Friday, January 28, 2011

Forced Break

Sorry for the lack of posts these days readers.  My body has forced me to take a break from training this week.  Some ass showed up to class on the weekend with a cold and had no problems sitting right beside me hacking and wheezing throughout the class.  Of course, Monday morn I woke up with a scratchy throat and a burning nose.

Although I haven't succumbed to the cold, my body has been in sleeping mode all week.  Almost 10 hours a day.  So I guess I needed it.

Starting to get sore and achy from the lack of exercise so I am looking forward to hitting the gym today on my day off for some Zone 3 cardio.  Will do me some good. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

WTF was that?

Last night I had either an anxiety attack or a panic attack.  I am not sure which.  It was full blown and it took me well over 40 minutes to get myself under control.  I have no idea what happened, why it happened or how it all started. 

I went to see Margret Cho here in Ottawa at the NAC and within 5 minutes of the lights going down, I had this sudden unbelievable wave of nausea, hot flashes and muscle contractions.  For what seemed to be a full hour I had cold/hot sweats, my ears and face were on fire and I knew my blood pressure must have gone nuts.  My heart rate was racing but I knew I was pale as a ghost.  My legs were shaking like crazy and my muscles were twitching non stop.  And for some reason I could NOT stop yawning.  Not sure what that was all about.

For a good 15 minutes I was trying to strategize how I would be able to get up and leave but as I was stuck in the middle of the row, I couldn't even fathom how I was going to do it in the middle of her show.  I am sure that didn't help the attack.  I can't even explain the sensation.  There was nothing I wanted more than to get up and leave so I could be in an open space. 

I have never had a problem being in groups before or had any kind of reaction as strong as this.  Sure my anxiety tips the scales in airports and on planes and boats but this was stronger than anything I have experienced in years.  This can not happen again.  Time for the doctor I think. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Matter over Mind

I am so weak minded sometimes.  I just can't get things out of my head.

Last night while walking into the gym, a few guys were coming out from what seemed to be a really hard workout.  So hard in fact that one of them started spewing all over the place.  Not once, not twice but several times.  It was not pretty.  The whole time I stayed close asking if he needed help which of course they didn't.  However, the images were burned into my mind. 

Fast forward to spin class where I was giving it my all.  As soon as my body had that "feeling" know the one; the one where you have just finished a massive sprint and your stomach is in your throat and you can feel the blood rushing from your face?  Ya that one.  Well this time around, the feeling wouldn't go away and I kept thinking about buddy in the parking lot barfing.  I had to do everything I could to keep my stomach contents down. 

By that time, the fight was over.  There was no way I was going to be able to do my standard second class.  I could not shake the images or the feeling and was on the brink of tossing myself.  Of course, I felt so lazy from not being able to work my second class that I went home and ate a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos.  See how that works.  Matter always wins over my mind. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bike vs. Spin

I noticed that I can't set up my spin bike with the same set up as my road bike.  If I try on the spinner, my knees quickly retaliate and force me to stop.  Especially for racing intervals.  I have to sit much further back on my spin in comparison and slightly lower.

I wonder why that is?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Skate Mexico

Late last week, I learned that Skate Mexico 2011 was happening after all.  Initiatlly, as of last March, we were told that the event coordinators were taking a year off.  So most of us just accepted that truth.  We didn't plan for it, search for flights or anything.  Normally we would start the process in Nov/Dec. 

Well with the announcement last week, not many of us were ready for it.  It was only communicated on Facebook and not to past participants which leads me to believe it is a smaller event this year...or intended for a select city team.  Normally the event is organized by Il Peloton but since they wanted to take a coordination break,  the Montreal team has decided to run the event this time around. 

Due to the late announcement, flights are crazy expensive (due to March break) and without the option of sharing costs with friends, the price is just too high for me this time.  I can't justify 600-800 for flights and then another 400-700 for hotel and food while I am there.  Alas, although I would welcome the workouts and especially the heat, I am going to have to pass on Mexico this year.  :(

However, on a postive note, I might head down to Miami or Fort Lauderdale in Feb/Mar and play in some tennis tournaments.  Flights are stupid cheap and I can get hosted by tournament organizers.  Free accoms makes any trip more attractive.  I am trying to convince my old Arizona doubles partner to dust off the racquet.  We were a winning duo in the past, I am sure we can still do some damage on the tour.  Even if we are old farts.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Some day off....

Every few days, I try to tell myself to take a day off from training.  I try....but I rarely listen to myself.  Today was no exception. 

This morning, I was creating a slow jam playlist with all my fav tunes from the 90's.  The 90's defined my music tastes for sure. I am addicted to the R&B flava...don't judge!  ANYWAY, while listening to it, I was wondering how on earth I would set up a workout to these mellow groovy tunes with such a slow cadence.  So I packed up my bag, grabbed a towel and left for the gym to find out.  ;)

So here is the solution. Get on the hardest cardio machine ever...the Cybex Trainer.

Code in 60 mins, resistence 100 (the max) and incline to the max of 10. The results is 1056 Calories!!!!  And legs and an arse that wants to fall off.  OMG.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Strange but true

I was reminded of something last night as I killed myself in my 7th hour of spinning in 4 days.  I remembered that I don't sweat like other people.  My arms never sweat.  No mattter how hard I am working, the sweat stops at the shoulders and wanders no further. 

