I have just got home from my annual Bluewater (Shopping Mall) Christmas present buying pilgrimage. Due to the work travel itinerary and Mrs DeeJay's illness last week I am at least 2 weeks later this year and boy did it show!
As usual I got there at 9 a.m. (more about that in a minute or two) in time for a leisurely breakfast and to plot my route of attack. I don't know why but I really was not as ready with ideas to hunt down as I usually am so I was starting with almost a blank sheet of paper.
Still, suitably fed and watered I hit the floor at 10 a.m. along with several thousand other like minded imbeciles. Good old John Lewis and M&S made short work of about 70% of the list. I decided it was time to dump the first pile of bags that were slowly but surely stretching my arms, into the boot of the car. I stopped off on the way back in for a glass of Rioja and some Tapas in a super little Spanish style bar and set off again for a second round of the triangular mall to sweep up the remaining 30%.
Two circuits of upper and lower malls, over a 5 hour period including lunch, I think I made it to within about 5% - Amazon here I come!
So what happened on the way there this morning? Well I think I will definitely know all about it tomorrow morning.
As it is Mrs DeeJay's birthday tomorrow, I thought that instead of attending my usual 6:45 a.m. Spinning class tomorrow, I booked myself in for this morning's at the same time to follow it with a leisurely steam or sauna and then to get to Bluewater for 9 a.m.
When I got to the gym, instead of the usual 10 to 12 keen Spinners, I was the only one booked in!! Matt, the instructor gave me the option of ducking out and doing a workout on the gym floor or having a 1:1 Spinning class. I opted for the 1:1 (was that a macho thing or what?). I certainly regretted it. It was the most vicious Spin I have ever done - there was nowhere to hide and he just kept driving me on. And yes still Mr macho, I kept on going.
After 45 minutes I had burned 783 calories, averaged a 148 heart rate which maxed out at 179!
As I said I think my legs are going to know all about it tomorrow.