Sunday, April 25, 2010

The annual mint plant trimming

No GQH, "mint plant" is not a euphemism. This is how I know it's spring here. We have a mint plant out front. When it starts sending out new branches it's time to trim off the old ones. And get after the dandylions, and start thinking about mowing the lawn. I'm not sure how wild mint plants cope. We didn't get any tulips at all this year. We have hungry bunnies coming by pretty regular. Or deer, they like tulips too.

I wouldn't call the bike today a failure, but neither was it a good ride. As long as I concentrated on my pedal stroke, and stayed in easy gears it wasn't painful. But if I started pushing instead of spinning, or tried harder gears I started getting right knee pain. Not as bad as the other day, but still enough to dissuade me from doing the pyramid of power my coached scheduled. And no T run either. The plan was to hit the pool for a deep water run instead, but that didn't work out. Stupid pool schedules.

It seems my afternoon workouts are the tough ones. I can get my run or swim done in the morning and that feels pretty good. Getting on the bike in the afternoon is hard, partly because I'm tired from work, and partly because I don't know what to expect. It's easier to get going on a workout if you have every reason to expect it to be a pretty good one, or at least a normal one. But I've had so many bike workouts go bad it's like I'm expecting them to go bad on me now. Which makes me less eager to get at them. It's odd that the run is going well again, and the spin isn't. I'd have though the various leg pains would be more punishing during the run. I'm going to have to think about this.

Weekly Summary
Swim 3.0 hours
Bike 2.5 hrs
Run 1.5 hrs
Walk 1.0 hrs
Cardio total 8.0
Core/stretching 2.5 hrs
Total 10.5 hrs


  1. We had a mint plant growing up and I loved munching on the leaves.

  2. Did you trim the mint plants before the snow dump in Calgary or after? Hahahahah!!!

    It is so frustrating dealing with that stupid knee pain!!!! AARRGGHHH -- how is the acupuncture going for you?

  3. It's really hard to workout after working all day but that's when I did the bulk of my working out too. Maybe take an hour break when you get home to regroup and then start? Not sure but I know how hard it can be. Hang in there.

  4. No GQH, "mint plant" is not a euphemism.

    Glad to hear it.

    Of course that whole first paragraph reads like a coded description of "manscaping". Now that you know copiaverborum likes - *AHEM!!* - "munching the leaves", you know who to turn to next time things unruly down there.

  5. Uh ... "things get unruly down there."

    Carry on.

  6. We have mint, too. But just until we get making mojitos and then we deplete it in short order. Mmmm...mojitos.

  7. Wild mint? Yeah, we don't do that down here. Wild mint is a weed and it takes over EVERYTHING. Mint grows in pots (and that's not a euphemism either)


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