Tour de Heat Exhaustion: Weekly Workout Round-Up
“I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle; I want to ride my bicycle; I want to ride my bike; I want to ride my bicycle; I want to ride it where I like…; I don’t believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein or Superman; All I wanna do is bicycle, bicycle, bicycle…”
In my last post, I wrote that I would start reporting on what workouts I got in the previous week. To be honest, I’m surprised I, or anyone in the state of Tennessee, (or the other states in our situation) accomplished anything in the physical fitness department other than walking through the house to turn the thermostat down. Hot.Dry.Wow. Tennessee hasn’t seen this kind of heat and drought situation since 2007. If you could, for one minute, block out the searing heat and just look around, you might think it was fall. Dead leaves are scattered all around, plants are dying and the grass hasn’t needed to be cut in almost a month. Bizarre.
Thankfully, we’ve had a little rain pop up here and there and, finally last night, a much-needed down pour. The weather prediction of the day says that we shouldn’t see temperatures higher than 89 degrees, so hopefully I will be able to get in an outside run today! As you will see in a moment, I didn’t do much running last week. Biking, yes. Running, not so much. I blame it on the Tour de France. Watching the coverage, if you’re interested in this sort of thing, is really exciting and if you’re like me, makes you want to go hop on your bike and start pedaling.
So here is the workout review:
Monday, July 2nd: If fanning one’s self in the heat counts for an arm workout, then I get a gold star for getting in a workout. If not, then no workout on this day.
Tuesday, July 3rd: 1:03 minutes out on the bike.
This particular bike ride was a reminder of two important things: Don’t be stupid and ride when it’s still 101 degrees outside. Even if it’s at 5:30PM and I think l’ll be ok. The second thing is also safety-related. It would probably be a good idea to have some form of identification while out running or biking. I got pretty ill in the last 20 minutes of my ride. I got really dizzy and nauseous and was hanging out on the side of the road looking for some place to lose my lunch. I kept thinking to myself, “Wow, you’re gonna pass out. You have no phone, no ID. You’re gonna be Jane Doe in the hospital in your embarrassing padded bike shorts.” Thankfully, I made it through the Tour de Heat Exhaustion and was ok. There have been about a hundred commercials for these Road ID’s during the Tour coverage and I think I may buy one.
Wednesday, July 4th: 55 minutes on the bike.
I was out much earlier in the day, but was still a little tired from the previous evening. All went well.
Thursday, July 5th: A combination of drills in the pool totaling 800 meters.
Friday, July 6th: 60 minute Barry’s Bootcamp Full Body Class.
The first 15 minutes was all running, so I’m going to say that I did get some running in. The rest of the class was a mixture of plyometrics, weights and a bit more running. I needed to mix it up a little and this class did the trick.
Saturday, July 7th: Another hour on the bike. I can’t stay off my new road bike. I love it.
Sunday, July 8th: Sunday was a “life got in the way” day. I had a million things happening, so I didn’t get in a workout. Boo!
There we have it! Now today it all starts over. I’ll be trying to stick to my plan a little better, but still add in a Barry’s class. Happy Monday!