I like taper. I’ve been feeling burnt out for the whole last month of my training plan (by the way 20 week’s is a LONG training plan) and I”m so glad to back off the volume. I’m working on getting better sleep this week, but its not easy between the stress of my first olympic/big race of the year and work stress. Only five more day’s to go!
I really need to take my camera to races…. sorry for the lack of pictures.
The Crabman Sprint Tri was a few weeks ago over in Rhode Island. It was my first real ocean swim, the rest of my salt water triathlons where in the sound or protected bays. It was CHOPPY. Other races said that this was the worst its ever been. I did not enjoy the swim. Between all the contact with other swimmers, the chop, and the difficulties with sighting I was very cranky and approaching what one might call panic. If the swim was much longer actual panic probably would have happened. In order to site the buoys you had to time it between waves. This swim course was a rectangle and only had turn buoys… one in the middle would have been greatly appreciated.
The bike had a supper long run from transition to the mount line. I lollygaged and lost some time during the run/walk to the mount line. I did have my best ever bike average; 18.2 according to my Garmin. Averaging over 18mph was one of my goals for this season, so YAY ME! It was a two lap bike course and I was in the second to last wave, so the course was fairly crowded on my first lap.
The run was the run. I do not like running. I tried to run as much as possible and managed to minimize the walking. The flatness of the course meant I could see the finish line from a good ways off… it was cruel and unusual punishment.
Tri mom productions put on a nice race. Everything was well organized, good post race food (mmm poptarts). However, there was a HUGE line to get your times. They had computers set up so people could go up and check. And the overall results pages didn’t show everyone’s splits, so it was hard to compare myself to others in my age group.
Escape the Cape Mass edition was this morning. We got there at like6:45 because I’m an anxious person and I hate waiting in lines for registration and body marking. I set up my transition area… They had the nice racks that hold your back wheel, not the pipe kind which gives you a well defffined area to rack your bike. I was early so I got an spot on the end of the rack . Then I hung our for a while before craming myself into my wetsuit and getting about 15 minutes of swimming in before the race started. The race director says the water was 63 degrees… It felt COLD and I was greatful for my long sleeve wetsuit and neoprene cap. After anouncements you walk 1/3 of a mile down the beach to the swim for the in water start. The current (or wind?) was slowing down the first wave so they added an extra minute
between waves. I was in wave two and have swam twice in the past month (yay stiches), so I didn’t push things and cought some feet hear and there. It felt slow. I could see the bottom and I could tell Iwasn’t moving as fast as normal. I did pick off a few men from the wave in front of us, and didn’t notice getting passed by anyone in the wave behind. I swam till my chest hit the ground and then walked though transition because I needed to catch my breath.
It was in the upper 50s so I decided to pull on a long sleeve jersey… It wasn’t worth the effort. A vest or wind/rain jacket would have been easier to get on over a wet body. The bike felt good and I picked off some women and men. There were plenty of volenteers to keep things on track. The men from the wave behind me started passing me more frequently bout a mile before the turnaround. The way back was into the wind and Ikept sitting up out of areo because i felt like I was going too slow for it to be worth it and then the other part of my brain would say you ninny areo will help in a headwind. I almost wipped out when I was watchign some kids cheering on the side of the road and went to get back into areo after a turn. I cought my pinky on my bullhorns and wobbled a bit, but managed to recover.
I was not looking forward to the run. Going into it I was planning on doing 5min run 1 min walk for the whole thing. I quickly realized that would not work and did 1 min run 1 min walk for the first mile which had the worst of the up hills. Then I ran several minutes when things flattened out and went downhill. I stuck maily to one or two minute runs with one minute of walking. Note: if you are not a good runner you deffintily shouldn’t take the winter off from running. Anyway I finished up and my boy was there to greet me. My timing chip got mixed up with someone elses, so my name didn’t get called across the line; however, the time showing up online seems to be appropriate for my race so it must have been fixed.
Post race you got two slices of pizza and some salad, and tey do giveaways durring the awards ceremony. They said they were going to give away some lock laces, but never did., so I made boy go ask about it (I’m too shy) and I got a pai for my new running shoes. My other swag included a tee shirt, microfiber towel (the small sweat mopping gym size) that will be great for swim meets, and a hammer gel. I thought there was supposed to be a waterbottle too.. Maybe they ran out? No finsher medal, which is fine by me. While I was getting stuff packed up to put in the car when My rear tire randomly went flat (I’m pretty sure the tires that came on my bike SUCK) Once I got home I found a hole in my sidewall. I’m really lucky it didn’t go durring the race.
Someone in my knitting group posted about trying the miracle gro-ables this year. I clicked on over to amazon and saw a set of 18 “seed pods” which are basically a compostable pot with dirt, seeds, and fertilizer built in for $20
From the product discrpition
Your Kit includes 18 Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pods featuring:
1 Globe Tomato
1 Cherry Tomato
2 Loose-Leaf Lettuce
2 Butterhead Lettuce
1 Romaine Lettuce
1 Snap Pea
2 Smooth-Leaf Spinach
1 Sweet Pepper Plus, the Herb Garden
A couple things to note here. These pods are extremely small. I can’t imagine getting more then one plant out of most of these. I also can’t imagine setting up a trellis and planting just one snap pea or cucumber. These seeds come in a pointy pod, so you would have to rig something up to start the tomatoes and peppers inside. On a side note, the picture shows the pod sticking out of the soil, which is a no-no. If you leave the pod exposed it will wick water away from the plants roots. Plus using any kind of compostable pots also restrict root growth, and whenever I plant mine in the ground I’ll put a couple of slits down the sides of the pots to let the roots get out.
This made me curious, so I went to Ocean State Joblot were they sell 2014 burpee seeds for 50% off and added up the msrp and the discounted prices. Then, just for fun, I went to baker creek and added up their prices. Baker Creek has a store in CT, so I could drive their and buy in person.
Ocean State Joblot also has 8 packs of compostable pots for $0.80, and the home depot website has seed starting mix for $4. I have always direct sewn lettuce, spinach, and peas… so you don’t need pots for those.
The tomatoes and peppers may have way more seeds then you need, but the unused ones will last until next year. If you search around online you can find information on the “proper” way to store seeds and how long different seeds will last in storage. You can also get two plantings in one season out of lettuce, spinach, and peas.
I’ve been pretty quiet lately, but I’m thinking about writing more often. I’ve been rocusing on triathlon lately and not knitting as much, so you’ll get to hear about training andvraces as well as the other stuff.
Today we headed out to Roger Williams Park (which I never visited when I actually lived in Providence) and hit up their Botanical Center. I talked to one of the URI Master Gardners for a minute or two and she said they have been working hard to clean things up and take better care of it. The master gardners also made a bunch of ferry houses that were spread out around the garden. If I still lived in the area I think I’d have to go frequently and bring some knitting or spinning and sit around the plants while I worked.
The biggest greenhouse is quite tall, there were several others off to the right.
The big greenhouse is filled with lots of tall palms.
We enjoyed the pattern on the cut steam.
Pitcher plant flower
The outside gardens were mostly asleep, but some trees are starting to wake up.