Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Quickie

So I have been OFF the gluten diet for 3 days.  I feel like shit. 

I didn't think there was a huge change while ON the diet but now that I am off and have been eating wheat products throughout the day I am exhausted, bloated and instantly gained weight.  It was crazy.  Plus the bathroom visits and scheduling changed right away. 

So, I will do my best to return to watching my intake.  There is just no healthy reason not to go back.  Of course I will allow myself to cheat here and there but overall, I think the pros outweight the cons. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sorry seems to be...

I had a pretty random thought the other day while driving.  That happens to me alot.  It is a symptom of a mind that just does not quit spinning.  Anyway... I was thinking that with all the friendships we have and with all the cross conversations that go on between mutual friends, there MUST be times when other people feel you have betrayed, lied, double crossed, crossed the line, insulted or manipulated them.  (I am sure the list goes on). 

And people that feel this way almost never comment on it or bring it up to the person who they feel this way towards.  They just go along with life and the relationship doesn't seem to be affected.  Or is it?  Can it be the same?  So many people live their lives in silence and complacency that I fear that we are losing those connections.

I know for me, Mr. Speak His Mind, I get myself into situations where people THINK I am talking about them but I am really not.  I am often talking about situations or moments in time.  If I want to speak about you, I will mention your name.  When I post a blog or a facebook post about something that has pissed me off...if it was YOU...I would write your name happily beside my post.  ;)  Ok, maybe your initials.  However, on that note, I know that people might think I am writing or talking about them randomly.  For this I am sorry.  For all the times when you have felt I may have wronged you in whatever way...know that was not my intention.  And don't be afraid to call me on it either. 

We all know situations like this happen.  How?  When info filters back to us on conversations others have had.  You know it happens to you as well.  It is like the "Telephone Game".  By the time the info makes a full circle, a simple innocent detail can turn into a menacing one.  So don't be afraid to ask for clarification.  Go to the source.  It is the only way to make sure things stay true and relationships remain honorable because sorry seems to be the hardest word to say after the fact.



Thursday, August 25, 2011

Congrats

Seems like Ben Letourneau didn't waste any time mulling over his results at the  Raid The North Extreme race his team participated in while in BC last month.  With vengeance on his mind, his team Pentathlondesneiges earned a convincing win at the 2011 Wilderness Traverse race last week.

The race forces teams to come together and navigate through 150kms of mixed terrain.  (Trekking 35km, Paddling 30km, Mountain Biking 85km).  Teams have 30 hours to complete the race.  Ben's team did it in just over 18 hours. 

You can read more about it all here....

http://www.breathemag.ca/flashblog/?category_name=wilderness-traverse-2011

Congrats B!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Update and Gluten Summary

I know it has been a while.  Sorry.  I have been chillaxin' in Vancouver for the past week.  I had planned on taking advantage of their late summer (high 20's temps) and doing some cycling, skating, swimming, climbing the Grouse Grind and LOTS of tennis but alas, my calf injury from last week had other ideas in mind. 

For the first 4 days I was unable to walk more than a few hundred meters at a time.  It was a royal pain having to spend all my time doing nothing.  However, after some daily stretching, by the end of the trip I was feeling much better.  I had 2 very hard massages and they seemed to help a lot.  But too little too late.  Although it was a wonderful trip that I wouldn't change, it would have been nice to follow through on the things I had planned originally.  Oh well.  There is always October.

This also marks the last week of the Gluten Free diet.  I can honestly say that I haven't noticed much of a difference.  I have no more energy than I normally do, I weight the same (maybe one pound down) and I feel no less bloated than usual.  I haven't hated the experience but I haven't loved it either.  It is very hard to stick to in todays society especially for someone like me who eats out on a regular basis.  Finding good gluten free food (that isn't a salad) is pretty hard to do in most restaurants.  Keep in mind I don't eat seafood/fish and rarely eat red meat.  So all in all, I am not sure I was the right candidate for this experiment.  But I don't regret it at all.  I would say that officially the results are inconclusive without having my vitals measured.  I'll stay open minded...  ;)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Awesome Coverage

For reasons I am not quite sure of, Speedskating in Europe is huge.  HUGE.  Check out the people lining the streets for the European Championships.  It is amazing.  I wish it were that popular here in Can and the US.  I'd totally train harder if this was the case.  ;)

It gets good mid way through...

Irony

Of course while I out of commission, the sun is shining and summer heat has returned to the capital.  Not to mention everyone is eager to get out on their bikes and blades.  Argh.

Hopefully by the time I get back I will be in top shape again.  Only 4 more weeks to train.  Yikes.  I better heal quickly.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Allow me a moment...

This is a post with attitude...a bit snarky if you will.  So be warned.

For those of you out there, that say things to me like "there is always something going on with you", said with sarcasm and mean it in regards to injuries...you can fuck off.  Seriously.

A day doesn't go by where I am not enjoying myself doing at LEAST 2 sports.  Be it, tennis, squash, cycling, running, skating or weight lifting.  Sometimes 4 or 5 in a day.  So of course I am prone to hurt myself more often than the average active person.  Other than my fall 2 years ago in Montreal (which took almost a year to recover from) and my recent pretty serious herniated disk injury, I go injury free most of the time.  I have the regular aches and pains like anyone else but as of late I haven't been lucky in the injury department.  But I usually don't let it stop me.  I pick up another sport or alternate them....almost NEVER taking time off.  Whether that is smart or not. 

