I've found the key to faster swimming.
You wanna know what it is, don't you? Ok, here goes... spilling my secret... it's all about the *second* shot of espresso in the morning before hitting the pool!!
I guess I've been missing out these last few months (years?) with having only one shot... but I gotta say, since I've started drinking the second one I've been much happier in the water. Happier because I feel peppier (is that even a word? Maybe it's 'more peppy'?) Whatever. I'm swimming faster which makes me happy and being happy is a good thing so if I have to double my budget for espresso from now on, so be it.
I've been a loyal Nespresso user for probably about 7 years now. I bought this machine at some kitchen store when I used to live in Scottsdale and it moved to Hawaii with me and still gets used every single morning. I love this machine. Love it. I mean, really really love it. I think the only possible negative thing you could say about Nespresso is that once you buy their machine, you have to buy their coffees... they come in little pre-packaged pods that fit nicely into the machine. It's not really a negative for me though because I really like Nespresso's coffee pods (um, they taste gooooood) and they make for a perfect frothy shot of espresso. Every time. No mess. No fuss. Nespresso also comes out with what they call 'Variations' which are fun different flavors... I usually just buy their standard dark blend but the variation I'm currently hooked on is something like 'chestnut cream' which is so nice and smooth... mmmm. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
So enter Coffees Of Hawaii, the local company who sponsored the "Espresso Bar" out in the ocean in Kona during Ironman Week... What a cool company, eh?
I swam out to their boat and totally enjoyed their coffee every day while I was there this past October... :)
Coffees of Hawaii is now sponsoring my local cycling/triathlon team, Pac Velo...
I mean, sometimes I drink regular coffee (ahem, hello Sunday mornings...) but while I usually build time into my morning to check your facebook updates, I typically don't leave myself enough time to enjoy a whole cup before I have to get out the door to train... hence, the espresso. Anyway, imagine how excited I was to hear that Coffees Of Hawaii was coming up with a pod that fits into the Nespresso machine! AND, they asked me to be a guinea pig in trying out their new little product! Heck Yeah! I'll do that. :)
So Albert sent me several different pods to try out. The colored ones are the Nespresso brand pods... the clear ones are the Coffees Of Hawaii prototypes.
I was psyched to try these out. And you know what? The flavor of this coffee brought back the best memories of swimming at the Kona pier last October... The flavor lingered in my mouth this morning for a while after drinking the coffee. Ahhhh.... So here's to good memories and fast swimming!
So right now you're thinking, Man I'd love to have some of that coffee from Hawaii... Go check out their website and if you want to order before Valentine's Day, enter the code 'love' at checkout for a 15% discount. :)