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Tomorrow is the annual Prouty Ride to raise money for cancer research, treatment and patient services. I've been riding in the Prouty since 2008, graduating from the 50 mile course to the 77 mile course last year, and doing the 77 again this year. It's a great cause, and if you feel so inclined you can sponsor me here.

Over the years I've done charity bike ride events both large and small, and the Prouty is both the largest and the best organized. But there's a special challenge when you have food allergies--because I'm allergic to peanuts and most nuts, much of the food provided at the well-stocked SAG stops is off limits. I can't eat most brands of granola bars, and likewise the pb&j sandwiches are a no-go. So while I can snag water, Gatorade, a banana or the occasional chocolate bar, for the most part I need to bring my own food. Not the easiest thing to do on a road bike, but for short rides I bring my own Patricia-safe snack bars, and for long rides I've mastered the science of packing sandwiches and keeping them cold with mini ice cubes.

And Pringles. Ah Pringles, my secret addiction, something far too dangerous to have in the house because an open can of Pringles is an empty can of Pringles. But for Prouty day I'll bring a small can of them, because they pack really well, and around mile 50 I'm going to need a treat.

Then of course at the finish line they'll have post-ride bbq. And ice cream, because I can always bike for ice cream.

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Date: 2014-07-11 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/la_marquise_de_/
Pringles are my secret addiction also.

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Date: 2014-07-13 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pbray.livejournal.com
Because we are secretly twins! And the pringles did indeed help as I hit the "Need salt!" stage of the ride.

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Date: 2014-07-12 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jmward14.livejournal.com
Best wishes for the ride. And I so know what you mean about the Pringles. I prefer kettle cooked chips with sea salt and pepper, but the addiction is the same. Open a bag in my presence, regardless of size, and it's done. I can do it with pretzels, too.
What is it about salt and carb? Much as I love dark chocolate, two truffles or six small non pareils (sp?) are my limit.
But 77 miles? You deserve salty potato goodness AND ice cream. :-)

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Date: 2014-07-13 11:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pbray.livejournal.com
I don't normally crave salt, but a long bike ride especially in hot weather brings out the salt monster in me. I did indeed bring pringles for myself, and pretzels for my friend who can't understand why anyone would eat pringles.

And the SAG stops were all well supplied-- bananas, orange sections, bags of potato chips, miniature chocolate bars, pb&j sandwiches and those energy gels that some high end athletes swear by. Plus a number of unofficial stops where community members offered water or lemonade and cookies, etc, including the two college guys who had a cooler of beer and oreos (points for effort but I can't imagine anyone stopping for a beer mid ride).

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