Who was it that said “Let them eat donuts”?
It all started today at about 4:05 a.m. My alarm went off and I jumped out of bed. With a GT Kombucha in one hand, I started checking my messages. My friend Kat, who lives in Maine, had sent me a note saying that today is National Donut Day. I had put on the calendar to write a piece on vegan energy bars, but the donut thing snuck its way into my brain and prevailed.
Donuts…..Ahhhh…..In some sort of naughty way, they are TONS more fun to write about. Fueled by a (new favorite vegan GF breakfast) brown rice tortilla/Daiya cheese/hemp seed/spinach/sprout/avocado wrap, I headed out the door at daybreak (5:20 a.m.) and met Meredith for a bike ride over Del Dios Highway in North County. This is a spectacular stretch that passes through Rancho Santa Fe and then by Lake Hodges (which sits on the south side of the road). I had ridden this same pass on Wednesday as the first part of a six hour bike ride. For those of you who know both the Lake Placid bike course and North County, San Diego, you will find that this road feels a little like the first part of the bike course rolling out of Lake Placid and down to Keene. Actually, let me get back to Wednesday’s ride for a minute when I figured out how to piece together an outdoor Lake Placid-esque course: First Part: Over Del Dios Highway and back. Second Part: Up and down the coast (relatively flat and reminds me of descending down to Keene and then up to Jay) Third Part: Hill repeats up Torrey Pines with Darcy and the crew from HERevolution (reminds me a little of the climb through Wilmington and back to Lake Placid).
Enough about biking: lets talk about donuts. My coach, Kurt Perham, swears by donuts. And coffee. And craft beer. This morning he sent me a picture of a donut spread he’s enjoying in Maine (yes, KP is officially supporting National Donut Day). Kurt is one of the fittest guys I know so I question if he actually ATE the donuts. Meredith and I talk donuts on the ride. The only thing interrupting my sweet train of thought was a Whitney Houston song (Don’t make me cry one more time…). I think that was during on one of our ascents. I’m not a huge WH fan, but that song kept coming back into my head. I stay with Meredith the whole ride. Bike handling skills improving. YAY!
We finish the ride. I smugly plow down my second Healthy Vegan Breakfast of chocolate
chia pudding with coconut milk and raspberries (all the while thinking about donuts-thanks a lot, Kat-LOL) I grab the dogs and hit dog beach for an hour. There is a guy in the ocean WATER RUNNING. I mean, jogging in the ocean hip high without a wetsuit. “Crazy Freak” I think to myself, but I’m somewhat in awe and I snap picture of him. He’s taking the concept of Beach Boot Camp to a whole different level.
The dogs and I then head up to our local donut shop, VG’s Donuts. If you haven’t checked this place out (and I must be addressing all you non San Diegans because I doubt that there is anyone living within a 30 mile radius of VG’s who has NOT been there…), VG’s is supporting National Donut Day by giving a percentage of proceeds to the Salvation Army. There was a line out the door. What the heck, I thought? Let’s support our vets (you can justify anything, right?). On a side note, when Geoff and I got married, we scrapped the usual wedding-cake-for-dessert and instead had piles of VG’s donuts and mini butterscotch puddings with salted caramel. There is a soft spot in my heart and my stomach for VG’s.
So I bought a dozen. Owner Joe was running two special flavors: Peanut Butter and Jelly Filled (yum) and Maple-Bacon Bars (double yum). My donut 12 pack, which will definitely not help my “sometimes now you see, now you don’t” budding 6 pack, was loaded with flavors such as chocolate, maple and plain as well as the aforementioned PB and J and Maple-Bacon.
So here I am, on a Friday morning with more Ironman training looming ahead and a box of donuts. You know what I always go back to…”Be mindful, but not militant”. Kat texted me to say that all she has thought about during her 4000 yard swim were donuts. And she is gluten-free so that’s a tough one. I’ve tried a couple of GF donut recipes but they are not the same. Good, but not the same.
Happy National Donut Day everyone!
Note: A correction must be made after I first posted this: Kat swam 4000 meters and not 4000 yards–Type A+ triathletes…..sheesh. LOL!