Those that know me, know that I have a very close relationship with food. I don’t like to get hungry unexpectedly. It makes me very crabby and unpleasant to be around. I prefer to have food on hand. At all times.
It began with my sporting activities. The first time I bonked on a bike was during a race in Monterey. I was relatively new to racing and doing my first sport-level mountain bike race. I had never needed to eat during a race because I had only done short beginner races up to that point. I had one GU in my pocket for a 2+ hour race. I hit the wall hard. I could hardly turn the pedals over. I fantasized about lying down next to the trail and taking a nap. I picked up discarded wrappers looking for dropped energy bar scraps. It wasn’t pretty.
I can’t say I have never run low on fuel since, but I did learn a lesson. When I go on a long ride, paddle, hike, or just know that I will be away from home running errands for a few hours, I keep snacks handy. I have found that Nature’s Bakery fig bars are about the most perfect food for avoiding the bonk in my daily life. I keep one or two in my glove box, throw them in my jersey pockets, purse and in the pockets of my snowboarding jacket.
One on particularly glorious day on the slopes at Northstar, I skipped lunch to get some extra runs in during the noon exodus. I enjoyed near empty slopes and stayed fueled up with a few fig bars.
I prefer the whole wheat blueberry bars – they have a satisfying heft that fills me up and just enough sweetness. Their size is just ideal – two make a substantial snack that tides me over until my next meal. And the way they are packaged, they can go anywhere I go.