lately I had gotten a little too busy with work and had difficulty coordinating with friends. I felt that summer was slipping away, so this past weekend I was on a mission do something memorable even if it meant a solo adventure.
I'm a smoothie junkie. There, I said it. I like smoothies for breakfast before hard training since I don't perform well immediately after eating solid food and I'm a notoriously late sleeper and am usually rushed to get out the door. I also prefer a good smoothie recipe over commercial "recovery" drinks, which are typically little more than refined sugar and protein.
The Tour de France is once again upon us. While I don’t watch the race as religiously as I once did (the hype, doping scandals, and related politics have soured me), I’m still fascinated by the big climbing stages. In celebration of Le Tour we're giving away a sweet Beta Red / Enduro Bites prize package to one lucky winner selected from those who tell us about their favorite big ride.