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You Poor Canadians...

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by BreaknBrix, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. BreaknBrix

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    I think it's hilarious anytime I'm watching the news and the weathermen says, "we're getting a blast of cold Canadian air this week, the wind chill will feel like -10 to -20 below 0. I suggest everyone stays indoors yada yada". Then of course, the first thing I gotta do is walk outside or go for a run.

    Like last night. I strapped up in thermals, a hoody, gloves, etc. Tightened the hoody around my head. I run about 100-200 yards then start cursing at the wind under my breathe. It was just way too brutal, I could feel the water in my eyes freezing up and immediately ran back home freezing my ass off.

    Then it hit me! Even though I live in "North East US, technically I live SOUTH of Canada. Canadians have got to know some tricks for dealing with this shit.

    I got the heaters blasting, winter socks on, sweat pants and a hoody inside my house but I'm still cold as fuck! Even though my house is insulated well I think I gotta tape that plastic shit up on my windows. It seems to be the windows that are letting most the cold air in.

    But it made me wonder... how the hell do you Canadians put up with this shit? Or even Russians?

    I can tolerate extreme heat. As long as I got the AC running or a bottle of water to pour over my head I'll be fine. I just love summer and hate winter. Probably cause I was born in the summer IDRK.

    But do you Canadians / Russians have any tips or techniques for staying warm?

    Like how can I go running outside with a windchill around -10 to -20? I think my issue is all my thermals are the same size (large). So if I try to put on a second layer of thermals they don't fit. It's way too tight. I'm gonna go out and buy xl sized thermals to get a 2nd layer of thermals underneath my sweat pants & hoody. Then I'll probably pick up a face mask and a small pair of swimming goggles (if I can find them).

    The problem is the mouth and lungs. That's the conundrum I can't figure out. When I run in this weather it's not just my eyes but my lungs get so dry and cold they start to burn. Is there any way to solve that?

    Thanks,

    -BB

    ps. I realize I can run indoors / in a gym on the treadmill but I do not and will not use treadmills. Treadmills are for pussies.
     
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    When it's that cold it's better to run indoors. But if you really want to run outdoors then you should probably add on a neck gaitor/warmer and pull it up over your mouth and nose, at least this way the air will warm up a little before hitting your lungs. Also wear some ski/snowboarding googles to keep your eyes from eyes from freezing, I always see bikers wearing them during winter.

    When it comes to layering 3 is more than often enough:

    1) base layer (something that stays close to the skin and compresses against it, under armour is good for this. Just get the cold gear one.)
    2) Fleece
    3) Insulated jacket with an outer layer that works as a wind breaker (depending on how cold it is you may just need a wind breaker)

    And whatever you do keep running, try not to stop.
     
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    Staying warm in Russia... cheers

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  4. snarky

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    A large portion of the Canadian population is in Southern Ontario, which is actually south of many U.S. states like Minnesota and the Dakotas. Toronto weather is not that bad actually. Out West,Vancouver and Victoria are actually mild. It's the people out in the prairies that really know what cold is. I'd die in Winnipeg. There's been a song playing on the radio for the last few years "I hate Winnipeg" It's funny.
     
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    I'm from Toronto and currently a student so I'm walking around a lot on campus.

    All I can say is that you need to know how to layer your clothes properly and wear clothing made from certain materials (please don't wear anything light like that and expect to be warm in -20 Celcius).

    It's not hard to stay warm. It's hard to look good and be warm at the same time.
     
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    I'm also in the Northeast. Hate winter, love summer. I was also born in the summer by the way. But I still walk three miles in the cold weather too. The only time I don't walk is when it's too icy. As someone else said, layering is the key. My trick to staying warm indoors when the house is too cold....Shut yourself in a room with a laptop to work and put on a vaporizer. It lasts for 8 hours and it's pure bliss. You have your own personal sauna and the steam opens up your pores and sinuses. It's so comfortable that sometimes I even end up falling asleep. Don't use portable heaters. You will end up with an expensive electric bill. My windows are bad too. The window person is coming next week to put new ones in.
     
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    Pfft, you lot should try Finland ;) and snow is amazing.
     
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    Buck up, BB.

    I used to run in your area all winter long back when I lived up there... ran the Jersey Shore Marathon 3 times and that was held sometime in the winter months... I don't remember the month but it was cold.

    Surely you can pound out a few miles without calling for a warm blanket and a hot toddy, can't you?
     
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    Hahaha! This is a great one!

    Also I'm in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and it was literally FREEZING last night. I feel terrible for stray animals and homeless people in this weather, seriously!

    It was about -20 last night, god only knows what we're gonna get as the month pushes on...

    EDIT: @BB, Your lungs and mouth are going to be frozen unless you're accustomed to it. I was taking a light jog back to my house the other day from my car (live in a townhouse and I had parked at the front of the rental property) and mouth/lungs were on fire! Usually I'm fine in the cold, but it was just THAT freezing outside.

    Wear a bakalava (sp?) and try to warm up before you actually go out on the runs. Idk though, I'm not a runner personally.. I just live in the winter hellhole known as Canada.
     
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    We just had -40 weather two nights ago. Starting the car yesterday morning was brutal haha
    No matter what you wear, you gotta make sure it's some kinda dry fit material otherwise, sweat builds up and you're done instant freeze. I picked up my daughter at school the other day took my gloves off cause her coat wasn't closed properly, I could'nt feel my fingers for a good 2-3 min after I sat in the car.