Good Morning my friends! I hope everyone had a great week last week. To kick off the new week on the positive, this is the Workout of the Week from GoodAttitudeFood.com. This is the Small Town (Disc Courses) Tour Workout.
This Week’s Post
The post this week will include my Saturday North Loop and Sunday South Run small of what I am calling the Small Town Disc Courses Tour. I hit up four awesome courses on Saturday and two more on Sunday. More to come on those.
The Food this week is one of my favorite, like once a year, meals. I am cooking this dish for the first time in Instant Pot and super excited to see how it turns out. Corned beef and cabbage, in the Instant Post.
The workout will include step goals, getting back to the gym, yoga, and more. I have also been watching Phil Daru videos lately and might try to get in some tips from him.
Most of this weekend I spent listening to a really good Audio Book called Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss, one of the longest-tenured writers of The Simpsons. There are a few one-liners in the post that I wrote after listening to Mike’s jokes all weekend.
Small Town Disc Courses Tour
Saturday and Sunday I had nothing to do. The weather in MN was amazing, in the 50s all weekend. I decided to go on a little “tour” to some off-the-beaten-path disc golf courses. One was a 12-basket course, the rest were all 9ers. Overall in two days, I was able to throw six different courses that I had never been to before. All with a semi-gimpy knee.
It was an awesome adventure. I laughed, I cried, I made some amazing shots, I threw a disc in the river twice in a row – and retrieved it from a rushing current twice in a row, I missed some real easy shots that I should have hit, actually did lose two discs – one of them was The River – one of my favorite discs, and I almost got eaten by bears. Just kidding about being eaten. They were stuffed bears at Cabela’s.
Saturday – North Loop
Lochness Park DGC – Blaine
Saturday I hit four courses. The first was the most “Metro” course – Lochness Park DGC in Blaine, MN. Lochness is nine basket course but it is very long. The first basket is over 850ft! Not kidding! I thought it was a typo. It’s not. There are three total holes over 500ft in the course. Not many 9ers around here that can say that. Lochness is the longest 9er in the Twin Cities area that I have found. It’s also a beautiful park and a challenging course. Bring your distance game for this one. I shot a 4 over par with a score of 35.
Donie Galloway Riverside Park DGC – Champlin
After Lochness I headed a west a few minutes over to Donie Galloway Riverside Park DGC in Champlin MN. This is a sweet little 9er with great signs and nice baskets.
The course is very wooded. I experienced this course in a strange state. It was almost like being on a frozen lake. A thick layer of ice had formed on top of all the snow. It was like a frozen, and half melting, lake. It was a really cool experience. I have never seen the “forest floor” look like a lake because the snow had melted and refrozen with a thick top layer of ice. So cool!
Overall a nice little course with some tricky shots because of all the trees. The baskets at this course are really nice for a little town course type park. I had two birdies and two bogies in the round, shooting even at 29.
Next stop was a park I decided not to play. I swung into a park called West Pulaski in Buffalo. I decided not to play it though. It was right through a playground, appeared all flat, and just didn’t look like a great course. I checked for other courses around and found one to check out.
Montrose is a few miles south of Buffalo. Montrose has a 12 basket disc course. Very nice course! Good signs, multiple tee pads for each hole, and a nice layout with a mix of distance and technical shots.
I would say the course should probably be all par-3s. U-disc doesn’t score it that way though. Some of the holes are a bit generous but hey I will take a low score! This was my best round, shooting a 4 under par and scoring a 43. I had four birdies and no bogies!
Pioneer Creek DGC – Independence
Nice little course. I lost one of my favorite discs here – The River. If anyone finds an orange The River at Pioneer Creek it’s on hole 7 in the reeds somewhere. The disc has my name and number and GoodAttitudeFood.com tagged on it. One of the best discs ever. Please return if you find it.
After close to an hour searching I gave up. Most of that time I was repeating to myself “if he had only seen the saw-dust, he’d be alive today”. Read or listen to Alexander X and Ancient Among Us – The Battle For Forever series – books to catch that reference!
Basically it means “pay attention to the details”. Usually, when I remind myself to pay attention to the details when searching for a disc, I find it. Saturday at Pioneer Creek with The River on hole 7, wasn’t happening. I couldn’t find a bright orange disc in a mix of snow and long pushed over reeds.
Other than losing one of my best discs, great little course. Beautiful park. I tossed one birdie and the rest pars for a 1 under round.
Call it A Day
After Pioneer Creek, it was time to drive home, rest, and call it a day. I walked 8.74 miles and got 19047 steps! The $15 knee brace that I have been wearing this week held up well. My knee is still a bit sore but feels much better. The range of motion is a bit limited. If I sit and let the knee get stiff, then it hurts until it gets loose again.
The South Run
Sunday, I decided to drive south and go check out two courses. I had another reason to go to Owatonna, so I decided to hit the River Rock course there in town. Then on the way back north, I stopped in Faribault to toss the Wapacuta Park course.
River Rock DGC – Owatonna
River Rock is a beautiful park. There is a winding river that flows through it. My first throw of the day, went right into that river. With all the melt happening, the water is high and flowing fast. The disc was a $3 “burner”. Also a floater.
I was able to chase it down the river and catch it in the current. I got the disc out. Then the very next throw, I threw the same disc into the same river! This time, I just went to the same spot where I got it out the first time instead of chasing it. Sure enough, the current carried my “floater” right back to that spot and I fished it out again.
We didn’t count those two shots. Those… were… practice shots…
It takes talent to throw the exact same disc in the same river, in virtually identical shots, and then to fish it out of the river at the same spot. Just saying. I didn’t even fall in. I used a stick. Caveman tools!
Sticks, useful for fishing things out of a river, starting fires, and of course getting that one itchy spot on your back that you just can’t quite reach with your hands!
Now That I got that out of the way.
After getting those two terrible river-throws out of the way…
The next shot I pulled put my Tee Bird and tossed it across that darn river, landing it about 12 feet from the hole and set myself up for a sweet birdie put, which I actually made!
Sad thing is that this same river would claim my Tee Bird later in the round. I made a ridiculously bad tee-shot. Niced it. But instead of falling right under the tree it hit, the disc skirted way off to the left and sailed with a gust of wind right into the river. The Tee Bird was not a floater. It was gone.
The odds of someone teeing off into the river on that shot were probably about one in million. My inner Lloyd Christmas knew there was a chance!
Overall, River Rock was a little hard to follow. Some signs would have been nice. I got turned around a few times. With all the meltwater and the ground starting to thaw, the course was starting to get muddy in spots. Some spots were ankle-deep in water. Glad I had my waterproof boots, even though by the end of the day my feet were wet.
Not counting my two river shots to start, and my “niced it” into a tree that somehow ricocheted into the river, my round was up and down. I finished even with 3 birdies but also 3 bogeys. The weather was so nice I don’t really care what my score was.
Wapacuta Park – Faribault
The last course on my two-day small town tour was Wapacuta Park in Faribault MN. I shot a 3 under par at this course. The course wasn’t anything special. It had a couple of interesting elevation change shots, but that was about it. For a town course, it was nice enough. The basket for hole 8 was non-existent. I just played to nine and then went back to tee off on nine again.
Most of the shots were short and easy. Interesting that the course had posted signs prohibiting alcohol onsite but beer cans and bottles all over it. If they cleaned it up and took care of it, and actually had a basket for 8, it could be a nice little course. Holes are short, but the elevation changes are cool. There is a cool hand-painted bench on one of the tees. The bench is probably the best thing in the park. The picture doesn’t do it justice. The painting on this bench is great. Bob Ross would have plopped his happy little buns on that bench with a big smile on his face.
The Food – Instant Pot Corned Beef
The Food this week is Corned Beef. I love this meal. I only eat a few times a year. Usually cooking it was an all day event. This time, I am using my Instant Pot. Cooking time is less than 2 hours!
This recipe is perfect for Saint Patty’s day. Every year I try to make a corned beef and cabage type recipe this time of year. Corned beef is always on sale around St Patty’s day so this a good time to get it. I make Rueben Sandwiches with the left overs. My fave.
Since I am talking jokes in this post, and since Rueben Sandies came up, the best joke I ever wrote was about the Rueben Sandwich.
At the time I was practicing job interview techniques. I wanted to make a joke that would help me stand out. The joke was a response to the classic interview question “Will you tell me what your great weakness is?”.
My response: “While I am great at tons of stuff, my greatest weakness is also my greatest strength, and it’s a Rueben Sandwich.”
Greatest Joke I ever wrote!
I wasn’t asked that question in the interview and I didn’t get to use my joke.
I still got the job.
A few years after, I told my boss about that joke. The magic of the moment wasn’t there, but he got a chuckle out of it.
I digress… where was I? Oh yes, Corned Beef recipe.
- 2-3lbs of corned Beef
- One onion
- 6 carrots
- about 12 baby potatoes
- 1/2 c sherry cooking wine
- 1/2 c beef stock
- about 1 teaspoon of Liquid Smoke
- 1 head of cabbage
- Herbs – rosemary, sage, thyme
- 2 – bay leaves – ***make sure to find and remove these. Don’t eat them.
Step 1 – Wedge-cut and onion. I quarter the onion, then cut those pieces more time. Put the onion in the Instant Pot. Add sherry, liquid smoke, and beef stock to the pot. Next add the herbs. Then add the Corned Beef and the seasoning packet. Pressure cook on high for about 90 minutes.
Step 2 – Wash and prep the rest of the veggies while meat cooks. Wash and cut the carrots, wash the potatoes and cut in half, and then wash and cut the cabbage.
Step 3 – When the meat is done, vent the pot. Open the lid, remove the meat, add the veggies to the pot. Then return the lid. Make sure it is in the sealed positions. Pressure cook on high for about 5-8 minutes.
Step 4 – slice the beef – across the grain!
Step 5 – Vent the Instant Pot when the veggies are done cooking. Then pop the lid off. Next plate the food and eat!
As always, I do a dynamic warm-up before a workout. I do the routine from FightTips that I have posted a hundred times before or so. If you missed it then, or then, or 98 other times, here it is again. The warmup video:
7k Steps A day
I have a goal of getting 7,000 steps a day or more, four days or more this upcoming week. With weighted gloves a couple of days.
I am still dealing with some knee soreness but it’s definitely getting better. Walking is about 95% pain free. My cheap drugstore knee brace does a decent job. Without it I wouldn’t be walking so much and certainly wouldn’t be discing.
Counting Up to 1,000 Miles
Speaking of walking so much, I racked on some miles this week. While walking I used some stuff I learned from Phil Daru videos. I practiced over-exaggerated heel-to-toe walking in intervals around Normandale Lake. I think the motion is helping with my knee issue. Either way, miles got put behind me! Last week I had the miles walked count at 646.02 miles. I added 38.6 miles this week, bringing the new total to 684.62 miles!
Getting closer to 1,000 miles one step at a time – LPSAGs – Little, Puny, Specifically, Aligned Goals.
I actually took the week off from the bike to rehab my knee. No change in the miles biked from last week. The count is still at 355.49 miles.
I don’t know if the knee is ready for a bike yet. Range of motion hasn’t been there yet but is getting close.
Last week I actually skipped the gym entirely. The weather in MN is really starting to change. It was awesome just being outside last week with weather warming up. With the sore knee, the workouts were limited last week.
I can do boxing shuffle type stuff and I can walk. I did some Outdoor Workout interval stuff. Basically boxing type intervals up and down the painted lines in a parking lot while shadowboxing.
Depending on the knee, I will try to get to the gym this week. If I do, back to the routine I hav been doing most of the year. Three rounds of intervals, tabata style, RBFTBs one day, abs one day, rower the next next. 8 x 20X10. Minute break, repeat x3, except on the rower, then just burn through them, 24 x 20X10.
If I am not going to the gym I will mix in some of the moves like in the parking lot workout of the The Outdoor Workout post again. Shadow boxing intervals up and down the painted lines in a parking lot.
If I can Ride
Yoga stuff is great for mental and physical help. I have been doing 2020 30 days of Yoga from Yoga With Adriene. This week it’s the day 9 video.
Ok, WRAP IT UP MAN!
Ok, time to wrap up the post! Thank you so much for reading. Thank you to the content providers! Please check out their links, the stuff is free!
Be happy and healthy my friends! Have an awesome week. In the spirit of Springfield Confidential, and Simpson writer, Mike Reiss, try to find some funny this week and write some jokes into your hero’s story! Don’t take life too seriously, you won’t get out alive!