While spinners around me grip their bikes with soaking wet arms and dripping hands, mine are as dry as a bone and in fact cracking due to the dryness.  I have no idea why that is when my head, as bald as it is, sweats like a faucet.

The only thing I can blame this on is my years of tennis growing up.  Playing in Arizona, Florida, Cuba and other brutally hot places, I guess my hands learned at an early stage that they had to stay dry.  Thus, even in Ottawa's 38 degree heat plus humidity, my hands are still as dry as the clay I am playing on.  Strange.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Foot in Mouth

I think I may have insulted a good friend of mine unintentionally.  We were talking about coaching as she is a top notch spin instructor at my gym.  One of my fav instructors actually.

I was telling her that I had completed a class with a new male instructor and that his techinique was manly and testosterone filled, while in my opinion, that was something that the classes taught by women lacked.  But I didnt' mean it in a negative way.  I told her that I find women coaches focus on the teamwork, the emotions and state of mind when working out while the male coaches put that aside and focus purely on performance and results.  There is no talking about pride or emotions...etc.  It is about raw power. 

Sigh.  I didn't mean to imply that I didn't like her style.  In fact I enjoy having the positive feed back she and other instructors provide.  It is why I never miss her class.   I was just explaining that it was an interesting change to have a male instructor totally grill us and treat us like dogs.  There was no mercy. 

I have a feeling I will have to buy her some chocolates.....or eat some myself to compliment the flavor of my foot.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Why can't we cheat just a little?  Just a small tease and then call it a day?  Nope.  We have to go all out.  Once we get a taste for it, we just can't stop.  It all started with a yogurt muffin.  Then 3 chocolate turtles.  Then 3 M&M cookies from subway (700 calories!!!).  Then a whole bag of micowave popcorn. 

Of course it was on my "day off" from the gym so I can't even justify the break even calorie burn.  Looks like today will be a triple spin day.  Argh. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Out with the old....

So this is what happens to my artwork that doesn't sell within a few months of production...

BUT THEN....I get to paint something new on the canvas.  Behold the new painting.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

NYE Dinner

As no one I normally hang with made plans for NYE this year, I headed to Chinatown for an early dinner.  While waiting, it was evident that the restaurant was making a killing from their pick up orders and not so much via their sit down guests.  I quickly realized that the wait for food was going to be lengthy.  I just adapted and waited, it was NYE after all.  Not so much the people around me however.  The complaining and bitching to staff...and quite loudly as well, became common place all around.  And mostly from older people.  Above 60.  You would think they would have better manners.  Holy moly I haven't heard such rudeness since I was on that cruise ship.

The cherry on top came when a couple sat down and while ordering told the waitress...

Rude Lady:  "Just to let you know, we are expecting a 3rd person to join us.
Waitress:  "Ummm oh, okay??"  (they were already seated at a table set for 3)
Rude Lady:  "So, can you make these portions bigger?  We are three today and not just two.  So make the dishes bigger."
Waitress turns and walks away kinda looking confused. 

If only that strategy actually worked instead of pissing off people.  Classic entitlement issues. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Workout Update

Gym time has increased over the break and I am feeling and seeing a bit of the results. 

I am still pulling in my 8 hours of spin each week but am also supplementing with 4 days of weights and a few hours of Cybex throughout the week for some long Zone 2 training.  Damn that machine makes me sweat. 

I am seeing the muscles pull together and get more compact but I still haven't seen a reduction in overall body fat.  That is discouraging me a bit.  Legs and ass are getting bigger, arms and chest are coming back to life but overall torso softness is not budging.  Sigh. 

But no worries, I am not about to give up.  I will break into the 180's if it kills me.  And it just may.  ;)

Sunday, January 2, 2011


I saw something the other day that totally had me shocked and appalled.  I was considering actually taking a picture of it but there was no way for me to do so without being outwardly intrusive.  Thus I will just have to tell you about it.  You can then decide your own opinion.

At the table next to me, a family sits.  A 4 year old girl, a 5 year old boy and daddy and mommy.  Totally normal looking bunch having a night out.  Except for a few key things.  BOTH children have new Iphones and are watching movies while sitting at the table eating.  Iphones on little cradles in front of them.   Both kids, different movies.  Daddy (this I can`t believe either) is on his Ipad playing a game of some sort  while at the same time chowing down between gunfire or whatever.  OH and all units have full sound going as well.  So, not only are all the restaurant people shocked at the unbelievable parenting skills being demonstrated, but we also get to hear all the lovely sounds and soundtracks being broadcast.  And the whole time, the mother is just sitting there eating and looking around as if this is a totally normal occurrence.  I said (a little to loudly) ``why bother having children when you have no intention of interacting with them``.  Or something to that effect.  The woman and man beside me totally gave me the "I agree" look.  The guilty party didn't hear me....or did they?

All in all, it totally rocked me.  I couldn't get it out of my mind the entire night.  Maybe they were just visiting Americans.  ;)