In the worlds of triathlon and running, Sunday is usually the designated Long Run Day. Since it’s the off season and I’m not going to be doing any long running today, I hit the Leucadia Farmer’s Market instead. I don’t think that I’d been since February. I really enjoy the connection that people seem to have with community and food at farmers’ markets. For that reason, conceptually, I love them. However, I do feel that some of them have morphed into more of a street fair atmosphere, chock full of prepared foods and crafts, than an actual market of collective farms where things that are raised and grown on a farm are sold. Case in point was the farmers’ market that I visited in Las Vegas: There were jewelery vendors, Tupperware hawkers, a Kettle Korn popper and one lone produce stall all the way from Bakersfield. Weird.
Leucadia farmers’ market has got it going on. I bought 5 for 5$ organic Haas avocados; a giant container of organic pomegranate seeds (5$); discovered a new tomato called “Indigo Rose” at the Suzie’s farm stall; marveled over raw almonds and Medjool dates; and made note of the last-of-the-season melons and tomatoes coexisting with the first-of-the-season pumpkins and squashes. This is a great time of year for a foodie. One of my favorite vendors was also there.
Organic. Vegan. Gluten Free. No Preservatives. No Refined Sugar.
I was so glad to see that a company which I’ve followed since its inception is expanding with new products. I love it when yet another local company makes “P.W.I’s” (Products With Integrity). Not only did they have their organic, almond-based dipping sauce line; they have also delved into the world of energy bars. The flagship bar is a simple mixture of Dates, Coconuts, Pepitas, Flax and Sea Salt. They are also making a Pumpkin Spice flavor, which has a slightly different mix of Dates, Almonds, Pecans, Oats, Hemp, Maple Syrup and Spice. Yeah, they’re THAT good.
So good, in fact, that I probably will be stocking up on them for my long workouts and tote-about snacks. The bars are nutrient-dense products made from a perfect balance of superfoods. I’m seriously considering putting together a whole foods-centric tri team. Wouldn’t that be cool to see “Mmmm….Bitchin’ across the back of a pair bike shorts? Please check out this North County company, Bitchin, Inc.
I am almost 2 weeks out from my Achilles treatment. Yesterday, I got a little worried, as there was some stiffness (particularly when I would go down the stairs). I guess that I was more than a “little worried” because, at 3:00 a.m. (I’m up at 3:00 a.m., WTF?), I signed on to UNIVERSITY OF GOOGLE. For the next hour and a half, I read anything and everything that I could find about what to expect during post PRP treatment. All of the articles basically said the same thing:
- Post PRP, you can expect a little bit of a rollercoaster ride. Meaning that you might feel great one day and hurt the next. This is normal in the healing process.
- The platelets are active for six weeks and it can take up to six months for normal collagen to form and heal.
This morning, I barely felt anything when going down the stairs. Which validates my theory that if something is posted on the internet, it must be true.
Triathlon training weekly wrap up:
- Swim: 2 indy swim workouts; 1:35 hours 5000 yards
- Bike: 4 EZ rides between 1-1:45 hours; 5.5 hours and 96 miles
- Strength/Core: 3 Core 40 Classes 2 hours
- Stretch Cords: Upper body 2 sessions 20 minutes
Before I sign off; re: that part about the internet—you know that I’m kidding, right?