Tag Archive: biking

Okay, that depressed me – I’ve dipped below 80% officially.

Ouch.  Next week I know I can’t do 3 days [so that’ll make it 96/125]

Anyways… needing to regroup.  Holy smokes.

Chris left us for Iglusiak.  Steve dropped a bomb on us and is moving to Barrie.

2 solid people that will be missed from band.  That in itself should be enough to give pause.

But I’m starting to be overwhelmed.  And not just because I’m still suffering from the Thanksgiving Day celebrations where I ‘gobbled ’till I wobbled’ [as a good friend put it].

The week for work has been steadily increasing in work to get done.  Just as I was getting content that several of them were finishing up, more are around the corner.

Back to the band, we have 14 new students.  Some more active than others, but in all I had 12 last night.  Thankfully Pete and Al are in and helping, and so is Eric.  Just don’t want to juggle too many things.  And several of the students show real promise, so hopefully in another year I won’t be too upset about the leavings of a member.

On that note, good to see a new face at the Bayfield trip – Wyeth has started to come out.

What else?

Teaching – well, didn’t get that job.  Got some good feedback – will have to go and rethink on some of it.

The next online piping competition has been announced.  I’m kinda stoked as I’m starting to learn a couple piobaireachds, and I’m really excited to get playing more.  Plus I was just asked to play with somebody as another stretch of my playing ability.  Thanks for the recommendation Pierre.

It’s that time of year where we start planning what will our winter be like [in the old days you had to store everything up properly – don’t do it right and you starved by January].  So, I’ve been given some thoughts to where to go from here.  Not that this is a ‘junction’ by any means, but I really have to think about long term implications and the actions done today and how they have ramifications on that.

Nothing is as straightforward as it used to be.  I guess that’s what being ‘grown up’ is all about.  I’m not lamenting, if anything I’m excited by a lot of what’s out there and possibilities and potentials.

[neat point of interest – this is the first post I’ve done via the Blogger… I may just switch from WP]


Oh man I ache

Oh man do I ever. This is a tale of an out of shape dude with a hectic schedule and an attempt to get healthier.

So it’s not secret that I’m out if shape. Officially I’m about 40 lbs away from my ideal bmi, but really 20 from where I used to feel “in shape”. The last time I really felt great was when I was biking to work, so I figured with my new job (did I blog that I had a new job get?) being so much closer to home that it was time I bought a bike.

Sure I had a bike already. I had lent it to a friend for their riding, as I wasn’t using it, but the last time I took it into get some tune up the store owner suggested it might be cheaper to throw it away.

Anyhow, I was determined to get a new one. I went to one shop and although I was sticker-shocked I still wanted to see what was available. Nobody came out to see what it was in was looking for. Eventually somebody came out from the back, but even still waiting nothing to me. No sale for you.

Undaunted, I did another Internet search and found that another shop nearby actually had some decently priced rides; so I motored on down to the shop and we chatted and he put one on reserve for next to test ride the next day. Great customer service! And a great price (always like it when a store understands your budget and doesn’t scoff at it).

So I go to great bike. The next day I timed my ride to work. 18 minutes. I planned out the morning and was really ready. But it rained. So I decided to wait.

Here I is Thursday and I’ve ridden 3 day in the row now. Feeling beat. Exhausted… generally tired. I knew it’d be a while before I would be into it, but today it was like -5C when I met the house. You can really feel that temperature difference.

By playing at band tonight felt great. However,  sweated like to dog. But not looking forward to biking tomorrow (forecast of -8C). I may drive. But hey 3/5 ain’t back for the first week.