37 Miles

Today I had the longest ride of my life (I think, at least I can remember). I met up with a friend from work and we rode from Crissy Field in San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, dropping in to Sausalito, up the very minor hill Camino Alto, up and around to Tiburon and back. All told, it was just shy of 37 miles, only 13 less than I’ll have to ride next week at the Tour de Cure.
I felt pretty good doing it. No major back pain, no shortness of breath or dizziness, no real ill effects. It helped that I stay well hydrated and that we stopped for pannini in Tiburon. There were some tough little hills, especially at the end heading out of Sausalito. And getting over the bridge in the late afternoon with all the cross winds was no picnic, but I felt I could go much further, so I think I’m a decent bet to complete the 50 miles in Napa.
The only real problem I had is that I didn’t put on enough sun block for the 3 hours or so I was in saddle so I came back with a wicked farmer’s burn. That’s something I really want to avoid again.

Tour de Cure Update

Tour de CureWow! It took me less than 2 days to reach my modest fund raising goal. Thanks Rana, Peter, Michael & Jennifer.
If you still want to donate, please do. I’ve met my goal, but my company has only reached about 25% of its goal of $125,000. Like I said, every little bit helps even if you can only give a few dollars. Of course, your contribution is tax-deductible. It’s fast and easy to support this great cause – you can make your donation online. I appreciate whatever support you can give.
The ride is coming up in a little more than a week. I have to get some miles under my belt if I’m going to make it. Not much time to train.
Andrew with Cannondale near Golden Gate Bridge

Tour de Cure

Tour de Cure
I recently accepted the challenge of cycling in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure fund-raising event. The Tour de Cure is a series of cycling events held in over 80 cities nationwide.
The Tour is a ride with different route lengths from a leisurely 10-mile course to a demanding 100-mile journey. 100 miles is a bit too intense for me at this point, but I’m going to push my limits and go for 50 miles (the most I have ridden to this point is around 40). The goal is to have fun and get some exercise while supporting the American Diabetes Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
So on May 4th (a mere two weeks from now), I will saddle up and ride along with Team Schwab in our company’s efforts to raise $125,000. My personal goals here are very modest. Only 200 bucks. Every little bit helps even if you can only give a few dollars. Of course, your contribution is tax-deductible.
It’s fast and easy to support this great cause – you can make your donation online. I appreciate whatever support you can give.
More information on the American Diabetes Association, its programs and diabetes in general can be found at the Association’s Web site.
***UPDATE*** [2:28PM – 4/22] Got my first donation from my first cousin Rana (incidentally the First Lady of San Diego). I’m 1/8th of the way there. Please help me get to 200 bucks, MAKE A DONATION TODAY.
***UPDATE***[3:24PM – 4/22] Thanks to Pete I now have 63% of my $200 total. Of course, Pete meant to bribe me to attend our 20th high school reuninion in June. I’m sure you’ll have more noble reasons to donate. MAKE A DONATION TODAY.

New Toy

New Toy
I’ve been wanting to take up cycling for long time. I’ve been a huge fan of the Tour de France since I was a kid and I always wanted a road bike so I could take up the charge. Now I finally have one. The right circumstances-having some disposable income and a friend who could walk me through the very intimidating environment of the modern bike shop, and a sale-made this the right time to dive in.
I’m really happy with my bike. It’s a Cannondale, like my mountain bike. All carbon fiber, with Shimano parts. It’s super light and very fast. I’d couldn’t be happier.

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Bread

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Bread
I’ve been wanting to cook up some kind of banana bread for a long time now. We have such fantastic bananas here in Samoa. It’s such an obvious thing to bake.

The catalyst was Jen’s cache of semi-sweet chocolate chips and walnuts from Trader Joe’s. Paleni also provided the secret to making super sweet banana mash which is to freeze the bananas and then let them soften up into a fermented mush.

The bread tastes as good as it looks. Here’s the recipe for anyone who wants to make it at home.


Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
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1/3 c Butter or margarine,
3/4 c Sugar
1 ea Egg
1 c Mashed banana
2 c All purpose flour
2 1/2 ts Baking powder
1/4 ts Baking soda
1/2 ts Salt
1 c Chopped pecans (or walnuts)
1/2 c Chocolate chips (or more if
1/2 c Buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and sugar. Mix in
egg and banana. Stir together flour, baking powder,
baking soda, salt, nuts and chocolate chips. Add this
mixture to creamed mixture alternately with
buttermilk. Stir until just blended. Pour batter into
a greased and floured loaf pan (9x5x3 inches). Bake
for 65 minutes, or until bread tests done. Cool in pan
for about 5 minutes, then turn out on a wire rack.
Makes 1 loaf. Source: “Muffins, Nut Breads and More”