Monday, June 08, 2009

Extra protein with a side order of gills

The end of school is almost upon me, and I have about 3.7 nanoseconds to breathe and post, so I thought I'd update you on what I've been up to since kickin' it at the Cleveland Half Marathon three weeks ago!

It's midgie aka "Canadian Soldier" season here in the NEO.

They look like skeeters, but don't bite and don't live more than 24 hours. They are just here to swarm black clouds and become fishy food for Lake Erie. I hate to complain about 'em, because they are a sign of a healthy Lake Erie. However, they swarm in nasty black clouds and you can even HERE THE BUZZING in the evening of said clouds. If I hadn't lived hear Lake Erie most of my life, I'd be seriously freaked out. They're not quite as bad as this picture, but you get the point..

See, they are good for something! A-ha, Stupid Yankees. :)

So why, then, did I think it would be a good idea to do a ride on Route 2 during Midgie season?

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Bugs. TASTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Also, I decided to act like a triathlete and actually swim.

Do you know how many times I've been in the pool since IM New Orleans 70.3?

In honor of freshman final exams, I'll give you a multiple choice question:


Yes, is sadly ONCE. So I knew I had it coming for me when I got in the 25 meter outdoor pool on Saturday. I was literally afraid to start swimming! My mush-tastic arms didn't know what was about to hit them.

I did 2000 meters (slowly and out of breath) and it took me just over 31 minuts to swim a mile, which normally is HORRID for me, but all things considered I was okay with that. Now that I have access to a pool from 6am until 9pm, there are NO EXCUSES for me not to hit it at least 3-4 times a week. Bring back my gills, please!

So if you want a non-traditional protein shake made with midgies, just let me know. Otherwise, I need to get ready to hang on those Wisconsin Hills at WIBA--giddyup!


Mama Simmons said...

I totallt ACED that quiz.

Mama Simmons said...

Except I can't spell totally.

Wil said...

31 minutes to swim a mile she said. Oh good, I'll have 5 hours to make fun of you on the way up to WIBA you freaking fishy ;)

Chloe said...

Yumm...clouds of bugs! Awesome! :)

E-Speed said...

I actually did some midge research because I am a water geek and from what I can tell Midges are actually not a sign of good water quality and can be a sign of poor water quality because they can survive in nasty circumstances. However Mayflies AKA Canadian Soldiers are a sign of good water quality. So confusing!

Either way Cycling or running through midges or mayflies is no fun :)

SixTwoThree said...

I'm usually up for new smoothie recipes, but I think I'll pass on this one! LOL

SC's Adventures said...

Oh come to Scotland! Our little midgy friends are blood sucking demons.

I think I might give the smoothy a miss too, sorry. :-)

JP Severin said...

swimming is overrated. ps I miss you

JP Severin said...

hahaha! I am so happy you have a pug. I hope it has a great personality because that's what you have to develop when you look like the love child of a basset hound and nicole richie. OOPS.

walchka said...

It's a cold day in hell when 31 minutes is a slow mile for me. :) It must be nice to be a shark. hehe