Today will be a special feature on what's in Sandy's pockets when ride time rolls around. Since I returned from active racing duty in the land of cobbles and beer, I have not touched an "engineering food product" whiles riding. Keep in mind I'm not counting the dozens of calorie laden sticky buns and the like from South Carolina, I mean those bars and gels. I am quite happy about this and will continue along my merry way in such fashion, maybe packing the occasional gel for the end of a race. My stomach has been quite happy. This week in Sandy's bag-'o-ride-food I have eaten:
-nutella sammies. well, actually, PC brand Chocolate Spread sammies. It's cheaper.
-Apple butter sammies. Delicious stuff this. Goes brilliant on my cinnamon, raisin, vanilla bread.
-fruit. apples, bananas, pears. Whatever is in the cupboard.
-fresh chocolate chip cookies. Compliments of my grandmother. Sooooooo good.
-chocolate chip banana bread. Another pick-me up reserved (at looked forward too) at the end of a long ride.
-nuts. I love almonds. Fatty little buggers, but packed with energy. Try mixing some chocolate covered peanuts in the bag too.
Also in the pockets...
-iPod. what are long solo miles without some background music?
-tube/pump/multi tool. You never know.
-$$ not much, but nothing worse than a bonk or a cinnamon bun craving 2 hours from home.
-rain cape or layers. lately, not so much the cape. But it's nice to room to shed layers or bring some extra stuff. Sometimes I think I'm hard and don't wear gloves. Then I realize my hands are cold, its 8am and pull them out of my pocket when no one is looking.
Welcome to my pockets, where there is enough food for me to eat once an hour, 20 something gigs of music and some bike repair equipment. Today was a good day to ride. Along with all my gear, I packed in an excellent 5 hours in the sun. Still leg warmer and long sleeve, not to mention tuque and neck warmer, but sunny, warm and excellent none the less. I figure when its 15 when I start, then we'll consider knee warmers or just a regular cap. That is all. The weekend is in sight, and so is by association the first weekend of racing.