Interval Cycling


When I’m cycling and I feel the rush of wind in my helmet, I’m happy. I’m happy but not carefree. I’m always thinking of the next big hill in front of me. Hills are a source of slight terror for me. It’s all in my mind, I know. But my mind is a very fickle creature prone to concern and bouts of abject terror.

See, my thighs when I go up too many hills, they get filled with lactic acid. They become pure cement. It makes future hills appear impossible.

My physiotherapist recommended interval cycling. So 2 rides a week, I would go up and down a hill 10 times after a 10 minute warm up. I tried for the first time today and I went up and down the hill 7 times. I’m looking forward to seeing if on Sunday, I’ll be able to do 10 times and if any of this will help me navigate the hills better on tomorrow morning’s ride through the Oka National Park.

My mind is also always proud when I am able to go up a hill at 19 clicks an hour without faltering until the top. I feel a great sense of accomplishment. It makes the ride down the hill that much sweeter.

How do you feel about hills and cycling?

Climbing, feel the burn. Steep effort ahead, great reward as well

Climbing, feel the burn. Steep effort ahead, great reward as well

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A family hike to Ausable Chasm


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When I was young, we travelled to Myrtle Beach every year and we would stop in Lake George or Lake Placid on our way home. One year, we stopped in Ausable Chasm in keeseeville. I had been impressed by the canyon, the walkways and the wooden bridges that would crisscross the gorge.

I decided to bring my own kids there for a day trip with The Producer. We planned to eat a big American breakfast which was accomplished in Plattsburgh at Perkins restaurant. We felt heavy and bloated after that meal. But, we wanted the experience and we got it.

By the time we got to the chasm, it was eleven am. The sun hit us full blast. Now, you all know I have a family of polar bears i.e. the sun is not always our friend as a stroke of sunshine sometimes means a bad case of heat stroke soon after exposure.

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We walked the Inner Sanctum Trail followed by a foray into the Dry Chasm as well as a portion of the rim walk. This was supposed to be very demanding and long. By 2 pm, we had done it all. The scenery remained gorgeous but everything felt much smaller. It felt exactly like one does after revisiting your elementary school. Something that had struck you as larger than life suddenly appears so small.

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The whole family enjoyed the day trip but we were slightly disappointed with how quickly we covered the grounds. There is more to see and do in our own national parks than at Ausable Chasm.

The one lasting souvenir was my son and I suffering from heat stroke on the drive back home. As polar bears, we should stay inside during the deadly hours of 11 am to 3 pm during the warmest summer days. Do you think we will listen to our own advice? Of course not.

I saw two kids with a great haircut at the Chasm and The Producer used his barber skills on baby boy bear to mimic the style. What do you think? I love the clean-cut mohawk look.

Happy Monday my friends.
Ps: i visited Manhattan with the kids last week, wait for that blog entry. It should be interesting. It seems the Producer failed to share the photos from the trip with me so I will wait until I have the pictures before I write about our visit to the City that never sleeps with baby girl shopaholic bear.

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A Fun Seed Mix


Happy Sunday My Good Friends,

I have a great seed mix for you.

Follow his nose, to something healthier than Fruit Loops Cereals.

Follow his nose, to something healthier than Fruit Loops Cereals.

If the birds like seeds, so should you! I’m sure you like the other thing that the birds and the bees do, there’s no reason why you should not try this too.

You should use this seed mix to hike up the health ratio of your smoothies, your yogurts or ice cream sundaes and even your muffin batter or cake batter. It adds a lovely touch of crunch and your kids will not reject it outright. I promise.

In the interest of full disclosure, I discovered this on a cooking show called Solution Gourmande on Canal Vie and the inventive chef Marie-Michelle Garon. The show airs on Sunday mornings. http://www.canalvie.com/emissions/solutions-gourmandes-a-moins-de-5/

The recipe is quite simple!

Ingredients

  • 1 part sesame seed
Sesame seed, pretty and healthy for you. Not just a pretty face!

Sesame seed, pretty and healthy for you. Not just a pretty face!

  • 1 part pumpkin seed
Pumpkin seed, green and delicious (once the husk is removed) Not just a Halloween treat!

