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CHSAA divides hockey into two classes

The Colorado High School Activities Association officially split high school hockey into two different classifications on Friday.

Battle Mountain hockey will play in the newly-formed 4A division against schools more similar in size, starting with the 2020-21 season after years of going against giants from the Front Range.

This will give Battle Mountain (at last count for athletic purposes with 955 students) a fighting chance come the postseason and a possible state championship.

Twenty schools, mostly the Front Range squads, will make up Class 5A hockey, including Valor Christian (1,094), Regis (1,800), Monarch (1,714), Cherry Creek (3,654), Ralston Valley (1,850) and Lewis-Palmer (1,065), schools which have combined to win the last 13 state championships.

Battle Mountain and 16 other schools drop down to 4A. The Huskies will play in the new Mountain Conference. It’s the same circuit as the old Peak with Aspen, Crested Butte, Glenwood Springs, Summit and Steamboat Springs, but said High Country teams will have a fighting chance come the postseason.

The two other 4A conferences are the North (Kent Denver, Colorado Academy, Mullen, Rampart, Liberty and Air Academy) and the Metro (Palmer, Coronado, Pueblo County, Cheyenne Mountain and Woodland Park.)

Last year’s rating-percentage index was quite telling as the top 12 teams in the state in the rankings were now-5A schools with the top new-4A squads Summit ranked No. 13 and Battle Mountain 14th.

The last time a small school won the state title was 2007 (Aspen with a current student body of 547). Battle Mountain’s made the finals twice in 2002 and 2008 and lost each time by one goal. In 2008, current Huskies coach Derek Byron was wearing a Battle Mountain sweater.

News and notes

• Girls’s lacrosse is also splitting from one class into 5A and 4A. Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley move down to 4A.

• CHSAA also expanded the 2A girls’ soccer playoff field from 12 to 16 teams. That should be a boon to Vail Christian.

What an old front page says about 2020-21 preps sports

One of my favorite front pages of the Vail Daily is our Nov. 11, 2012 edition. The headline reads “Huskies win it all,” and the Battle Mountain soccer team, led by Joe LyBarger, is holding up the state-title trophy down at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the middle of a snowstorm.

It was a magical end to a magical season, and I’d bet the coach David Cope has several copies in his basement.

The funny thing about that front page, a copy signed by a lot of the players hangs in the lobby of our office in EagleVail, is the weather graphic. The kids of assorted local grade schools draw varied weather scenes (rain, snow, sun, etc.) and we use them with the appropriate forecast.

On Nov. 11, 2012, a fourth-grader from St. Clare of Assisi did the honors with a cubist/impressionist interpretation of snow. Alec Moritz turned out to be a better 3-point shooter than an artist at Vail Christian. Moritz graduated this month.

There is always someone working hard to become the next great athlete, say, like a fourth-grader named Alec Moritz, who is a better basketball player than an artist.
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The point of this trip down nostalgia lane? As seasons end — even one of the best campaigns ever — the next generation is on its way.

Saturday was the last of our high school graduations marking the end of the 2019-20 school year and athletic season, such as it was. That also means it’s time to get to work on 2020-21.

I’m not a doctor or public-health official, and I’ll leave the COVID-19 analysis to them. I’m just thinking that everyone involved with schools and sports wants to see students back in their buildings in a normal learning environment as long as it’s healthy. Things, knock wood, seem to be trending correctly as far as the coronavirus goes.

With schools hopefully opening this fall, we hope that sports return as well. And this offseason, it’s more incumbent than ever on student-athletes to work. Of course, there are no organized, required team workouts during the summer. No, sir. That would be against the rules.

However, if you’re a cross-country runner who happens to have a workout plan for the summer, get going.

If you’re a football player, you can practice social distancing by throwing a football. Perhaps you can lift some weights at home or do so as gyms open up safely in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines. Get going.

