Sunday, January 18, 2009

Ice and Flowers

Today after my long run I took an ice bath. I'm a big fan of the ice bath. It's not the most comfortable 15 minutes, but it makes my legs transpire from torn up to fresh again. Today I wanted to try an experiment and see what my heart rate does in the ice bath. You know, just for fun. And because I'm into numbers, and dorky, and well, doesn't everyone try little experiments like this?

For my friends who come over and are offered a Coke and then told "sorry we have no ice, Charisa used it all this morning" I'm really sorry about this. Brian has discussed purchasing a commercial sized ice maker and I am 100% on board for his purchase! I'm still pretty sure it might take a LONG time to make it economical though . . . 


Peppermint green tea, bath full of ice and I hop in. 
Heart rate is 64 pre-polar-entrance.

The heart rate immediately goes up to 84. But it stops there an in about a minute it is back down to 67. Apparently sitting in a tub full of ice isn't really that much work for the heart except for the initial shock it receives. Usually once all the ice melts, it's about time to get out. So the picture below - I've got about 7 more minutes. And this picture made me realize painted toe nails look better on my feet.


After my legs were refreshed I went outside and noticed this:

Back in November I had spent a Sunday pretending I was Martha Stewart. I planted some bulbs and various other flowers around our yard. And voila! What do you know - I must have done something right - because they are starting to bloom! And I know - I'm completely spoiled with our warm weather. I enjoyed it this weekend for all of you in cold, snowy places - all of it, on the ride yesterday, my run by the coast today, and noticing the flowers start to bloom in January!

10 comments:

Maggs said...

I bought a counter top ice maker a while ago and it runs almost constantly on Saturday so I have enough ice for my Sunday ice baths...but it's a pain, so I might just sell it and buy a couple bags of ice each week. Finding freezer space is a whole other issue!

ADC said...

I never tried tea with an ice bath. I bet it's quite nice.

Eileen Swanson said...

HAHA! You are funny with your number experiments ;-) Thanks for the reminder, I need to take ice baths. Nice SB's mug ;-)

Hooterville Mayor said...

Ice baths huh? I spend good money heating my water so I will skip that thankyou very much. Besides, all I would need to do is put on a bathing suit and go sit in the backyard. :) BTW, on my blog the lyrics were from a song sung by Bette Midler in the movie "For The Boys". I believe the title is "Stuff Like That There".
A lot of great songs in that movie...

kera said...

Yes lucky you because we are ALL OVER THE PLACE with our wacked out weather!!!! You remember it here!!

rocketpants said...

That is definitely an experiment I would DO! :-) I haven't taken enough ice baths in my life to try it, but maybe i'll consider it on my next one. yes the poor confused flowers. I'm kinda confused myself and can't remember what month it is.

Ordinarylife said...

I have been to scared to try an ice bath. Just the idea of it!!!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Haven't done one of those ice bath things and I gotta say it looks COLD!

Alili said...

Flowers! I have warm climate envy. :)

Brooke said...

Interesting! I wondered what goes on with the heart and the ice as well! I too notice a jump in heart rate. Glad to hear it's normal. I eat chicken noodle soup in there!