Pumpkin seed, green and delicious (once the husk is removed) Not just a Halloween treat!

  • 1 part flax seed
Flax seed, healthy fiber for your colon.

Flax seed, healthy fiber for your colon.

  • 1 part sunflower seed
Sunflower seed, a tasty snack on its own and even better in my seed mix.

Sunflower seed, a tasty snack on its own and even better in my seed mix.

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, incorporate all ingredients
  • Transfer into a mixer
  • Buzz until the mixture forms fine grains (you don’t want a fine powder, you want to maintain a touch of crunch.
  • Transfer into a hermetic bowl for preservation

Why is it so healthy?

Flax seed is a healthy source of fiber both soluble and insoluble. It is chock full of Omega 3’s. The flax seed is an important┬ácontributor┬áto good gastric health.

Sesame seed provides you with a healthy dose of calcium and magnesium. Your bones will thank you for consuming sesame. Also, it has cancer repelling properties.

Pumpkin seed helps provide a good night sleep and is also an excellent source of fiber which contributes to ensure regular bowel movements.

Sunflower seed provides you with a healthy young looking skin, it helps reduce stress levels and it helps maintain bone mass and bone density. It also helps your heart. It can also help with your respiratory tract.

What’s the bottom line?

The bottom line is this fun seed mix has impacts that will help your body from hair to toes.

One Is Better Than Two


Ok!

You must be thinking “Is She Crazy?”

Two is better than one! In what way is one better than two?

One is better than two in every way!!!!!

What am I referring to? Crutches, bitches! (Daniel Angrignon, an old pal from Tenrox would say, “1980 called and wants its expression back.” I have not seen him in a while. Holler!) I live in a time warp right now. My life has more in common with Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy than any modern show. It’s a bit of a hoot. So, by using an expression from the 1980’s. I’m being extremely futuristic.

As you know, my injury has been healing extremely slowly (snail-paced is not even an apt description) and I have been at home for at least 6 weeks. But there is progress! Now, I can walk with one crutch. This is new. It started yesterday. It isn’t graceful. It isn’t pretty. But, it IS less painful and I have ONE WHOLE HAND FREE.

I can hold a book, a snack bar in my hand while I walk. That might seem real simple for you with your crazy mobility but for me, it’s a breakthrough.

Think of how much I can do with ONE WHOLE HAND. It boggles my mind. I am happy. I feel like I’ve accomplished something huge. Like I’ve walked on the moon or some such thing. Being less mobile has been really hard for me and now, I’m a little more mobile.

So, picture this, I stand up on one crutch and wave you goodbye while I walk away.

Happy Tuesday, folks!

 

Verdict is in: My foot is healing


Hello,

As you know, I had hurt my left foot pretty badly on a business trip. (all the way in Singapore)
I kept falling on the injured foot during my way back home (broken fifth metatarsal)
I have been on medical leave ever since.
My fifth metatarsal was refusing to heal.
We were headed straight for surgery and for the risk of arthritis in the foot.
I was completely unable to put even an ounce of weight on the left foot.

As a last ditch effort to avoid surgery, we started using the exogen device which sends pulsed ultrasounds to the impacted area.

We performed a control X-Ray and were able to confirm the fracture is healing.
Since then, I have been able to move the pinkie toe.
I can occasionally walk with one crutch (with my cast of course)

So the pulsed ultrasound device proved most effective.
It helped with the swelling and the pain initially but also proved effective at helping with bone growth.

I feel so relieved. No surgery required.

I can confirm that going for long walks is the key part of my happiness project.
Being unable to walk has been very difficult.
If it wasn’t for the Producer walking me around the neighborhood in my wheelchair, I would have been absolutely miserable.

So, moving forward, whether on crutches, in a wheelchair or on foot, I will walk every day.
I live to put my feet on asphalt and breathe the fresh air. It’s who I am and it’s the main thing I need to do to be happy even more important than reading a book.

I know I have been silent. I think I had a case of blogger’s fatigue. I’m sorry. Did you miss me?

Package Received


I got my machine. The healing will begin today. Purolator passed by and dropped off my exogen machine.

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I feel the bone mass building already. I will see piezoelectricity in action tonight.

And now, onto my main afternoon responsibility: my nap.

Later, friends.