You play soccer? Juggling drills, people. You can do that by yourself. You can also go find a patch of grass and knock the ball around. Again, in the interests of social distancing, coaches Cope, Maggie Sherman and Alex Darbut want their teams to play wide, so pass that ball while staying away from each other. Get going.

Volleyball players? Play outside. The weather’s good. Play 2-on-2. That helps you round out your skill set. Get going.

Golfers: Hit the range and play. Drive for show. Putt for dough, which means work on your short game this summer. It’s where you score. Get going. (As a bonus hint: Play better than Freud.)

The 2012 Huskies won their state title, yes, because they were good, but they also worked during the offseason as well. And as their front page shows, there’s also always someone working to be better than you even if he’s in the fourth grade.

Get going, everybody.

Baseball’s return looks even more doubtful

Will baseball come back?

It’s not only a COVID-19 issue now. It’s also a labor dispute.

In theory, Major League Baseball wants to hold an 82-game season with regionalized schedules — i.e. NL West teams play each other and their counterparts from the same AL division and so on — and a 14-team playoff.

There are two issues. Is this a “real” season? And, likely more importantly, how do teams pay their players for a shortened season?

It’s a marathon

Simply put, 82 games ain’t a baseball season. Were it to take place, it would be a wonderful return to whatever is the new normal. I would sit here yelling at my television, gently instructing my team, the San Francisco Giants.

But, truthfully, it would not be a real season. Baseball has been a day-in, day-out grueling 162-game march since 1961, and 154 games before that. One of the joys of the sport is its history.

One can compare statistics from Babe Ruth’s time to those of Mike Trout. The numbers pop off the page/computer screen — .406 (Ted Williams’ batting average as the last to hit .400), 61 (Roger Maris, the true single-season home run leader) and 1.12 (Bob Gibson’s ridiculous ERA in 1968).

If you play only 82 games, someone could hit .400 or better. As impressive as that would be, it would come with an asterisk. The way starting pitchers are already treated with kid gloves with regard to innings pitched, it’s not hard to see someone making a run at a 1.12 ERA. Again, the asterisk would come.

There’s also the championship angle. Eighty-two games does not a playoff team make. The Washington Nationals were 41-41 after 82 games last year. Had the season ended, the Nats would have missed the playoffs. As it turned out, the Nationals surged, made the playoffs and won the World Series. (At least that’s what our assistant editor Ross Leonhart tells me every day.)

For the record, the Chicago Cubs were also leading the NL Central after 82 games. The St. Louis Cardinals won the division. And, yes, the San Francisco Giants had the best record in baseball in 2016 at the All-Star Break before fading to oblivion with the Cubs finally winning the World Series after 108 years. Baseball is littered with examples like these. (Ahem, the Boston Red Sox.)

Whoever wins the World Series — and with 14 teams, instead of 10, making the playoffs, there’s even more of a chance for an oddball champion — will not be regarded as a true champion. What if the Cleveland Indians break their 72-year World Series drought by winning this year?

The Tribe would not be a true champion, which would be a bitter pill for Cleveland sports fans.

The money

And then there is player pay for an 82-game season. After all sports shut down on March 13 for COVID-19, the players and the owners agreed to a deal on modified compensation.

Though the players’ contracts are guaranteed, a rarity compared to other sports, the union agreed to pro-rated pay based on the number of games played in exchange for service time accrued. (Service time being credited allows players to achieve free agency and the accompanying compensation.)

On Tuesday, baseball’s owners proposed pay cuts on top of the pro-rated salaries to which the players have already agreed. The owners argue that with fans likely not being able to attend games because of COVID-19 and the ensuing loss of ticket sales, concessions and so on that they will lose money.

The only problem is that the owners have claimed they have been losing money since the Cincinnati Reds turned professional in 1869.

It’s easy to say baseball players make too much money for playing a game. Of course, we should pay doctors, nurses, police people, firefighters and teachers the millions that athletes make. That’s how the owners frame the argument to the average fans.

