Started the day with a great night of sleep. Solid 8 hours. Which of course made me awfully stiff, but I guess that's on the whole better than not sleeping enough. Got the dog out for our jog but given that it was minus stupid (I got quite cold despite multiple layers, and after about three minutes I couldn't feel my face anymore) and given that there was rather too much ice on the sidewalks, we only went for a slow 3 km. Just to loosen things up a touch. Except the face. The face froze solid. But at least the sunrise was great. Cold air always gives you the best light. I got loosened up enough for training at 10, and woohoo, I got the new custom-made mouth guard that I ordered last week and promptly fell in love with it. It's amazing how much better it is to have a mouth guard that lets you breathe. Breathing is kind of nice. A few aches and pains from yesterday's workout regimen but on the whole I managed to get through training and even learned a lot of good stuff about how to be the master of the ring. Now I just have to put this into practice. Easy peasy, right?

[I'm trying to be optimistic. Don't judge.]

After lunch the kids wanted to go skating on the Rideau Canal (if you're not familiar with Ottawa's pride and joy, check it out here). How excellent, I thought. Finally my quads will get a workout! (I always crack jokes in my most difficult moments, it's how I cope.) Fortunately by that point the temperature had risen to something quite comfortable and since the kids were making good progress we stayed there for well over an hour skating around. At some point I started showing my two eldest girls about twirling and pivoting and so on and, er, well, I over-rotated and felt myself going down... I had enough sense not to tense up but I did fall down pretty hard on my left hip and my left wrist took a bit of a beating in the process. Nothing major but let's just say it will add to tomorrow's challenges for sure.

Made a fine roasted-butternut-and-beef lasagna for dinner (I had a salad with some of the leftover squash; I don't really eat pasta), and then discovered this concoction during my after-dinner trip to the grocery store and couldn't resist...

Yeah, it's as good as it looks. Someone should hide it. Or maybe not. Because if there's one thing all this training is really good for, is giving me a bit of wiggle room on the food front.

So there. Time to grab me a spoon...