Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Drippety Drip.

The weather is Sydney has been absolutely atrocious for a couple of weeks now. If it's not raining torrentially then it's sunny and humid - which makes for very hot and sticky training. I think this has been half the reason why I took that little turn on Saturday at swim training. The earth's atmosphere feels really heavy and thick - and most mornings I am waking up to a decent amount of fog and haze which signals another day of heat and high humidity.

Sauna Training
Makes me wonder how people who live in this sort of weather year round do it - or even though professional triathlete's who compete once a year in it cope. Heat and humidity are probably my worst enemy and if I could have a choice as to the time I year I would prefer to train in it would be Spring or Autumn - perfect weather really.

Even my Doc who has now put me on a preventer for my Asthma has mentioned the increase in people coming in with complaints about allergies and ailments related to our crazy weather. I am now on 1 puff twice daily of Seretide. Hopefully this will reduce my need for Ventolin (reliever) during my workouts by helping strengthen my lungs. Don't really like being on steroid again but this gets right to the problem versus being systemic like the Prednisone I was on for my back.

So yesterday I went for my interval bike ride. It was meant to be 2hrs worth but I just didn't have it in me. 1hr and 35mins later I pulled up home after doing 5 x 10min Zone 3 intervals and just felt BLAH. But I knew I still had a 20min run off the bike to do. So I got changed even though every fibre of my being was yelling out to have a shower and rest and headed out the door in this oppressive humidity.

Every step was painful - not because I had injured something - I just was really struggling to put one foot in front of the other. The only thing that really got me through was knowing that when I got home I could have a super cold drink of water and a freezing cold shower. I also noticed something else during this run that is a slight cause for concern in terms of how my body handles heat - I was getting goosebumps (yep the kind you get when you are freezing cold). If didn't just happen once, it happened a few times which made me hurry home even quicker to cool down. I couldn't even rest on the side of the road to cool down as there are absolutely no trees where I run. Will have to start looking at different times of the day to train for running which is hard when I am expected to do those bike/run bricks.

Then last night I went to have dinner with a dear friend who I haven't seen in ages. We ate yummy pizzas and salad and better yet we laughed a whole heap. Thanks Marisa for a beautiful evening. I have never eaten so much as I did last night. I almost devoured a whole pizza by myself and although my stomach was in agony after eating it all cause I was that full - I enjoyed every morsel and did not feel guilty. In fact I have to eat like crazy to regain the 2kgs I have dropped in the last week. I am now teetering at 64kgs on a 178cm frame and vowed I wouldn't drop below 65 so it's now time to just eat, eat, eat.

Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage