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Just Call Me Lazy Pants McGee

This is not me. This is an athlete known as George Grey having his V02 Max measured. I want to do this. Image via http://www.cbc.ca

Since my surgery I haven’t been as active as I would like. There, I’ve said it. Sadly, that doesn’t make me feel any better about the situation, and this bugs me. I’m feeling quite lazy these days, and I really need to get back into the swing of things.

Of course, I realize that I must temper my return to the old Dan so as not to anger up the innards, re-herniating myself, or even worse, doubly re-herniating myself. Because doubly re-herniating is clearly worse than regular ole re-herniating, if my math is correct.

Thankfully I am healing very well and have managed to start up yoga again. I’ve also managed some minor running, but nothing in comparison to what I was post surgery. I have yet to get on my bike.

To get myself at least feeling a little better about this inactive phase in which I currently find myself, I’ve decided to try a little retail therapy. That is, this Friday I shall finally purchase the trainer for my bike that I’ve been dreaming about for some time. The trainer will allow me to convert either my mountain or road bike into a stationary bike. It’s like magic, except with bikes!

I want one of these. It will magically transform my road or mountain bike into a stationary bike. Ooooooh. Aaaaaaah. Image via http://biketrainerreviews.com/

Having the trainer will help in a number of ways; I’ll be able to train for long periods without having to worry about hills (at least, for now); I’ll have an outlet for this energy that I’m not burning being a lazy ass; I’ll be able to train over the winter; and I’ll be able to check off item #64 from my Not-So-Bucket-List list. Clearly it’s a win-win-win-win situation. And that many wins can’t be wrong.

I also have decided that I want to figure out my V02 Max. The V02 Max is a scientific measure of fitness, more or less. It basically is a number that tells you the amount of oxygen your body can use when exercising at its max. The higher the number, the better the health.

To accurately measure ones V02 Max, you’d need to strap into a contraption like that pictured above. Then you’d be surrounded by science-y types who would monitor various machines that go bing, review pages of graphs and line charts, check boxes on clipboards, mumble to themselves, postulate, and finally, after much deep-thought present to you a number that represents your level of fitness (or so I imagine). I honestly have no idea how they measure V02 beyond strapping you into the aforementioned contraption.

One can also perform simple tests at home. I won’t get into those here, but there are several. These all come with simple equations where you’d perhaps enter you age, gender, weight, and some measure of physical activity. It might be your heart rate following a 10 minute run, or how long it took to run 5km. Regardless, the formulas are easy to use, and there are many websites on the interwebs that will do the calculations for you.

I perused a few of the websites to figure out mine. Depending on the formula, mine ranged from 48.65 here, to 58.27 here. In both cases, those values (for my age) are great. So despite the fact that I feel lazy, my V02 Max is telling me things are still pretty good. That is, I don’t have to start worrying that I’m eating too many bonbons just yet.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I have some bonbons to eat.