Sunday, December 6, 2009

Snow Day!

When I say I’m taking a hiatus, apparently that means less than a week…  But I had to share some of the craziness from this weekend!  On Friday we had a winter storm warning – up to 20 cm (~8 in) of snow and wind gusts up to 50 – 70 km/hr (30 – 44 mph).  Nuts!  At 3 pm our VP sent an e-mail out to the entire company basically telling us to go home.  Here’s the scene as I left my office:DSCN1907
Luckily the drive home wasn’t as bad as last Friday’s – that one took 90 minutes and it was a skating rink the entire way.  This Friday’s was only about 40 minutes, although there were a couple of white knuckle moments along the way…  I even saw a couple of cyclists making their way home in this snowy mess!

On Saturday I hoped to knock out a spin workout then go into the office.  I was up at 5:30 and on my bike in the garage soon after.  I ran through a pretty good workout that was a lot of high spinning stuff, followed by some standing strength moves.  I spun for about an hour and I followed it up with some core work.  I turned on the radio and the RCMP were telling people to only make trips if absolutely necessary, but otherwise to stay home.  Me being the fraidy cat that I am I decided that a trip to the office wasn’t worth the risk of getting in an accident or getting my car stuck because it was just nuts outside!  Instead I watched Star Trek…Pirates of the Caribbean…and just took it easy.  As the day went on the temperatures plunged so it became even more brutal outside!

So cue Sunday…and since it was so cold outside there was no way i was going to attempt a run.  -18C and –30C with the wind chill.  Brr!!  And definitely not in all that snow!DSCN1912
So I got back on the trainer for another one hour ride.  It was ironically more of the same…one leg drills, lots of high cadence and some big gear low cadence stuff.  I have to admit that having the new bike to spin on makes these indoor training rides a whole lot more enjoyable!  After that I managed to make my way downtown and put in a few solid hours at the office.DSCN1914
Tomorrow?  It is still going to be freezing!!  I have an idea for a different workout I can do over lunch though so I can still stay warm!

12 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

yikes, i was hoping those were pictures from last year! i guess it is december! Glad you stayed safe, and managed to get some great riding in! be safe this week!

teacherwoman said...

That weather is nuts. I am hoping weather like that can stay away from here for at least a month. January is our nasty month here... snow, wind, wind, wind, cold, wind. lol.

joyRuN said...

That's a lotta snow! Doesn't look like fun running weather - glad you got some time in your new bike :)

TNTcoach Ken said...

Wow, and I know that we'll be getting some of that white stuff in the upcoming weeks! Good job in having a Plan B for your workouts.

J said...

Wow lots of snow! And cold outside! That is really cold!

lilmeg said...

I fear that the snow is making it's way east too. Would love to hear your winter workout ideas! Keep us posted, and good luck at work!

Brian said...

It snowed up here too! Love it, can not wait to run in it

Wes said...

If I looked out the window and saw all that, I would be parking my butt in the office. LOL... I guess I'd need to keep food and and a sleeping bag in my car!

Marlene said...

I was thinking about you when I heard about the crazy blizzard in Alberta. Stay safe & warm!

Julie said...

Winter has sure hit us hard this year -- YUCK.

Keith said...

I actually thought about running on Sunday early afternoon. For a few minutes. Then I came to my senses. Oh, and btw, swish office!

The first photo, is that from the +15 on the east side of your building, looking north? I think I recognize the vertical facade of that building on the corner. Oh, and btw, swish office!

Badgergirl said...

Your Friday sounds like what we're expecting here in Wisconsin tomorrow and Wednesday. 8-12 inches of snow and a ton of wind. Then temps in the teens the rest of the week. Except my bosses won't be sending out an e-mail to go home. Dang it.

Nice job getting the workouts in!