You've been very steady as you have gradually upped pace and distance. I'm going to try again when I get back from my travels.
Thanks Charlie! I'm amazed that I feel as strong as I do six weeks after major surgery. But the Concept II is a wonderful rehab machine. I hope you find that it works for you too.
But don't hurry back; I've been drooling over your hotel
, venue and cuisine over there. Very nice!
It's quite a nice hotel, great views, nice pool, good food, very comfortable rooms, but kind of in the middle of nowhere. It is a short walk to Santa Tecla which is not very interesting. I'd be more interested in Acireale, the next town the other way, but the walk there is longer and along a very narrow and winding street with no shoulders, so I am a bit reluctant to get out there. Most of the time we seem to be busy with going to orienteer and various stops along the way back.
When I was last trying rowing I was getting a lot of lower back discomfort from it, both while doing it and after, so I have laid off for a while, but I am likely to try again after I get back from this trip, or more likely after I get back from the Boulder Dash orienteering the weekend after I am back. I don't want to set my back off any more than I need to.
Yes that's the problem with many O events....near beautiful terrain, but nowhere close to any other culture. Sounds like you're scaring up some pretty good meals tho. How do such remote areas support quality cafés and restaurants? By catering to Summer folk only? Or are the rural folk demanding gourmands, and willing to pay up for a meal?
I was very disappointed several years ago attending WMOC in Sweden when I discovered the wonderful cafés and clubs that were so active during ski season, were completely shut down during the summer. Could hardly buy a beer anywhere. Fortuntely Soupbone and I befriended a Norwegian couple who'd rented the cottage next door, and had brought a couple cases of Norwegian beer over the mountains to enjoy while watching twilight descend from their patio.
You know my back can be problematic too. But I begin with a very low-impact ten minutes on the Nordic Trak. After that warm-up, my back seems much less tender.
One eats well in Italy, and most especially in Sicily. An important part of the culture, and a small neighborhood place is likely to offer great food. Of course it helps if you like seafood, including some things that you might not be sure exactly what they are.
Here we are eating most of our meals at the hotel, which I would ordinarily consider undesirable, but they have been excellent. Walking around Noto yesterday I saw a place offering Pane Cunzuato, a real favorite, but it wasn't time to eat and so I passed it up.
The hotel is quite nice, but in a busy, narrow road, and not particularly near a town of significant size.
And then, it has been raining every day. Supposed to be nice Friday and Sunday.
How do you account for better food in Italy? I'm sensing that culinary skills are regarded in a much different manner there. While here in the US, few women, and fewer men, take pains to know and practice basic culinary arts, in Sicily, and maybe all of southern Europe, cooking and eating well is at the center of their culture.
So here we order in, or go out. And otherwise barely spend more than 10 minutes preparing a meal for ourselves from frozen, pre-packaged ingredients. While over there, all manner of raw ingredients are prepared and eaten with pride and enjoyment. Simmered for 6-8 hours if necessary. Anything goes...as long as it is fresh. Sounds very rustic; do you get the idea you're eating peasant food?
And do you see indications these old customs are dying out with the younger 'connected' generation? And McDonalds is making inroads, even in Sicily?
No, thankfully I haven't seen any golden arches, and by and large very few questionable looking establishments. And no, I don't think the younger generation is losing interest. Besides being delicious, food is generally pretty inexpensive here.