So when you see me or don't see me, before making some asshole comment, just be a bit more considerate.  I am coping as best I can with the injuries and don't need your condescending comments to push me down even more. 

Thx.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Oh yes....my very own...

DOUBLE RAINBOW!!!  Sadly, there will not be a youtube video.  Sorry folks.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Stupid Running

I have no idea why I agreed with my brain to take up running and give this sport a shot.  It is hard.  And it hurts.  Everything hurts.  Grrr.

Went out for my first run in weeks last night and although it wasn't THAT bad, a few things happened that make me kinda shake my head.  First, my hands go numb.  Within about 5 minutes, they are dead to the world.  Secondly, the outside of my left foot is killing me.  It is almost like I have a hairline fracture there.  Super sharp pain from the baby toe all the way down to the heal.  Not sure what it is but I don't like it.

It was only 5k last night so nothing I can't recover from.  Tomorrow I think I will re-introduce the interval running as I think I might have started to quick to go 5k non stop.  I am new to this after all.  And does the first 10 minutes of running always suck?  Geez.

Here is where I run.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ipod Classic

I've had my ipod classic for about 10 years now and I have to say it was one of my favs. Simple and easy. Alas, over the past 3 years I have been having tons of problems with it. It has spontaneously erased my music (over 10,000 songs), reset to default settings on a whim and frozen my computer numerous times. I can't even describe how many times I have had to reintsall itunes and sync all my music. It has become a monthly job. Fun.

So today, after a few days of freezing and not loading through itunes, I decided it was time to lay the classic to pasture. Or more specifically, throw it full force at a concrete wall. Yup...specifically.

Believe it or not, it took 3 throws to finally break the sucker apart. 3 HARD throws.
Felt great though. Goodbye ipod classic.

Next up...my Nano. But the only thing wrong with that thing, thus far, is that it only has a 5 minute battery life. It has to constantly be plugged in. So I think it still has a few years in use left...as long as I never unplug it. Time will tell.





Sunday, August 7, 2011

Good friends, good workouts...just ok food.

Body is getting used to the gluten free thing.  Cravings are gone and my ability to avoid the yummy wheaty stuff is on the rise.  We will see over the next 3 weeks if there are any changes I have been hearing so much about.  Yes or no, you will know my full results in about a month.  Stay tuned.  I can say, putting BBQ pulled pork on a raspberry vinagrette salad makes it all bearable at this point.  But only just bearable.  ;)

Other than that, the weekend was packed.  2 movies, several workouts and lots of cleaning.  Not to mention driving all over this damn city.  Sheesh.  Half a tank in 2 days.  I could have gone to Montreal instead.  Maybe next weekend.  ;)

Had a great time at UH's 40th birthday party on Sat night.  It is always great to see new and old friends.  AND, the food is always yummy.  Except this time around I was good and avoided all the bread and pretzel goodness.  But those pretzel buns....oh man, they are the first thing I will be cheating on in a month.  That and General Tao's chicken.  Can't wait.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Woozy

Today is day....9 or 10 in my gluten free experiment that I am conducting on myself for my friend Kim (she's in super smart school taking super smart courses about eating and stuff).  In passing one day, she asked if I would be her test subject for a gluten diet and although we really didn't discuss it further, I thought it may be a fun idea.  Alas, day 9. 

The first few days were what i will call "weening" days.  I still had wheat products but just less of them.  By this past Monday, they were all but gone from my eating menu.  Which is a lot harder than you might think.  Wheat is in EVERYTHING!!  Even toothpaste I have been recently told.  WTF? 

Other than that, nothing has changed.  I haven't changed my exercise routines, my snacking or meal plans...nada.  Business as usual.  I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing because today is the very first day where I find myself feeling exhausted and run down.  Sure the cravings have been brutal and the urge to eat a bagel has sometimes been overwhelming but up until now I have stayed strong.  Last night, I dreamt (all night long) about making my own garlic bread loaves.  How desperate can I get.  Dreaming about bread?  Cmon!

Anyway, ya...today I feel like crap.  I played squash last night and it was clear that I just didn't have the energy that I normally did.  I usually lead in games by at least a 6 or 7 game margin but last night we tied at 5 all.  A far cry from my slaying of my partner last week at 9/2.  Same with my tennis game as of late.  I am mentally there on the court but physically my body is not moving with the speed and agility I am used to.  I am so tired and wiped.  I am not sure if it is a result of all this no gluten products or not.  Maybe my body is just going through one of the phases associated with this transition.  Are there phases....who knows? 

What I do know is that I would love to go back to bed....after eating a large pizza.  Or maybe just a plate of Pad Thai.  I am not sure how I am going to make it through these next 3 weeks. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Amazingness

Today was the perfect day.  It started with a brisk but enjoyable 50k cycle around the city  first thing in the morning before the heat really kicked in.  (minus 2 slackers who thought they were just too good for us)  The paths were a bit busy but for the most part, it was uneventful.  Some grumpy calf muscles and a bit of soreness in the neck was the only price to be paid.  Well worth the kms put in this weekend on the bike and on the skates.

No sooner did I get off the saddle did my iphone jingle with a tennis invite.  Needless to say, an hour later I was on court in the blaring heat enjoying life to the fullest.  Fast forward two and a half hours later and with a burnt head and red arms, I collapsed into the car and headed home.  Now I am on the couch and chilling for the night....

That is the amazingness of my life.