Day five - Getting tested and group survey

Saturday, 09.07.2011 / 4:20 PM
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Day five - Getting tested and group survey

Everyone’s favourite day: fitness testing today at UBC. In preparation for the tests, all the guys made ourselves an ice bath to get rid of the lactic acid build up in our legs to keep them fresh for today. Did it work? Absolutely not. The testing is going to burn no matter what.

I’ve done the Wingate once before but not the VO2 so I kind of knew the tests from today. The VO2 is just a lot longer than the Wingate. It’s hard because you have to go for a long period of time and you just keep going until they tell you to stop. The wingate is just 45 seconds so it’s tough but it’s 45 seconds and you’re done.

I think I went for 12 minutes on the VO2 and 500 watts, which is two from the top. I think they were saying the average is about 8-12 minutes so I did not bad, if I do say so myself. Neither are fun and there is not one that’s better than the other – trust me, I won’t be going out and doing this for fun anytime soon.

They’re both tough workouts but I’m glad it’s over with.

In addition to the ice bath, last night was pretty mellow, we all knew it had to be a super chill night because of the testing today. We watched Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune again. I nailed the bonus round, which was “Passing with flying colors” – we were all guessing all sorts of things for that first word but in the end, I was the one who got it – I was pretty excited about that. I think we were all doing very well on Jeopardy so I’d say that was a tie.

After a lot of hours and five days with these guys, I think I’ve gotten to know the guys a little bit now. Here’s a quick survey of what I’ve gathered…

We’ve got a really good group of guys here with a really good sense of humour. There are lots of jokes all the time around here. I’ve mainly been hanging out with Alex Friesen and Marc Zanetti so they’re two pretty funny guys - and you can throw Jeremy Price in there too. If I had to give it to one guy, I’d say it would be Friesen.

The smartest guy “award” would go to Jeremy Price – but mostly because he goes to college so I would hope he’s the smartest.

If I had to choose someone to go on the show, “The Amazing Race”, it would be a tough call but again I’m going to have to go with my boy, Alex Friesen. I played in Niagara with him this year so I feel like the friendship and the chemistry we have there would help out a lot in a circumstance like that. We lived right down the road from each other in Niagara so I’ve spent a lot of time with him there so I don’t think I would get sick of him. I’m a great navigator, I always know where I’m going so there would be no fear in getting lost.

While I’m on the reality TV route, if someone here were to go on Survivor, I think the most likely to win would probably be me. I’ve camped pretty much every summer my whole life so I think I’d do pretty well with that. I can start a fire no problem and I think my history and knowledge would help me out a lot.

We’ve got a three-on-three tournament tomorrow so that should be fun.

Got any questions? I would love to hear from you. Send me your thoughts.