Last night, 10:00pm
Me: "There! Alarm set for 5:15am. I'll get up and go for a swim."
Wife: "Yeah, right. I'll bet you $100 that you don't go."
"Still tired?!? I guess I should have gone for that swim."
I just could not get up at the first alarm today. Yes, I was weak. And because of that weakness, I'm out $100. At least it's going to a good cause. :D
While I didn't get the swim in, I did get a run in. The temperature is lower today, but the humidity is just as high. Unlike yesterday's goal of pushing it, I wanted to hold back and keep the HR around 85%max regardless of pace. And except for the few inclines on the loop, I did just that.
I found it crazy to see just how the heat affects me. My breathing rate was very relaxed, and my pace was slow (about 6min/km). But my HR even at that was trying to get near 90%max. Normally, with that pace and breathing rate, I'd be around 75-80%max or so. Crazy stuff.
Even crazier are some of the mega-fit folks that, I'm guessing, have something big in store - I saw 4 people wearing jackets and long pants while running today! The humidex is 35C out there! They better be going to Kona or something....
Perhaps I should stop referring to stuff like that as "crazy" - I'm sure that "dedicated" is much more appropriate. Calling it "crazy" probably identifies me as "jealous" (which I am, but it's all my fault I'm not like them). Regardless, it's amazing what "average Joes" can do.
And here's another one - Mike Caiazzo. Husband, father of 2, full-time office worker, and pro triathlete that got 4th at Ironman Lake Placid...on 8-12hrs a week of training. This interview with Slowtwitch identifies a lot of training practices that most of us would call crazy, but it obviously works.