Well I enjoyed my crock pot chicken tagine. It’s a bit of a wintery dish but its been a bit nippy here today.

Simple to put together. Adjust amounts as you need.

Chicken thighs - whole
Butternut squash - 2 inch pieces
Can of garbanzo beans
3 tomatoes roughly cut
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
Flour
Cumin
Cinnamon
Coriander
Veggy stock
Dried Apricots
Almond slivers

1. Sweat the garlic and chopped onion
2. Coat the chicken in the spices and flour in a plastuc bag then brown off.
3. Cut squash and tomatoes
4. Add squash, tomatoes, onions, garlic and beans to crock pot.
5. Place chicken pieces on top and the apricots on top.
6. Fill with stock until just covering the veggies
7. Low heat for 4 hrs high for 2 hrs.

If you forget the flour,  make up a slurry using cornflour and water and stir in. Alternately, forget the thickener and have it ‘stewy’

Serve with cous cous or quinoa and lightly sprinkle almond slivers. 

Tuck in!

Ours went a bit long and the squash was more ‘squish’ but it tasted gooood!

Well I enjoyed my crock pot chicken tagine. It’s a bit of a wintery dish but its been a bit nippy here today.

Simple to put together. Adjust amounts as you need.

Chicken thighs - whole
Butternut squash - 2 inch pieces
Can of garbanzo beans
3 tomatoes roughly cut
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
Flour
Cumin
Cinnamon
Coriander
Veggy stock
Dried Apricots
Almond slivers

1. Sweat the garlic and chopped onion
2. Coat the chicken in the spices and flour in a plastuc bag then brown off.
3. Cut squash and tomatoes
4. Add squash, tomatoes, onions, garlic and beans to crock pot.
5. Place chicken pieces on top and the apricots on top.
6. Fill with stock until just covering the veggies
7. Low heat for 4 hrs high for 2 hrs.

If you forget the flour, make up a slurry using cornflour and water and stir in. Alternately, forget the thickener and have it ‘stewy’

Serve with cous cous or quinoa and lightly sprinkle almond slivers.

Tuck in!

Ours went a bit long and the squash was more ‘squish’ but it tasted gooood!

There are prizes?!?

So I joined US Masters Swimming this year. Not because I want to splash around with a bunch of middle agers in the pool twice a week. It was so I can swim at the lakes when it decides to stop freaking snowing here and warm up a bit.

As a side distraction USMS, has partnered with Nike for the ‘Go the Distance’ promotion. Really just another way of tracking how far you have swum this year. There are prizes!

50 miles  » Nike GTD swim cap
100 miles 
150 miles  
200 miles  
250 miles  
300 miles  
365.25 miles
400 miles  
500 miles » Nike swimsuit
750 miles  
1000 miles  
1250 miles  
1500 miles  

I got my fantastic swim cap last week just as I swam through 100 miles, better late than never I guess. But the rest, its pitiful. Not even a pair of googles I can sell on ebay at 300 miles? Nope, gotta do 500 miles before the next ‘prize’ when you get a swim suit.
Based on how long the cap took and unless Im stuffing my pie hole with lard. By the time it arrives it will be too big; you sure drop the pounds with this longer distance swimming mularky!
The secret is to not suff your pie hole with lard straight after getting out of the water, simples :)

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And my manager wonders why I’m behind on my latest project! 

Dont be fooled by this saggy old bagpuss. In the blink of an eye he’s a homicidal psycho jungle cat. Teeth,  claws and err, catlike reflexes, obviously, he brings the pain!

And my manager wonders why I’m behind on my latest project!

Dont be fooled by this saggy old bagpuss. In the blink of an eye he’s a homicidal psycho jungle cat. Teeth, claws and err, catlike reflexes, obviously, he brings the pain!

… and thats 100 miles!

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davidsgoals said: I’m curious. What’s involved in the feeding plan?

Its much like running plans just wetter. My plan is that Mrs Alt will toss a beer and a pork pie on a string, my way every half hour. I suspect that after the first hour she will have gotten so bored she will be trying to bean me with it or tow it behind the kayak to get me to swim faster.

Actually, its probably going to be bottles of cytomax laced with kids tylenol liquid for the inevitable shoulder pain. Yes, us swimmers do real hard drugs man!

Solid food is not recommended for fear that it results in number 2’s in the reservoir. My cunning plan to win, involves me buying a box of Baby Ruths, flying out from the start and having Mrs Alt drop a Ruth (thats the candy bar) every 50 yds! Should put the competition off, n’est pas?

victoriafindslife said: Holy friggen shamolies!!!! Where has your sanity gone???

Hey, its no worse than a running marathon or a century ride, just wetter and full of the chance of lake monsters :) Plus, Im 46, I get to do stupid stuff just so I can say I did it. My father still doesn’t quite believe I hauled my ass around a 70.3 for fun.
I never would have done it at 26; too busy with babies and a second go round at college and completely broke. Plus, Im not sure my sanity has ever been here to start with. Gone, with most of my hair!

So this just happened. To get in requires approval from the race organizers and for that (as a 10K newbie.) I had to write an email laying out my training, feeding and acclimatization plans for the race. Miraculously, Im in, excited!

