Saturday we did our second brick to prepare for the triathlon on 6/14. We biked 16 miles along the Duck Creek Bike Path, and then we ran 3.1 miles in Crow Creek Park. The bike ride was pretty easy-peasy, but the running, Oh Boy! My legs felt like lead for about the first mile, and I had to walk up the first big hill (it’s called The Incinerator for a reason). Tim encouraged me though, and we powered through for the full run. We spent the rest of the weekend taking it fairly easy, trying to give our bodies a rest.
And that’s why I’ve pretty much decided that I’m not doing triathlons any more. I just think that this amount of exercise is too stressful for my body. All day long on Saturday my stomach was messed up, and since I wasn’t eating anything out of the ordinary, I’m pinning it on the exercise. Also, these triathlons get to be expensive, primarily due to the swimming portion. It necessitates a gym membership and for me, at least, a wet-suit rental. We did swim for free tonight in Lake G, but as they say, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Lake G is the quintessential redneck “watering hole.” It was full of scantily clad, scantily toothed, heavily tattooed folk drinking lots o’ beer and Gatorade. It’s quite the scene, and not in a good way.
Despite the training schedule, I did try a few new recipes this week.
Garlic Roasted Broccoli – This broccoli is deeeeeelicious! So good, in point of fact, that I grew impatient with Tim not eating his while he was chatting and ate the rest of his serving off his plate. I love roasted veggies. Tim is a big steamed veggie fan, but I think his tastes are wrong on this one. Roasted (doused in olive oil and garlic) is the only way to go.
Sweet Potato Chips – This recipe turned out OK. They were tasty, but I had a hard time getting them to be crispy, which is an essential feature of “chips.” I baked them for about 10 minutes longer than the recipe said, but still only a few burnt-looking ones got crispy. Any thoughts on what I am doing wrong?
Coriander And Cumin-Rubbed Pork Chops – This was another recipe that I found in the free Allrecipes magazine that appeared in my mail box. This recipe is a definite keeper – it produced a very tender, juicy, flavorful pork chop. Speaking of which, we’re going to have to order another pig so that we can make more tasty, tender, juicy, flavorful pork chops.
Pumpkin Kiss Cookies – I’ve been wanting to try these for awhile and finally got around to it on Sunday. I was making Tim chocolate chip cookies, so I knew I would have to make a treat for me too; otherwise, I would eat all the damn cookies. These turned out just OK. I should have followed the recipe more closely and used 2 teaspoons of batter per cookie. Instead I used my normal cookie scoop, which is probably closer to 2 T. The cookies ended up super moist and spongy. I like the flavor, but the texture doesn’t do it for me. Next time I will make them smaller, and I bet they will turn out perfectly.