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That Was a Cold Race

May Long Weekend, who would have figured the weather would be less than ideal?

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Last year it rained in transition, then promptly stopped once the race started and everyone had a good time. This year, the opposite happened.

My swim was uneventful, but I always seem to be slow in the pool; 1:37/100 is not bad, but I was aiming for faster; my training has been sub 1:30/100 most of the year. Alas, it was still the second fastest swim of the day.

Not bad I reckon.

It rained while we were inside so my cycling gear was wet before I got on. It always gets wet anyways so I didn’t worry too much about it. I went barefoot, as I always do, and later regretted it. More later.

The wind was coming out of the east, resulting in a headwind for the first 5k. With a wet body, rain, and a cold wind things started cold and didn’t get any better. I made the turn, headed West toward the final turn hoping for a little help from a tailwind to gain some time.

Why does a headwind never turn into a tailwind?

The rest of the bike was pretty easy as I tried to warm up my toes before the run.

Running on frozen toes sucks; if you were wondering. My pace was great, I felt strong, and I was passing pretty much everyone I set my sights on. I ‘high-fived’ a buddy of mine at 4k, encouraging him to stick with me to the finish line.

Swim – 750m – 12:06 – 1:37/100m – 2/107
Bike – 10k – 39:33 (30.3km/hr) – 5/107
Run – 5k – 21:56 (4:24/km) – 2/107

Finish – 1:13:34 – 3/107

So second year, and a second great result.

I decided this year to ride my road bike, my Argon 18 Krypton, instead of the TT bike as I wanted to get a race with the gear I was bringing down to San Francisco. I probably lost some time on the bike due to this, but again, this was a ‘C’ race. I won’t lose any sleep over it.


Recipe – Sausage and Kale Soup

I promised back in this post, I would not post a lot of recipes on my blog.

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Well, this is only my second recipe post, so I reckon I am holding up my end of the bargain. Besides, this one is totally worth it.

It rained in Calgary yesterday, kind of that coastal ‘we haven’t seen the sun in months’ kind of rain. After some pretty hot temperatures over the past couple of weeks, we were surprised to have to turn on the furnace last night; our inside temperature got down to 17 degrees Celsius. It was so cold in the mountains that they now have snow on them again. It is nice to look at, but you won’t see me racing to the mountains anytime soon.

When it is cold outside, we always enjoy a soup or chili for supper, so this hit the spot. Modifying it for a Paleo/Whole 30 diet is easy, and if you dig the Slow Carb Diet, make it as is.

We use our Dutch Oven, one cause the Dutch rule (you aient much if you aient Dutch) and two it makes a large meal easy to contain.

To feed 4, gather the below:

2 tbsp oil, 2 Italian sausages*, 1 large onion (finely chopped), 1 leek (sliced), 3 carrots (diced), 2 garlic cloves (minced), 156 ml can tomato paste, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp salt, 8 cups chopped kale leaves.

1. Add oil to pan, saute sausages until cooked and caramelized on both sides. Take out of pan reserving the grease.
2. Add onion, carrots, leeks, and garlic to pan. Cook to soften.
3. Add tomato paste, coriander, salt, and sausages (with drippings). Simmer for 5 minutes
4. Add 4 cups water. Bring to boil.
5. Add kale. Boil until kale is cooked.

Serve it with some grated parmesan (if you can) and have at it.

*We make our own sausage. Not to bore you with those details, and increase the number of recipe posts by 33%, here is a link to the recipe we use.

This is a modification of a recipe originally published by Chatelaine. Check the original here.

Question: What is your cold weather comfort food?