Back pocket review: Honey Stinger Waffle

When it comes to food obsessions, waffles are pretty high on my list. They were partially responsible for my freshman 15 (hello, make-you-own Belgian waffle bar!) and when my grandma died, I gratefully inherited her trusty waffle maker. So when I heard that Honey Stinger had magically created a waffle for saddle-side consumption, I knew I had to try it.

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Honey Stinger’s waffle easily slips into a jersey pocket. Consumption involves some forethought, however, as the package is tough to open without the leverage of two hands or a pair of scissors. But once it’s out of the package, the round golden honey disk tastes divine. It’s slightly moist with a syrupy honey center and a cross between a frozen waffle and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Unlike many other energy bars I’ve tried, Honey Stinger Waffles taste more like a bakery treat than an anti-bonking agent. Continue reading

Scenes from the Battenkill

The Tour of the Battenkill has always been on my bucket list. While I haven’t summoned up the courage to race it yet, my husband Rob did. The weather was awesome, 65 degrees and sunny for much of the afternoon. I think this caught many by surprise, as my husband crossed the finish line low on electrolytes and scorched with sunburn.

Photos are mainly of the Cat 5 men and Pro/1/2 women’s fields. Overall, there were 2,700 riders representing 40 states and 15 countries. We snapped them as we raced between feed zones and savored the incredible countryside surrounding Cambridge, NY.

Additional photo credits: Jim McCormack

Read Rob’s report from Cat 5

Finding my racing legs

As we tiptoe toward Spring (yes, it snowed here this week), there are some signs of exciting things to come. On Thursday I visited my trusty bike mechanic who replaced my failed shifter with a spare from my cross bike. I also picked up my team kit for Team Bikeway.com. I ordered it during the winter with thoughts that I might try a race depending on how the legs felt by spring.

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Johnny Cake Lane, Race #3

My husband quickly put his new kit to use, entering his first road race yesterday at the Johnny Cake Lane race series in Coxsackie, NY. It was windy. It was cold. There was a high-speed crash. People were getting dropped right and left. And I had an incurable urge to throw on my new kit and enter the mix. It’s time to get past the fear of old injuries and a bad experience mountain bike racing and start scanning BikeReg for possibilities. The fire inside me keeps burning stronger, my form is coming along, and best of all, I’ve learned to finally listen to my body and to give it the rest it needs.

Any first-time racing words of wisdom from my friends in blogland?

Dirt, sweat and (one) gear

My husband finally moved off the waiting list for the Tour of the Battenkill on April 10. This, coupled with the fact that it finally hit 50 degrees in NY, was reason enough to hit the dirt. Northern Dutchess County, our stomping ground, has some amazing dirt roads with fantastic climbs.

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We hit a mix of dirt and paved roads. It was a windy day, but the miles ticked by.

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Although snow is still in the forecast, today was perfect for just arm and leg warmers. At this point, my shifter was beginning to feel sticky, like the goop of winter was stuck on its cables. Mental note: Pay the bike shop a visit. Continue reading

How to clean a bike chain and drivetrain

If you’ve been riding all winter or your drivetrain hasn’t seen a rag since gas was under $3 a gallon, chances are your chain, cassette and chainrings are looking pretty gritty. There’s nothing more empowering than performing some good old bike maintenance. It’s also the perfect way to save your hard-earned money for bike shop bling. Now, roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work!

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