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Dog Days in Florida

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As I said in todays update "training in the heat always takes a lot out of me".

It has been warm and humid, and I'm ramping up my training a little bit in preparation for my 1st Olympic Triathlon in August. Once again, I registered for proximity to home and familiarity with the event location. The bad part is, the timing is not right. I'm a little short after coming off a recent trail marathon that really took a lot out of me. I did rest up pretty well and started back in easily enough, but I might not peak and taper correctly.

So, I've decided to just take my time and just finish the event. I can do all the distances fine, as long as I take my time. I'm looking at a dead last place finish, or close to it. The Olympic tris have some serious competitors. So I psyched myself to accept that and just be proud that I can do it at all. It's a new discipline for me, the triathlon, and I'm just not a good cyclist. But those who know me, understand that I just love to try new challenges.

Like that trail marathon. New challenge, indeed. Wow, was I surprised by the difficulty factor in that one. Shook my confidence on that race. There were only a few marathoners who attempted, about 43 as I recall, and several decided to not finish it. But, albeit slowly, I finished.

Anyway, my training is going along fine. My cycling has improved ever so slightly. I'm toughing it out in the heat and hydrating carefully. I hate it when I'm near the end of the long runs and rides, and I'm getting really tired, but love it when I'm finished.

The swim training is going great, too. Water temp of 72 degrees all the time. So, no heat problems there. I'm not so fast there, either, but I do enjoy the swim portion. It's one place where I can interact with other people, so I get lots of nice feedback from folks I meet.

So, just a quick update that I'm still here, even though it's been a while since my last blog.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPEEDYDOG 7/20/2014 7:05AM

    Hi Vic,

With you level of determination, I have no doubt you will finish quite strongly. Training in heat and humidity is difficult. Of course, I think anything over 70 degrees is hot! Florida is a whole other level in hot!

Good Luck,


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    Sounds like you are doing great! The heat and humidity do take it out of you and they can be dangerous. You are humble enough to know not to push your limits. Always inspiring!

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SWEDE_SU 7/17/2014 12:28AM

    sounds like a good strategy and attitude - the important thing is to get out there and do it while having fun and staying safe, hydrating for the heat. you've got it all figured out!

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ROXYZMOM 7/16/2014 9:21PM

    My favorite races have been the ones not focused on time. I get to enjoy everything around me. I laugh, giggle, sing and talk as I run.

Enjoy your race!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/16/2014 9:15PM

    Wishing you good luck! I don't deal well with heat and humidity either.

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MASRITE 7/16/2014 8:46PM

    Just hydrate and keep cool. And hey, you're going to finish that tri whether it's first, second or last. Kuddos to my buddy!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/16/2014 3:08PM

    You have a great strategy and a PERFECT ATTITUDE!! You are amazing for even trying this. I know you are going to be terrific. I so look forward to hearing about your training and the tri!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/16/2014 2:04PM

    Smart strategy!

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HILLSLUG98239 7/16/2014 12:29PM

    I am so grateful I live in a dry climate. I've been riding in the heat (near 100F) for almost two weeks, but the humidity runs about 15-25% when it's that hot. It makes a world of difference. I'd struggle in your humid climate.

I did a duathlon two weeks before my first sprint triathlon, and I was shocked by how competitive it was. Almost as soon as we started, I got left in the dust. There were quite a few of us slow pokes and a guy riding on a mountain bike, but there were more "serious" athletes with bikes that are worth more than my car. It was an eye-opener, compared the to the pokey 5Ks I'd run!

As always, it sounds like you're listening to and respecting your body. You are wise.

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SEABREEZE65 7/16/2014 12:00PM

    A warm time of year for your first Olympic tri! My guess is that you will do VERY GOOD.

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MARGARITTM 7/16/2014 10:32AM

    Missed you!

Sounds like you are on target.

Just finishing is a triumph.... I know we all want to do WELL but sometimes DOING is the win.

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LEWILL1982 7/16/2014 10:28AM

    Good to hear from you, I keep checking in! It's so hot and humid right now, it's hard to really judge our progress sometimes. Good luck on the upcoming tri. I put an Olympic Tri on my goal list for next summer. I'm doing another sprint tri in August. Good luck to you. You'll probably finish faster than you think with all of your conditioning and your level of fitness.

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WENDYSPARKS 7/16/2014 9:49AM

    Good luck on your training! emoticon

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