The truth is sports, overvalued in our society, practice true capitalism as it should be practiced. The best in the profession get the big bucks as teams bid for their services. The players get paid for their true value to the business.

Trout was scheduled to make $37 million this season because he sells tickets and merchandise and makes the Los Angeles Angels more valuable as a franchise. (According to Forbes, the team is worth $1.9 billion. Owner Arte Moreno bought the team for $183 million in 2003, so the general cry of poverty from baseball owners rings somewhat shallow.)

The players have already taken a pay cut and the owners, who are never very truthful in financial disclosure, are asking for more and the 2020 season is in jeopardy.

So what now?

The collective bargaining agreement between the players and the owners is scheduled to expire after the 2021 season and it was already shaping up to be a contentious negotiation. The players were on the offensive about the manipulation of service time — sending a player like the Cubs’ Kris Bryant to the minor leagues to start the 2015 season to keep him under club control and at a lower salary for a longer period of time.

The players also believe that the owners are not negotiating in good faith with free agents. It’s understandable that the owners don’t want to give out 10-year contracts to players like Albert Pujols anymore, but seeing pitchers like Jake Arrieta and Dallas Keuchel going unsigned for most of an offseason is fishy. Throw in proposed 2020 pay cuts and the players are not a happy bunch.

Since the outlook for an 82-game schedule is still somewhat murky with COVID-19 and the legitimacy of said season is in question, why not use the rest of the calendar year to hammer out a new CBA and come out fresh in 2021?

The sport needs to get its house in order and this is a perfect opportunity.

Questions for NHL and its Return to Play

Who would have thought that the National Hockey League of the Big Four sports would be the first one to try to come back?

After all, the NHL, more than any other North American league, has put the fun in dysfunctional. With four work stoppages, including one which wiped out an entire season (2004-05), hockey is a great sport run by a bunch of nimrods who can’t shoot straight.

So imagine the surprise when the NHL announced its Return to Play plan starting with 24 teams (instead of the usual 16) making the playoffs. This reeks of competence as the first sport to return to action will reap a financial whirlwind.

Baseball is facing a myriad of labor issues on top of COVID-19, and I doubt the sport will be back in 2020, while the NBA keeps on making noise about resuming, but can’t hammer out the dets, as the kids say. The NFL will return in September because there is simply too much money involved and the entire country will riot without football.

But if the NHL surprisingly wants to take the lead, here are some issues it must confront.

Format

Twenty-four teams are probably too many. Of course, the NHL is trying to add more games to appease television and address competitive concerns with teams that were on the playoff bubble when the regular season came to a screeching halt on March 13.

But should the No. 12-seeded Montreal Canadiens (31-31-9) really have a right to knock out the No. 5 Pittsburgh Penguins (40-23-6) by winning the best of-5 series? In theory, the regular season should mean something. (Oops, Freud forgot he was writing about the NHL. The regular season doesn’t mean jack in hockey.)

I would go with the top 10 teams in each conference for a 20-team field. (Ahem, NBA. And yes, the NBA is watching.)

By the by, the Colorado Avalanche are the No. 2 seed in the West and will have a bye through the play-in series(es). The Avs will play a round-robin with St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars with top-four seeding on the line.

Travel

Yes, it seems that there will be two hubs for these playoffs, one for the West (Vegas, most likely) and East (Atlantic City? … I feel bad for the teams that won’t be able to go to a casino in their spare time.)

But how do the players get to these hubs? The NHL is 17% European. The CDC frowns on nonessential travel between Europe and the states. There are flights, but if you do, you have to be quarantined for 14 days.

What about travel between Canada and the United States? (Yes, a major concern as NHL has a Great White North-tint.) Likely feasible, but the 14-day quarantine is still in play.

This means, if everyone hopped a plane this week, teams wouldn’t be at full strength likely until June 15.

Testing

The NHL’s announcement was conspicuously short on details about COVID-19 testing specifics. Given that with players, coaches, team doctors and staff, we’re looking at 50 or so people with each team, there has to be regular testing for the coronavirus.

