Saturday, September 16, 2006


Exercise 5/6: cycling all over town
Time: about 1 hour

It is a long weekend!!! Monday is Respect for the Aged Day in Japan.
Yesterday after school, we biked to the next town to get videos and then back to our Plant 6 (like Superstore) to get groceries. I remember last year when we got here, we found it SO overwhelming to have to go to Plant 6 on a bike to get groceries for 4 people. Mind you we only had 1 bike at the time...
Now that we have 4 bikes (actually 6, but that's another story) we use Selah's basket, my basket and one backpack. That does us for half the week, so we go 2 times. Not bad...and we get exercise and family-time out of the deal. (the kids have resisted initially because this cuts into their playtime with friends, but they are getting used to it. AND once we are actually on the way, they like it...I was the same way as a kid ;-)

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Exercise 4/6: Karate
Time: 1:30

I enjoyed it...but the kids are tired. Getting back into routine makes Thursday nights seem long.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A Trip for Coffee

Exercise 3/6: 2 stints of cycling
Time: 35-ish min X 2 = more than 1 hour

Sports Day yesterday was a blast. :-) I ran with some girls in a 5 legged race. We were anchors for our team and our team fell way behind so when we ran we were totally on our own...all eyes on us. We chanted English and got around the pylon without falling. :-) If you have to lose...lose big! ;-)
After supper, I rode to Ogaki on my bike. I was out of coffee beans! Desperate times call for desperate measures. Anyhow, I went to my favourite coffee shop in the mall (Tully's) and met a friend there. We chatted (far too long!) over a peach smoothie and a banana/acai yogurt shake and then I rode home again.
One thing I am looking forward to back in Canada is wider roads and sidewalks! (Mind you, the vehicles will be going twice the speed...). I read the other day that Kamloops is well-known for its Mountain Biking trails! Those will be nice too!
Colin has all but given up on cycling all the way to work...again. After investing in better quality tires, he went to get on his bike yesterday morning and found a flat.:-| There is one section of the trail that is littered with debris (glass, metal etc) and he seems to pick something up everytime he rides by. Anyhow, he only cycled to our local train station today. It is about a 15 min ride for him. The commute will take just as long.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

AM Strength

Exercise 2/6: 60 squats/12 Yoga push-ups

Today is Sport's Festival Day at the high school. I am on the white team this year and get to run in the 6 legged race (5 people)? Anyhow, I'll let you know how it goes. ;-)

Also, I am going to ride into Ogaki tonight for coffee with a friend. Going car-less tonight.

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Exercise 1/6: Karate
Time: 1:30

Tonight was a stretching night...literally! We always do stretches, but tonight we worked with partners to stretch out our legs. I stood with my back against the wall and Colin stood facing me. He did a horse stance (in a squat position with feet parallel but far apart and knees straddling a horse) and I put one leg on his shoulder (in various kicking front kick. another was a side kick) and then he stood slowly until I couldn't take anymore..and froze. Then we switched. A couple of the kids from one family are super flexible and they can do the splits in any direction. There is much difference between them and I in this exercise! ;-)

Colin has bought new tires that seem to be more durable. So, we shall see how they hold up during this week's commute. Ganbatte, my love!

Cutting it close!

Wow, my deadline is 1 1/2 hours away!
...but that is okay cuz I finished my workouts. :-P

Saturday AM
Exercise 5/6: cycling
Time: 40:13
Av. HR: 142

Saturday PM
Exercise 6/6: Neo River (climbing/hiking/river-walking...on my feet all day etc)

We took the ALT's from our area out to our favourite swimming hole. We rented 2 vans (which was a feat in and of itself) and drove out together for the day. It has been raining heavily this week (and terribly humid) so the river was quite high! Our usual place to set up "camp" was under water and the current was quite strong... read more, check out our family blog, Stories of Cultural Vertigo. (I don't want to have to type it all twice ;-) )