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Pasta lover? Go plant-based!

  There's a good chance that you have a box of pasta in your pantry. This affordable and easy-to-make dinner staple is a great source of energy (carbohydrates) and nutrients - such as iron, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, manganese, folate and selenium. Over the years, nontraditional pastas have made their way on to the grocery store shelves. Plant-based pasta alternatives offer many health advantages. With the main ingredient being chickpeas, edamame, beans or lentils, these unconventional pasta blends are loaded with protein, fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals. And without compromising taste, quality or nutritional value, nontraditional pastas offer a great alternative to traditional pasta if you are looking to boost your nutrient intake. Here are a few plant-based pasta options: Explore Cuisine Banza Tolerant Organic Ancient Harvest POW! Barilla Modern Table To learn more about these plant-based pasta brands, you can read more here.  For more education, inspiration and re

IM 70.3 Florida - race recap

  1.2 mile swim Marni: 31.57 Karel: 32.48 After entering the warm water of Lake Eva, I slowly settled into my swim stroke. Still a bit shaken from the morning fainting incident, I swam with caution and gratitude. Despite not having any outcome goals for this race, I always enjoy building my swim and finishing strong. Although we had to line up according to "self predicted" swim times, I found myself passing a lot of people throughout the first segment of the "M" shaped swim course. I'd consider this course an easy swim but a technical one. The water is fairly calm and murky, but the course layout makes for a lot of turns and need to carefully navigate as you make your way to the inside of the course. We passed through a timing arch in the middle of the swim which was a new experience for me, but neat to see us passing under what felt like an inflatable bridge. Ironman did something similar for IM Florida in 2019 when the race was moved from Panama City Beach to

IM 70.3 Florida race report: Pre-Race

  After a 60-minute, ~3600 meter long course swim on Wednesday, we returned home to pack up the car and we headed down south to Jacksonville, FL around noon. The ~6 hour drive (with stops) was fairly uneventful and it was nice to listen to triathlon podcasts, knowing that we would be participating in a triathlon event in just a few days. Thank goodness for hot spot as we both could get some work done as the other person was driving.  When we arrived to Joe's house (our good friend, assistant coach at Trimarni and long-time athlete), we were greeted by his son Weston, Erica and my favorite Weimaraner Reagan. Karel and I ate our Chipotle that we picked up just before arriving to Joe's (we both got Sofritas on rice, w/ black beans, veggies, cheese and guac). I had a bit more work to get done after dinner and Karel and Joe put the final touches on our athlete's new Scott Plasma tri bike (Karel built it up the days leading up to our trip and we brought it for our athlete) in Joe