Thursday, June 18, 2009

Beat By The Heat

It's been hot. And it's beating me. Just damn hard to have any *bang* in the heat. I've been beating myself up about that. "Wimp, it's just heat". "I didn't have this problem last year". "That can't be all I've got?", etc. All things running through my head as I feel like I'm face-to-face with a blast furnace.

Then today a friend sent me an email. She said the words I've been thinking, "It feels like I'm overtrained but it's just the heat". That's a perfect description of the lithargic feel I've been afflicted with. I've considered taking a week or two off thinking I might be overtraining. It's just the heat. It's comforting to know I'm not alone.

As athletes we tend to be driven folks. Ok, stubborn. Admitting we're getting beat up by anything isn't easy. Especially not when you view it as a challenge. It's hard to back down. But I'm learning that one of the ways to be a stonger athelete is to listen to my body -rather- than being harder and pushing beyond the point of dimensioning returns. I need to rethink my training strategy while this heat wave lasts.

Some research tells that it's unusually hot. However, the baro's up meaning no clouds and low humidity. Uncommon for the Gulf coast. It reminds me of the early-80s draught. And it's notable that heatwave occurred during a solar minimum - just like the one going on now. Yes... I've been a weather knerd for a long time.

It's not the heat, it's the lack of humidity! HA!