Wednesday, July 17, 2013

First one done.


First one done….

I am a little late writing this blog, but what can you do.

Back in May I did my first Tri of the year in Sylvan Lake.  It was a sprint distance tri with a pool swim.

Leading into the race, I had done quite a bit of swimming, but small amounts of running and biking.
With my sister also doing the race, of course the trash talking ensued leading up to it.

So the pool swim started and I actually felt pretty good, when I left the pool I thought it was one of my best swim’s yet.

Next was the bike.  This wasn’t too bad, but like I said, I hadn’t trained enough for this.  My but was getting sore, and my legs were dead.  When I got off the bike at transition 2, I almost fell down, my legs were shot, and I was VERY wobbly, and awesome, the run was about to start.

The first couple K were tough, I was feeling it big time, then my body decided not to hurt as much, and the last couple K weren’t that bad at all.

When I crossed the finish line, I figured I had my sister beat.  I thought I had a great swim, marginal bike and marginal run.  

So my sister crosses the finish line and we compare our races to see where we sucked, and where we didn’t suck as much….

And the final results came in….
My time was 1:47:19
My sister’s time 1:46:47

Yep, you read that right, she beat me by roughly 30 seconds.  What a joke, I thought I had her this time.  You see, my sis and I have been doing triathlon’s for a few years now, but I have NEVER beat her.  She has always beat me, but by never more than 2 mins.  It has been very very close every single time.

Maybe next time.  Next race up, the Natural High Tri in Okotoks.  This will be my first Open Water Swim Triathlon.


Ryders Joke of the Day.

'Mum, there's a man at the door collecting for the Old Folk's Home.
Shall I give him Grandma?'

Thought I would add in a definition from the Urban Dictionary today, today's definition is...

Wub One Out :

Definition:  Cover the sound of masturbation by playing loud, shitty dubstep.

 A walks into B’s apartment:  “Man does your roommate really like dubstep?
B: “Nah bro he’s just about to wub one out.”


L8er Sk8er

Sunday, May 12, 2013

***over it

Wow, a couple months since my last post eh ?  One tends to get busy and the first thing to suffer is the blog.  I feel bad for all my subscribers.

First off, I have cut and pasted an awesome article from another website.  Every single one of us can relate to what this article says.  It is a great read, read it now !!

I borrowed this article from Nerd Fitness

Go to this site for some good fitness/nutritional/life articles

Here is the article......

Get the **** Over It!
Published on 08/16/2012 - 52 comments!
Iron Man flying "over it"
Have you ever told yourself:
“I’m an idiot. I ate like total crap today.”
“Why am I so lazy? Why did I skip my workout this morning?”
“I have no willpower, because I couldn’t stop myself from eating those M&M’s.”
Every day, people trying to get healthy have tiny moments of weakness, and absolutely berate themselves for being “bad.” Then, they allow that one fleeting moment to absolutely derail any success they’ve had by making additional bad decisions because “it’s too late at this point.”
I’m going to teach you a little trick today to instantly stop this behavior and allow you to continue down your path towards a leveled up life.
It’s called the “Get the **** over it” rule, and it’s sweeping the nation.

Get the **** over it

Sad Lego Get Over It
If you are working to improve your life, you WILL hit speed bumps along the way.
We are all works in progress, which means that we will all make mistakes.  Want to know the path to progress?  Setting priorities, learning from our failures, and taking action…not self-sabotage, guilt-trips, and getting down on ourselves.
So let’s put the “get the **** over it” plan into action!  Let’s take a look at those previous examples:
  • “I’m an idiot. I ate like total crap today.”  Get the **** over it!  Eat f***ing phenomenally tomorrow. Deal? Deal.
  • “Why am I so lazy? Why did I skip my workout this morning?”  Get the **** over it!   Go outside right now, run a mile and then do 30 push ups.  Like, right now.
  • “I have no willpower, because I couldn’t stop myself from eating those M&M’s.”  Get **** over it!  Throw the M&M’s away so you’re not tempted anymore, and move on.
Here’s the truth:  One bad meal, one missed workout, or one day of overeating cannot undo weeks of hard work.  It’s physically impossible – your stomach would explode before you got to that point.  However, that one bad meal or one missed workout can mentally undo weeks of hard work, if you LET IT.
When you eat poorly for a day or two (probably loading up with carbs and sodium), you can step on the scale MUCH heavier than before…but it’s temporary.  You might see a number on that scale that can absolutely demolish you if you let it.  However, if follow up that one meal with a few days of clean eating, you can get right back on track.
It isn’t this mistake that matters…It’s the next one.
When you skip one workout, the next workout quickly becomes the most important workout of your life.  One missed day becomes two days, which can become a week, which can VERY easily become a month.  So never miss a workout two days in a row.  No excuses.  You have enough time – make it a priority.
Here’s another gem for the day…

Just fix it

Lego with wrench, telling you to fix your unhealthy habits
I’m going to guess that you probably didn’t win the genetic lottery, which means you have to work hard to be healthy and look good.
You’re going to struggle with it.  You’ll have days when all you can think about is eating candy.  You’ll have mornings where “poking my eyes out” would come before “any sort of exercise” on your list of preferred activities.
When you screw up, skip a workout, eat bad foods, or sleep in, it doesn’t make you a bad person.
It makes you human.  
Welcome to the club.
There’s like seven billion of us.
You’re going to have moments where you screw up or slow down.  You’ll spend a week exercising properly and the scale doesn’t move.  And you’ll see other people effortlessly losing weight and talking about their success while you’re still struggling to lose that first five pounds.You have two options at this point:
1) Most people choose to complain very loudly:  They’ll tell anybody that will listen how bad their genetics are.  And how busy they are.  And how eating healthy doesn’t work for them.  And how they just can’t seem to lose weight.  Sure, it doesn’t produce any results, but it makes them feel better about not being honest with themselves.
2) Now, Nerd Fitness Rebels tend to fall into the “fix it” category.  They choose to do a few key things, which you should too:
  • Stop comparing yourselves to other people – you only see their results, without seeing their years of hard work and struggle.
  • Stop complaining about how unfortunate your situation is, and understand that everybody is dealing with their own personal baggage.  Play the hand you’re dealt, or in nerd terms…play the character you’ve rolled.
  • Stop complaining about how you eat healthy and can’t seem to lose weight, and instead spend a few days actively figuring out if you really ARE eating healthy. Are you stuffing your face with “heart healthy whole grains,” sneaking M&M’s, and counting corn (a grain) as your only vegetable for the day?  Be honest with yourself, listen to your body and find out what works best for you.
If you are not happy with how you look or feel, fix it.  Do your research. Track your calories. Cook your own meals.  Go to bed earlier and exercise more.  Make small changes, but MAKE CHANGES.
The game of life is tough, amigo – nobody gets out alive.
So when you have a bad day, get over it.  When you feel like complaining, instead, make changes.

The silver lining

Sun Breaking Through Clouds, showing silver lining
Amidst the tough love, there is a silver lining to all of this.  
You are an amazingly advanced piece of machinery.
Yes, you. You are capable of greatness.  You can seriously become whatever you want if you’re willing to work for it.
What you did five minutes ago is done and cannot be changed.  What you do five minutes from now, however, is completely up to you.
You are NOT your past.
You ARE your future.
Your destiny isn’t set in stone, so feel free to create your own.
Stop berating yourself for mistakes.  Stop playing the “woe is me” card.  Stop comparing yourself to those around you.
Smile and be thankful that you woke up today!
Quietly and consistently work towards building a better you.
Stop worrying about where you’ve been and put your focus on where you’re going.
Go. Start. Now.
photo source: iron man, clouds, sad lego, lego mechanic


Thought I would give an update on my Triathlon race schedule coming up.

May - Sprint Triathlon at Sylvan Lake
July - Sprint Triathlon at Okotoks
August - Olympic Triathlon at Lake Chaparral

that is it for now...I may sign up for another race or two, but as it sits right now, these 3 are bought and paid for.


Of course I haven't been training as hard as I would like, but I have been training.
This first race will be a good test as to where I have to improve on the most, my guess would be the swimming, biking, and the running.


That is it for now.  Short but sweet.


Ryder's Jokes of the Day

I woke up this morning at 8 and could sense something was wrong. I got downstairs and found the wife face down on the kitchen floor, not breathing! I panicked. I didn’t know what to do. Then I remembered McDonalds serve breakfast until 11.
As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on 280. Please be careful! " "Heck," said Herman, "It's not just one car. It's hundreds of them!


L8er SK8er

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Quest for a Vest 3. Making the Cut

Those of you that have been following along on my blog know that I am coming up with the worlds best metal best. It is time to show you the bands that have made the cut.

a tribute to Dimebag Darrell
As I Lay Dying
System of a Down
Machine Head
Lamb of God
Dayglo Abortions
Killswitch Engage
along with my Pantera back patch (not shown above)

Three bands that were very close but didn't make the vest were Suicidal Tendencies, Soulfly, and All That Remains.

Now I don't expect any of you to like these bands, or I bet most of you haven't even heard of half these bands.  It doesn't really matter, nor do I really care.  This is my vest my metal musical tastes.

Once I had the patches picked out, I spent an afternoon pinning them onto the vest, this took longer than I thought, and I had lots of input from the wife.  You know "this side has to offset this side, this color needs to offset this color, etc..."

Then off the the seamstress the vest went...I got the bad boy back a month later and voila !

Here were the very first 2 pics taken. Sweet I tell ya !

Now there is likely a very good change if you see me in the mall on a Saturday, I will be wearing this thing.  Corporate by day, metal by night (and weekend).  Here is me and the boy off to the mall.

Shockingly, you would be surprised how many compliments I have had on this thing, I have worn it to the malls, to concerts, and at each location I have had at least one guy come up and compliment me on the vest, and that's the truth !!
The only thing left to do is to touch it up with some subtle metal 'judas priest' like studs.....

Not quite this many as the pic below, but i am sure you get the message.


With the success of this project, it makes me wonder if I should put together a 'hair band' vest.  Some of the bands could include
Quiet Riot
White Lion

we will see, you just never know what might happen.


Ryders Joke of the Day.

I urgently needed a few days off work,

But, I knew the Boss would not allow me to take leave.

I thought that maybe if I acted "Crazy"
Then he would tell me to take a few days off.

So, I hung upside-down on the ceiling and made funny noises.

My co-worker (who's blonde) asked me what I was doing.

I told her that I was pretending to be a light bulb,

So, that the Boss might think I was "Crazy" and give me a few days off.

A few minutes later the Boss came into the office and asked,

"What in the name of good GOD are you doing?"

I told him I was a light bulb.

He said, "You are clearly stressed out.

Go home and recuperate for a couple of days."

I jumped down and walked out of the office...

When my co-worker (the blonde) followed me, the Boss asked her,

"... And where do you think you're going?!!!!

She said, "I'm going home too. I can't work in the dark"!


L8er SK8er
Stay Metal