12 January 2009

"Snow" Phun (Being Cold)

If you haven't heard yet, today is the last day to nominate for the 2009 Bloggies. Fatty has his idea of who he thinks you should vote for, I on the other hand I have my own thoughts. OK, I don't disagree entirely. He has a couple of blogs listed that, I have to admit, are pretty decent.

So, here's my thoughts on the 2009 Bloggies. Go to the website (Note here, I have to quote Fatty as I thought something was wrong when I got there. Fatty's Awesome Quote Of The Day: "...head over to the (very strange and hard to navigate [Side scrolling? Really?]) Bloggies site..." Yeah, they seriously have a L-O-N-G scroll to the right set up. Anyway, go to Bloggies Website and follow these simple tips...

First and foremost I think you should throw at least one vote in for me. I would suggest either Most Humorous Weblog, or Best-Kept Secret Weblog... or maybe Best Topical Weblog as a long shot. You have three votes for each category, so other suggestions I have would be:

Best Sports Weblog: Harp Rider, http://harprider.blogspot.com -and- The Wah Report, http://jaredroy.blogspot.com

Best Topical Weblog: Autoblog, http://autoblog.com -and- Highway Munky, http://highwaymunky.wordpress.com/

Most Humorous Weblog: Fat Cyclist, http://fatcyclist.com

Best-Kept Secret Weblog: Pistols and Popcorn, http://www.pistolsandpopcorn.com

Best Canadian Weblog: 50K Loop NS, http://50kloopns.blogspot.com

Best Art, Craft, Or Design Weblog: Knit Grrl, http://knitgrrl.com

There are so many more good ones, look at my sidebar for more ideas like; Cozy Beehive, Ray's Racing Adventures, etc.

Once you fill out all of the crazy nomination stuff, make sure you scroll all the way to the right edge of the page (yes I'm serious about that... it's a long way [have I mentioned that?]) and do the following:

1. Fill in the little captcha box (the one with the stupid hard to read words)(then curse it, then hate it!).
2. Check the checkbox saying you’d love to be on the panel that chooses the finalists.
3. Enter your email address.
4. Click the Submit button.
5. Check your email inbox (and your junk mail folder) for the confirmation email.
6. Click the link in said email to confirm your vote.

Truly 's no fun being cold, and that's what we're heading for in Cleveland. With temps getting into the single digits fahrenheit, it was nice to have a weekend in the twenties to enjoy... the warmth(?!). Friday was a cardio day for me in the Lean Look Challenge, so I cut out of work about an hour (or so) early to run a couple errands and get home with just enough time to hit the trails. They had been saying that we'd get pounded on Saturday, so I knew if there was going to be any hope of riding, Friday was it.

I got out on an "improved trail", read that as a "year round, crushed gravel trail". This is the time of year I am most grateful for them. I hate riding them in the summer, when they are dusty and dry. Come winter they're a God sent since you can get a bike on them and not tear them up. Especially when they are frozen.Doesn't that look beautiful? Cold, snowy, frozen tundra looking. There wasn't much snow on the ground Friday, which was nice (I'll get to that comment), but there was about three or four inches.

One thing I learned last year, you have to prepare to ride in cold weather. One thing to do is wear long pants. I hadn't thought too much further than that, until I spent about five minutes on the ground, laughing my rear off, trying to dig my pant leg out of my chain ring.Yeah, I know... I look like an ass. Guess what? It works. I had a Velcro band last year, can't find it. Anyway, necessity is the mother of invention, right? Friday night was a party in the homestead, and while I didn't eat exactly healthy, I prepared for it by making arrangements to cut the calories earlier in the day, and such. Had some appetizer type food for dinner and a couple of cold sudsy ones, and waiting for the impending storm to come. The snow hadn't been crazy, about a few inches. Went to bed and that's when it happened.

Saturday morning comes. It's cool, about six additional inches, not too bad, but it never stopped coming. When all was said and done, we were left with a solid foot of snow. I was going to do my lifting Saturday, but to be honest skipped it. After shoveling, I couldn't move. Well, OK. Right after shoveling it hadn't sunk in just yet. What to do? Yup...Quick ride. What made it difficult was there was a great deal of powder, covered with some pack, covered with some powder. The bike sunk like lead in the stuff! The discs were covered, frozen solid, no brakes, but hell, I'm in snow. Who needs brakes anyway, right?

All in all it mad for a great weekend. Sunday was spent on some projects, relaxing, letting the muscles recoup from the shoveling. Tomorrow? Tomorrow is back to the grind. Now I'll leave you with the weigh in, and a quick video from Friday.
Weight: 185.4
Waist: 36.5
Neck: 15.5
Body Fat % Calculation Estimate: 21

1 comment:

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