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December 2012

The Fountain of Pearls

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Big ups to my friend Sean, who has patiently and graciously worked to get me some new rockin’ Pearl Izumi kicks as well as some smashing good Fluid drink mix to start off this new tri season well-fueled and fantastically-footed.  (Today must be a very fluffy adjective sort of day).

Women’s EM TRI N 1 in Scuba Blue/Screaming Yellow
Post-Jaunt Evaluation…Shins need a good hose-down

Pearl Izumi has just come out with a fresh footwear line, “Project E:Motion” (E is for Efficient, Motion stands for Motion), which includes men’s and women’s specific training and racing shoes in neutral, stability, trail, and triathlon categories.  The line is designed “adapt to your body to support how you run” to “make your run smoother and more efficient”…I suggest that if you want to know how on earth these shoes can do this you ask an engineer.  I think I will stick with my usual learning language– personal experience.  And then I might ask my boyfriend (who happens to love mechanical engineering) to explain to me why my experience makes sense or completely defies the laws of physics and bio-mechanics.

Reviewed: Women’s EM TRI N 1

Immediate try-on reaction: Son of a Nutcracker, these are light!  It also feels like there is a pressure-point “button” on the sole near the arch, which kind of massages the bottoms of my feet.
Favorite features (besides the lightness):  pre-laced with bungees for super easy putting-on and taking-off (perfect for triathlons); super comfortable and glove-like feel without socks (perfect for triathlons); pretty color scheme (perfect for triathlons: distracts competitors).
Road test: things got a little muddy on the road, but my feet stayed dry.  Not sure if the same would be true had I not worn socks, but racing triathlons is no security for dry feet.  Post-run they didn’t smell like foot sweat thanks to excellent breathe-ability.  *Note* As with any shoes, if you plan to wear these sans socks for a race, be sure to do a few progressively longer runs in them before hand (e.g. 2 miles, 4 miles, and 5+ miles before a 10k run race) in order to avoid blisters and painful chaffing during the race!!
Aesthetically: I love the colors.  They match multiple workout costumes of mine. Not sure if I am a huge fan of the “screaming yellow” line patterns on the sides of the shoes.  Maybe I’d eliminate a couple of the lines, change to a different pattern, or just skip them all together.  Other than that, these shoes are pretty slick-looking, and they boast some vibrant colors which may help your visibility.
Fun Fact: The name Pearl Izumi is translated “fountain of pearls”.  See this page for more PI history.

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls.  When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it.” -Matthew 13:45-46

New Things

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Big shout-out to my amazing friend, Lauren of Modern Taste, for performing reconstructive surgery on this blog and offering invaluable advice!  In addition to her fresh custom template artwork, here are some of the updates she has graciously helped me with:

  • Look out for “print me” links on posted recipes for easy printing without the nasty cutting/pasting.
  • Follow BrittFuel on twitter (or use the cute twitter link over there on the right –> )
  • Check out the new BrittFit facebook page for coaching/nutrition services communication, or send an email to
  • Comment!  Let us know what you think.

So…until now, the posts on this blog have been food/recipe-related, with little training/exercise nutrition focus.  This has mainly been due to my (Britt) recent triathlon training hiatus.  However, I have now committed to training and racing triathlons competitively for the 2013 season, under the supervision Coach Gareth, head of the TRIO sports training and testing facility.  Gareth has been my good friend/coach since my undergraduate days at UCLA, where he initiated a triathlon scholarship program to make the sport more affordable for developing college student-triathletes.  It was an amazing experience, and has had massive impacts on the direction of my path in life!  I could go on for days… but, mainly, I want to thank Gareth for his friendship and tremendous help as I continue to enjoy triathlon training with all of the beautiful relationships, excitement, physical pain, mental testing, and life-lessons that come with it.
This means…”BrittFit”-labeled posts are coming out of obscurity.  Blog posts will be more frequently training-related (i.e. workouts/races/pre- and post- exercise fuel/sponsors/gear/fellow athletes/coaching/other stories).  General cooking/recipe/eating posts will likely be a less-dominant species, but will be coexistent with “training” posts.
Thanks!…I want to thank Brian Smallwood (and the crew) at Tri Running for the support and wisdom he generously shares, and for the opportunity to be involved behind the scenes of a fab-and-friendly tri shop.  Thanks to Josh Spiker of Vendurance for encouraging “BrittFit” and for helping with the BrittFuel/BrittFit artwork.  Huge thanks to my wonderful mum and pop for being my number one fans, sponsors, cheerleaders, support crew, and so much more.  Thank you, Brice, for being AWESOME and for showing me God’s love, patience, and grace daily.  I am enormously thankful to God for family, friends, encourage-rs, training buddies, coaches, and competitors; and I am continually becoming more aware that, although I greatly appreciate and enjoy Triathlon, it is such a small, silly, fleeting thing in my life– merely a means to form relationships, to love, to learn, and to live.

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Hello everyone, Lauren here! I’m working on a new design for Britt Fuel, which explains some of the inconsistencies across the site. So while we’re under construction, feel free to browse through older posts, and check back soon for the fully updated site!

Modern Taste and Training Plans

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Dearest blog friends,

I would have had the honor of sharing countless laughs, sweat sessions, deep conversations, and delicious meals with the lovely lady on the right.  She and I both appreciate everything food, nutrition, fitness, training and the like, and have recently endeavored to share these passions through blogging.  To read more about Lauren, her cooking and running adventures, or to learn about the science behind making yogurt and why you should eat Brussels sprouts, check out her blog.

This morning, Lauren posted on training plans, and I had the honor of being interviewed for the purpose of said post.  If you’d like to see our collaboration and get some input before training for your first/next athletic endeavor, click here.