10 Most Memorable Moments in Triathlon 2011

Check out those 10 most memorable moments in triathlon 2011 according to Triathlete Europe. Do you agree? What moment are you missing? 1. Brownlees’ Brotherly Domination in Madrid Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee could have handily won the ITU World Championship … Continue reading

Recipe – Quinoa with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Home Made Pesto

Let us start with: Thanks to chef Julie Morris for inspiring this recipe with your Quinoa with Secret Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes Recipe!

 

Inspired by Julie’s recipe we went shopping today and worked with what we could get:

– Organic Quinoa
– Sun-dried Tomatoes
– Organic Arugula
– Walnuts
– Garlic
– Chillies
– Red Onions
– Pecorino Cheese (Sheep)

Recipe:
Put Quninoa with some non cleansed sea salt and a dried chilli in a pot, add about 2.5 times the water and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer until the water is gone.

In the meanwhile you can prepare the home made arugula-walnut pesto. Crush some walnut seeds and mix in a fresh chilli, a handful of organic arugula, garlic and plenty of good olive oil. Season with non cleansed sea salt and pepper and mix with an immersion blender. Season with more chilli to your taste.

Fry some sun dried tomatoes, onions, garlic and some extra chilli to add spice – then mix the Quinoa, your home made pesto, onions, garlic and chilli put a good portion on a plate, sun-dried tomatoes on top and you are good to go for a fantastic an healthy meal.

For those who eat milk products, you can add some Pecorino cheese (sheep) to your pesto as well as on top of the finished meal for some extra taste!

Enjoy and thanks again chef Julie!

Reviews: Craft Cool Mesh Superlight Sleeveless Shirt

Do you sometimes wish your clothes would help you stay cool on a hot training day? Living in an area where most training rides, runs or outdoor activity take place in the heat?

The Craft Cool Mesh Superlight Sleeveless Shirt might just be the solution for you.

We have tried the Superlight during both – intense outdoor work and all sorts of training rides and run and it has quickly developed into one of our favorite sports garments.

There are the claims made by Craft:

  • Full lightweight mesh
  • Big mesh construction for super ventilation and cooling features
  • Ergonomic cut for total freedom of movements
  • Soft and comfortable fit
  • Keeps your body fresh during exercising
  • Excellent moisture transportation

And we have to say: We fully agree. There is a reason why the Trek Leopard Team is was using this shirt as a base layer during the Tour de France

The shirt wears very comfortable thanks to it’s ergonomic cut and most of all – it provided the cooling effect we wished for. The moisture transfer was superb to the next layer and away from the body and we don’t know if it is the special six channel fiber or simply the wide superlight mesh that is allowing your body to stay cool for a longer period – but it works.Of course – you shouldn’t expect it to feel like you’re carrying around ice cubes in your sports top – it is more of a ‘I am overheating slower than usually’ kind of effect – which by the way can make all the difference in training and competition.

Wearing the Superlight simply leaves you with a more comfortable feel on your skin and in your body during exercise in the heat – no matter if you’re running, cycling, hiking or any other sport.

As it is with most Craft products – they come along at really fair price.

The Cool Mesh Superlight Sleeves is a must have for hot training days!

Rock on!

Showing Off in Style!

Endless hours of swimming, running, cycling, lifting weights, stretching, eating healthy and sacrificing a lot – I guess as a triathlete you deserve showing off a little! One of the best places in the world to do so is still the Dig Me Beach on Hawaii – especially if you make it there for the IM World Champs!

Glad to see that friends from Trix Gear came through in time and brought out a new shirt in style – DIG ME BEACH!

If you didn’t make it to Hawaii this year they still offer a lot of cool ways to show off where ever you are! As they say: Swim it, ride it, run it, love it!

Rock on!

Introducing – Pickybars!

In our quest to find some more healthy alternatives to ordinary sports / energy bars we came across a product called Pickybars – and I think it was the name that first really got me interested.

In ordinary sports bars there is a lot of sugars and ingredients we don’t really know a lot about or definitely shouldn’t feed our bodies with. Often the contain a lot of gluten and dairy which could not only cause problems if you have an allergy but are also potentially harder to digest – especially during workouts.

Made from athletes for athletes is a popular claim out there that has somewhat turned meaningless – a claim Lauren Fleshman and Jesse Thomas from Pickybars don’t make – even though they should. Both Lauren and Jesse are incredibly competitive athletes and their sole goal when producing Pickybars is to produce a healthy bar for every athlete.

Check out their goals / ideals in every single bar:

  • Be what we consider “ideal size:” 200 calories or less.  Great size for <30min post-workout recovery, one hour before exercise (or cut in half for 20-30 min before), or the perfect snack size between meals.)
  • Have a 4:1 carbohydrate/protein ratio that is ideal for recovery and maximizes absorption of nutrients.
  • Be gluten and dairy free (for the sake of those with intolerances, or for people who just want variety in their diet)
  • Have balanced macro-nutrients (25% fat, 60% carbohydrate, 15% protein) for hunger control and happy digestion.
  • Select carbohydrate sources that promote level blood sugar, sustained energy, and nutrient absorption.
  • Use whole foods that are geographically nearby whenever we can.
  • Minimize soy content (less than 1%) since most people get too much of it daily without realizing it.
  • Provide a mixture of nuts and seeds for nutrient diversity (e.g. cashews are good for vitamin K while almonds are high in vitamin E).

We have tried all 3 versions of the Pickybars and Lauren and Jesse really pulled it off. The bars all taste great, they deliver sufficient energy for a solid workout and they are a fantastic snack for on the road. Our personal favorite certainly is the ”All in Almond”

You should try Pickybars if you have problems with gluten or dairy, if you want to enjoy an energy bar that delivers even energy, if you need a healthy snack for in between or simply if you are interested in improving your eating habits.