In the span of a week here in Southern California, we've gone from the hypothermia-inducing cold of last Saturday's Mulholland Challenge to the sweltering heat yesterday from our five-hour brick session. As a result of not being able to reach parts of my back to apply sunblock and being too stubborn to ask anyone, I earned my "tri-wings" -- the unmistakable sign of a sleeveless jersey-wearing triathlete.
Man, it stings too!
What also stings is knowing that if it's hot at the upcoming Wildflower long course triathlon, I may just melt. Though my DeSoto arm coolers helped yesterday on the bike (I never felt too hot nor dehydrated), I cut my 60-minute run short because I felt myself overheating. I shuffled/ran/walked while trying to keep my heart rate beneath 163 bpm and was largely successful. However, in just shy of 40 minutes I only managed 3.75 miles on hilly, dusty terrain. The same terrain many of us will see at Wildflower. I remember drenching myself in sponges last year that scantily clad college coeds gave me as my body temperature crept upward as morning turned into mid-day.
I wonder how it will be this year?
Moreover, this morning's 1,500-yard time trial swim in Calabasas with my Fortius buddies indicated that I didn't recover too well from yesterday's bake-fest. Even if I did miscount a couple laps in the water (forgive me please...it was 60 flip turns!), my T-pace sagged to 1:54-1:57. I'm typically in the 1:41-1:48 range.
Should I be alarmed? I don't think so. It's hot, my body isn't used to the weather right now, and I have time to acclimate. Further, we all know it's possible to turn in a less-than-impressive workout from time to time. The key is moving past it and looking forward to tomorrow's training. Which is exactly what I'm going to do, along with an ART session.
Part of my problem is that my body is wound tightly with inelastic fascial tissue in my back, and my calves/Achilles feel spring-loaded to the point where they could shoot arrows across a field. I think to move forward in the next couple weeks, I need to take better care of myself, get plenty of rest, eat right, and stretch more.
So that's my plan as I head into the two-week window before my first real "race" of the season.
I find myself quite excited to get back out on a race course. Though I may need to cram an open-water swim session in beforehand -- especially considering I just wrote about that topic last month in Lava!
Gotta practice what I preach.
66 days and counting.