Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thursday Randomness

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:

(source)
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. 

Cupcake Marathon
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
 

Feburary numbers
Swim: 12,300 yds (lets not talk about hours driving)
Bike: 279 miles (17 hours)
Run:  52 mile (13 hours)
XC Ski: 16 miles

35 comments:

Matty O said...

Great numbers!!! Solid base in place for IMLP!!!

I SO WANT ONE OF THOSE MOOSE PILES!

Robin said...

Out here we've barely even *heard* of Whoopie Pies! But the cupcake race sounds like fun.

Kovas said...

So how do Pennsylvanians know what moose poop tastes like?

Kacie Darden said...

Awesome! That is really exciting that your build has started! I need to check out that cupcake marathon!

Christi said...

I believe that between the Moose pies and Charlie Sheen the world has been turned upside down!

Good luck with the build!

Emz said...

awesome #'s [as always] ;)

I think my MOM makes the best whoopie pies, just sayin'.

I'm in for cupcakes too! ok, fine, I'll run as well. ;)

Jon said...

When my parents moved up to THE COUNTY in 1980, my mom was taught how to make Whoopie Pies. She was like, "WHat the heck is this thing?!?!?" So growing up, I always ate Whoopie pies, thinking it was a universal thing. When I went to college down in Savannah, GA, I once said, "Oh! I could go for a Whoopie Pie right now!"....you wouldn't believe the stares of confusion I got. The best next thing they have down there are moon pies, which suck btw.

Wow....that was a ramble down memory lane! haha!

I have to be honest and say I blurted out laughing when I saw the protest sign! so funny!!!

Heather said...

I loved Whoopie Pies when I was little (and lived in PA). Funny comment by Kovas. I signed up for the cupcake marathon too, it sounds like fun!

Jason said...

What is Bailey's vote on the Whoopie Pie controversy?

And forget the whoopie pie marathon there is a cupcake marathon getting ready to get going.....

She said I need a goal said...

LOVE this post.. all of it. I have relatives in Pennsylvania and Maine.. as long as I get whoopie pies I am not fussy who made em up. And why are Canadian's protesting (Moose poop?)..

misszippy said...

Something worth protesting, to be sure. ; )

Get ready to ramp it up--you're going to love it!

Colleen said...

I totally commented on this and then it disappeared. Maybe I'm losing it! :)

Whoopie pies make me laugh, but they sound delish! :)

And another great month Mandy. You are definitely ready for the increase!!!

Jamoosh said...

Impressive February numbers - Xski = 16 miles - damn!

atltrihollywood said...

There's a book that Lisa all the wasted money and resources the govt expends... I'm sure the woopie pie thing is in there, right next to why exactly knowing wether dogs are color blind is worth spending millions of dollars on...

Mesh said...

Hilarious...You took the words right out of my mouth on the whole Whoopie Pie thing...for what it's worth, I really don't love them, so I may get kicked out of Maine anyway. Though, I do like chocolate cake, so it's sort of wierd that I don't like its "inside out" version. But I digress...who really "invents" cake with frosting in the middle anyway? Not like it's the most revolutionary confection to hit the marketplace ever.

Janet Edwards said...

Why does the name "Whoopie Pie" jsut make me smirk! Sounds like you got an exciting year ahead of you!

LB said...

must try whoopie pies, look delish!. youre a machine....wow oh wow at those numbers, way to go!

Aimee said...

Nice training numbers!! :)

Whoopie Pies are so good! My mom made homemade ones when I was younger and they were awesome!

DRog said...

I need to get on the ultragen
and also maybe look ahead some in my training schedule so I like you am mentally prepared for a get ready for some volume!

142

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Ironman By Thirty said...

Tax dollars at work. Love it. Sigh...

Do I need to send you more Bailey pictures to cheer you up??? :)

Your Bailey should be proud because the Bernese was a clue on Jeopardy tonight (yep, I'm a dork who watches Jeopardy).

Great numbers!

Oh, and I LOVED your comment on MattyO's blog today!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

I think you should eat at least one whoopie pie during your IM race. Try them in training first of course. Ok, I'm totally joking on that. That would probably put you in a sugar coma.
Oooooohhh, build phase around the bend? Awesome! You are ready just based on your numbers this month. Keep up the great training!

Andree said...

Maybe all of the other states have it wrong and Moose Pies are what is really important :)

Kiersten said...

I hope you plan to have a Whoopie Pie (followed by an Ultragen chaser) after Lake Placid!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

I grew up on whoopie pies (my mom used to call them gobs??) ... she still makes a ton of them for Christmas and sends me a bunch every year. I love them. Oh, we are from Pennsylvania, so suck it Maine!

Great volume in those sub-zero temps Mandy. It will pay off in spades for you very soon!

The Green Girl said...

I am so in for the Cupcake Marathon!

Lake_Moxie_Mom said...

LOVE IT!!! I don't have anyone to X-Country Ski with. Just last week when I was down at my parent's house, I did 7 miles :) It was awesome!!!!! We should go out sometime together to help both of our training, even if you are doing MUCH bigger things than me, LOL! Miss you like crazy Mandy!! Would love to join your entourage going to Lake Placid, who else is going??

Julie said...

Hi Mandy,
My mom used to make whoopie pies when I was little...so good:) I do not make them but every now and then she will make them for me! Damn, it is too bad that they are so full of everything that is unhealthy:) Oh well....

I will have to check out the virtual cupcake marathon that is going on too. I need motivation...sounds very motivating:)

Take care Mandy! Hugs!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Seriously, Penn and Maine are in a war over whoopie pies!!! Sighhhhh, I wish that was the ONLY problem I had to worry about

Sue Sitki said...

Mandy - when I make buttercream, it's Italian Meringue Buttercream - and it's to DIE for... if you are ever in Toronto, I'll bake you Whoopie Pies or whatever you want... you'll be a convert! ;)

Sue

Tri-James said...

My sister brought back a box of whoopie pies last time she visited Maine.

I'm a cupcake man.

Molly said...

I'm doing cupcake too! Yum.

You got in some major miles skiing!! Does Bailey go with you? I always see this one guy go by on the trail, skiing with his lab. They both look so happy : )

Chris K said...

I am a big First Endurance fan and have blogged about the effectiveness of EFS LS and Optygen HP. In fact, I have created new customers for them and other highly visit blog Posts (Kovas' giveway was inpsired by me).

And, even after they knew this, they still would not donate one measly bottle of Optygen HP for EMZ's 24 hour treadmill run for charity. Needless to say, I was not impressed.

Sorry to pontificate on your Blog, you can delete it if you want. I will still use their products b/c I think they are the best.

Ron said...

thanks for sharing....us in the west have no experience with such yummy desserts. You ever do a post on xc sking? Again very different from us westerners. Sold training....starting to build up!!

Anne-Marie said...

That's hilarious about the Whoopie Pie debate! I'm a few hours from Amish country, PA, but I had no idea that was going on. We always called them "gobs" but maybe that's a Pittsburgh thing? Either way, they are yummy!

Jamie said...

And I thought they were always a massachusetts thing...
;-)