The Feed Zone
I’m super excited to see The Feed Zone in print! I had so much fun working with Biju and Allen on this project and now it’s a real live cookbook, hardback and all, with simple, delicious recipes and gorgeous photos – some of which are mine! The Feed Zone’s all about Biju’s kitchen skills and Allen’s training smarts combining to help cyclist Levi Leipheimer go from serious illness to the best physical condition of his life. It’s a perfect cookbook for athletes who like to push the limit and regular people, too. Get a copy of The Feed Zone here.
One of the coolest things about my job is that every project is different. Each assignment exposes me to new ideas, new people, new places, new ways to see life. I learned so much while shooting behind-the-scenes for this book. I learned how to cook amazing food. I learned about cycling. And I learned that when you fully dedicate yourself to a creative or physical pursuit, anything is possible. Between Biju, Allen and Levi, I felt lucky to be around such talent.
For me, the project started with spring training camp in Park City, Utah. The first morning, it snowed. Levi ate his usual breakfast – oatmeal with bananas, molasses and eggs – and scoured the weather sites for dry roads anywhere within driving distance. Beaver, a small town about three hours south, looked relatively snow-free, so we loaded the truck with food, water, Levi’s bikes and a moped, and headed south. It was snowing when we got there but Levi was hellbent on training, so Allen motorpaced him down the shoulder on I-15, with huge semis barreling by, til they found a winding mountain road that led to a ski resort. It was freezing. Levi rode hard and fast. We followed him for 6 more hours down empty roads leading vaguely back to Salt Lake. Then we ate at a Japanese place in Provo which could be the worst restaurant in the world. It was kind of an epic first day.
Here are a few spring training photos from the book:
We motorpaced Levi for hours on end.
We cooked lots of food.
We made lots of juice.
Levi had oatmeal and eggs for breakfast.
And crushed the local time trial race.
A few months later we headed to Spain for Tour de France training…