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10 Aug 2021 10:16 #325398 by DarthJoJo
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Garden update! Definitely overwhelmed. I've handed out five grocery bags full of kale, cucumbers and lettuce to friends, pickled several liters worth of vegetables, and I still can't eat everything my seven beds are producing. On the one hand, it makes me feel like a master gardener. On the other hand, it feels wasteful. I'll do better next year, find more green bean, kale and cucumber recipes and never stop cooking them.

Anyway, pickled carrots and snow peas were amazing. Pickled radishes were fine, sweeter than I expected. Pickled cucumbers and green beans were disappointing considering how much better I've had. Pumpkins are already ripe, well ahead of schedule. Massaged kale is amazing, and I'm looking at eating it for lunch for the next few weeks just to keep on top of the harvest. Butternut squash are finally coming in and looking very pretty.

Very excited about my compost. Discovered a local bike trail doubles for horseback riding and has a manure bin. Definitely heading out to steal a truck bed full and mix in for the finest compost.
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25 Aug 2021 12:21 - 25 Aug 2021 12:23 #326026 by DarthJoJo
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So I mentioned a while back that I switched from Nike Run Club to Strava for tracking my runs and bike rides. That remains the right decision, but in the last month or so I decided I actually wanted to start getting faster on foot. My mile splits over five or six miles on road had hovered between 7:30 and 8:00. So, while I prefer Strava for basically everything, Nike Run Club does have a solid library of guided runs, and I can run it simultaneously with Strava. There are audio tracks meant to inspire and encourage, to hear the stories of world-class runners or to guide you through speed workouts. The coaches talk you through a warm-up run and then give you times for perceived exertion and recovery. Through it I’ve been going on fartleks, long tempo runs and short, high-pace intervals. I mostly use it for the countdowns and timing, but the coaches are tolerable and not too saccharine in their encouragement.

Since I started mixing in these workouts, I’ve posted a few 6:40 mile splits within a five-mile run. That feels pretty good. I think I topped 6:20 once in high school, and that was with way more consistent training. I’m strongly opposed to paying to run races, but if I keep this up, I would like to run a sub-20 5k sometime.
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25 Aug 2021 12:41 #326027 by the_jake_1973
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Those are pretty amazing run times!

I've been happy with the 8:30-9:00 range on my 5K runs, but I've seen some payoff with my speed pyramid work I've added. My biking has improved to where I can keep up with the local A group for most of the 30 mile stretch we do.
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19 Oct 2021 20:07 - 19 Oct 2021 20:07 #327320 by DarthJoJo
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Garden update! Our unseasonable warmth should finally end this week and see our first frost, so the garden is done. Everything is pulled, and I’ve begun amending the soil with straw and finished compost. Snuck in harvests of snow peas and spinach, but the big winners were kale (seven brown paper bags stuffed full), pumpkins (twenty-two from two plants) and butternut squash (over thirty from three plants). Pickled beets and home sauerkraut turned out great.

Tomatoes underperformed. Plenty of fruit but so few ripened. More phosphorus or something should help with that, I hear. Can’t really complain for my first real effort, though.
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20 Oct 2021 15:38 #327337 by the_jake_1973
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I've gone all in on my recent obsession with Mexican food. I'm grinding my own masa, making gobs of tortillas, scouring the local Mexican grocery stores for dried peppers and ingredients. I bought an Estrella hand grinder to see if the manual grinder can get me a finer grind than the food processor. My clay comal arrives tomorrow. A nice tortilla press is on the xmas wishlist. Three new cookbooks grace the shelves, of which Oaxaca is my favorite so far. I'm eyeballing one that is coming out in May called Masa by the owner of Macienda.

I haven't been this excited about a cuisine in a long time. The fact that my wife loves Mexican food as I do helps immensely.

I've never used piloncillo before and it blew me away. And how have I never had atole before. I could drink that every day.
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20 Oct 2021 15:40 #327338 by Gary Sax
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Damn, that sounds good.

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