How does this happen? Pro sports, as much as we love them, cannot be seen as taking away testing from the general public. Yes, there’s also the complicated matter of what happens if someone tests positive. But it’s going to be a PR disaster if any league is seen as putting a burden on the general testing supply.

The NHL, as well as the NBA, MLB and the NFL, need to be making large donations to public testing and/or paying for its own testing.

Timing

The regular four rounds of the NHL Playoffs take two months. Since we’re looking at five rounds with the play-in series, assume 9-10 weeks. If the games start July 1 — we need quarantining and training camps — we’re looking at the NHL season ending at the earliest in mid-September.

Meanwhile, the 2020-21 season would normally begin in October, which makes for a short offseason. Both the NHL and the NBA are going to have to figure this out. Do both leagues shorten the 2020-21 regular seasons? Do they have compressed 2020 playoff schedules?

Help us out here.

The Stanley Cup

The best part of hockey is the hoisting of the Stanley Cup. The captain gets it and passes it to teammate after teammate and everyone drinks out of it. This seems highly un-COVID-19-like behavior, people.

A truthful answer to all these questions? They’re going to have to have to figure it out on the fly. And this is not just the NHL. It’s the NBA, MLB and the NFL as well.

We are in a new era and the leagues are going to make it up as they go.

In the meantime, does anyone want to try to explain offsides and icing to Americans when the NHL returns to television?

Senior spotlight: Eagle Valley lacrosse

This team was coming like a freight train.

Eagle Valley boys’ lacrosse went 8-7 last season, beating Battle Mountain for the first time in 10 years and making the playoffs for only the second time in the program’s history (2013). The team had 11 seniors coming back this spring.

And they weren’t your average group of seniors — the group had the balance of attackers, middies, defenders and two good goalies. This was going to be THE year for Devils lacrosse, usually an afterthought in the spring sporting landscape.

And then came COVID-19 and the halt of everything sporting on March 13. Yes, every spring sports team from all four schools had reason to be optimistic, but this is a legitimate what-if.

For Eagle Valley seniors Philip Peterson, Slade Pike, Silas Berga, Luke Jeffers, Bergen Blomquist, George Smirl, Luca Hart, Mason Yurcak, Theo McCarroll, Keenan Collett and Jordan Puntell, there will always be a dreamy quality to this nonexistent season.

“There was a lot of hype,” Devils assistant coach Weston Gleiss said. “It was definitely the most exciting and most buy-in I’ve seen in what would have been my seventh season here. I had athletes coming to me during other (sports) seasons saying, ‘I can’t wait for the season.’ It was through the roof.”

No. 2

The No. 1 reason all of Gypsum was pumped for lacrosse season was Peterson. All the guy in the No. 2 jersey did last year was rack up 54 goals and 20 assists.

Of course, it’s a team sport and one person can’t win a game by himself, but Peterson is one of those special players around which a team builds. When lax fans look around the local scene, they’ve seen Jeremy Sforzo as the heart of a Battle Mountain team that won the Western Conference in 2018 and made the state quarterfinals or Luke Verratti and Tyler Hancock at Vail Mountain who did the same for the Vail Mountain School in 2017.

Peterson was the first lacrosse player like that to suit up for Eagle Valley. In 11 of 15 games last season, he scored three goals or more. That forced opponents to change game plans. Opposing teams would be in practices before Eagle Valley games, thinking, “What do we do with No. 2?”

And that opened up a whole can of worms on the rest of the field for 48 minutes on game day.

More Petersons and company

That’s because Eagle Valley had a lot more than just Philip Peterson. In fact Philip wasn’t the only Peterson in Devils’ black and red. As a freshman, Erich Peterson had an impressive campaign last spring with 13 goals and 19 assists. And new for 2020 was Julius Peterson.

Then there was Blomquist, who had 23 goals and 16 helpers last year, and Collett (10 goals last spring). The Devils had five double-digit goal scorers returning this season. If opposing defenses tried to key on Philip, which was likely, this team had numerous other ways to win.

