Sunday, December 13, 2009

A weak and feeble spin in -wtf weather

And that was inside the store. Outside was colder.

First things first. The registry office. KK asked about it. This is stuff the provincial government used to do, but has since been privatized and farmed out. The service is much better now. These stores are everywhere. I go there to renew my drivers license, and get new registry tags for the car. I later found out you can pay speeding tickets (damn photo radar anyway), and do business incorporation stuff. However, for the purposes of this blog, I looked it up and admit to being astonished at all the things you can do there. Here's a link to the catologue (yes that word has a u in it no matter what the spell checker says) in pdf for those interested.

So, what could Julie be up to, other than the services already mentioned? It's not her drivers license because that expires on her birthday, which isn't anywhere close to now. There's vehicle registration searches and related products, Land Title searches and related stuff, Cemeteries search, registering corporations and other corporate stuff (and Julie used to own a business so it could be fallout from that), there is marriage related stuff like attachment or enforcement orders, liens, marriage licenses (though why we should pay to get married which is none of the governments business but they should be licensing being able to have children), death certs, name changes, genealogical searches, various health care insurance stuff including a gender change of all things (which is much more up to date than I thought Alberta would be) and lastly, raffle licenses. I had no idea they did all that stuff, so I learned something today. I guess, if we wanted, we could speculate what Julie was doing in the office the other day, that was so compelling it was better than digging out an eye with a spoon (why not a fork, you'd think that would work better). So guys, feel free to speculate in comments about what she was up to.

We all know it's brutally cold outside.

I decided running in that was foolish verging on stupid, so I didn't take any running stuff. However, the store we use for spin class was brutally cold inside. As in almost see your breath cold, no matter what the thermostat says. I was wearing a sweatshirt for the first half hour. My fingers and toes never did warm up, and my calves were getting a constant draught from the windows. I'd have worn my running tights if I'd had them.

Just about every time I thought about my perceived exertion and breathing, then looked at my bike computer, I was at least 10 rpm below where I thought I should be. My heart rate was about 20 bpm lower than where I thought it should be based on effort and breathing. I couldn't maintain a steady rpm at all. I'd think I was, then I'd look and I'd have drifted down. I never got above 115 rpm at all, in any gear. My legs simply wouldn't do it. Even getting to 90 rpm was a bit of a struggle. I was typically working at least 2 gears easier for any particular set, and still having difficulty getting the desired rpm. Normally given that I'd say I'd been dogging it, but I was getting the lactic burn, and my legs are tired now. So maybe they were really tired going in, I don't know. I didn't feel bad or anything, just weak and feeble.

Core was a toughie, and I backed off some of the plank stuff. It was really hard lying down in a cold store, even on a yoga mat. The muffins were to die for. White chocolate and cranraisins!!! That was worth going out in the cold just for those.

Weekly Summary
Swim 2.0 hrs
Bike 5.75 hrs
Run 1.83 hrs
Walk 1.0 hrs
Core 4.75 hrs
Total 15.33 hrs


  1. LOL!!!! Laughing long and loud. Hahahahahaha!!

    My vehicle registration was due end of January and as I am such a keen-nerd I went to get things done as soon as I received the notice.

    The muffins sound absolutely incredible. I think I might have to google the recipe... :) :)

    The reason you had such a struggle on the bike was because you were slowly freezing to death...It wasn't lactic burn you were feeling, it was the blood flowing back through your veins!! Hahahahaha!

  2. 4.75 hours of core?!?! What have I been doing with my time? That sounds miserable...inside? NO way, miserable.

  3. Mmmm, muffins :) Those sound good! Kudos on all that core work, its inspired me to get off my butt and go do some now in my freezing cold basement .. ;)


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