Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hot Footing it

The last couple of days have actually been like a real summer. Temperatures have soared into the high 20's which is not conducive to good running for me. My internal thermostat just doesn't function very well in the heat. When I read about the folks who train in Texas, Arizona, Florida and the like, I can't imagine what it is like to face heat and humidity for weeks on end. We have had two days of heat (no humidity) and I am ready for a return to cooler temperatures.
When I ran yesterday I found my feet got too hot and then I just faded like a pair of jeans from Costco. No energy whatsoever! My 7.5 mile run got shortened to an even 6 as I was really not having fun. Today I passed on the run and rode the bike for an easy 22 miles in 1 hour and 5 minutes. The legs were fine today and I was really pushing it on the hills.
On the swimming front I was in the pool on Wednesday for 1,850 metres. Lately I have been reading lots and watching videos on I am getting lots of good ideas on drills and other things I need to do to improve my swimming. As well I did some 100's just to see what was up and I am still clocking 1:45 / 1:48 per 100, so I am capable of decent times. I just need to see why I fall apart in the open water swims. My wetsuit is still the prime suspect but I'm not quite ready to shell out $600 and swim the same times!
The pool is a virtual ghost town these days with me being the only person there on most days. It's great when you get in a still pool and the only waves made are from you. You can really focus on a "quiet" stroke in these conditions with no one else creating waves.
On the reading front I have just completed a great book by Greg Mortenson called Three Cups of Tea. It is about a mountain climber, who after failing an attempt on K2 in northern Pakistan begins building schools in the poorest of the villages. It is a great story and inspiring to see that it is possible for one person to make a profound change. It also presents a different slant on Muslims and the Islam religion which is much more positive than we are accustomed to seeing.
Music wise the iPod surpassed the 5,000 song mark this week! Getting some air time lately is the 4 cd Allman Brothers Dreams box set, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Boxed Set, and Taj Mahal.
As you can see I am still in blues / guitar heroes mode.
Still no decision on any upcoming events so I will continue to train aimlessly which is just fine by me.
Have a great day!


Jamie said...

I've heard good things about that book, next time I go into town I'll have to pick up a copy. Stay cool!

Love2Run said...

You sound like someone in need of a goal race soon before you go stir crazy. Peeling stuff off the side of your house and then running aimlessly running in circles? You need another IM or at least a marathon to keep you out of trouble ;-)

Tri to Be Funny said...

Here in Austin, we've topped over 50 days of 100+ degree temps this summer. Absolutely brutal!!

Glad you recommended the book! I've had it for a while, but haven't opened it (too distracted by blogs!)