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Who Can Eat the Most Calories First?

By Brisdon @shutuprun

First thing this morning, Ken and I did a brick workout – 28 mile bike and 30 minute (3.5 mile) run. The whole thing took about 2:05. Not too shabby considering this is the one and only brick I’ve done during this training cycle. And, since my race is next weekend, that’s all she wrote for bricks, except for any I leave on the side of the road. My goal is to be an under achiever for a few minutes of my life.

Halfway, I stopped and had a Honey Stinger waffle. These were the staple of my diet last summer while training for the 70.3, but I haven’t had one lately. I’ve missed you Stinger waffles. Especially when I smother you in peanut butter and Nutella.


Today I really wanted to ride the course for next weekend’s Oly tri, but there is a huge forest fire up that way, and we weren’t sure if the roads would be open. So, we settled on doing the Froot Loops course outside of Lyons. I like rides named after sugary cereals. We then went and drove the Olympic course instead. I had heard there were some good hills, and based on the look of the elevation map, I had heard right, dammit.

Bicycle route elevation map

At one point you climb up to the Horsetooth Reservoir outside of Ft. Collins. I actually did a half marathon up here a couple years ago. That’s one to try if you are into hills and crying.




Ken and I agreed it was as do-able ride, but that we might not exactly feel like running a 10K afterwards. But, as I always say, it doesn’t matter what you FEEL, you just have to shut up and do it, right?

On the way home we spotted this contraption.


Yes, that is a real dog and yes he is wearing goggles. Do you think you have to take your dog to training class at Pet Smart to get him to wear goggles? Do you think he also cleans up his own poop?

Who Can Eat the Most Calories First?


In lieu of some heavy burger/beer lunch, Ken decided to stop at Menchis (fro yo). We are such rebels.

Me to kids: Do you want to stop at Menchis for lunch?
Emma: For lunch? Like, we’d have frozen yogurt for lunch?
Sam: Sure, if you’re really not kidding. Don’t mess with me.
Me: No, I’m serious. Dad wants to go there.
Sam: Yes! You guys are finally cool parents.

Oh, so I guess I wasn’t cool when I carried you for nine months, pushed your watermelon head out of the opening of a straw and let you suckle my breasts for another nine? Or, how about when you put that penny in the outlet and blew up the wall, and I remained calm?

Volt Sleeveless Wetsuit
I’ll show you cool.

The kids and I gave Ken and wetsuit for Father’s Day. Xterra is having a great clearance sale and we got this one for half price (regularly $200, now $99). I also have an Xterra wetsuit (review here). I think it’s a great product – durable, comfortable and it doesn’t disintegrate when you pee in it while swimming.

Tonight my dad comes for dinner. He’s been lonely because my mom is out of town. Either that or he is having keg parties with the neighborhood girls every night. He can be wild like that. In any case, my dad is the best. Kind, funny, smart. He’s taught me everything I know about farts. In fact, I found this perfect card for him (Dad, if you are reading this before coming over, don’t look):



I’m making a very healthy and light meal of BBQ ribs, Tatar tot casserole, green beans, and Ghirardelli brownies with Baby Ruth ice cream. Trust me, you don’t even want to know what’s in that casserole. It makes me clench just thinking about it.  We’re going to have a contest to see who can ingest 10,437 calories first. Tomorrow - back to spinach smoothies and flax. Everything in moderation, right?

What did you do for Father’s Day?

Favorite fueling food while working out? For me, it depends on the activity. I don’t fuel unless I’ll be out there longer than 1.5 hours. For running, I usually do just gels and water.  Sometimes, Chomps or Blox. For biking, I’ll do waffles, protein bars, PB&J.


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