Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

My family is awesome so almost everything we have at Thanksgiving is gluten free. The only things I can't eat are the stuffing (which I don't like anyway, or I'm sure we'd make that gluten free too) and the rolls (but there's half a loaf of fresh gf bread that my mom baked for me as if I need the extra carbs!). Of course, I had to field a lot of questions and I had to google a lot of products to figure out if they were gluten free or not. I mostly just eat whole foods so I'm not familiar with a lot of products. What a headache to find out what the natural and artificial flavors in something really are, or whether the vinegar is distilled, and malt is out of the question. And don't grease that pan with Pam that has added flour in it please! It's enough to drive anyone crazy. I wish everyone out there a happy Thanksgiving, and hopefully a gluten free one if that's what you need!  These pictures are from last year because we haven't eaten dinner yet, but last year we had six pies and if I remember correctly four of them were gluten free. Blueberry, pecan, apple-cranberry, and a crustless sweet potato pie. This year's menu has just apple-cranberry and pecan but that should be plenty to choose from! My mom is a bake-aholic. I've been snacking all week on brownies, snickerdoodles, mini-pumpkin pies, bread, etc. It's really too bad I couldn't do a Turkey Trot this morning! I haven't quite figured out how to justify this week's food fest, but at least I took the dog for a long walk this morning!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ironman Ironman Ironman!

YAY, my friend Rose crossed the finish line 2 weeks ago at Ironman Florida shortly before midnight. She is an Ironman! I love tracking people at ironmanlive.com and IMFL was a perfect day for me as a spectator - all the people I was tracking finished! I was so excited to be watching the finish line webcam and see Rose cross that line. I took a screen shot of her after she got her medal. I even took a video of her finish with my camera. So yes, I filmed Rose's finish through my computer monitor. Thank goodness for technology. Too bad the speakers at the finish line didn't transmit my screaming cheers for her!!

Right after Ironman Florida, I received super nice emails from both Rose and Glen thanking me for the inspiration and support. I think Ironman is kind of a pass-it-on sport. It's something I think every triathlete thinks about, even if it's just for a split second before dismissing the idea. But there are a lot of us who think "someday" and then they just meet the right person who has crossed that finish line who says what everyone else has said: "you can do it!" There's no time like the presence. Carpe diem people! You never know what life is going to hand out, so you might as well just do it while you can.

Ironman Arizona is this Sunday. I am super excited about it!!!  Any readers doing it, or know someone doing it? A woman I know named Jamie will be doing it as her first Ironman. I am super excited for her. It is a very spectator friendly course and she is bringing some serious spectators with her. That's the way to do it!

In other news, I am finding more and more yummy gluten free packaged snacks! Thinking about working on a gluten free food review blog, but not sure it is a great idea since I am so slow about updating this one!

Oh and my hip still hurts. I got new shoes and went running twice last week. I was reeeally careful with it. I mean 5 minute walk to warm up, 1 min jog, 1 min walk (repeat 10 or 12 times), 5 minute walk to cool down. And then 3 days later I did 1 min jog and 2 min walk, with the same warmup/cooldown. And my hip hurts!!!!!! I'm so mad about it. I decided not to run again until the follow-up with my orthopedist where we get to discuss how well the shot worked at fixing the problem (i.e. not well enough!). In case anyone is keeping track, I asked about the injection and it was a steroid/anti-inflammatory. So even with steroids my hip hurts. I should just get a big L on my forehead.

One of these days I'm going to post about all my winter riding gear again. I am trying to stick with the commute through the cold, rain, and fog this year. I have so much reflective gear that I think if someone took a photo of me on my bike, the picture would just look like a bright light due to the flash reflecting. I am definitely making sure that I am seen!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ironman Florida!

I know three people racing Ironman Florida today. I just saw one of them cross the finish line, watching the live feed of the finish line on Ironmanlive.com. Wonder how many other people are out there on their computers at home tracking their friends online, adding up hours and minutes and seconds and trying to predict when their triathlete buddies are going to cross the finish. I've done it many times and only managed to see friends finish twice. So glad Glen, #1300, crossed the finish line before my oven beeped to let me know my Amy's gluten free roasted veggie pizza was ready! Hmmm drinking Redbridge beer and eating pizza today, while a year ago I was racing an Ironman. My how times change! I'm planning to get new running shoes in the next few days and then start running again and see how my hip holds up! Still waiting for Bob, #1994, to cross the finish. And still cheering as loudly as possible for my friend Rose who is about to finish the first half of the run. I'm hoping she can hear me cheer all the way across the country. GO ROSE!