2035: decide I want cake
2036: realise we have no eggs, rush out to buy eggs
2136: cake in oven, dishes washed
2236: cake greedily consumed
This is the strawberry summer cake from Smitten Kitchen. It elevated a punnet of distinctly average strawberries into something wonderful.
Dan and I have invested in a CycleOps JetFluid Pro trainer, TrainerRoad subscriptions and all the other bits and bobs (speed and cadence sensor, Gatorskins etc) so that we can ride all winter long. Of course, it helps with summer training too, giving me the structure I crave for my training sessions. I did my FTP test* today and if the pool of sweat on the protective mat under the trainer is any indication, it was hard hard work.
There’s just over 7 weeks until the Banff triathlon and I’m planning to do a mid volume training program until then. It’s pretty much a given that there’ll be an improvement, but I’m curious to see how much of one there is.
*a test to calculate the maximum power a person can sustain for an hour - the training software uses this figure to calculate my training zones.
A simple summer supper. All built upon the idea of roasting radishes (a first for me).
Mini muffin pans make the best brownies!
Nothing to see here folks (thankfully).
If anybody wants a tennis racquet (practically new, only used once), I have one going…
We never buy race photos - they are horrendously expensive and rarely is there a decent shot that you’d actually want to show off. But… these triathlon photos were nice. Here’s a few of my favourites.
What to eat after a 40k bike ride? Dan Dan noodles and sautéed red chard & bok choy. Om nom nom.
I’m a lucky girl - the last two nights Dan has stepped in to make dinner, deciphering my scrawl on our menu plan and doing an excellent job on the execution of previously unexplored recipes.
Last night was the black bean and corn burgers over what is probably my favourite salad ever (greens, pear, walnuts, dressing) and tonight we had a kale and quinoa pilaf (we used cashews instead of pine nuts because that’s what we had).
And it gets even better; as I type this he’s in the kitchen, sorting out the cherry almond dutch baby that caught my eye.
Dan got me some really excellent books for my birthday: Feet in the Clouds, Eat & Run and Born to Run (you may or may not notice a theme). These kept us occupied most of the month, not least because we were constantly stopping to read bits out loud to each other.
I continued picking away at the books lined up on the sideboard (you might have caught a glimpse of them a few posts down) and finished Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson and The Marrying of Chani Kaufmann by Eve Harris. The latter is probably my favourite (so far) of the 2013 Longlist* but both were entertaining reads and provided insight into British multiculturalism in a way that living in suburban Cambridgeshire never did!
One of the iTunes books of the week was A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice so that went on to the reading list as well. It’s yet another book in instalments so the library membership is going to get a workout.
* The 2014 Longlist is announced on July 23rd so the cycle will soon start all over again.
I was a good runner for most of the month but between the weekend when I had food poisoning and the triathlon on Sunday it all went wrong and I missed three runs and cut one short (about another 25 miles).
I’m still 8 weeks out from my “A” race so I’m not that worried. And since we’ve decided to do the Okanagan Half in October, I’ll have another opportunity to get the sub-2 I want.
it’s also time to buy a new pair of running shoes; I’ll likely stick with the Mizunos but I’m looking forward to a testing session at the store. I wonder if I can continue to keep the pink to a minimum.