My Big, Fat Canadian Holiday

My man-friend is a Canuck and lives in Alberta, Canada. (That’s the province north of Montana for all those that had no clue where Alberta was and that it was actually a province. I’ll admit that I didn’t really pay much attention to Canadian geography until we started dating… It’s sad, but true.) I’ve been up to visit a few times now, but this particular trip was the most “Canadian” of them all. Here’s what we did:

Monday: Skate Skiing

OK, so cross-country skiing is very linear. Skate skiing is very ridiculous. When you see people do it, it looks really easy. Rhythmic. Fluid. It’s kind of like ice skating (gliding side to side with your feet) while pushing yourself with poles in your hands. Skate skiing on a level area is one thing. Skate skiing uphill is impossible… for beginners anyway. We did this for a while, then I was ready to be done. Skate skiing will be way more fun when I can actually do it and travel forward, not just flail around trying to remain upright.

Me coming back downhill… thankfully.

Tuesday: Cruising Banff and Climbing – things I’m considerably better at…

OK, the climbing is not so Canadian, but this climbing gym with 5.14 routes
speaks to the level of climbers and athletes in this area. #damngina
*somebody that can climb 5.14 is somebody that basically climb the wall in the room you’re sitting in. it’s no joke.

Wednesday: Skiing and Hockey

I watched. They played.

Thursday: Ice Skating Lesson

Note the hockey pants I’m sporting…
So HUGE, but so padded. They were glorious.

Friday: More ice skating

Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

Saturday: More skiing.

Words like “toque” and “balaclava” are normal… and necessary.
Sunday: Back to the airport. In this weather:
That’s really effing cold -22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Any Canadians reading this blog?
You impress me.

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It’s Getting Colder! 5 Tips for Staying Safe & Warm During Outdoor Activity

I don’t know about you guys, but here in Louisville it was fall last week. It’ll be fall next week too, but this week? It’s winter… at least it feels like it outside! Temps have literally been around freezing and that can put a huge damper on your level of enjoyment for outdoor activities. I hate being cold, but over the years have been able to take the right precautions in order to be able to keep enjoying my outdoor activities, without freezing my buns off and risking hypothermia. Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, climber, or just enjoy being outdoors in the colder months, here are five tips to help you stay safe and warm during your outdoor activities:

1. Dress for it!
If you’ll be getting your heart rate up, you need sweat-wicking materials! The better fabrics you have, the warmer/safer you’ll be. My man-friend has a saying about being cold during cold-weather activity: “If you’re cold, you’re either broke… or you don’t know any better.” It’s true. When I was younger I had no clue how to dress. I was always freezing and hated being outside during winter. I had no idea that jeans and cotton hoodies were part of the problem. When it comes to athletic outdoor activity, cotton is the devil! Later, when I knew better, I was too broke to afford to buy clothes made of sweat-wicking and wind-blocking materials, synthetic tops/bottoms, and jackets filled with down feathers. If you’re somewhat financially stable, investing in the right clothing and outerwear will make such a difference! You’ll enjoy being outside during any weather and though they’re more expensive, the right clothes will last you many years!

2. Cover your head, hands and feet! 
Since most of your body heat escapes through your head, hands, and feet, it’s good to keep these areas covered. For my dome, I like this ear-warming headband and this hat (great for chicks who’ll need a hat that works with ponytails) from Lululemon.  These  North Face running gloves (to keep your hands just warm enough and still able to operate the touch screen on your phone or mp3 player) are also my jam.

3. Don’t layer too much! 
This is something I always have to remind myself of. I hate being cold so over dressing is always tempting. The last thing you want to do though is break a sweat in chilly temps. If you’re like me and know you’ll want to wear too much, do 10-15 minutes of warmup and bodyweight activity before you go outside. You’ll already be warm so won’t want to put more layers. Once you go outside you’ll know if you have the right amount of clothing/gear on to keep you warm enough, but not sweaty.

4. Pay attention to your surroundings. 
If it’s been freezing temperatures in your area, there are likely to be wet or frozen areas around you. Make sure you watch where you step, run, jump to avoid any falls. Nobody wants to spend the holidays injured. And please, if you’re with your buddies, don’t stick to your tongue to anything frozen on a dare. Even if it’s a triple-dog-dare… Who knew there was so much to learn from A Christmas Story?!

5. Double check your health conditions.
Like with most physical activity, it’s good to check with your doc beforehand to make sure there’s nothing that will harm you (or your kiddos!) while playing or working out outside. Cold weather can exacerbate some conditions like asthma or other lung issues (A few years ago I had to avoid all outdoor activities when I had bronchitis in December and January… #buzzkill). It’s better to be safe than sorry, so know before you go!

