Events, Gear, Training & Fitness

Ladies Night at Nytro July 14, 6-8pm


// Leslie Myers to discuss healthy eating habits and nutritional foods for the active woman.
// Michellie Jones to share tips on training and racing that made her a World and Olympic champion.
// Kristin Mayer to show off her Betty Design “bad ass” triathlon and cycling apparel.
// Talia Herman from Garmin to demonstrate how products with HRM can enhance your fitness level.
// Sara Cates from Rehab United to discuss injury prevention and “listening to your body”.
// Beth Gerdes will demonstrate how to change a flat tire and what you need in your gear bag.


// Good eats compliments of Leslie Myers and
// Raffle for cool prizes
// Special one-night only offers from Garmin, Betty Design Giro, Cervelo, and more


Training & Fitness

Vegetarian Pho, Triathlon Training and What the Doctor Ordered

It’s so fun to say “tri-ath-a-lon-ing” and it’s even more fun to do it. Last November, I finally kicked Achilles issues to the curb; trained for a few weeks; ended up with some debilitating foot problem; troubleshot said problem and finally got it somewhat under control (read NO GOUT). I was finally able to string together 3 weeks of consistent training COMPLETE WITH RUNNING!!!!! But this past Tuesday, as bad luck would have it, I went down hard on my bike and ended up with another round of bruised ribs + a palm-sized bruise on my right quad + bruised ego. Another couple days off as running, swimming and Core 40 were not happening. Friday hit and my body shot me the middle finger as I went down hard again—this time with a cold. Could these last 12 months be any more inconsistent regarding my athletic endeavors?


Well, when life deals you lemons (or in this case, bruises and a stuffed-up head), you first scream every obscenity you can think of, chuck a book or two across the room, send an sniff-ly email to “coach share” about how you are not RACING, let alone, TRAINING for some indefinite period of time; get short with your spouse; drown your sorrows in a HALF EMPTY glass of wine because nothing at this point is HALF FULL. Then you let everything settle down and make some lemonade

Or in this case, PHO. Just what the doctor ordered.

On Friday night, Geoff, well aware of my cold, brought home some vegan Pho from Queen Pho in San Marcos—I ate the vegetables (Steamed Broccoli YUM! Steamed Tatsoi YUM! Steamed Carrots-surprise-YUM!) and broth and skipped the rice noodles. It was so good (and nothing at this point was tasting good) that I had the leftovers on Saturday morning. Today I decided that I wanted it again for breakfast. I googled “Vegetable Pho Broth” but after reading recipes, I decided that I was too lazy and impatient to make a “charred ginger-onion-infused-with-cinnamon-and-star-anise veg stock”. I know, I know, doesn’t EVERYONE make complicated stocks from scratch in order to flesh out a breakfast meal on sleepy Sundays? The solution??????? Whole Foods stocks a Vegetarian Pho Broth made by Pacific Foods. I grabbed a quart of it, came home and tried it unheated. WAY. TOO. ANISE-Y. I’m not a licorice or Sambuca fan AT ALL so when a dish has a fair amount of anise flavor, I’m completely turned off. Luckily, I had some Miso stock on hand, so I cut the Pho broth with some Miso broth and added a little bit of sesame oil, Sriracha and a splash of fish sauce. Into the heating broth I threw green onions and seaweed. I then added a generous amount of spinach and cooked it just until wilted. Finally, I turned off the heat and added diced sprouted tofu (with a sore throat, the creaminess and mildness of the tofu actually tasted great), chopped cilantro and squeeze of lime. I was too lazy to steam any veggies but you certainly could do so and add them in with the spinach. Anyhoo, in 10 minutes breakfast was served—at least, mine was. Geoff was still busy making an applewood-smoked bacon, egg and aged gouda croissant sandwich with chipotle aioli, sprouts and avocado.


