Thursday, January 15, 2009

Arctic Air

The arctic air has definitely arrived. Most schools in northern Minnesota are closed as windchills approach -50 F.

The temperature at 4:30 this morning at the Maple Grove Hospital was -24.8 with a windchill of -40 F. Against the urging of my wife I decided to go out and get in a run. I ran for 50 minutes and was actually able to stay quite warm with the exception of my rear end! I hope I don't end up with a chapped ass. Running in the cold and staying warm is not as difficult as many would think. Also, there is this misconception out there that you can freeze your lungs. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone doing that. Granted the cold air can be dry and it can irritate your throat although I've never really had any issues with this.

I spent some time last night going through gear and getting things ready for trip up to the North Shore. My pogies were delivered last night so now I shouldn't have any issues with cold hands while I'm riding up north. Thanks Doug for the great advice!

Anyway, it's cold, but get out and enjoy it!


Judi said...

vito - i cannot believe you ran in -24 weather. you really are crazy. we had 7 this morning and i ran on the treadmill. i am a total cold wussy.

Kenny said...

Bill is not crazy!! He is a...(all together now)... a SF!!!!!!

But, we love him just the same. Can't wait to ride the HHH with you! Speaking SF ideas, whose was this, anyway?

Ali B. said...

You are simply amazing ... or something. geez. no way. We had MN temps today and I was sure I would lose a finger or 2 and that was just running to and from my car.

Vito said...

I plan on keeping all of my fingers and toes. I don't want them ending up in some Yukon Jack drink like they do in Dawson in the Yukon Territory.

grasshopper said...

Bill who loves ya more than I do, but I think the cold has finally given you some serious brain damage.
Have a great weekend north. Now we are in HH we need to finish building the rest of our epic summer of 2009. that is our theme by the way.