Now thats a big ol lump of water, we start way at the top and swim past this point. Thankfully, I’ll have Mrs Alt shouting at me from a kayak. Its gonna be ~3.5 hours of fabulous wife-husband bonding. Im taking bets on how long before she paddles off and leaves me :)

I like that, Im swimming to ‘prevent drug and alcohol abuse.’ I’d also like to add that once I finish; I will be abusing at least a 6 pack of Hoegaarden! Actually, as Mrs Alt is oft to remind me; it will probably be at most three bottles and a nice nap on the sofa to sleep them off :(

Swim geek here!
This is only the summary, I can get down to individual lengths which I could, if I wanted, export to Excel and analyse each 100yd set and look at how consistent I am. Of course I dont do that at all, no siree! That would be really, really sad and geeky!
Times are tumbling by the week thou. Those 250s are the drop dead 1000 set. They are supposed to get faster and faster; Im not sure what happened on the last set. I have swum 16,000 yds since Sunday so I guess Im feeling it a little.

Swim geek here!

This is only the summary, I can get down to individual lengths which I could, if I wanted, export to Excel and analyse each 100yd set and look at how consistent I am. Of course I dont do that at all, no siree! That would be really, really sad and geeky!

Times are tumbling by the week thou. Those 250s are the drop dead 1000 set. They are supposed to get faster and faster; Im not sure what happened on the last set. I have swum 16,000 yds since Sunday so I guess Im feeling it a little.

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Somw initial thoughts on the fenix2 …
Overall, its a geeks wet dream! Sorry for the turn of phrase, but the amount of data this thing pumps out is phenomenal. I ran with it yesterday, it did not offer much more over the 310xt in terms of data and they both matched in terms of distance. Yes, I was that idiot running with two watches!
This morning, we went swimming; what a disaster to start with. It lost laps, it thought I was breast-stroking. Much as I enjoy breast-stroking (calm down David,) I was actually freestylin’.
Having read about how it recognises a length in the pool; I realized I needed to change wrists. Its looking for a long glide off the wall. I normally wear my watch on my right wrist. But that’s also the arm I always start my length with i.e. it lifts out of the water first. I guess, it was not a long enough glide for the watch to recognize the start of a new length. Once I swapped wrists, it was perfect and then recognised my funky fresh freestyle.
When it uploaded the swims (I kept resetting it) 3 were a mess but the final 2,500 was a glorious mash up of charts and tables with everything I could ever want to know about my swim. Im now learning what is a good SWOLF score.
4K in the pool to start the day. Legs a bit wobbly but shoulders feel great!
Oh yeah, some proof that, if I stand on a chair and hold my arm up, we do live at 7000ft :)

Somw initial thoughts on the fenix2 …

Overall, its a geeks wet dream! Sorry for the turn of phrase, but the amount of data this thing pumps out is phenomenal. I ran with it yesterday, it did not offer much more over the 310xt in terms of data and they both matched in terms of distance. Yes, I was that idiot running with two watches!

This morning, we went swimming; what a disaster to start with. It lost laps, it thought I was breast-stroking. Much as I enjoy breast-stroking (calm down David,) I was actually freestylin’.

Having read about how it recognises a length in the pool; I realized I needed to change wrists. Its looking for a long glide off the wall. I normally wear my watch on my right wrist. But that’s also the arm I always start my length with i.e. it lifts out of the water first. I guess, it was not a long enough glide for the watch to recognize the start of a new length. Once I swapped wrists, it was perfect and then recognised my funky fresh freestyle.

When it uploaded the swims (I kept resetting it) 3 were a mess but the final 2,500 was a glorious mash up of charts and tables with everything I could ever want to know about my swim. Im now learning what is a good SWOLF score.

4K in the pool to start the day. Legs a bit wobbly but shoulders feel great!

Oh yeah, some proof that, if I stand on a chair and hold my arm up, we do live at 7000ft :)

I had a birthday last week, Im now on the wrong side of my mid 40s :(

This new toy arrived today, a fenix2. It appears to have everything you might ever want to measure and more. Even sun and moon rise and set times!

This bad boy is coming to the pool tomorrow for a try out.

I had a birthday last week, Im now on the wrong side of my mid 40s :(

This new toy arrived today, a fenix2. It appears to have everything you might ever want to measure and more. Even sun and moon rise and set times!

This bad boy is coming to the pool tomorrow for a try out.

Closing in on a century

I should swim through 100 miles in the pool this week; Im at 94 and change at the moment. Last weeks shenanigans in San Diego meant I fell behind my 365 mile goal for the year. I need to make that up and more; there’s more travel looming with limited pool time.

To some, 100 miles in the pool represents complete and utter misery. Much like 100 miles on the dreadmill would be torture for me. Does it get boring? Not sure why but not for me, its been a great challenge so far and I have not suffered from boredom.  I do obsess about counting lengths thou, which is a pain, I gotta get me a new Garmin. Our local lake opens in May, 900m of clear water with no wall and no black line to follow, I cant wait.

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