What’s the Gus Scale?

I rate my adventures based on oxygen tanks, ranking from one to five based on how taxing the activity is on my pulmonaries.

I rate my adventures based on oxygen tanks, ranking from one to five based on how taxing the activity is on my pulmonaries.

How many tanks does it take? That’s the key question.

Throughout this blog, you may hear me reference a “Gus Scale.” Allow me to explain.

“Gus” is what I have dubbed the small oxygen tank I carry around with me. He is about 18 inches tall and about 5 inches in diameter. I can tell you how long that tank will last on just about every setting and how far I can get with it. When you have a dyslexic immune system that confuses your lungs with germs, you have to know these things.

So whether I’m tackling a nature trail or cruising a scenic highway, I’m monitoring my oxygen and heart rate levels to make sure I’m staying within safe levels. If I can maintain my oxygen with little – or preferably no – help from Gus, the activity gets a lower tank rating, because I used less oxygen. But if if I’m running Gus hard and putting him up wet, you can bet that activity is getting a high ranking, and I’m taking a nap when I’m finished.

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