Well, Iron-fans. It's pretty much official. I'm done. Ironman Wisconsin came and went last weekend and not only was I not racing, I sort of did not care. Sure, I checked the weather and results after a friend reminded me that it was Iron Sunday. I even woke up at about three AM, relieved that I didn't have to wake up at four. I also called a friend who somehow has managed to complete every single Ironman Wisconsin since the race began over ten years ago. Overall, it feels pretty good. I'm interested and engaged in other things (make something every day) so there doesn't seem to be a lack of activity in my life. I'm managing to stay in decent shape, sometimes more, sometimes less exercise, and almost always taking in healthy food.
Dropping a habit or hobby that consumes so much energy, effort and focus, allows me to try things that I always wanted to work on, but may not have had the chance. Over the years, I've most likely invested a small fortune in Sport drinks, bars, gels, supplements, powders and the like. You know the brands. Probably one of the best is Hammer, but really, when you're relying on so many of your seasonal calories to come from a giant plastic vat of powder (mix with water), it's a far cry from the sort of basic food that I gravitate towards when not pounding out hundred mile rides and three hour runs.
So I'm not eating any of that packaged stuff, although my family and I still enjoy the occasional Kind Bar.
|Kind Bars, YUM.|
But at our newly opened Sugar Beet Food Co-op, we're carrying these little energy bars that bring back a lot of memories. I think I started buying these little pouches of carob/nut/etc. bars at the infamous Berkeley Bowl in the late eighties. Back when I first moved to California and I was living in a little apartment as an eighteen year old, I had already established a pretty hardy/cheap/mostly vegetarian eating style, but this was my first foray into living/feeding myself completely independently. I remember how amazing the Bowl was, what with so many varieties of grown food, such a vast selection of breads, bulk items, butcher, fish, cheese and more. The Bowl was amazing, but it was also incredibly overwhelming. I really had no idea what I needed/wanted and as I gazed at the intense veteran foodie/hippie folks who would pore over the produce carefully, knowledgeably, I'd sort of freak out. I'd sometimes grab a few pippin apples, bulk pasta, nuts, peanut butter and get the heck out. Yet I do remember that in the bulk section I found these awesome nibs, and not only was the price right, it was the sort of thing that I'd munch on for a light meal, between meal snack, on the go. A life long relationship with food, launched.
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