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Laura Sage

Laura Sage
Laura is a single mom to two great kids, and works from home doing website & graphic design. She is also a professional classical singer & violinist, and has formed her own opera company specializing in performing lesser-known operatic works - the Lyric Opera of Los Angeles. She is also attending UMASS Amherst (University Without Walls) pursuing a degree in Arts Marketing with an emphasis in Social Media Marketing. Laura took up cycling about 5 years ago when a good friend of hers told her that she needed something new to focus on during a divorce and custody fight. He was right. Having not ridden a bike since middle school, Laura jumped right in and started training for AIDS LifeCycle - a 545-mile charity bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles - and is about to embark on the journey for a third time.

Protein-packed yumminess

I can’t remember where I first ran across this simple little recipe. But I’ve prepared this for years now. It’s quick, simple, filling, and packed with protein. It works for breakfast, or even as a post-run meal.

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The training begins…

First, you have to realize that I’d started walking at the local fitness park a few weeks ago before I went on vacation. So I’m not starting from 0 on here…almost, but not quite. I’d already started doing two or three 2-mile loops each week – for a whole week! LOL! And one of those loops was with my puppies in tow (and let me tell you…they are not the easiest critters to take on a walk of this sort. Love them to bits, but it’s all about the zigging and the zagging, and the sniffing, and the pulling in opposite directions, and the peeing, and the…well, you get the idea. Let’s just say that they are not leash-trained). Then there were about 3 weeks off…mostly. When my daughter came …

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Re-launch and The Goal! (this one gets long, folks)

Let’s get this site back up and running! This site started out as having a goal of being a community for girl cyclists to share routes, diets, recipes (for things like recovery shakes, nutrition bars, etc.), equipment reviews, race & training triumphs, etc. But it never really got off the ground. As of last week though, because of a challenge I’ve just signed up for, I’d like this site to focus on women’s sports fitness in general! Not just cycling! Today My friend Cathy suckered me into signing up for the Chattanooga, TN Half Ironman coming up in May, 2016! To understand how ridiculous this is, you’d have to realize that a) I don’t swim with my head in the water (yet); b) I’ve hardly ridden my bike at all …

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Bike To Work Week!

Well well well! This is new to me. I knew it was Bike Month, but as I scrolled through my Facebook feed this evening I discovered that May 13-17 is also very specifically Bike To Work Week! So, let’s get off our duffs and DO IT! Now, for those of us who are already sold on the whole cycling thing, even as a commuter (ummm…do I get to say I commute to work when I work from home?), the following will be a bit of preaching to the choir. But for those of you who are just kind of glancing around, wondering what all the hubbub is about, here are some reasons why you may want to find yourself in the saddle for the next 5 days, JUST to give …

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Best Cycling Stretches for Women

We sit hunched over our handlebars, sometimes for hours at a time. It’s not a natural position, and eventually our bodies need some realignment in order to feel normal again. But we can do some basic cycling stretches before and after our rides to limber up our muscles and keep them working smoothly. Some of these can be done mid-ride as well, if you’re feeling tightness.

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Basic Good Bicycle Safety

SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY!!!! Let’s face it. If we’re on a bicycle and a car bumps into us at even a miniscule speed, we could be toast. Or if a motorist has parked on the side of the road and doesn’t look before swinging their car door wide open we could have a few broken bones from hitting that door. Or…or…or…any number of things pose great risk to us cyclists out on the road. We have to be ever-vigilant in order to stay safe and injury-free. Here are a few of the rules when riding on AIDS LifeCycle. Bear in mind that on this particular charity ride, if you break the rules you risk being pulled from the ride. Following the rules is paramount, if for no other reason that to …

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QUEEN – “I Want to Ride My Bicycle”

Do you find this video fun, weird, inappropriate, or something else? Do you love it or hate it? Personally, I think it’s fun, and a great anthem to have in your head while pedaling around. QUEEN – I Want to Ride My Bicycle What other cycling-related videos do you like, and why? Are there any aimed specifically at us women (maybe with some nekkid men)?

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Bike-2-Power: Charge Your Smartphone With Every Pedalstroke

The concept behind this product is that each pedalstroke on your ride helps to provide energy that charges your smartphone.  Pretty rad, huh? This is a TRUE bicycle phone charger! Just to state this upfront: I’ve not had an opportunity to try this product yet, so I’m anxious to hear from those of you that have. Ok, so it’s not terribly cheap, and the equipment you have to attach to your bike doesn’t look like it’s going to be light. If you’re a weight freak about your bike, this isn’t going to be the solution for you, that’s for sure! However, if you’re embarking on a long, multi-day charity ride like I am, weight may not be the first thing you’re concerned about – especially knowing that there will be …

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AIDS LifeCycle 12

It’s almost time…once more…On June 2nd, I and about 3000 other cyclists and roadies will begin our week-long journey down the coast of California, making our way from San Francisco to Los Angeles. This is an epic journey in spandex that cannot possibly be adequately described. It must be experienced in order to truly understand what those of us who are veterans call “The Love Bubble”. AIDS LifeCycle is the most successful charity bicycle ride to date. Each year it raises millions of dollars to fund the work done by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation to help those already living with the disease, and to help prevent it from spreading further. Each year, close to 3000 riders and roadies make the journey …

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Healthy Vegan Banana Bread Protein Snack Recipe for Athletes

A friend of mine recently posted a link to this awesome recipe for banana break cupcakes PACKED with protein. I made a couple of minor modifications, reflected in the recipe below. Mine didn’t turn out nearly so pretty as the picture from the original site (I’ll explain why below), but they were certainly tasty. And if you make them in a mini-cupcake pan, they’re perfect to pack in a baggie and take along as a mid-ride snack!  

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