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Home Safe June 19, 2011

Filed under: Training — Celina @ 8:55 am

Hello Everyone! I got home 3 days ago and have basically been eating and sleeping my days away. All I can say is that my body is in a state of shock from the 1) 7 hour time change, 2) going from constant activity to very little activity, 3) and not eating my daily rations. I’m hoping that by Monday, I’ll feel back to normal.


Once again I want to say thank you to everyone who supported me on this trip. I am including a couple of pictures for everyone to enjoy and will be posting more next week. I hope you enjoy the pictures. If you want to hear more about my trip I’ll be giving a talk at Novack’s so stay tuned for that. Enjoy!

Cool Research


Great Views



Arctic Trip – Day 16 – Updates June 12, 2011

Filed under: Training — Celina @ 11:35 am

On Friday Air Canada has made a statement that may affect Celina’s trip. We all know I am talking about the Air Canada strike that is planned to commence on June 14th, 2011. At first I thought that for Celina it would mean cancelled flights, accompanied by nights in a hotel in London until there is another way of flying back home to Toronto. Fortunately that is not true since Air Canada promised the following:

We have been advised by the CAW – the union representing Air Canada’s call centre and airport customer service agents in Canada – that it intends to proceed with strike action as early as 12:01 a.m. EDT, June 14, 2011, in the event an agreement is not reached.

Please keep in mind, however, that if call centre and airport customer service agents walk off the job, we will continue to operate our full flight schedule.

You can read their complete statement here.

Air Canada - keep your flights going!

Their intention is to ensure their customers get to their destinations safely and on time. In case of delayed or cancelled flights there is a service people are directed to:

In the event that your flight is delayed or cancelled, you may be eligible to rebook your flight using our self-serve delayed and cancelled flight service.

Unfortunately they are already experiencing delays at providing customer service, so even that service might not be that reliable.

The flight to London at the beginning of Celina’s trip towards the Arctic was threatened by Iceland’s erupting volcano, Grimsvotn. Now the threat comes from Air Canada. To read more about the strike click here.

Grimsvotn, Iceland's active volcano erupting

Let’s all hope that her flight will not be delayed or cancelled.


The long expected update June 8, 2011

Filed under: Training — Celina @ 10:17 pm

Well folks, the update we’ve all been waiting for has recently been posted by the BSES on their blog. I will shortly relate what information they have posted online and then you can also choose to read it from their blog.

Because I grew inpatient I called the London emergency phone number of the BSES, which was provided by Celina before leaving to Svalbard, Norway. This has been most unhelpful. They have guided me to their blog. Reading through the online articles (they posted quite a lot yesterday…) I realized there was more than one expedition in the Arctic, lead by the BSES. In fact one expedition has been there for the past 6 weeks. They were talking about snow blindness like it was a common walk in the park. Surely that can put us to rest…

Enough with the side chatter, here’s the content you’ve been waiting for. Celina’s group is called the Environmental Course or Enviro. I shall relate the events in chronological order, starting with the 29th of May.

As you all know, on the 29th of May Celina has landed in Longyearbyen, Norway. The next day their boat ride to Base Camp 3 has been delayed by high winds. I did not know of any boat ride, until I read the article.

It seems that Cat Boggs was the science leader of their first expedition, which lasted 5 days. They have trekked to Glacier Camp, at the bottom of Wimenfjellet horseshoe (which I assume to be a rock formation). The goal of the expedition was to study glaciology. All their projects have been successful. Enviro has concluded that the glacier has melted and the snout receded roughly 100m up the hillside. All these projects have been conducted in a rough climate, different than the one in base camp, with freezing temperatures and lots of snow (2.5m at times). The group has also checked on 2 unnamed glaciers, previously found, which still exist today. They had to climb up and over Wimenfjellet horseshoe to get to them. In unwelcoming weather conditions, that must have been a hard task. In her last day at Glacier Camp Celina has helped measure the surface height of the Wimanbreen by subtracting snow depth from altitude at numerous points across the glacier.

The trip, as Cat relates, has been thoroughly enjoyed by the Enviro students. They all had a very productive time at Glacier Camp.

The group has already returned (I assume sometime within the past 2 days) to base camp. The second phase of their studies started, the biology and ecology phase. I am sure Celina will love this last phase, especially the ecology part, where she will be able to provide great feedback due to knowledge gained from research and courses.

I hope you enjoy the reading as much as I have!

PS: Celina will be back home in 1 week.


Workout Week 20: May 16 to May 22 May 23, 2011

Filed under: Training — Celina @ 6:52 pm

Monday: Drill 8 Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

What an awesome workout! I’ve done this workout before and I am happy that I have beaten my old personal best. Today’s workout took me 18:56. Last time I did this it took me 19:43. That is a great improvement in my books, especially since I pushed super hard both times. This is a small achievement that should be celebrated!

Tuesday: Trail Run (25:45)

I beat my old personal best again. Last time this run took me 26:33 and this time it took me 25:45. This has done a lot for my confidence and I am feeling really strong. More reasons to celebrate.

Wednesday: Burpees Are Forever (Bodyrock.tv)

Today’s workout focused on my upper body. This was really hard. I find that if I go a couple of days without working my arms then I lose my  hard earned muscle quickly. This workout left my arms feeling like jelly.

