Maine likes to focus on really important things…
You know, things like naming the Whoopie Pie Maine’s State
Dessert Treat before Pennsylvania can.
You see, this is very important for state officials to spend tax payer-funded time on. I mean really, compared to job creation, welfare reform, financial reform, and childhood obesity, I can see how spending time and money on the Whoopie Pie is of utmost importance to the future of the state.
For those of you that don’t know what a Whoopie Pie is, basically it is two halves of chocolate cake filled with
lard or shortening and sugar frosting. And it fits in your hand, so it is very convenient to chow down on the run. Maine thinks the Whoopie Pie was invented in 1925 in Maine at LaBree’s Bakery in Old Town. The problem is, Pennsylvania is pretty sure that the Whoopie Pie was created in their state by the Amish sometime in the mid-1800’s, and they are very wound up about Maine wanting to claim the Whoopie Pie as their own.
I mean, really, look how angry these protesters are:
We can thank Maine Rep. Paul Davis (R – Sangerville) for sponsoring this bill. Or really, he can thank us since we are paying for it.
Just to show that I am not anti-dessert (I am just anti-our government wasting taxpayer money on a dessert) I am really excited to tell you I am signed up for the Cupcake Marathon over at Jason’s blog CookTrainEatRace. You need to check out this virtual marathon (or half marathon)! He and Christel have collected a bunch of sponsors for the race. It is free to enter and you run the distance over 2 weeks in March.
Team Fight Raffle!
Have you visited Ben’s blog yet? You really should. He is an awesome super inspiring guy. He is doing Rev3 Cedar Point this year as his first Ironman distance race. As if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, he is working to raise $1500 for TEAM FIGHT. He has put together an amazing raffle with some fantastic prizes. Check it out HERE.
So..that is what great recovery is all about..
I started using First Endurance nutrition a year ago. I used the EFS drink and liquid shot last season and loved it, using it exclusively in my races (I did live off the land -use what was on the race course- some in my Half Ironman). I had used Ultragen a bit last year (I scored a sample from a friend – sample being a few scoops from their supply into a baggie) and I really loved it. I didn’t have enough to try long term to really test it out, but had decided that I was going to get some for the upcoming season because I really liked their products.
Needless to say, I was THRILLED when I found out that First Endurance is a Team Trakkers sponsor for 2011. I have been using Ultragen after my workouts for the past few weeks, and I have got to say – the stuff is seriously freaking awesome. After hard workouts, I do not get as sore or tired as I did in the past. This lets me hit the next workout stronger (and more mentally ready since I am not as tired) than I was before. I like the Cappuccino, it mixes well with water and is super yummy.
Ironman Build Starts Next Week…
I got an email from my coach telling me to expect an increase in volume as “things are starting to build.” This week is a recovery week so the volume will be pretty low. I am eager for the snow to melt and to get outside on my bike. I really want to take a quick run to go for a swim instead of driving 90 minutes one way. All this makes me appreciate the summer that much more. The days are getting longer, and it will get here, I just am feeling a bit…impatient.
142 days until Ironman Lake Placid
Swim: 12,300 yds (lets not talk about hours driving)
Bike: 279 miles (17 hours)
Run: 52 mile (13 hours)
XC Ski: 16 miles