Racing Update

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We've had a busy last month full of hard training, traveling, and fast racing.

To fuel these adventures, we relied on some of our classic Athlete Food recipes, but came up with some fresh new ideas during our long training sessions. Look out for these on the blog over the next few weeks. 

In the meantime, here's a quick recap of our race results: 

-Laurel recorded her very first Ironman podium finish with a second place at Ironman Mont Tremblant. She was just 6 minutes from the winner, multi-time Ironman champ Mary Beth Ellis, and persevered on a day that involved 8 straight hours of pouring rain. Laurel also recorded her first Half Ironman (70.3) podium a few weeks before Mont Tremblant, coming in second at the Manta Ecuador 70.3. To round out the month, Laurel jumped into the Rev3 Maine Olympic distance race just 7 days after the Ironman and joined Rebeccah on the podium with a third place finish. 

-Rebeccah spent the first part of the month working on bike fitness with a 5 day training camp in Thurmont, MD. She then took off for 5 days in Rio for the Oylmpics. Between spectating at various events, Bec fit in some quality sessions with long time training partner Julie Ertel. Time with Julie, a two-time Olympian, provided Bec with a confidence boost that propelled her to her first professional win since 2011. Bec led from start to finish in Maine and held off fast-running up and comer Abby Levene to take the win. Three year old Amy and seven month old Des followed the race from New York. 

Other big news: LAUREL QUALIFIED FOR KONA!! She's undecided about whether she will make the trip to the Big Island for the World Championships since she's already raced two ironmans this year.  Also, this race wasn't in the budget for the year so she's waiting to secure funding before making a final plan. We'll keep you posted!

--Team AF

Indian Spiced Meatballs

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A few weeks ago, we posted this video (MAKING MEATBALLS WITH AMY) on Instagram. It was a hit both on the internet and at our dinner table. The recipe is easy enough for a 3 year old to make, but flavorful enough to satisfy hungry triathletes. Enjoy!

--Bec

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Indian Spiced Meatballs

Makes 18-24 mini meatballs

1 pound ground lamb or turkey (if using turkey, us a mix of white and dark meat)

1 egg

1/3 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs or matzoh meal

1 tablespoon Athlete Food Green Seasoning

2 teaspoons curry powder

2 teaspoons garam masala

1/3 cup currants

1 large pinch of sea salt flakes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Spray a mini muffin tin with cookings spray or lightly grease it with coconut oil.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and combine thoroughly. Use your hands to mix if you have to. 

Shape meat into approximately 1 inch round balls and place balls in muffin tin. 

Bake for 20 minutes. 

Serve with Mint Cucumber Yogurt Sauce (see below).

Mint Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

1 cup plain Greek Yogurt

1 medium cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and grated

1 lime

10 fresh mint leaves, chopped

1/4 teaspoon cumin

salt and pepper

Combine yogurt, grated cucumber, juice and zest from the lime, mint leaves, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper.