Although our swamp milkweed did not do well this year and between aphids and some sort of (i believe) fungus it dies off early and didn't support many caterpillars butterflies visited every day multiple times a day to lay eggs. In July we could see that something was eating the leaves but never spotted caterpillars until a bit later. Finally, we spotted this one that has obviously been around for a while because it's pretty big.
A couple of days later we found a few more. One of those days we spotted a chrysalis hidden in the milkweed plant. The green is hard to spot in the plants sometimes. We kept looking in the weird places like we found then last year.
We kept watching for it to start changing but as I said before it was hard to see the green matching the green leaves and stem of the swamp milkweed plant. One morning I went out to see if I could find it and spotted it completely cleared up and ready to emerge.
I came in the house and showed Molly the picture and said at least we know we'll have one new butterfly this year. I sat down and drank some coffee and checked the news and stuff like that thinking there would be time. Probably less than an hour later I went outside to see if it's doing anything and spotted the new butterfly. A couple of hours later it had flown away.
I decided today would be the day that I try something stupid. I've been wanting to do it for a while but my rowing sucked and I knew it. I had know I wasn't finishing the pull for years and that I needed to slow the stroke rate down but just couldn't seem to figure out how to do that. Having it in the mid 30s just isn't efficient and kills your ability to keep ging. It's not like I can see the stroke rate on the concept2 screen like most people can.
I fixed both by finally reading about rowing without your feet strapped in. That worked wonders for me because if my form wasn't proper I was falling off the rower. Now I always row strapless unless it's a true death sprint.
I started out rowing 1000 5 or 6 times a day without feet strapped in and really trying to fucus on lowering the stroke rate. It started to get in to the upper 20s then mid 20s and now my strokes per minute is typically around 20.
After that I started rowing 5ks then 10 ks or a half and hour at a time but never more than that.
On this day I woke up and decided it would be the day I try a half marathon. I put music on and sat two bottles of water next to the rower and went.. and went.. and went. It was long and boring and extremely monotonous but I finished in under 2 hours. I definitely felt I under paced it when I finished but the goal was to get through it without having to quit because I went too hard too early. I have zero interest in endurance stuff but this was a goal I've had since starting crossfit and seeing some other people do it. Now I eventually want to try a full marathon
This storm did produce a tornado in York County. When it got here you could definitely see that it was rotating. Well actually it more less just skirted my house but it was cool looking. Here's what it looked like as it moved away to the north east. It was a really impressive looking storm for around here let alone in winter.