Regarding soy Some people are concerned about soy in their diets (a-hem Paleo peeps). There are plenty of labels such as Paleo, High-Fat-Low-Carb, Vegan, Pescatarian, VEGGan (this is relatively new label—vegans who eat eggs) and Gluten-Free. With those labels come restrictions. I hesitate to attach a label to my eating style because I’d most likely violate the “rules” and then come across as a hypocrite. I eat mostly vegetables. I eat high quality products. I eat very little grains. I eat pastured eggs. I eat Bugles and Cheetos only on long rides. I use full fat coconut milk and sauté with coconut oil. I’ll use fish sauce sparingly. And I probably eat a little soy probably 2-3 times a month. Today’s soup contained fermented soy (miso) broth and sprouted tofu. For those of you who are scared of soy but don’t know why, you should be aware that both the fermenting and sprouting processes neutralized soy’s phytic acid—the acid that prohibits your body from absorbing key vitamins and minerals. I would recommend 1. eating soy in moderation and 2. only buying products made from soy that been sprouted and/or fermented. Yes, most of the soy crops grown in the states are GMO, but by law products can’t be labeled “organic” when made with GMOs.


Quick and Easy Vegetable Pho

Serves 2-4

Difficulty Easy

Time to Prep and Cook 20 minutes

2 Cups Vegetarian Pho Stock (I used Pacific Foods brand)
2 Cups Miso Stock (I used Whole Foods organic 365 brand)
1 tsp dark Sesame Oil
½ tsp Sriracha (or more to taste)
1 tsp Coconut Aminos, Tamari or Fish Sauce (Fish Sauce is made from anchovies and is not vegetarian)
1 each Green Onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp Dried Seaweed pieces (I used Arame)
6 ounces Sprouted Extra Firm Tofu, cut into small cubes (I used Wildwood brand)
2 Cups Spinach Leaves
1/4 Cup roughly chopped Cilantro
2-4 Lime Wedges
Optional: Steamed Vegetables and Rice Noodles *requires extra cooking time

In Medium-Large Saucepan, bring to boil stock. Turn down heat to medium high and add Sesame Oil, Sriracha, Coconut Aminos, Green Onion and Dried Seaweed. Cook for 2 minutes
Add Spinach and cook another minute. Add Tofu and turn off heat
Add Cilantro
Label into bowls and serve with a wedge or two of lime

This weekend I’ve been horizontal for the most part, catching up with Downton Abbey. I’ve traded in wine for kombucha and weekend training for sleeping. Four days off from training feels like four weeks (that’s how screwed up the triathlete mentality is LOL). I know things will be somewhat back on track tomorrow and I’ll be tri-ath-a-lon-ing away.

Leslie Myers is a proud member of the Nytro Women’s Racing Team, GrooveTri, She’s a professional chef and owner of Foodsense, Now, a Solana Beach-based company which focuses on healthy eating for athletes. A multiple Kona Ironman finisher, dog lover and self-proclaimed oenophile, you will see her out on the roads on her Cervelo P3 in #badassisbeautiful Betty Designs gear”

Gear, Training & Fitness

What’s different: Skratch Labs?


Different things work for different people, when prompted I tell them that I’m a fan of real food and not big on gel or bars, but then again I’m not racing Ironman distance races so I’m not motivated to deperately grab calories anyway I can. This isn’t to imply that the long distance triathlete is relegated to junk and can’t eat better.  As a neuroscience and physio graduate I used to talk to them about how our body absorbs the protein in food sources easier than in supplement form.  The small intestine absorbs amino acids and has peptidase enzymes on it’s surface that splits most dipeptides and tripeptides into single amino acids.
A few of these dipeptides and tripeptides escape digestion and cross the digestive tract wall and enter bloodstream. These athletes would get conflicting information from nutritional faddists whom fail to realize that most proteins are broken down to amino acids before absorption. They urge people to eat enzyme supplements, unfortunately these enzymes in foods are digested in the same manner proteins are. Digestive enzymes are the only things by design that prevents them from being denatured or digested.
Some products are marketed based on their amino acid content others on their high carb or protein content and although you will need protein at some point in your long ride I’m not convinced you should be getitng it all from your bottle. Drink Skratch and eat real food (tons of great recipes on Skratch’s blog and in Allen Lim’s book )
So why do I like Skratch?
  • High Quality All-Natural Ingredients
  • No artificial anything
  • Optimal Sodium for exercise
  • Actual fruit used for flavor
  • Less sugar,  more electrolytes
  • Environmentally conscious packaging (which they say will be improved again soon)
  • It has only a trace of sugar, so it doesn’t set off wild insulin spikes causing “sugar high” and “sugar crash” and is easily digested
Essentially less is more. I could ramble on about how a product is “laterally stiff but vertically compliant” but I feel all you have to do is try it and you’ll see why it’s my favorite nutritional drink.
Reach out to me at kevin|at| and I’ll get you a sample.