1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 kalamata olives, quartered
2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, in strips
1 can(5-6oz) albacore tuna, drained
2 tbsp white wine (optional)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup chicken or veg stock
8-10 small fresh mozzarella balls, halved
2 tbsp fresh grated parm cheese
7oz dry pasta

bring about 6 cups water to a boil in medium sauce pan.  heat up a large skillet over medium high heat.  add oil and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes.  then start adding other ingredients in the order they are listed, cooking a minute or two between each one, stirring occasionally.   once water comes to a boil, add a handful of salt and the pasta.  cook for 7-8 minutes.  drain and add the pasta directly to the skillet with the sauce and combine thoroughly.  season with salt and pepper to your taste!  capers would also go well in this dish, but i didn't have any!  i served it with a big kale salad and a glass of white wine!

as for my race.....i did fine!  to come straight out with it, i didn't race with all my heart this time.  when you are thinking about how happy you are going to be not competing for a while as you are racing, you probably are not having as much fun as you should be, and that should tell you it is time for a long break!!!   i really wanted to go hard on the bike, but i guess i didn't want it enough, because i actually didn't do as well as i did last year!   i feel like i did give up a little at the end.  i slowed a bit and now looking back on it, i may have been able to snag the 3rd spot in my age group if i grinded it out at the end, because my run was faster than hers and i may have been able to slip by!  BUT, it is what it is!   and i was only 11 seconds outside of the top ten.  oh well.  my swim was very good considering i only trained every other week.  and i actually felt very strong on the run, which goes to show again....i didn't push it hard enough on the bike!  i am just not a killer in the saddle!   i didn't get the uber biker gene!   of course i would improve if i put in more time, but there is the conundrum!  i believe the bike is giving me most of my injuries, yet that is what i need to improve on the most....just ain't gonna happen for a while.  i need to take a break from the bike and fix myself!  i feel battered inside and out.  my hips are out of whack, i got a gianourmous blister on the bottom of my big toe, my glutes and hip flexors are super tight, i got rubbed raw on my collar bone from my tri suit, got some pretty brutal saddle soreness, something bite me during or after the race and the top of my foot is in pain, and my left shoulder has some serious issues as well, maybe bursitis....so, yes, it is definitely time for a break!   i am looking forward to being a spectator at the athens tri at the end of august.  i am so proud of my great friend Jane, she had an amazing race!  she had a little freak out on the swim, but pulled it together and raced very well on the bike and run.   i actually thought i would catch her in the run, since she started before me, but she proved too strong and finished just ahead of me...you rocked it!!!   so thrilled for you!   

here are the RESULTS

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