Friday, December 31, 2010

Part II - Non-Training Tunes

So now I give you the songs I cook, clean, read and can fill in the rest.  ;)

In no particular order. 

1.   Andrew Allen - Loving You Tonight
2.   Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
3.   Uncle Kracker - Smile
4.   Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
5.   Sara Bareilles - King of Anything
6.   The Script - Breakeven
7.   Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat - Lucky
8.   Matt Nathanson - Come on Get Higher
9.   Maroon 5 - Give a Little More
10.  Lady Antebellum - I Run To You
11.  Bruno Mars - Grenade
12.  Pink - Glitter In The Air
13.  Robbie Williams ft. Gary Barlow - Shame
14.  Agnes - I Need You Now
15.  Pixie Lott - Use Somebody
16.  Boys Like Girls ft. Taylor Swift - Two Is Better Than One
17.  Adam Lambert ft. Pink - Whadaya Want From Me
18.  Shayne Ward - Gotta Be Somebody
19.  Alexadra Burke - The Silence
20.  Canadian Tenors - Hallelujah
21.  Robyn - Dancing On My Own

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cycle Tunes Review

So a common question I get is what music I listen to when spinning or on the cybex (a painful nasty version of an eliptical).  Thus, each year I put together a list of the tunes that offer an awesome pop beat, one that you can set up your cadence with regardless of what cardio machine you use.  Here are my choices for this year.  Keep in mind that I am a Pop addict so there is no rock inspired tunes here. 

P.S.  If anyone wants a CD of these tunes, just email me your address at

In no particular order.

1.   Usher - Dj Got Us Falling in Love Again  (Jump Smokers Remix)
2.   The Ting Tings - Hands (Radio Remix)
3.   Sophie Ellis Bextor - Bittersweet (Freemasons Radio Edit)
4.   Shakira - Waka Waka (Radio Remix)
5.   The Saturdays - Higher (7th Heaven Radio Edit)
6.   Robyn - Handle Me (Radio Remix)
7.   Pixie Lott - Turn It Up  (Digital Dog Remix)
8.   Madonna - Celebration (Robson Michel Extended)
9.   Kelly Rowland - Commander (Ralphi Rosario Radio Edit)
10.  Kelis - Scream (Radio Remix)
11.  Far East Movement - Like a G6 (Cahill Radio Remix)
12.  Brandon Flowers - Crossfire (David Morales Remix)
13.  Rihanna - Only Girl in The World (Bimbo Jones Remix)
14.  Katy Perry - Firework (Jump Smokers Radio Edit)
15.  Pink - Raise Your Glass ( Liam Keegan Radio Edit)
16.  Yolanda Be Cool & D Cup - We Speak No Americano (Chew Fu Mix)
17.  Enrique Iglesias - Tonight (Radio Remix)
18.  Nicole Scherzinger - Poison (Cahill Radio Edit)
19.  The Saturdays - Missing You (Cahill Club Mix)
20.  Lady Antebellum - Need You Now (Jason Nevins Mix)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Suddenly Bionic?

Something is amis.  A few weeks back, I began my 2010/2011 bulking program at the gym that usually results in about 10 pounds of pure muscle in about 3 months.  I have had great success on this in the past and as my body is "meant" to be husky, it revels in this program.  Plus, it doesn't hurt that I can eat whatever I want for 12 weeks.  Yee haa.

However, something strange happened this week.  I was having a great gym day yesterday and decided to really push myself to see how heavy I could lift, push and pull.  I was in store for a surprise.  Considering this is a 12 week program where your weight chart and weeks are pre-determined, you can imagine my shock when I was able to lift/push and pull my week 12 weights 9 weeks early!  Yup.  I fast forwarded 9 weeks worth of progress. 

To give you an example, I went from leg pressing 195 to 315.  Bench pressing 140 to 180.  Leg extensions from 125 to 165.  I have no idea what has happened but I am not complaining.  Time to redo my chart.   Looking forward to maxing out my sets even more but I know I will be in store for a whole new world of pain. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sharing Success - Part II

Seems like Sergio is unstoppable.  I am not entirely sure what races he won or how fast his times were but it seems he picked up two gold medals at the Lake Placid event last weekend.  Hopefully I will get more information so I can share it with you all. 

Photo credit:  Il Peloton.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Crazy Lady

Today marked the first day I headed back to spin class since I have had this damn cold.  It felt great to be back on the bike and really push.  Within minutes I was soaked.  Class was hard but I think I made it hard to make up for the week I was away.  Felt great.

So just after class, as I was wiping everything down, the lady beside me caught my attention.  She was about 50 and had a kind of crazy look to her.  We had the following conversation after she reached over to tap me.

Her:  I just wanted to tell you that your skin is really beautiful.
Me:  Oh, umm thanks.

Her:  And the whites of your eyes look very healthy.
Me: what?
Her:  The whites of your eyes.
Me:  *stunned look* *looking around for someone to save me*  Thanks. 

CRAZY!!  Why do I attract all the loonies.  Damn spandex.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Sharing Success

Good friend and fellow speedskater Sergio Almeralla pulled out a clean sweep of last weeks Marathon Skating International Series in Quebec City.  The first event in the season, it marks Sergio's debut and all around dominance in any sport where a boot is involved.  Maintaining a 40km speed for the marathon, Sergio was able to beat out his competitors by 5 seconds at the line.  For the 1 hour challenge, he was able to pull out 79 laps with an average speed of 37kph beating his closest competitor by 0.051 of a second.  Holy crap that is close.

