In non-triathlon news…

Despite a big trip looming this week,  I was still grinding out some work days and “normal” people stuff this week. I learned a few things, in no particular order:

-Cucumbers are not vegetables. Crazy, right? In my weekly farm share I always get some green items. Every week I have to try and figure out if they are cucumbers or zucchinis based on how they look. I never knew this would be so difficult, until I started guessing wrong – every week! This past week was no exception, as I cut a cucumber hoping it was a zucchini I could steam up for dinner. So I did what anyone else would do: I tweeted about it.

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And then Michelle pointed out what many people probably also knew:

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This lead to an embarrassingly long Google search including, but not limited to, “what makes a vegetable a vegetable'” “fruits people think are vegetables,” and “are we sure cucumbers are really fruit?”

-How to get ride of pigeons. This one is still a work in progress, actually. I live in Baltimore City, so pigeons are just part of the deal. Pigeons flocking outside my home and swarming my windowsills, however, are not quite what I signed up for. This appears to be a new phenomenon, and when I asked my neighbors what the heck was going on I found out “that someone probably started a pigeon coop.” Great.

In my search about how to rid my house of being a pigeon magnet, I discovered a few things. One, you can lay out spikes. This seemed a bit dangerous, and I decided I didn’t want to deal with impaled pigeons any more than live ones, so I continued my search. My Dad suggested moth balls, which the internet has confirmed would work. Before I’ve had the chance to go purchase said balls though, I had to clean a crap ton of pigeon poop (no pun intended) off my stoop. Simple bleach and water did the trick. And guess what – the pigeons have been staying off my stoop. So, I have that going for me.

-The Navy is doing some aerial mapping over Baltimore. This involves a blimp flying over the city. One thing lead to another and I may have mentioned to coworkers that I thought all blimps were flown via remote control. Needless to say, blimps have pilots. And crews. Who would have known!

Also, Scandinavia is not a country. That’s about all I have to say about that.

Chalk it up to Ironman-brain, right?!

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

0 comments on “In non-triathlon news…”

  1. Cut yourself some slack! You did work on drones AND I had no idea that a cucumber was a fruit. I also recently learned Russia was not on the continent I thought it was on, but don’t ask me which I can’t remember. Have fun this week- been enjoying your instagrams and your latest blog post too!

  2. Cut yourself some slack! You did work on drones AND I had no idea that a cucumber was a fruit. I also recently learned Russia was not on the continent I thought it was on, but don’t ask me which I can’t remember. Have fun this week- been enjoying your instagrams and your latest blog post too!

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