Alpine Apple Cinnamon Four Points Bar

Folks, I don’t know that I have negatively reviewed anything yet on the site.  That is changing today.

A few months ago, we received a Four Points bar in a monthly nutrition box.  For my ride and run today, I needed something and chose it out of our box.  It was the Apple Cinnamon flavor and . . .

IT

WAS

BAD.

The flavor was not good, the texture was not good, and overall it was not pleasant to eat.  I took my first bite and was not happy, but I was willing to keep trying. I took a second bite and was totally displeased, so I stopped eating it.  Emily saw my face and offered to take a bite.  She was also not pleased by the flavor either.

I have two thoughts on why the flavor wasn’t good.

1. The outside of the bar was covered in dry cinnamon, this caused a slight peppery taste and gave me dry mouth.

2. I just don’t like the taste of dried plum and fig, which were the first two ingredients, a bit odd since it was an apple-flavored bar.

Anyway, that is what I have to say, and I don’t believe I will try out any more of their bars (which is disappointing, since they are a Colorado company and I would love to support them).

Under the Weather

Nick and I have both been sick.  We haven’t been exercising (sorry Coach), and have pretty much been bums lately.  We will be back soon!

Regular posting will begin again this weekend.  Thanks for your patience.

2016 IMTX Congrats

Nick and I typically spectate at Ironman Texas because, when we lived in Texas, it was only a few miles from our house.  We watched it this weekend via lifestream, wishing we were there to cheer on the athletes. IMTX Live Coverage

Congratulations to all who competed in Ironman Texas this weekend.  The bike course was less than desirable; the weather during the race was horrible, enough to stop the race momentarily; and you persevered.  You accepted the challenge that was Ironman Texas!

A Few New Things

I’ve been rushing home (to get away from work) every day this week to check the mailbox.  I ordered some things and have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of each one.

  1. A new, much needed saddle.  I’ve been having some discomfort in the seat, and hoping this new saddle will make for a smoother, less painful ride.  I spoke with Rachel at Cobb Cycling, and am now the new owner of their Randee saddle.  During my two-hour trainer ride today, I was alleviated of some of the pressure I was experiencing.  I hope with some minor adjustments, I will once again be comfortable in the saddle.
  2. Handlebar tape.  I’ve been wanting to personalize my bike a bit, so I started with a simple and inexpensive upgrade.  I wrapped the bars tonight, which was much easier than I expected.
  3. New Handle Bar TapeThe package I received today was my new tri kit!  It matches my new handlebar tape, but no pictures until I use it.  My first tri this season is Elkhart Lake Sprint on June 11th!

I’m excited about all of my new goodies, and I’m sure there’s more to come…

Wanna Watch Me Go Crazy

Let’s do another fun post! What do you say we talk a little about the madness that is caused by training indoors.

Living in Wisconsin and training for triathlon has presented some really interesting challenges.  For one, training outdoors is near impossible from late October until, well, about now.  I just started running outside again.  I’m still a little afraid to ride outside because I feel like the windchill will likely kill me.

Anyway, this winter while training inside, I found lots of new fun things to do while I was on the bike. First, it started as dancing on the treadmill while I ran.  I would get to a song that really made me happy and I would start bopping my head, followed by running side to side with the music and ending up dancing on the treadmill.  Odd strike patterns, running on my toes, running sideways . . . It was all fun and all caused by the madness of training inside so much.

Then, as you can see in the video above, I started getting bored on the bike.  During our training sessions, we would be on the bike for hours listening to music.  I started singing along or lip syncing the songs, then it turned into a really fun ideas to start recording myself doing so.

Seriously, how do people deal with this and not go totally insane?

Hope you enjoy my ridiculousness!

sub-30 5K

Sunday, I set out with one goal in mind: sub-30 PR for my 5K.  I’m pretty much an 11:00-12:00/mile runner.  I never thought running 3.1 miles under 30 minutes would even be possible, as I had accepted my running pace.

During my off-season, my coach has been giving me what seems like endless running drills.  Most of which were completed on the treadmill; which makes them even more dreadful.  I knew the day was coming when we would put all of that hard work to the test….and Sunday was that day.

I did it!  I totally rocked my 5K PR at 28:59!!!

5K PR 28:59

Here’s to getting faster and stronger, and continuing to break records!