Thursday: 6 Minute Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

I’ve been busy preparing for the trip and studying for my MCAT so I haven’t had much time to workout. This 6 minute workout was really amazing, and I am so happy I fit this in. I felt wiped at the end.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Hot Attack Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

This 12 minute workout was really draining, especially on my legs. I guess this is a good thing considering what I have to face on the expedition. It’s also nerve-racking because my legs were really tired. I’m not too worried though, because I’ve developed enough discipline to push through anything.

Sunday: Skipping + Abs

Being the long weekend, I didn’t really have the time or the discipline to workout hard today. Actually I did, but an intense workout never ended up happening. I did manage to squeeze some skipping and ab work in but I was really just going through the motions. I spent the entire day outside and I was active, so even if I didn’t sweat as hard as I normally do, I still feel like my body worked hard.

This week has been a whirl-wind of preparation and studying. Although I feel like I have worked out really hard, I don’t think I’ve been giving myself nutritional foods. To be honest I’ve been binge eating. It all started with the Bon Voyage party, and it carried through my weekend. Instead of being angry at myself, I’m going to eat light tomorrow and focus on feeling good. Look forward to more posts soon, as I take you through my final week until the trip. 

My Final Clothing Purchases


Workout Week 19: May 9 to May 15 May 15, 2011

Filed under: Training — Celina @ 9:26 pm

Monday: Muscle Conditioning Class (1 hr)

This is a wonderful class that I have been going to with my mom. I find that by the end I haven’t sweat a whole lot, or worked on cardio but my muscles are absolutely dying. This class really pushes me to hit my wall, and I find that as I push through the reps my muscles burn so much that there are points where I have to take a one second break before getting right back into it.

Tuesday: Trail Run (26:33 mins)

To be quite honest my legs were sore from yesterday’s class but I still really wanted a run, to focus on my cardio. I headed to the trails and pushed really hard. I’m not too sure how far this run was, but it was amazing.

Wednesday: 14 km Bike Ride + Sexy Body Beater (Bodyrock.tv)

I biked into down town London for lunch today which really felt great. Its nice to arrive at a meal feeling like you actually need the energy. Although the bike ride took me 80 minutes, I still felt like I could push harder. At home I pushed through this great interval workout. What an awesome training day.

Thursday: I’m Into You Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

Since I was sore from the past hard core days I did a light interval workout. It still pushed me but it was a nice break from the week.

Friday: 600 Rep Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

Wow an awesome workout! If there is any workout I think you should try it is this one. This is a frightening workout. I completed it in 32:49 and every minute of it was brutal. Just the thought of having to do 60 reps of one exercise is daunting, but then realizing there are 10 exercises to complete is just terrifying. But it is amazing. My muscles were screaming.

Lesson: Make sure you stretch after this workout. I did light stretching but not enough because the next morning my hamstrings were so tight I could barely move. 

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Put it Down on Me Workout (Bodyrock.tv)

I didn’t push as hard as I could for this workout, but considering the hard core week I had, it doesn’t bother me. My muscles feel strong and much looser since my Friday workout. I’m ready to tackle the coming week. With only 2 weeks left I’m going to keep pushing as hard as I can. Stay with me.


Workout Week 18: May 2 to May 8 May 9, 2011

Filed under: Training — Celina @ 3:51 pm

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Jacked Up Chick (Bodyrock.tv)

This hit me in all the right places. The jumping helped my legs and glutes, the pushups and arm presses worked my shoulders, and the bicycle killed my abs. Great total body workout.

Wednesday: Skipping + Abs

This is a workout I created and have done before. I start off with 5 minutes of intense skipping, alternating high knees and jogging. Then I do 4 minutes of interval ab exercises (total killer). I repeat this twice and end up totally drenched in sweat.

Thursday: 3km Walk

Couldn’t fit in a regular workout today so I decided to go for a nice long walk. It was relaxing.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Hot Yoga

This yoga class kicked my butt. I left feeling relaxed and exhausted which is a great combination. After yoga, which limbered me up, I went to a wedding in the evening and danced the night away. I’m fairly positive I burned lots of calories today, but I’m sure I ate it back in cake.

Sunday: Rest

This hasn’t been my best workout week but I still feel that I pushed enough to maintain muscle strength, although I’ve probably lost the cardio I’ve gained. I’m kicking it into high gear this week to teach myself a lesson. So get ready.


Workout Week 17: April 25 to May 1 May 1, 2011

Filed under: Training — Celina @ 9:41 pm

Monday: Muscle Conditioning Class

Instead of my usual workout, I decided to try a workout class. This was a great class that hit all of my muscle groups. I chose to use an 18 lb bar for the lower body exercises and a 12 lb bar for the rest of my muscle groups. I definitely hit a wall in the workout, where my arms were absolutely burning. I was really happy though because I know that I am stronger after pushing through the wall.

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Skipping and Abs

I threw together some of my favourite exercises and a got a great cardio workout on top of a killer ab session.

Thursday: Medal of Honour Abs (Bodyrock.tv)

This really targeted my abs and legs. By the third round I was about ready to drop from exhaustion.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 10 km Adventure

I visited Toronto Island today and walked for a solid 6 hours. I wanted to end the day with a workout but I was totally spent. It was really great and my feet killed by the end. Further proof that good hiking boots are needed for the Arctic.

Sunday: Hot Yoga Core Flow Class

This is my 3rd time trying hot yoga and it was great. I’m not one for heat but being in a heated room definitely created an additional challenge which I enjoyed. The pose changes were fast and quite difficult. This was a great opportunity to work on my flexibility, and I recognized some serious weakness in my body. It was a great change to my routine.


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