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Showing posts from September 18, 2022

Pumpkin Chocolate Energy Balls

  Today is the first day of fall! It also happens to be Karel's birthday (shhh - he doesn't want to make a big deal of it 😉). In our recent weekly newsletter, Joey shared a delicious energy ball recipe with all the right ingredients to warm your belly on a crisp fall day. Enjoy!  Pumpkin Chocolate Energy Balls By Joey Mock, RD, LD, CLT With Fall comes thoughts of crisp mornings, colorful leaves, apple picking, and, if you enjoy pumpkin, getting your seasonal pumpkin fix. These no-bake energy balls make a delicious, quick, and convenient snack while offering the nutrition benefits of pumpkin (like vitamin A, potassium, and fiber) and pumpkin seeds (like magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, and fiber). This recipe makes about 20 balls (using a 1 ½ Tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out the mixture). Ingredients 2 cups oats ½ cup canned pumpkin puree ¼ cup almond butter ¼ cup flaxseed meal ¼ cup pumpkin seeds 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ cup maple syrup ¼ cup

A tale of two World Championship events

  The picture is from the Kona, Hawaii. On nine separate occassions for almost 2 weeks, between 2007 until 2019, this was our view in early October. The Ironman World Championship has a very special place in our hearts. I have had the privilege of racing 5 times on the Big Island and Karel has raced 4 times. At Ironman Lake Placid this year, we both earned a slot to race in Kona again. Had we accepted, we would have been heading back to the Big Island to participate in the IM World Championship.  This  is a picture   from Molveno, Italy. A place we've never been to before. On Monday, we will be flying (back) to Europe for the  Xterra World Championship . Karel qualifed at the 2021 USA Championship in Ogden, Utah. Originally I was planning to bring my mountain bike and make the trip an epic train-cation while supporting Karel but I unexpectedly received a rolldown slot after participating in the Xterra European Championship in Czech Republic and I accepted the slot for my first Xte

Moving on from a bad workout

  Ever since I started mountain biking (back in December 2021), it never feels like training. Nature feeds my soul. It's been such a fun journey and I find myself improving with every ride. We have very technical terrain where we ride - with a lot of roots, rocks, tight turns, climbs and descends - so I have been forced to learn the hard stuff very early on. But with every struggle there was motivation to continue to improve. My weakness is still cornering as I slow down a lot but it's something I'm determined to continue to work on so that it becomes a strength.  Over the past two weeks, I've really seen my skills improve. I've been able to get up and over obstacles that I've never done before. On Tuesday, Karel took me to Paris Mountain - which has some of the hardest mountain biking trails in our area. I was very scared and intimidated riding on these trails for the first time but Karel helped me ease into it and by the end, I found myself gaining a lot of co