So congrats to him and good luck in this coming weekends races in Lake Placid.  Remember Sergio...Protein, Protein, Protein!!

Sergio leading the pack.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kick it

I have been quiet here for the past week and I apologize to the 2 people who read.  I have been sick lately and can't seem to kick it.  I am not sure who specifically I got this cold from but it could be from my boss who worked 3 days out of his 5 when he had the flu....or my employee who worked an entire week with a cold.  Grrr.  They are both on my hit list.

Regardless, it feels like I have been sick more in the past 3 months than I have been in the past 3 years.  I used to be known as the guy who was never sick...but now...I am just like the rest of you.  Damnit.  There goes my individuality.  ;)

Not too much going on on the training side to report on.  On the weight side, it is a lost cause really.  I must have gained 5+ pounds on the cruise which is not making me happy.  I love to eat and it seems regardless of how many back to back spin classes I do, my cals are still higher than my burn.  That has to change.  I will try to get back into it when I feel better.  However, my eating habits have to change.  I know I say this all the time but I saw a pic of me in shorts (with no shirt) and taken behind me and I was not happy with the view.  Nothing like motivation!

Monday, December 13, 2010


A friend of mine and I went out for some won ton soup the other day.  I think they over did it on the mushrooms.  Plus, who puts mushrooms into won ton soup???

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Let it be known!

What frustrates me sometimes, is the words of wisdom that so many of us accept as gospel when we really haven't sat down and thought about it.  One of those sentiments is bugging me right now...during the holiday. 

The concept of doing something selfless and good is awesome.  I think the act of keeping it a secret and annonymous is stupid.  If you are going to go out of your way and bring kindness, love, appreciation, thankfullness.....etc. into someone elses life, why NOT share that with others?

1.  It will bring more people happiness and hope when they hear about it.
2.  It will help those around you to understand you better as a person.  To me that is very important.  I hate being misjudged.  Hate it.
3.  It will hopefully create a ripple effect of good deeds in those people who surround you.
4.  It makes the giver feel good about themselves.  After all, everyone, no matter how much you try to deny it, strives for validation.
5.  Why not?  Who says keeping it all a secret is better.  It doesn't feel better!  We are all dying to tell someone.  So just do it.  Share the love damnit.

Now go out and doing something nice for someone!  It is the Xmas season after all. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Back from the USA

It was a short trip but just enough to recharge the batteries and get a tan.  ;)  I had secretly planned to race in Miami (I hadn't mentioned this to my friend whom I was traveling with) but by the last day before leaving, my ankle was still too swollen to pack my skates and cycling shoes.  I still have no idea what is going on with my foot.  No pain, hardly any discoloration but still swollen below the ankle and near the arch.  Life goes on I guess.  I am not letting it stop me anymore. 

The trip was pretty good anyway.  The weather was nice and the places I visited were adequate.  Key West was my fav.  Cute little place, clean and very friendly.  I'd go back there.  Nassau?  Probably not.  Dirty, messy and really nothing that stood out.  Just another run down looking town.  Didn't impress much.

The one thing I noticed during this trip will probably get me into trouble with some readers because I am making broad statements.  I shared my thoughts with my friend and he agreed however so here goes...

I find that Americans have a much more "entitlement" kind of attitude than Canadians.  And believe it or not, I feel this factor increases in direct relation to their physical size.  The larger the person got, the more rude and overwhelming they became.  It was stunning.  No "please and thank yous", looks of disgust when a food item didn't come quickly or an overall aire of superiority over service working people.  It was quite disturbing.  Several times I was the victim to large people pushing me aside to get into service lines (especially food ones) and then complaining loudly when people were taking too long.  One particular time, I was in a line with this family behind me that were actually strategizing how to skip the line and move ahead.  When they decided to make their move, the larger of the women "boobed" me when trying to get by and then gave ME a look of disgust.  Ummm hello?  If your boobs weren't the size of my torso then you might have had a chance of getting by me. 

It got so bad that when I DID see or hear someone being polite or courteous, it made me stop and notice.  It was a rare occasion however.  What a shame.  For the duration of the trip I made sure I was more than polite and courteous.  I tried to go out of my way to ensure it.  I felt as if I had to make up for all the rude people that were around me.  Although it didn't ruin my trip, it for sure weighed heavy on my mind. 

Finally it led me to a conversation with my friend that we found very interesting.  We discussed how each country views each other.  Of course all we could come up with were negative things.  Shame on me.  But seriously, when we think of Americans, we think of overweight, under educated, poor, rude, violent, ignorant and backwards communities.  Of course I realize there is a whole other side.  I am not that stupid.  It is just that for the most part, we don't see that side.  The images we are flooded with always depict the same kind of person.  So it left us wondering what Americans think of when they think of Canadians? 

I am grateful that some of you write your own blogs so that I can see and hear and take comfort in the thought that there ARE decent people out there who seem to have values and ethics.  Maybe I am just going to places where manners and morals are just not a traveling requirement.  Things to consider.

As a last note, I lost my travel doc holder at the Miami airport and ended up losing 200$ US.  I went back through security and for over an hour tried to locate it.  Nothing.  Crap.  Then when I finally landed in Ottawa at 10pm, my car wouldn't start.  Had to call roadside and wait for over an hour before I was on my way.  Oh ya, it was minus 6 and all I had was my cheap fleece jacket.  It was not a good ending.  I am waiting for the next bad thing to happen however.  Things with me always happen in 3s.  Eeek.