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Ironman.com: 5 Superfoods for Triathletes

In Triathlons on September 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Ironman.com: 5 Superfoods for Triathletes

Peppermint?

Cocoa as a mild sunscreen?

Interesting and quick read.

The Liebster Award

In Life, Triathlons on March 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM

My Multi Personality graciously awarded me with the honor of the Liebster Award on March 24! Additionally, and surprisingly today, my new follower Tri Grandma Try left me a comment on my post: Oh Lord! Mid-Life Crisis passing the same award on to me. You can check the post so you can see I’m not making this up. The fact that I have received this twice in less than a week, makes me have to pass it on no later than today.

This is how the Liebster is described:

This award we’ve discovered is given to bloggers who inspire you and have less than 200 followers. The Liebster Award takes its name from the German word meaning ‘Beloved, Dearest or Favorite.’

When My Multi Personality sent this to me, I was very happy but at the same time troubled because I had to pass it on at a moment, which still prevails, when my writing has been in crisis… the thought of sitting down and having nothing interesting to say makes me fearful of the possibility of boring you to death. I mean, I can talk about anything, but is that anything interesting to you? Of value to you? Will it at least entertain you a bit? I don’t know.

However, to pass this along doesn’t necessarily mean I have to dig into my soul for some profound and interesting words, toss them in the air and make a sentence, or two, or three out of them. So here I am.

I am happy of this award especially because my Whole Foods Road Trip companion and team mate gave it to me “for being awesome in real life as well as in the virtual one”. Yeay for me! Now, here’s how it works:

  1. Link back to the person who gave it to you and thank them.
  2. Post the award to your blog.
  3. Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers that you appreciate and value (It’s a great way to get to word out there about other blogs!!)
  4. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have received this award.

The five that I chose for the honor are as follows:

Sweet & Tipsy: Because she’s an excellent friend, a great writer, an entrepreneur, a fellow Gemini and someone who has reinvented herself despite adversity, always carrying a huge and pearly white (excessively white) smile on her face. I sometimes wish I could see her more often just to get some of the rays of light that come out of her being. If you are in Miami, I suggest trying her cupcakes… they are not just any cupcakes. They are cupcakes with a twist!

Bear Runner: Because anyone who has “bear” + “runner” as part of their blog name deserves the award! Actually, the fact that this man lives in Canada, and trains for triathlons up there makes him deserve a much better and bigger award. Kudos to you, my virtual friend. You were one of my first… followers.

Rufus on the WebBecause I love dogs and I know the writer. Johnny and I worked in Dallas many moons ago, when I was younger and he much younger than I. His dog Rufus is for him what Socrates, my dog, is for me… life itself!

The Alternate Economy: Because it’s all about the idea of love… and who doesn’t like the idea of love? I’m not sure if this blog has less than 200 followers, though. But just in case, it’s a good blog reco.

Nancy Creative: I’m certain Nancy has more than 1,000 followers, but the food, smoothies, ideas, are great, and the photography is to die for… clean, uncluttered, crisp, breezy… Makes me want to eat everything on the blog.

Ditching the bike ride this morning

In Triathlons on January 22, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I ditched the bike this morning for a visit to an organic veggie garden with The Dude. I was under the belief all day yesterday that I would be able to accomplish both, but the Dude wanted to leave the house by 8am. So going for a 7:30am ride with my coach and team mates was out of the question.

I wanted to come by to see this place because The Dude had told me how wonderful it was and how amazing it was to be able to pick your own veggies. He thought the experience was great. He was going to volunteer and I was coming along to help as well.

The Dude is on a quest of healthy eating and cooking. Everything organic. He’s a vegetarian in progress, and not because I influenced him. I’m a vegetarian, but I don’t try convert people. I live and let live, because at the end it’s whatever works for you!

The garden is located in what is called in Miami “Horse Country”, and when we got there we were greeted by Brent, a man filled with so much energy it makes him have a continuous smile on his face. He’s on a natural high, with a passion for what he does and with the desire of bringing a community together. He made this garden and it is beautiful. In three months time he made it to what it is now. And still has more plans of extending it.

Our first task of the morning was to clean up an area that was filled with rubbish. I thought we were going to be planting, or something like that. “Hard” labor was not on my plans for a Sunday morning. But it felt good to be able to help rescue the land from plastic bottles, metal tubes, a hoses, a carpet (yes, a carpet), and many other things, including a metal outlet cover I brought home with me. We were a team of 7 or 8 people and in no time we had finished our task and were ready for a break, which was filled with plenty of conversation, water and watermelon. After that, we cleaned up the road entrance to the garden, from debris and the infamous air potatoes. While we worked, Brent kept us entertained, answering questions, talking about his plans, sharing his energy with us…

As payment of our work, we were giving permission to pick veggies from the garden and fill up to two bags. This is when the “experience” The Dude was talking about started. Each of us were armed with clippers and our bags, so off we went cutting lettuce leaves, cilantro, broccoli, and you name it. To me it was challenging as I had no clue what was what. It’s not the same seeing a broccoli at the supermarket, then seeing it in it’s original environment. And there’s where I began clipping off, on the broccoli as it is one of the main ingredients to Socrates’ (a.k.a. Pocho, my dog) diet. Pocho was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, and after his reaction to the first chemo session, I decided that I would prefer for him to live two healthy and happy days, than six months of torture. However, I changed around his diet, which consists of baked salmon, raw venison meat and veggies (mainly yellow squash and broccoli). And with the addition of some supplements and healing energy work (Reiki and Shamanism) this little guy has been in remission for the past 4/5 months, has no tumors (he was filled with them) inside his body and is as playful and happy as ever. The only RX he receives is Prednisone, which we are now in the process of eliminating. I continue to give him the same diet, and maintain positive thoughts so that thing never comes back into our lives.

Back to the garden… I cut off small quantities of veggies and herbs, because I’m not a cook, and am not into cooking, so I was afraid they would all go to waste in my fridge. I took the amount I knew I would consume. But when I got to the rosemary, and smelled it, I had to take several of these little branches. I couldn’t stop smelling them. And after putting them in my bag, I smelled my finger tips and the scent went right through me and made my eyes teary. I got emotional. Yes. I know. It was WEIRD. Getting emotional over rosemary is definitely weird. But that scent filled me up inside and awoke something there that I can not explain. I had to call The Dude, and as he approached me I placed my fingers next to his nose, but he didn’t seem very amused. I, on the other hand, was on a rosemary high I didn’t want to get out of. Same thing happened with the lavender, with the only difference that I’ve always loved lavender. The scent coming out of the leaves as I touched them, was amazing. I’m seriously thinking of making some kind of home fragrance or oil using rosemary and lavender… not necessarily mixed together. My only doubt with the rosemary is that I might end up smelling like a salad, or some main entry.

I might’ve ditched the bike this morning, but this was, as stated by The Dude, like strength training. So at the end, I did get somewhat of a workout, a sunburn and sweated out a lot of stuff, even mentally!

Thank you Dude for making me a part of your passions! Thank you Brent for sharing this piece of heaven with us!

P.S.: If I regret something now, is not clipping off more rosemary and lavender!!!