Ironman….The race of all races. I am proud to have friends that have completed this 140.6 mile triathlon! My friend Rachael has completed it twice. Incredible! I hope and plan on participating and completing an Ironman someday. But, until then I will take pure pleasure in living vicariously through my Ironman friends. They are my hero’s. Ann, Rachael, Aixa and Pablo, Congratulations!
An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon26.2-mile (42.16 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.
Most Ironman events have a limited time of 17 hours to complete the race. The race typically starts at 7:00 a.m.; the mandatory swim cut off for the 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim is 9:20 a.m. (2 hours 20 minutes), the mandatory bike cut off time is 5:30 p.m. (8 hours 10 minutes), and the mandatory marathon cut off is midnight (6 hours 30 minutes). Any participant who manages to complete the triathlon in these timings is designated an Ironman.
Ann and Rachael had just completed Ironman Lake Placid 2017 on July 23rd. Aixa decided to have “The Band” over for a celebration breakfast after our Sunday morning long run. It was great celebrating, relaxing and eating delicious homemade, healthy food. I made a gluten-free angel food cake with fresh seasonal berries and whipped cream. Also on the menu warm gluten free blueberry muffins made by Michelle. Aixa made everything else. Fresh ground almond butter with honey and coconut, cappuccino, figs, turkey bacon, kale,ginger,apple juice, home fries, hard-boiled eggs and more. It was all great! Everything tasted spectacular. The kids even loved the food.
Angel Food Cake with Fresh Berries and Whipped Cream
- 1-1/4 cup of gluten-free baking flour (regular flour is fine)
- 1-3/4 cup of monk fruit sugar or stevia (white sugar is fine)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1-1/2 cup egg whites
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
- Beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, add the juice of one lemon and vanilla extract
- Sift the flour, sugar and salt
- Mix the wet and dry ingredients together
- Add to an ungreased bunt baking pan
- Place in a cold oven. Turn the oven on at 325 degrees. Bake for 1 hour. Remove and cool.
Once the cake is cooled, slice into thin pieces and serve with fresh seasonal berries (blueberries, strawberries & blackberries are a great combination). I add the berries together and let people serve themselves. The natural juice of the berries makes a delicious sweet combination. No additional sugar is needed.
Whipped cream –
- Carton of heavy cream
- powdered sugar, monk sugar, stevia, honey, maple syrup – whatever you like to add sweetness or just keep it plain for the delicious cream flavor.
- Beat the cream with your electric mixer until it reaches your desired thickness. Slowly add your sweetener to taste.
I serve the cream on the side and let people add their own desired amount.
The thing I hear most from Ironman finishers is that it truly is your day to shine. You’re a “Rock Star” all day long! Fans screaming your name and cheering you on. A true feeling of accomplishment, euphoria and fame for a straight 15 plus hours. Amazing!