And that’s just offense. The Devils returned a strong defense group headed up by would-have-been four-year starting goalie Mason Yurcak.

“As a teacher and a coach, I see him do things on the field and it’s cool to see it transfer to the classroom,” Gleiss said. “He’s out there making saves and playing the ball and keeping it positive and he does it in the classroom too.”

Climbing the ladder

This year’s seniors started as sophomores on varsity and it wasn’t pretty. Eagle Valley got rolled by the best in the Western Conference. Early last spring came a gigantic 13-12 win over Battle Mountain.

It was the Devils’ first over their archrivals since the very first game in the history of the program back in 2009. While the Huskies won the second match in Edwards, there was a sense that Eagle Valley was leveling the playing field.

“We sat down at the beginning of the season and the baseline goal was winning the league,” Gleiss said. “We were setting our sights on hosting a first-round playoff game, which would be the first time we did that.”

Sports and the graduation of the Class of 2020

High school was a miserable four years for me, so it was a real shame that I couldn’t make my 30th reunion on Zoom earlier this month. And my college experience — all seven years of it — was an even greater disaster.

So, under the category of, “irony can be pretty ironic,” I cover schools and get into the spirit of graduation season.

With our six schools starting to walk (or should I say, drive, in the case of Vail Christian on Saturday; points for creativity there), a few thoughts.

Don’t take anything for granted

Schools shut down for COVID-19 on March 13 as did our high school sports scene. We retreated to our homes and watched more Netflix and other streaming services than could possibly be healthy.

For the record, I did not watch “Tiger King,” likely making me one of the few people in the United States not to do so. No judgment is cast here. We all did what we had to do. I rewatched all seven seasons of “The West Wing.”

Like many, I also took in “The Last Dance” on ESPN. I think Jerry Krause came out of it pretty well. I also think, in some ways, Michael Jordan is a very disturbed person. I was waiting for the instance in which someone took all the green M&Ms out of a bowl when His Airness was a kid and M.J. used that as motivation to drop 50 points on some unsuspecting team.

Apparently, the border between greatness and neurosis is a thin line.

The point — and surprisingly, there is a point — is that during the past two months, we have all had our worlds turned upside down. Who knew that going to the grocery store could be such a stimulating experience?

I remember thinking about how exciting it was to take a walk around Nottingham Lake one day. Wow, there’s a lake at Nottingham Lake. Hey, there’s another person 50 feet away from me. Good times. By mid-April, I was ready to cover a junior-varsity game of tag.

I ache for all the students, seniors in particular, who saw their school year come to halt outside of virtual learning. No sports. No school plays. No proms. No “all the silly things you do when you’re in high school.”

As the header indicates, good gracious, let’s not take anything for granted again. I don’t know how I got up in the ungodly hours of the morning to trudge off to San Francisco University High School way back when. But the thought of whatever class — in person — was your first-period subject probably seemed tempting by mid-April.

And, yes, that goes for sports as well. We hope that things will be back to “normal” come the fall or as normal as the new normal is. The upcoming athletic seasons are going to be special merely for the fact that they hopefully happen. (Personal note: Please, please let them happen. I need something to do. I have no life.)

When you’re at a fall practice and the coach has you do an extra lap or repeat another drill at the end of the session and you’re tired or simply not in the mood, remember the spring of 2020. Sports are a privilege, so do that extra lap or drill with gusto.

As a sports writer, I vow not to take a volleyball match, especially one that goes five and kills me on deadline, for granted. I still reserve the right to kvetch about the rating-percentage index.

Here’s to the teachers

Parents, I don’t doubt for a moment that you adore your kids. Of course, they are the light, or lights, of your life. (My parents originally planned to have two children but ceased after me. I’d like to think I was simply all the adoration they could handle.)

Of course, one of the upsides of COVID-19, if there are upsides, is that you’ve been able to have more quality time with your offspring, especially if they’re seniors and going off to college next year.

And if one takes an honest assessment of the situation, you also wouldn’t mind your kids getting out of the house and having some time for yourself. (Again, I adore my mom and miss my father, but there’s a reason I live 1,000 miles from San Francisco.) Be honest, people.

Summer vacation is fun for the family, but parents do pop the champagne or do the commensurate happy dance when the school year rolls around. Therefore, let us all appreciate the entire educational system that nurtures, educates and generally helps you with your children.

Yes, doctors and nurses are rightly the heroes of the hour, but teachers are right up there also after the past two months.

And that goes for all the coaches who are simply teachers in another venue. Be it the absence of the NCAA Tournament, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball or high school sports, athletics are a part of our culture, and high school coaches make it happen on this level.

Again, when we hopefully return to a “new normal,” show some love to those teachers and coaches.

I hope to see you all this fall.

Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley add new coaches

What does Calvin Cisneros do now?

After nearly seven years of rooting for Battle Mountain — young master Calvin turns 7 on June 1 — he’ll be rooting for Eagle Valley come girls’ basketball season.

“To be honest, he’s pretty hesitant. He grew up a Husky,” said Calvin’s dad, Vinny, Battle Mountain, Class of 2005, who is the new Eagle Valley girls’ basketball coach. “It will take him a little time to adjust. I’m sure we’ll get to that point.”

The Cisneroses are just a part of the coaching carousel of familiar faces in new places. Jim Schuppler, Battle Mountain’s football coach, is adding girls’ basketball coach to his resume.

The Devils and Huskies will also have new volleyball coaches this fall. Mike Garvey takes over in Gypsum and Shelby Crummer in Edwards. Both were the JV/assistant coaches for Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain for the last few years.

Volleyball

Welcome back, Garvey. The spiky hair is returning courtside.

“I have a few years experience back in a little school in East Vail,” he joked.

Yes, you might remember Garvey from his years as the head man at the Vail Mountain School from 1997-2015. Garvey started the program and led the Gore Rangers to the state tournament in 2001, 2002 and 2005, as well as overseeing the team’s transition from Class 1A to 2A.

He’s a walking encyclopedia of coaching experience.

Battle Mountain’s Jim Schuppler will still patrol the sidelines as the football coach, but he’s also taking over as the coach of girls’ basketball. (Jason Spannagel | Special to the Daily)
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“I’m very excited,” Garvey said. “It’s been a great change to be part of Eagle Valley’s teaching staff and an assistant coach. I’ve had time for reflection with three years out of the game and a couple of years as an assistant. It’s been an opportunity to learn and get better and come in refreshed.”

As noted, Garvey has been assisting previous head coach Jackie Rindy — the Rindy family is moving to Wisconsin; ergo the opening.

And Garvey will be facing a newcomer in the rivalry games against Battle Mountain. With the Huskies’ Jason Fitzgerald (Douglas County; still coaching a set of Huskies) moving down to the Front Range, his assistant Crummer will head up Battle Mountain this fall.

The upcoming season will be Crummer’s fifth season of coaching. She’s had stints with club, Homestake Peak School and then with Battle Mountain, and has seen the players of the current squad grow and advance in the sport.

“It’s great to understand where the kids come from,” Crummer said. “It’s not just push-push-push. You can see  how far they’ve come and that their potential is so much greater and help them get there.”

Girls basketball

Eagle Valley-Battle Mountain games this season will be coached by a son of Battle Mountain and one of the school’s adopted sons.

Cisneros who played for the Huskies and then was an assistant coach for Battle Mountain boys’ coach Philip Tronsrue will take over at Eagle Valley. He ostensibly replaces Beth Raitt.

Vinny Cisneros, left, has long been Battle Mountain boys’ basketball coach Philip Tronsrue’s right-hand man. Now, Cisneros is off to coach Eagle Valley girls’ basketball. (Jason Spannagel | Special to the Daily)
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“I feel like this program has a ton of talent,” Cisneros said. “Especially with Glenwood Springs graduating a bunch of seniors, I feel the Western Slope is wide open and competitive.”

Meanwhile, Battle Mountain will have a familiar face. Schuppler, who runs the football team in the fall, will coach girls basketball during the winter.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to connect with more athletes, and grow myself and our school,” Schuppler said. “This will be a great challenge that I am so excited about. Coaching is unlike any other thing my life, and it makes me whole.”

Lindsey Vonn partners with MyFitnessPal, shares workout tips and recipes

At a time where many of us have been struggling to keep up with our fitness goals, Lindsey Vonn is stepping in to help. Vonn has teamed up with Under Armour to launch the Get Strong with Lindsey Vonn workout routine on MyFitnessPal.

Get Strong with Lindsey Vonn provides people at home with the rare opportunity to train and eat just like the world and Olympic champion. The workouts have been designed specifically for Lindsey and are being shared today in MyFitnessPal’s Workout Routines section of the app.

Get Strong with Lindsey Vonn is part of Under Armour’s UA Home Workout Series, which lives on MyFitnessPal.com, as well as the @MyFitnessPal and @UnderArmour Instagram channels. 

In addition to launching her workout routine, Lindsey is also sharing a couple of easy-to-make recipes in an effort to inspire healthy cooking at home. 

Each recipe has been analyzed by a MyFitnessPal in-house dietitian resulting in a calorie and macro breakdown. If users at home wish to substitute their own ingredients, MyFitnessPal is a useful tool to help accurately track food intake.

Breakfast

Lindsey’s Go-to Egg Scramble

Ingredients: 3 cage-free eggs, 1/4 cup of chopped onions, 1/4 cup of chopped peppers, 1/4 cup of chopped mushrooms, 1 tbsp. of Olive oil, 1/4 cup of diced avocado, 1/4 cup of salsa, fresh cilantro, Optional: 2 slices of whole-grain bread, tbsp. of almond butter

464 calories, 33g fat, 14g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 22g protein 
(with optional ingredients: 697 calories, 44g fat, 43g carbohydrate, 14g fiber, 31g protein)

Instructions: sauté onions, peppers and mushrooms in olive oil until soft. Add eggs and scramble. Top with diced avocado, salsa, and fresh cilantro. Enjoy with whole-grain toast with almond butter.  

Banana Bread Oatmeal

Ingredients: 1/2 cup of steel-cut, traditional or instant unflavored oatmeal, 1/2 of a banana, 1/4 cup of chopped nuts, dash of maple syrup, Optional: 2 cage-free eggs, 1/3 cup of fat-free yogurt

547 calories, 25g fat, 69g carbohydrate, 12g fiber, 18g protein
(with optional ingredients: 738 calories, 34g fat, 76g carbohydrate, 12g fiber, 36g protein)

Instructions: Cook steel-cut, traditional, or instant unflavored oatmeal. When set, stir in banana, chopped nuts, and a touch of maple syrup. Consider adding an extra source of protein like eggs or yogurt. 

Sweet Potato Bake

Ingredients: 1 sweet potato, 1/4 cup of chopped nuts, 1/4 cup of raisins, dash of cinnamon, 1 tsp. of honey, dollop of fat-free yogurt, Optional: 2 cage-free eggs, 1/3 cup of fat-free yogurt

456 calories, 20g fat, 70g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 9g protein
(with optional ingredients: 644 calories, 29g fat, 77g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 26g protein)

Instructions: Bake a sweet potato until soft. Cut in half and top with chopped nuts, raisins, cinnamon and a drizzle of honey or a dollop of yogurt. Pair with a source of protein like eggs or yogurt.

