Eggnog, peppermint, everything CHRISTMAS......
And in MY world:
I totally love doing triathlons!
Yes, I LOVE paying money to have my ass kicked!!!
I look forward to "triathlon" season (well, tri season in my world) every year.
December brings the local Tinsel Triathlon. The Tinsel Tri is a reverse triathlon that starts with a 5k, followed by a 12 mile bike ride, and you finish with an easy 150 meter swim in a heated pool!
It is fun and festive and anyone can do it....even an 84 year old man races every year!
Sunday marked my second year of doing this Christmas-y triathlon. Of course it was a lot of fun! I have been looking forward to it all year.
The morning of the race I got up, got ready, and made myself an amazing breakfast
A peanut butter and banana sandwich with honey drizzle. I don't ever eat this delicious sandwich, but thought I deserved it this morning!!!
I added a container of apple cinnamon oatmeal baby food (yes, I eat baby food....don't knock it until you try it.....), and a bottle of water.
My sole supporter, Davey, and I then headed out to Hemet, about 20 miles away. Once there we unloaded my bike, I got my race packet, and headed to the transition area.
I was number 101 for this race. Can you see my pink bike off on the side!?!?! :D
I set everything up by my bike and then met Davey on the "other side". We walked around to kill time before the race started.
|I was very excited to be there!!! :D|
At the starting line they have a fire truck raise it's ladder and hang the American flag from it while everyone sings the National Anthem!
The hubby walked with me to the starting line and then I had to leave him.....
He snapped a couple pictures of me as I was saying bye! <3
The gun was fired and off we went. It was a very chilly morning and took awhile for the body to warm up. Once we got going all was good and I got into my little groove. Davey was waiting for me near the end of the run to cheer me on!
|He caught me in mid-air run.....LOL! Can you see how anxious I was to get to the end??? ;)|
It was then time for the bike ride. I had to get ready in the transition area first.
|Make sure to wear your helmet! :)|
Obviously Davey couldn't get pictures of me during the ride, but he got a few of me at the end of the ride! :D
|The lone biker....|
|Bike dismount area|
I brought my bike back to the transition area and then headed off to the pool!
|Don't mind the man in the Speedo.....just look for me with the black pants on! ;)|
The swim was quick, I crossed the finish line, and got my medal! :D
|Yay for another medal! <3|
Isn't he awesome!?!?! Walking with my pink bike! <3
Once home I showered and decided to make some yummy cookies to celebrate all my hard work! I had a bag of Andes Mints chunks and decided to make these bad boys!!!!
After all, I DID say December was the month for peppermint!!!!!! :D
Dark Chocolate Mint Cookies
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 TBSP + 1 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp instant espresso powder
1 bag Andes mint chunks
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl
-In a stand mixer, cream together the milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla
|It will look clumpy like this.....it is ok!!! :)|
-Mix until all dry ingredients are incorporated
-Stir in Andes mints until they are evenly distributed in the dough
|Yum! I couldn't help myself from stealing a few bites of the Andes! <3|
-Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop dough onto prepared cookie sheet
|My crappy oven......and yes, I bought the wrong size Silpat.....but it still does the job! ;)|
-Bake for 9-11 minutes (I had best luck at 10 minutes) being careful to not over bake. They will seem "not done", but they are, I promise!
-Remove cookies from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack
These cookies tasted just like a Thin Mint cookie!!! So yum!
I took them to work and they were a HUGE hit!!!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I am a little under the weather and it has been killing me that I haven't been well enough to work out! Can't wait until I feel better and can get back into my normal routine.
Next week I will have a special post for you all.....
So until then!
Much love to you all!