Kathmandu – Day 3

27 degrees and gorgeous clear blue sky – the good news is that the sun is out – the bad news is that the sun is out – the rain has kept the dust down and with the sun out and things drying up it has become intolerably dusty. About 1/3 of the population wear masks to try to improve their breathing. It has been said that with global warning, yes the donald it’s real, there has been more rain, less dust and less respiratory illness here (the only upside to global warming that i have heard of).

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Kathmandu – Day 2

27 degrees, overcast and intermittent downpours.

Up and at it pretty early – serendipity we all ended up down at breakfast around 7. Wandered out to the Himalayan Java and had a real coffee…Back to meet Ox and do a tour of the city. Nepal is a very multicultural country with 126 ethnic groups, 123 different dialects. There are approximately 27 million people in Nepal with Hinduism and Buddhism being the dominant religions. All through the city you can see overlap and intertwining of these two religions, with ease, peace and love – what a concept.

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Kathmandu – Day 1

Well we had quite the evening last night. Customs issues, the drone, luggage and taxi service meant we didn’t get to the hotel until midnight. In my blonde overtired state I left my phone in the cab.

Catastrophe averted by our wonderful guide who cycled ’10’ km at 1 am to catch up with the cabbie. Today we were  treated to multiple ‘cat and dog’ downpours. We had brekkie at the hotel and met Ox our guide! Super guy. Already lots of tales.

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Hong Kong

Flight was gorgeous and smooth, and we arrived in Hong Kong first thing this morning. It was about 27° and incredibly humid. We waited in the airport for Dave to arrive and when he did the team felt whole again.

We left the airport and took the express train into the city. We went walkabout for about two hours and then stopped in at the Marriott and had a very decadent buffet breakfast (500$). The boys had about 4 helpings by the time it was said and done. We then wandered around into the market and then walked the full length of Queen Street all the way to Soho. Dave and I had an exquisite coffee 20$ oi!!

By noon it was so hot and humid that we bought coronas and drank them while wandering the market.

We ended up down at the harbour enjoying another beer with a glorious view of Hong Kong. Finally made our way back to the airport where we wait for a flight to Kathmandu

Offering lessons in cardiac care and exploration

On April 19 the Test Your Limits team participated in a Google Hangout online event hosted by Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants , a not-for-profit with a goal of connecting classrooms across North America with leading scientists, adventurers and conservationists from around the world. We used our session to talk to students about heart disease and organ donation and the importance of embracing a healthy and active lifestyle. You can view the Google Hangout here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b8XgYtdw4A

1.8 Million Ontarians Mistakenly Believe They are Registered Organ Donors

TORONTO – An Ipsos study has revealed that as many as 1.8 million Ontarians mistakenly believe they are a registered organ and tissue donor. April is BeADonor month, and Trillium Gift of Life Network is encouraging Ontarians to check their donor registration status. There are two ways to verify you are registered: visit www.BeADonor.ca to check, or check the back of your photo health card; if the word “donor” is printed, you are registered.

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Training for Test Your Limits – Mike Walker

I have the ultimate luxury of working in the Heart Function Exercise Laboratory at Toronto General Hospital. This allows me the unique opportunity to test my maximum oxygen uptake on a regular basis; the primary reason to insure calibration of the equipment and accurate measurements when testing our patients. Thanks to our generous donors, we have the most up-to-date equipment, software, and the ability to conduct valuable research. This testing also gives me a gauge regarding my own training; therefore, applying some “method to the madness.” That madness includes waking up at 3:00 am to complete bike rides on my indoor trainer in the “pain cave.”

Training for Test Your Limits – Farid Foroutan

Every Saturday and Sunday, Rail Trail and Christie Lake trails were the paths for my long distance off road training. Training filled with long steep climbs, tall trees, loud but tranquil falls, and the whitest snow with imprints of animal footprints (massive contrast with slushy brown dirty snow one finds in almost all streets of Toronto). I can argue it being the perfect context for creating my personal version of “Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance”. Cold and windy rides called for a scarf wrapped all around my head, covering mouth and nose, almost replicating feelings of altitude.

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