Lake Delta Triathlon and Favorite Oatmeal Cookies

by Joanne on August 22, 2010

Sunday was the Lake Delta Triathlon.  Both Ted and I had our first experience as part of a relay team in this fun event.  Our swimmer was Tracy out of Syracuse – yay Tracy!  WOW that gal can swim! 

Recap:   Shane and I went for a 2 mile run at 5 am.  It was just beginning to sprinkle.  Ted and I packed our rain gear.  We left the house at 6:20 and made it to Delta Lake Park  by 7 am.  There was already a lot of activity. Richard met us at the event. He was there to help if needed but enjoyed being our only fan. 

In the registration area, we met our swimmer, Tracy.  She and her boyfriend, Sam, have done many triathlon’s before and are currently planning on the half iron man in Syracuse. I think Sam is the Pres. of the Syracuse area Tri-Club???


Tracy was pretty familiar with the chain of events and grabbed the ankle band since the swimmer wears it first.  We set Ted’s bike up in the transition area and went to watch the swimmers embark on the 1 mile swim, 2 loops, out and back.



Tracy thought her time would be about 30 minutes.  She was one of the first group of relay swimmers to make it back.  Her time must have been under 30?!!! Great going!  

The Cycling:   Ted got the band from Tracy and off he went.



Cycling took over an hour. Average speed, 18 1/5 mph.  Great ride Ted – especially since the temps were 65 degrees and the rain was coming down pretty good.  The bike ride was 24 miles, 2 loops.  Ted said when he first took off, he was trying to keep up a fast pace because all sorts of people were passing him. He scaled back and found his own rhythm.  He enjoyed his ride.

The toughest part of the race is not knowing when your start time is if you are a cyclist or a runner. You wait, you get cold, get nervous, visit the bathroom 100 times or more …


The Run:  Ted was back in the transition area with the band and his bike.  I took the band, put it around my ankle and off I went for 3 loops around the park.


I was SO glad to get running. My body was literally shaking from head to toe.  The rain was making me cold and wet.  My thumbs were numb. 

The run began heading towards the lake then a quick turn back onto the road. It was muddy and wet exiting transition then you get onto the road and meet a HUGE puddle.  Funny thing about that puddle…. the first time you meet it, your first loop, you go to the left and try to avoid it.  The second and third loop, to heck with it and you plow right through the big wet pool of water.  Easy to see what runners are on their first loop.


My pace was good, I was trying to keep it under an 8 minute mile.  There was one guy who was struggling a bit and I asked “what loop is this for you?”  He said, “my third”.  I said “great – this is the easy one, we’re almost there”.  He said “yeah – I’m treating it like my cool down jog”.  Then I had another chit chat with a gal who was doing the entire triathlon (I knew this because she was running in bike shorts) .   I  told her only in my dreams could I ever do an entire event. She said never say never then I revealed the fact that I can’t even swim a lap.  Conversation over. 

Garmin said my 10K time was 48.58 – that’s a PR!  Yippee!!!! Our team time was something like 2:44.  We did pretty good, I think.

UPDATE! Here is the finish time link: Lake Delta Triathlon Results.  Our Official Times were:

Finished 58th out of 147 finishers.  Team Place: 12th.  Swim time: 31.03.  Bike Time: 1.17. Run time: 48.50.  Total Team Time:  2:38.    


Total running miles this week… and another PR…. 60.25 – I did it! 

Congrats from the Triathlon organizer and my running coach, Mike of  ATC Endurance


This was a super fun event. Great job, Mike!  A lot of hard work made it fun for everyone. Not one complaint. 

After the race, Richard, Ted and I went to Delta Lake Inn for a TERRIFIC brunch. So good!

Toasting with Mimosas… sorry..we couldn’t wait and drank them before the photo shoot.


Richard was the only one who indulged in dessert. 


Ted and I gorged our selves on eggs, home fries, fresh fruit, salad, bread, fish, pasta…. pig out session.

Great Sunday – we’re up for another.  Ted actually said we’ll be swimming over the winter. I asked where and apparently he is on the look out for free swim across the street at MV.  I don’t know about that!  I think I’ll stick to running.

Garden visitors and Cookies:

We have a new guest in our garden.


