Last year was a wild and crazy ride. What a year! I started a new job with a new company…kind of. As my office was absorbed by another company, I learned a new role with my promotion. This meant that … Continue reading
This past weekend was one of the weekends that I always look forward to every year. It’s the weekend of the Warrior Dash which is held up at Copper Mountain here in Colorado. It is a 5K race mixed with an obstacle course and on the side of the mountain that is pretty rugged terrain.
I love this weekend for multiple reasons. First, it’s a challenge. Every year the race route has been about the same but they change it up with the obstacles. It is still hard no matter what! The second reason I love this weekend, is that I get to spend it with some dear friends of mine. Three of us have done this race for the past four years and then we brought others on along the way. It is a time for us to hang out, to work hard on the race and then relax and enjoy the company.
They also have pretty good gluten free good there. We ate at the Incline, a bar and grille at the resort. When I told the server I was Celiac, he was very knowledgeable and told me what I could and couldn’t have. He even provided info like the fact that the fries were fried in with breaded items and explained what sides I could have. They had gluten free buns so I jumped in and got a burger. We then went to the Storm King Lounge for sushi. They had one roll that was gluten free, quite a disappointment as I was sure they had more gluten free rolls last year. They did have an appetizer and dessert that were gluten free. It was good but I’m used to more variety.
Somehow the spring and summer got away from me. It was an amazing time with friends, family and spending a LOT of time outdoors. That meant that I spent LESS time away from my computer and less time writing, obviously, except for my weekly article for the Free Press. I apologize for being lax in my writing for my audience. It wasn’t my intent to forget you!
There were two things that stuck out for me that happened over the summer. First, we had a family reunion over the 4th of July holiday…ok, we had two family reunions. One planned, the other just happened. You see, there is a lot of my family (from my mom and dad’s sides) that either hadn’t seen my niece and nephew and some that hadn’t even met my sister in law. This was an opportunity to kill several birds with one stone.
My mom’s side of the family hadn’t been together since the funeral of my grandpa so it was decided that we would get together for something fun instead of a sad event. There was so much laughter and memories during those day that went so quickly. Then, as my mom’s side of the family left, my dad’s side came. More laughter ensued…more great memories.
The best thing is that, during these few fleeting days, everything we ate was gluten free. I don’t think a lot of people even gave it a thought as they picked up the scones, muffins and or other tasty treats that my mom had baked. Most of the baked goods were recipes that had been handed down for several generations and she had modified. It was, from my point of view, a great showing of what gluten free isn’t: tasteless, cardboard food. It was also a showing that we are normal people, we just had a disease that causes us to adjust HOW we eat and WHAT we eat. An adjustment, not a death sentence, if we follow the rules.
The second thing that I did this summer was the Warrior Dash, which happened to be my third time running this race. Despite disappointments during the actual race, it was the most fun that I’ve had at the race. Shawna, my running partner and partner in crime, and I stayed at Copper Mountain this time and we were able to catch the post race festivities with our friends. The nice thing about Copper is that, as a ski resort, they are sensitive to the needs of the GF community and I was able to eat sushi and many other things while there. It was another amazing milestone for summer 2014.
I will try to not be so lax in my writing here on out. Feel free to keep following and have a great day!