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21 July 2006 @ 02:21 pm
Hello, Hades? Shut the damn door already!  
*brain ooze*

106-ish today (and muggy. Joy). 109 Saturday. 107 Sunday. 105 Monday. Need I go on? :(

I was thinking, if it's July and it's over 100 each day consistently, it must be time for the Death Ride. In fact, that was 2 weeks ago-- the same weekend as the Western Classic 100-mile footrace that we run around here (i.e., also in Hell). It was 106-108 that weekend, and many runners in the Classic did not finish.

I don't do the Death Ride, despite prodding from friends. This is partly because of the difficulty of finding guilt-free training time (other Moms will likely know what I'm talking about there). But mainly, it is because I am
1) A Heat weenie (100-degrees is really common here in July)
2) A Hill weenie (up to 7 mountain passes)
3) An altitude weenie (base elevation is 5500 feet, max on the highest pass is 8700)
4) A saddle weenie (30 miles is my max-- hard won, I might add. And not on consecutive days).

Put them all together and you have "No thanks!" Although damn, the t-shirts are cool.

Hope everyone's air-conditioning is working this weekend. :\
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Deutschtard: Pancakes or Death?deutschtard on July 22nd, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
-tries his best not to gloat-

well....i'm in Seattle right now, and it's only 90.....but it feels pretty damn hot......i'll be back in the heat in aobut 14 days.....wheeee
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 22nd, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
well....i'm in Seattle right now, and it's only 90.....

*Sniff* I grew up in Portland and Eugene, in Oregon. Same weather. Oh how I miss it!
Entendre? Make mine a double.: Beauty Samdeirdre_c on July 22nd, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
*is wondering*
Do you follow the Tour de France at all? I've been chatting in mcee's journal about it, but I wasn't sure if anyone else on my flist was keeping up. For some reason my cable provider dropped OLN this year, so I finally got to watch a stage when I got down here to FL. And it was 17 with Landis and yay! OK, I'm going to stop talking now. *g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 22nd, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
I usually don't, actually-- although I used to look up the daily results when Armstrong was racing.

That guy was AMAZING. Anyone who still has legs on a hill just awes me.

I did see part of it in a coffee-shop 1 1/2 weeks ago (OMG. How can anybody race daily for that long?) Saw some of the classic wipe-out moments as well. :0
bluesister on July 22nd, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Bike riding in that heat is insane. I grew up in the Valley and just learned to not move like it was some disassociative meditation. Tho' I did have to ride a bike in Davis and that's all well and good until you STOP.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 22nd, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
Tho' I did have to ride a bike in Davis and that's all well and good until you STOP
That's exactly it. And I see you are well acquainted with the horror!

I went out Tuesday at around 1:30, and that was a short (~21 mile) ride and reeaaallly slow. I was soggy when I got back. Wednesday I went out at 10:30, and that was bearable.

I went out at 11:30 today, still not too bad. But every traffic light I had to stop for was an instant inrush of "oven."

I can't get anything done in my garden. I just drive to and from the house everyday, watching the number of crisped plants that need deadheading grow. When the kids go to bed, around 8pm, it is still a blast-furnace out there. In the shade.

The Valley is evil, weatherwise. No-one can tell me differen! :0
ivy_x3 on July 22nd, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
hahaha. my bike riding constitutes riding around my neighborhood to work out my thighs. other than that, the bike is gathering dust in my garage! and sometimes.. sitting on a bike for a long time makes your butt bones hurt and you get underwear stuck in bad places!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 23rd, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
sitting on a bike for a long time makes your butt bones hurt
That's the big problem. I have a gel-padded saddle (Hah) and it's designed for women, but come on. Some people are really poorly suited to bike saddles (when I talk to men with this problem, they're really desperate because no-one thinks it's a serious problem for men).

It all comes down to those "sitz-bones" or whatever they are (the pelvic bones that look like the bottom of a swallow-tail butterfly). They're sharp, they're isolated, and unGODLY amounts of gel and padding would be needed to absorb the schock that goes into them.

I used to have a really narrow seat, which was a nightmare. It felt exactly as if (I kid you not) it was "wishboning" my pelvis over the course of the ride. That is not pleasant. Bleh!
mooyoo: TPB - Insanity!mooyoo on July 23rd, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
Yikes. I don't know how you guys can take that, we've hit only about 100 here and everyone's just dying. The weather's been absolutely insane, when it's not 90+ degrees and horrifyingly humid, it's pouring or storming or looking like the makings of a hurricane.

I don't do much serious biking, but I love to run, and it's bene nearly impossible lately. It's either run in the afternoon when it's sunny and humid and I'm likely to pass out, or go at night (which I actually see a lot of people doing lately), which seems a bit dangerous. Stupid freaking weather. I can totally understand your reluctance to do a Death Ride :p
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on July 23rd, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
we've hit only about 100 here and everyone's just dying.
With that humidity you have, 100 degrees is a nightmare.

We're having a humid spell, which is really rare (it's usually a "dry" heat here, which is only a small difference). This morning's bike ride was kind of like cycling through a sauna. Probably nearly 100 degrees when I started, and incredibly muggy.

but I love to run, and it's bene nearly impossible lately.
I so miss running (my feet have been trashed for a couple of years, and running is off limits). The heat/humidity make that much harder than biking when it gets like this. THIS weather makes me understand people running on the treadmill at the gym. At least there's air-conditioning indoors.

When will it end? You can't go outside 10 minutes here without soaking yourself in sweat just standing around. Bleh!
mooyoomooyoo on July 23rd, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
My hair has been a mess the past few weeks. I can't do much but pull it up and wear a headband, or it just frizzes out. Stupiud humidity. It's so strange how much it's been raining this summer - even with all of the hurricanes and tropical storms of last summer, I'm told NY didn't get nearly this much (I was living in Mass last year, where it's every so slightly cooler).

The heat/humidity make that much harder than biking when it gets like this.

Mmm, yes - I don't do a lot of biking (I'm not terribly good at it, and always afraid I'll get hit by a car or something), but I like it more than running, I think. At least when it's hot out and you're on a bike, you get a bit of a breeze as you go. And there's something really lovely about speeding along on a bike.

THIS weather makes me understand people running on the treadmill at the gym. At least there's air-conditioning indoors.

Totally. I joined a gym to work out during the winter, but I was all "bah, I'll just run outside during the summer." Now I'm thinking about going back, 'cause this has been just too much to do anything in. I think I'd pass out if I tried to run in some of this heat. Bleh.

When will it end? You can't go outside 10 minutes here without soaking yourself in sweat just standing around. Bleh!

Ugh, hate hate hate hate that. I bought my new computer yesterday, and had to get it right before work and ended up running late, so I had to run for the subway while lugging the new computer. By the time I sat down on teh train, I was drenched, head to toe.