Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Be careful what you wish for...

Back in an earlier posting, I'd mentioned that you don't want to feel too fresh going into race, because you peak early. Well - I'm three days out, and I still feel sluggish. Some of the workouts have been brilliant, but overall I still feel tired, so it's pretty good. I just want to keep remembering Mark Allen, who started out the Nice triathlon feeling bad, but then rallied for a come from behind victory.

Speaking of coming from behind, that's how work went today. I think someone's bugged my office so they know when I'm planning vacation. Of course, today of all days I had about four/five hours of work dropped on me at the last minute. It's all done, but I still have other work that needs to be finished...

Anyway - it's probably time to start sending out emails to my friends who want to know I'm doing on Saturday. One possible wrinkle -- one computer model has remnants of a tropical storm going through OKC Saturday/Sunday.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Newsweek story

Newsweek put out a great article about Celiac. You can read about it here. I'm sure glad that some of the major media outlets pick the story up occasionally. The Celiac community is still too small, though. The stories seem so familiar to me because the names are all repeats, but I guess that's a good thing. Advertisers will tell you - repetition works.

I had another blasted hot and humid workout today. Eleven days to go before the big race. At this point, I'm looking forward to the vacation.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Flying? Pack your own food

What happened to the workouts?
I spent this week on a business trip touring some of the major airline hubs (one flight delayed, the other canceled). I can say this with certainty. If you want to find a gluten free meal at an airport, it's most likely going to be in your carry on baggage. First, there's nothing on the plane. I flew American going out and their new snack menu is "all gluten." Skull and crossbones for them. Second, the terminals are only slightly better and you have to hunt. I managed a bunless burger and fries (separate fryer!) at a pub. At the Atlanta airport I went to the Chik fil a, hoping to pick up a salad. They were "too small for salads" (or fresh lemonade), so I ended up with waffle fries and a Coke (hey - It was Atlanta after all). Delta's in flight offered peanuts with an acceptable mix of eatable dextrins.

What to pack?
I had stopped by the grocery store to pick up provisions, and I'm glad I did. I took along about 6 packages of tuna/salmon, assorted nuts and 5 GF Larabars. (Cereal in the suitcase) My usual policy is to "forage" as best I can and then dip into my backpack for the rest. Some trips I don't even touch the food I bring with me, but this time around I ate about half my fish and bars. Other good airline trip food includes apples and applesauce in those little packages.