I’m currently en route back home to snowy cold Ontario, and it’s been such a fun trip. I’ve got a recipe of the week to share with you as usual, but first, a few more vacay pics. As I mentioned on Monday, this past Saturday was Challenge Bahrain, a huge triathlon event put on by Challenge Family here in Bahrain. It’s the first Challenge race to happen in the country, and from what I’ve heard, certainly won’t be the last.
The course consisted of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike, and 21.1km (or half marathon) run. The swim took place just off the coast of Bahrain’s Financial Harbour, and coincidentally my dad happens to work in one of the huge office buildings that overlooks the bay. We watched the swim happen from his 41st-floor office, and although it wasn’t exactly an ideal spot, it was still cool to see everything from that view.
The bike course covered a lot of different areas on the island, and eventually took the athletes down towards the Bahrain International Circuit, which is where Formula 1 races take place. The area for transitioning from bike to run was at the BIC, as was the finish line. It took us forever to actually get into the BIC because of so many road closures, lack of signage and some ‘misdirection’ from traffic patrollers, but we eventually made it and found ourselves a great spot along the finishing chute.
The first male, Michael Raelert of Germany finished in 3:36:04, and the first female, Helle Frederiksen of Denmark finished in 3:55:50 – both super speedy times! If you’re really interested, you can check out Competitor’s recap of the event here.
In addition to watching the whole event happen, I had the opportunity to meet up for coffee the day after with Angela Naeth. She had a really strong 5th place finish. at Challenge Bahrain, and very recently she won Ironman Chattanooga. Angela is one of the triathletes that I’ve been following (but not in a stalkerish sort of way) since developing an interest in the sport, and she answered tons of my triathlon-related questions. Seriously guys, this girl is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met (and she’s Canadian too!!) Even though running outside in Bahrain was hot, she’s got me so motivated to train that I did it anyway… with a nice plunge into the pool afterwards. 🙂
During the rest of my holiday, we ate a whole bunch of awesome food, I did some running and swimming, and saw some friends, and generally chilled out. I also had a ton of fun perusing some of the local grocery shops and trying to identify the produce. I thought I’d been exotic with some of my Try Something New Tuesday picks, but I haven’t a clue what to do with some of the fruits and veggies here!
The week flew past, but I’m leaving feeling very rested – not ready to return to the cold, but at least in a better state of mind to cope with it! While I fly back home, I’ll leave you with a little something to snack on.
I don’t know about you, but sweet potatoes have become one of my favourite things over the past couple of months. There was this soup and this salad, then another salad and this casserole, then ohmagawwwwwwwsh this breakfast hash that I’m totally making the minute I get home even though it won’t be breakfast time. But wait!
These Sweet Potato Wedges with Chipotle-Lime Yogurt Dressing sound kinda fancy but they are SUPER easy to make and will totally squash any sort of snack craving you’ve got. If you haven’t bought yourself chipotle chilis in the past, you should be able to find them in the Mexican section of your grocery store. (If you’re in Canada, I’ve seen them at Sobeys, Whole Foods, Freshco and even Food Basics.)
Chipotle peppers go a long way, so I suggest doing as the recipe says and starting with just one. (Leftovers can be used for this big-batch dinner/lunch.) You can add a bit more adobo sauce or another piece of a pepper after you’ve tasted the dip if you like, and know that if you do happen to get a little carried away with the peppers, all is not lost. You can always mix in more yogurt to cut the heat, saving yourself from the spicy food sweats and a nose that runs like a river. Can you tell I’m speaking from experience?
Last but not least: Giveaways and voting!
Don’t forget that there’s still time to enter my Love Grown Foods Giveaway where you could win any 4 Love Grown Foods products of your choice. I’d also really appreciate it if you’d vote for my Clean Eating-Approved Apple Crisp recipe by liking it on Love Grown Foods’ Facebook and Pinterest pages. Those are direct links, and I apologize to those of you who tried on Monday but couldn’t find the photos! They’re now posted and all you need to do is hit ‘like’. Thank you SO much in advance!
- Anyone else traveling somewhere hot over the holidays?
- What’s your favourite way to enjoy sweet potatoes?