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Showing posts from June 21, 2009

Barbara salad

I think I've told this story before but it's a good one. When Karel and I were in Lake Tahoe (for the first time, our first trip together) in 2006, we stayed with my Grandpa Joe and his wife, Barbara. We couldn't ask for better hosts to feed us great food after we biked around Lake Tahoe. Here's a few pics from our amazing ride! We only knew each other for 4 months and it was that trip that confirmed that Karel was the one for me. 1 week together, riding our bikes on mountains and Karel got to see exactly who I was on and off the bike. Who would have thought that this picture from Tahoe '06... Would lead to this in Oct '08 Anyways, while we were there, Barbara made us amazing salad's almost every day. She would put nuts, fruit, dried fruit, veggies, name it, it was in there! And it was sooo good. Even though I am not a big "salad for a meal" eater (I like side salads with my meal) every now and then Karel and I have a Barbara salad for

Hala bread pizza

If you've read my blog for the past 6 months, you know I LOVE pizza! What's better than bread, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese. YUM! I have to admit, however, that I have not ordered-out for pizza in over 2 years. It may be longer. Let's just say, I can't remember a time when someone has delivered pizza to my door or I have picked up pizza after ordering it. I LOVE making my own pizza. I have not attempted to make my own dough but I think I have come up with every carb-creation possible for my veggies and sauce to cook on. Karel and I save pizza for the weekend (usually sat with a movie) but last week I was craving pizza. I was heading to the grocery to pick up some ingredients for a pizza but I remembered I had a coupon for Hala bread (buy 1 get 1 free) at the local HALA store. Hala bread (not Challah, the Jewish bread) is kinda like pita bread. I'm not sure if you have a Hala store in your area but google-around and see if there is one nearby. Here's a litt

Ironman training in a sauna

First off a BIG congrats to all of the IMCDA athletes. Way to go for my good friend LIBBY who was 7th in the 25-29 age group! Our friend James S. did awesome in the MASSIVE 40-44 men age group and blogger-friend Marit did amazing once again. There were many more athletes out there so congrats to everyone! I knew this weekend would be hot but I had no idea how blazing hot it would be. I guess you really don't know until you train in it. In order to acclimate to IMKY temps, I am trying to train outside, in the sun, whenever possible. I try not to start my workouts too early in the morning because I want to get use to the heat and see how my body does when the sun is out. More so, these workouts are getting longer and more intense and I am trying to find what my body requires in terms of hydration, calories, electrolytes, etc. Rather than just giving my body what I think it needs, I start out simple with sport drinks and gels and then as the workout volume increases every week, I focu