Sunday, July 18, 2010

Heat Advisory

The last two weeks have been brutal.  Admidst brown outs from rampant air conditioning and cooling centers being opened, some of us are out there cycling and running as far as we can.  Hell, in some of the more shallow open water lakes I've broken some heavy sweats during a long swim.

Let's address a slap in the face fact of being an Ironman Triathlete.  I don't care who you are, you are not going to start your Ironman marathon before noon.  If you did, you most likely broke the WR IM bike split.  Maybe the WR IM swim split, too.

Now think of all those whiney marathoners you know.  Wah wah, the race isn't starting till 8.00am.  It might be 60 degrees by the end.  Wah wah, this year is record heat of 65 degrees.

Let's look at some of the main IM calendar in North American.  June, July, and August.  Afternoon marathons here are very likely to be well above 80, if not 90.  Kona lava fields are ALWAYS 90 with 100% humidity.  Last two times I did IM Arizona let's just say it wasn't a breezy and cool 55.

As an IM triathlete accept the fact that you will run your marathons in the absolute worst marathon conditions...oh yeah, after swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112.

That's why when there is a heat advisory, I'm out running or biking hard at noon sharp.  If I swim a 1 hour split and bike a 5 hr in IM KY, let's see, I'll get to start a marathon in the lovely August heat of 1 in the afternoon.  It's what it's about.  If it was supposed to be easy, it wouldn't be as interesting.

And next time a marathoner is bitching about the outrages temperatures at Boston.  Just laugh.

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