Lunch

Lindsey’s Go-To Salad

Ingredients: 2 cups of baby spinach, 1 cup of cooked quinoa, 6 oz. of sliced chicken from rotisserie, 1/4 cup of cherries, 1/4 cup of berries, 1/2 cup of mixed nuts, 1 oz. vinaigrette

1002 calories, 59g fat, 69g carbohydrates, 8g fiber, 58g protein

Instructions: Top baby spinach with cooked quinoa, sliced chicken from a rotisserie chicken, berries, and a handful of chopped mixed nuts. Dress with vinaigrette. 

Bread-Free Italian Sandwich

Ingredients: 2 grilled Portobello mushrooms or 2 thick slices of eggplant, 2 slices of fresh mozzarella, 2 slices of tomato, pinch of fresh basil, Optional: 1 poached egg, 2 pieces of dry-cured or Canadian bacon, 1/2 cup of diced tomato, 1/2 cup of diced avocado

218 calories, 12g fat, 10g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 19g protein
(with optional ingredients: 506 calories, 35g fat, 20g carbohydrates, 11g fiber, 33g protein)

Instructions: Grill two portobello mushrooms or two thick slices of eggplant when you have time and refrigerate. When you’re ready to make the sandwich, remove mushrooms or eggplant slices from the fridge, top with fresh mozzarella, and heat in a pan or in the microwave. Add sliced tomato and fresh basil. Or top either with a poached egg, dry-cured or Canadian bacon, tomato and avocado.

Dinner

Lindey’s Go-To Dinner

Ingredients: 1 salmon filet, 1 tbsp. of olive oil, 2 tsp. of minced garlic, 1 cup of cooked quinoa, 4 oz. of grilled or pan-fried asparagus

574 calories, 19g fat, 43g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 53g protein

Instructions: Pan-fry salmon in olive oil and minced garlic. Serve with cooked quinoa and grilled or pan-fried asparagus in olive oil. 

Lean and Clean Burger with Fries

Ingredients: 1 sweet potato, pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, 6 oz. plant-based burger patty, 2 slices of whole-grain bread or 2 pieces of sturdy lettuce, 4 oz. of steamed veggie

550 calories, 19g fat, 65g carbohydrates, 13g fiber, 31g protein

Instructions: Cut sweet potatoes into spears and brush with olive oil; season with salt and pepper and other spices or herbs. Bake in a single layer on a sheet pan at 450°F until tender and golden, about 20 minutes. Shape plant-based burger patty; season and grill or pan-fry until done. Serve on whole-grain bread or wrapped in a sturdy piece of lettuce alongside a steamed vegetable.

Open for Business: Moontime Cyclery

Name of business: Moontime Cyclery and Moontime Cyclery West

Physical address: 0105 Edwards Village Boulevard Unit B-105 and 700 Chambers Avenue Building 1 Unit A1 Eagle, CO 81631

Phone number: Edwards: 970-926-4516 and Eagle: 970-777-6666

Email: frank@moontimecyclery.com

Website: www.moontimecyclery.com

What goods or services are you offering at this time? 

Both Moontime Cyclery locations are open for service work, bicycle-related retail items as well as new and demo bike sales.

How have you adjusted to serve your customers during these unprecedented times? 

Moontime Cyclery is adhering to social distancing procedures by maintaining at least six feet between customers and employees, as well as only allowing one customer in the store at a time. Curbside pickup, drop off, and sales are also available.

How can the community support you? 

Shopping local, even for something as small as a bike tire tube, is helpful in keeping our business alive.

What’s the best source to keep up to date with your offerings? 

Call us if you have any questions on anything bicycle-related or service appointment availability. Keep up with new product offerings and other updates via Facebook or Instagram:  @moontimecyclery. 

What’s the response been?

As the weather begins to warm up and allow for outdoor recreation, our customers have been delighted that we are open. We have had an incredible number of bikes in for service.

What are your plans going forward as the “new normal” evolves? 

As an essential business, we’ve been open since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continue to operate in compliance with public health standards as they evolve. Our hope is that our beloved Vail Valley returns to normal soon so our customers can enjoy a fun and healthy summer on the seat of a bicycle!