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Thanks to the brilliant adaptability of mother nature our world is blessed with animal hybrids. Examples are all around. The Labradoodle combines Labrador Retriever with Poodle and results in a playful companion embodying a Lab's courage and a Poodle's flirtation instinct.
The Panthera Hybrid embraces the panther's mystical beauty and injects it with a cheetah's strength and stamina. Pretty cool.
Thunderbird Energetica, along with the help of Jeff Long has taken the Hybrid concept to new extremes. We decided to partake in a highly controversial experiment to breed an animal with food and a motorcycle. The subjects were a Kodiak Bear , a Thunderbird Bar, and a KTM. As our provocative Research and Development Department anxiously awaited the unknown outcomes of such mad science, we were fully aware the magnitude of such an experiment. What ever the outcome, we all knew that it would certainly have more life force than any previous hybrid project attempted.
The results are stunning and more than we ever fathomed. We have successfully created a world champion animal-machine known as a Thunderbear. The Thunderbear embodies the fear invoking guttural response one might encounter when unexpectedly hiking up to a grizzly bear (with cub) in the wild, the raw power and technological superiority of a KTM motor cycle, and the endless energy and sheer perfection of a Thunderbird Bar.
The Thunderbear wins every race it enters! Look for it to dominate this year throughout the National Enduro Series and many others.
Austin Fit Magazine is a great resource for local health and fitness buffs like ourselves. They regularly feature superhuman Austinites like David Garza, Desiree Ficker (dog lover), and Pat Evoe. We have been reading the monthly magazine for years. Our favorite issue is released each March and is devoted to discovering and recognizing Austin's Fittest Dogs. We recently submitted our application and wanted to share more info on our lovely chocolate lab.
It is a little known fact that our dog is the director of the Thunderbird Energetica Research and Development (R&D) department. In order for a Thunderbird bar to be good enough to release in the market it must provide enough energy for Katie and I to keep up with our beloved dog.
She is gifted with a highly efficient heart that gives her the endurance of her mother (Ironman World Championship athlete) and the explosive quads of her father (amateur body builder). As a result she has no problem performing frequent 3-hour sprint intervals well above lactate threshold as she rips our legs off during greenbelt mountain bike rides. She has also accompanied her masters on multiple runs over the 15 mile mark. Her ability to dig deep into endless energy reserves is reflected as she persuades us to take her swimming afterwards. She loves aqua jogging for recovery and her favorite swim stroke is the dog paddle. Sometimes the only way to lure her out of the water is by tricking her into thinking we are going on another run or feeding her Thunderbird bars.
Lastly, when our lab runs fast it sounds like a combination of a horse trotting and thunder blasting the plains. This is largely a result of her incredible quad to ankle ratio, similar to that of a professional cyclist. She is surly the fittest dog in Austin, if not the entire world.
Results are to be announced in the next few weeks. We will keep you posted! If she wins, we will give her a lifetime supply of Cherry Walnut Crunch!
Photos taken by Cole Kirkpatrick
Ever heard of the Pontiac Firebird? It was fast! And handsome to drive. Through the Thunderbird Research and Development department we have hybridized a new faster and more handsome version of the legendary Firebird.
This sporty wagon gets over 28 mpg and can hold up to 1500 pounds of Thunderbird Energetica bars. It handles like a charm and can flex fuel on Energetica. Hitting speeds of up to 75 mph, the new Volkswagen Thunderbird is guaranteed to be the fastest delivery vehicle in the fleet. This ensures that are handmade bars are delivered with premium freshness!
If you see the Thunderbird Chariot on the streets make sure to honk (in a happy fashion), for we might have bars inside and it might be your lucky day.
For me, the term “bake sale” conjures up thoughts of small school children selling cookies and brownies in a cafeteria with hopes to fund the big “homecoming dance” or other seemingly important matters. With these events success is measured by raising around $50.00 so that the school can pay a DJ can pump up the jams. When Thunderbird was recently asked to participate in a bake sale we knew it would be much bigger! Last Saturday, Thunderbird Energetica was involved in a very special fundraiser to aid relief efforts in Bastrop, Steiner Ranch, Spicewood and other areas of Central Texas affected by wildfires.
Organized by beloved Austin food blogger Kathryn Hutchison of Austin Gastronomist an army of local food businesses coalesced to support our Central Texas Neighbors and sacred Hill Country. The epicness of such a gathering could only be compared to the vain of Lord of the Rings. Specifically to The Council of Elrond in Chapter 2 of the first volume, The Fellowship of the Ring. Kathryn was obviously the role of Gandalf and Thunderbird played the part of Frodo Baggins (bearer of the ring).
The success of the bake sale was flabbergasting! With the support of many other handsome local food companies, we managed to raise over $12,000!!!! Through unity we collectively marched to the Black Gates of Mortor to destroy the orc army of Sauron and explode Mount Doom by destroying the One Ring (Metaphorically speaking we extinguished the Eternal Flame of Bastrop).
Big thanks to Kathryn and the rest of the food bloggers and local businesses who came together to support our community!
Austin 360 Article
On August 20th, Leadville Colorado hosted a handful of ultra-marathon runners in the legendary "Race across the sky". Attracted to events that test the limits of the human mind and body, the Thunderbird Tribe was well represented. Our finest distance runners, support crew, and spirit eagles headed north to conquer the most epic 100 mile trail race in world history.
For those of you unfamiliar with the event, the 100-mile out-and-back course is in the midst of the Colorado Rockies (sacred origin of the Colorado River and Continental Divide). Lowest point 9,200 feet; highest point is Hope Pass 12,600 feet! Majority of the race is on forest trails with some mountain roads. Most male participants have large mountain beards and thin muscular physics (like Jesus). The women are strong, blond, and have the legs of mountain goats (from Spain- Clenbuterol injected).
Our finest ultra-runner Sydney Pitt (Daughter of Rick Pitt (founder of Rick Pitt Auctions) and Deb McHose) proudly raced as a member of Team Ultra-Rogue (sponsored by the Thunderibird) and consumed Thunderbird Energetica in copious volumes while preparing for the event. Sydney's spirit animal is the squirrel because they are both quick, eat nuts while standing, a little spastic, and cute. She has been eating and racing with Thunderbird pumping through her arteries for over a year. And it has been an incredible year! She qualified and set a PR at the Boston Marathon, finished 2nd place at the Rocky Racoon 50 miler, and finished every ultra race she began this season.
The Cherry Walnut Crunch Bar is Syd's favorite because it helps control inflammation and increases her post workout recovery. The only thing swollen on Syd is her muscular quads.
On race day, her heart and metabolic system were stunning to say the least, but what we are most proud of is her massive display of courage and determination. In her first attempt at the Leadville 100, Syd finished in under 30 hours! Instantly qualifying her for the prestigious belt buckle that is only awarded to those superhumans who can defy all odds and do what 99.9999% of the world population could only dream. As expected, she transcended time and space on this journey. At mile 80 she recalls seeing a bald eagle that was whispering encouraging slogans into her ear. At mile 90 her communication regressed to the ability to only use the word "buckle". At mile 100 she ran across the finish line like a champion!
Syd has already registered for the race next year and is planning on winning the whole thing. We love you Syd! Keep running and shooting for the stars!