His name is “Bugs”.  He’s stares right at us as we watch him through the kitchen window.

If he only knew that my dad just LOVES rabbit stew…


Bugs just laughs.  He knows I’m a vegetarian and he’s as safe as can be under my watch.


My favorite cookie is the oatmeal raisin cookie.  I love raisins and oats make up the better part of my weekly diet.  What could be better than pairing the two with a little flour, dark brown sugar, and molasses?


These were baked for a favorite customer of Apple Crumbles.  Two were missing before they even had a chance to cool.  I had to beat my father off of them with a broom stick.


Dad thinks everything I bake is just for him. 


I did put 6 smaller cookies in a little sammy bag for him.  How could I say no to my dad?!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS Molasses
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins *If someone in the family doesn’t like raisins, simply puree the raisins and add to the cookie.  The flavor is just too good to leave out.

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Mix flour, soda, salt, and oats.  Mix the sugars  then cream them with the butter.  Add the molasses and vanilla and continue to beat.  Add the eggs and mix until light. 

Add the flour mix and the raisins to the butter-sugar mixture and just stir until combined.

Drop onto ungreased baking sheets and bake 15 –18 minutes or until golden.


Look at that delicious crumb…


Oatmeal and raisins, chocolate chip, snickerdoodles….which one do I like best?  Luckily I don’t have to choose. 


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  • At 2010.08.22 21:43, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

    Great job on the PR!

    Yum – I like pretty much any cookies…..

    • At 2010.08.23 04:22, Joanne said:

      Thanks Lori. It was a fun day.

      • At 2010.08.22 22:30, Pam (IIN Health Coach) said:

        Great job on the team race today and congrats on your PR Joanne!!
        Nice work on the bike Dad, go team 🙂

        • At 2010.08.23 04:22, Joanne said:

          Thanks Pam. We were thinking about you, as always.

          • At 2010.08.22 22:40, Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox said:

            Congrats on the PR! That’s a super time. And wow with the huge mileage you logged this week. Good job superstar! Love the pic of you taking off from the change site. Woman on a mission.
            Cute Bugs.

            • At 2010.08.23 04:23, Joanne said:

              Thanks. I WAS on a mission…to get warm. It was way too cold.

              • At 2010.08.22 23:31, Monet said:

                Congratulations on your race (and your PR)…it sounds like it was a great experience (and totally worthy of after-race indulgence!) Thanks for sharing such a yummy oatmeal cookie recipe too (by far my favorite type of cookie!)

                • At 2010.08.23 04:24, Joanne said:

                  Oatmeal Cookies WITH raisins are my favorite too. But I’ll try any cookie at least once 🙂

                  • At 2010.08.23 07:10, Heather said:

                    What a great race!!! Race days are always my favorite days…. 🙂

                    Oatmeal raisin cookies are a huge hit in our house, too. They never last long!

                    • At 2010.08.23 12:21, nancy jean said:

                      CONGRATS to the whole team – – you did awesome, especially with the weather so uncooperative! And cheers to you, Joanne, for your terrific run week topping 60 miles! Your coach must’ve been very proud of you. The feast at Delta Lake Inn was surely well deserved.
                      Sweet photo of your bun. We’ve had little ones racing around chasing one another this summer, such fun to watch. Yummy-looking oatmeal raisin cookies … I shall put the recipe away ’till after my November 11th weight-date!
                      Enjoy the day,

                      • At 2010.08.23 13:04, Liz said:

                        Way to go Joanne and team!! You are such an inspiration 🙂

                        • At 2010.08.23 17:06, kilax said:

                          Wow! You guys did really great. I would love to do part of a tri relay someday. That sounds so fun to me!

                          • At 2010.08.23 23:13, Angela said:

                            I can’t believe that you ran before your Tri!! You are amazing!

                            • At 2010.08.24 05:21, claudia lamascolo said:

                              Wow your quite an inspiration, love the cookies, but my heart belongs to the cannoli~ 🙂

                              • At 2010.08.24 20:32, Katie H. said:

                                Awesome job girl! That is amazing! I love the bunny- so cute 🙂

                                • At 2010.08.26 06:01, David Hussey @ triathlon said:

                                  Congrats to you and team. Your post is inspiring and I am looking forward to join the training camp sooner.

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