With the weather getting cooler and the days shorter I am back to blogging. I have even started a new blog! Stu Tris - stutris.wordpress.com. The new blog is all about triathlon and my training for triathlons. If you’re interested in that kind of stuff make sure to check it out. The next thing that I’ll be talking about here is a detox that Sarah and I are going to try out. We’ve never done one before so it should be interesting. Check back on Sunday for more about the detox we’ll be doing. For now check out my other blog!
We recently moved from Beechwood (downtown Ottawa) to Orleans (the suburbs). On top of having a much bigger place with a backyard, which Nanook loves. Nanook and I also love having Lavergne Western Beef Inc. just up the road. Lavergne Western Beef Inc. is an old fashioned local meat shop supporting local farmers. It has some of the best meat in the city. Nanook loves the marrow bones and I love the steak and sausages. The last time I visited Lavergnes they had ground pork on special. Looking online I found this great recipe for Thai Style Meatballs.
I love Thai food. The balance of sweet, sour, salty and bitter and the simplicity of the food is delicious. Thai cuisine also uses some of my favourite ingredients, ginger and coriander. I found this recipe on the great recipe website food.com, you can find the original recipe HERE.
Thai Style Meatballs
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh coriander
- 3 spring onions, chopped fine
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 garlic clove, chopped fine
- 1 mild chili, deseeded and finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 50 g caster sugar (I just used white sugar)
- 3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
- 450 g ground lean pork
- 4 spring onions, chopped fine
- 1 garlic clove, chopped fine
- 2 teaspoons lemongrass, chopped fine
- 1 teaspoon cornflour
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander
- salt and black pepper
- 1 tablespoon oil
- For the dipping sauce, whisk all the ingredients together and set aside. Start to prepare the meatballs.
- Gently heat the sugar and fish sauce in a non-stick saucepan until the sugar has melted and mixture starts to thicken. Cool, then stir into the pork mince with the remaining ingredients mixing thoroughtly.
- With damp hands, roll into 15-20 small balls, place on a plate and chill until ready to cook.
- Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the meatballs for 15-20 minutes, until brown and cooked through.
- As an appetizer, serve the meatballs hot accompanied by the dipping sauce. For a main meal, serve with rice/noodles and a vegetable stir fry.
My first triathlon was the 2010 National Capital Triathlon Try-A-Tri. At the time the distance of the race seemed really long. It was a 200m swim, 20km bike and 2km run. It took me 1 hour, 4 minutes and 33 seconds and I came 22nd out of the 42 men. Not bad for someone who hardly knew how to do front crawl a couple of months before. My first race is still one of the races that I’ll always remember, I had a blast doing it and it got me hooked on triathlon.
When I am talking to friends there are usually a couple of excuses people give me why they could never compete in a triathlon, 1 – they can’t swim, 2 – they don’t have the right kind of bike and 3 – they can’t run. While these are all very valid reasons for not competing in a longer race like an Olympic triathlon, there not necessarily the best reasons to not to compete in a Try-A-Tri.
The Try-A-Tri I participated in had a 200m swim. This isn’t a very long distance, it’s 4 lengths of a 25m pool. The swim portion of my first triathlon also took place in chest deep water. This way if you’re not a confident swimmer you can take a quick break and stand up. There is also no rule saying you have to do front crawl, it’s just recommended. So if you get tired or nervous switch to another stroke.
When people say they don’t have the right bike to do a triathlon I always think of the bike I rode for my first triathlons. It was on old model road bike with the levers on the down tube. While my bike was old compared to some other bikes, it was a great bike. I averaged around 25km/h which, in my opinion, is pretty good for a first tri. In my experience with triathlons, I’ve seen all kinds of bikes. From $10,000 super bikes, to mountain bikes, to someone who had a basket on the front and streamers on the handle bars.
When it comes to the run, I am very sympathetic. I am not the strongest runner and it’s probably my least favourite of the three disciplines. While it is the run section and you should try to run it all, there is nothing wrong with walking portions of it. Just make sure to try and run as much as you can.
When it comes to triathlons, there is no reason not to try! Find a race that fits your capabilities, make sure to train, and then go have fun!
If you’re in Ottawa and want to learn more about the National Capital Triathlon, check out Somersault Events at www.somersault.ca.