Now I gotta go layer up to take Tango out… ; ) 
Happy Friday! 
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It’s Getting Colder! 5 Tips for Staying Safe & Warm During Outdoor Activity

I don’t know about you guys, but here in Louisville it was fall last week. It’ll be fall next week too, but this week? It’s winter… at least it feels like it outside! Temps have literally been around freezing and that can put a huge damper on your level of enjoyment for outdoor activities. I hate being cold, but over the years have been able to take the right precautions in order to be able to keep enjoying my outdoor activities, without freezing my buns off and risking hypothermia. Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, climber, or just enjoy being outdoors in the colder months, here are five tips to help you stay safe and warm during your outdoor activities:

1. Dress for it!
If you’ll be getting your heart rate up, you need sweat-wicking materials! The better fabrics you have, the warmer/safer you’ll be. My man-friend has a saying about being cold during cold-weather activity: “If you’re cold, you’re either broke… or you don’t know any better.” It’s true. When I was younger I had no clue how to dress. I was always freezing and hated being outside during winter. I had no idea that jeans and cotton hoodies were part of the problem. When it comes to athletic outdoor activity, cotton is the devil! Later, when I knew better, I was too broke to afford to buy clothes made of sweat-wicking and wind-blocking materials, synthetic tops/bottoms, and jackets filled with down feathers. If you’re somewhat financially stable, investing in the right clothing and outerwear will make such a difference! You’ll enjoy being outside during any weather and though they’re more expensive, the right clothes will last you many years!

2. Cover your head, hands and feet! 
Since most of your body heat escapes through your head, hands, and feet, it’s good to keep these areas covered. For my dome, I like this ear-warming headband and this hat (great for chicks who’ll need a hat that works with ponytails) from Lululemon.  These  North Face running gloves (to keep your hands just warm enough and still able to operate the touch screen on your phone or mp3 player) are also my jam.

3. Don’t layer too much! 
This is something I always have to remind myself of. I hate being cold so over dressing is always tempting. The last thing you want to do though is break a sweat in chilly temps. If you’re like me and know you’ll want to wear too much, do 10-15 minutes of warmup and bodyweight activity before you go outside. You’ll already be warm so won’t want to put more layers. Once you go outside you’ll know if you have the right amount of clothing/gear on to keep you warm enough, but not sweaty.

4. Pay attention to your surroundings. 
If it’s been freezing temperatures in your area, there are likely to be wet or frozen areas around you. Make sure you watch where you step, run, jump to avoid any falls. Nobody wants to spend the holidays injured. And please, if you’re with your buddies, don’t stick to your tongue to anything frozen on a dare. Even if it’s a triple-dog-dare… Who knew there was so much to learn from A Christmas Story?!

5. Double check your health conditions.
Like with most physical activity, it’s good to check with your doc beforehand to make sure there’s nothing that will harm you (or your kiddos!) while playing or working out outside. Cold weather can exacerbate some conditions like asthma or other lung issues (A few years ago I had to avoid all outdoor activities when I had bronchitis in December and January… #buzzkill). It’s better to be safe than sorry, so know before you go!

Now I gotta go layer up to take Tango out… ; ) 
Happy Friday! 
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Mother Nature: 5, Ami’s Bootcamp, 0.

I run an outdoor TRX/Kettlebell Bootcamp that meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00am. It really sucks to have to cancel class when it rains because I have to get up anyway and text 13 people, which requires me to be awake and lucid. I usually can’t get back to sleep for an hour or so… Last week was our last week of class before the new session starts…

Last Tuesday: Clear radar. Didn’t cancel class. Pulled up, stopped my car. Pouring rain and lightning .7 seconds later. Cancelled class. Drove back home.
Last Wednesday: Makeup day for Tuesday. Pouring rain, cancelled class.
Last Thursday: No rain. 40 degrees outside. Bootcamp sucked.
Last Friday: Makeup day for Tuesday/Wednesday. Pouring rain.
Today: Rented space so we could have bootcamp indoors to finish. No rain. Whatever, Mother Nature. Whatever.

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Can you say Burrrrr?

“Hello Fall, how ya been? It’s been about 4 years since I’ve been around the colder temps that you bring about. Kinda forgot about ’em a bit…”


So we started back up another round of Bootcamp this week. Outdoor Bootcamp. In the out-of-doors. Totally fine during the summer months, you don’t really think about it… Then all of the sudden, you take a week’s break, you come back, and it’s 42 DEGREES outside. DUMB.

Not really. I know it’s only going to get colder, and I know it’s not even that bad outside. I’ve just been living in San Diego for 4 years and it doesn’t really get below 60 degress. Ever. So I’ve gotta get back in the groove of things. No biggie, I just have to suck it up.
Until then, I’m thinking about buying this Lululemon Remix Hoodie. Because it’s thicker than my Lulu Define Jacket (although I do love the mittens, the Define jacket makes!). And will keep me warm. At least through the warm-up, and the Kettlebell Swings, and the TRX Balance Lunges. Thanks Lu!
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