Friday, February 25, 2011

Super Powers!

Have you ever been asked "If you had a super power, what would it be?"  If not, that's a lie!; I just asked you. So really... 
 
If you had a super power, what would it be?

Feel free to pull from your favorite cartoon, comic book, movie characters or use your brilliant imagination to come up with something more unique. 

As kids, we all run around pretending that we're jedi knights, fairy princesses, that we can fly or turn our enemies into ugly animals.  Even as adults, we all wish we had a bit more ability than humanly capable. 

Personally, having been a die hard swimmer for so long, I've always dreamed of having gills and being able to swim around underwater for hours.  I just feel "at home" so much in water that I think gills would enhance the experience much more.

However, following in the large steps of irony, we all seem to end up with our own unique human qualities that every once in awhile seem to stand out as a "special power."  Something along the lines of "Really?  Out of all the cool things I could do, THIS is what I'm 'blessed' with?  Yeah, I'm certainly 'special' in my own way."  haha  I've been through many of my own 'special power' moments and I even had one this morning!  That's right, in the full display of the general public, with no mask or way in which to hide my true identity, I displayed my very own super power.  So if they all know, I might as well tell you, right?

I am a human water balloon!

Awesome, right?  Think of how many uses that could come with.  I might get my own comic.  If you had any momentary glimpses of a somewhat cool idea from that, please let me know.  I could use it to spin this in a better light.  haha

So here's the story...  Due to rain I ended up at the gym for my long run today.  Now, on the treadmill I get bored VERY quickly, so I split the run up; I would run some, bike a bit, and run some more.  I hopped onto the treadmill and ran 3.5 miles.  At this point, I had drunk about half a water bottle and was sweating a good amount (my tech shirt had already started sticking to me, but nothing more than normal).  I jumped over to the bike and went 10 miles in 30 minutes with the Random program (which should really be called the 'Play with your mind' mode).  I had gone through almost a full bottle of water on the bike and when I hopped off I noticed that not only was my tech shirt drenched, but my tech shorts were dripping

What the heck?!  I might as well have been outside in the rain for how wet my clothes were!  I decided based on some version of gym etiquette I have formed in my head that I should not go back to the treadmill and sweat ALL over it, so I cut my workout short and went home.

So with all of it's grand usefulness, I hold the power of being able to take in a lot of water and subsequently release it in order to soak someone.  Unfortunately, the power is only currently directed at soaking myself.  :\  I have a lot of super power training to go through.

Really, this just means I have a high sweat rate, which I had blogged about awhile back, HERE I release about 2L every hour through sweat, which let me tell you is difficult to keep up with during a workout!


Today's Workout:
RUNNING
1.  2 min. walk at 4mph
2.  1.0 mile at 7:30/mile
3.  2.0 miles at 7:03/mile
4.  0.3 miles at 6:00/mile
5.  0.2 miles at 7:30/mile

CYCLING
1.  10 miles on Random, level 15



Speaking of super powers, you might be interested to follow Dean Karnazes on his newest adventure, 3000 miles in 75 days.  Click HERE to check his progress live!


Questions:
1.  If you had a super power, what would it be?
I would go with gills.  It's not extremely useful, but a long time wish of mine.

2.  Do you have a "special" power?
Besides my sweat rate, I can put both feet behind my head.

3. Do you know your sweat rate?
I expect not many people do, but it can help in knowing how much water to drink during a race in order to avoid dehydration. 


Stay fit.  Stay healthy. 

5 comments:

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

On second thought, maybe I'm more like a LEAKY water balloon. Thoughts?

Maybe you have a better analogy than I'm capable of.

Richelle said...

1. I wish I wouldn't get injured. I miss out on so many fun races when I'm injured.

2. I can curl my tongue into a cloverleaf.

3. I do not know what my sweat rate is, but I would guess it's probably average.

Megan said...

1. Oh my god I agree with the person above me. I wish I had the power to not get injured. I'm dealing with a little ankle/achilles injury right now, and it's bumming me out!

2. I am super double jointed. I have the super power to gross people out by popping things out of sockets and twisting my arms around.

3. I have no idea about my sweat rate, but I sweat a lot.

How polite of you to end your workout so as not the drip on the equipment! hehe

danny said...

I'm a machine. Just input the program and hit enter: its done. A long, long time ago (five years) I did my sweat rate (or tried to). Stood buck naked on the scale. Went running. Tracked how much I drank. Toweled off thoroughly. Stepped on scale again. I forget what it was.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Danny, you forgot that your supposed to RUN buck naked....

I would like to be able to be invisible. That would be awesome. I currently do not have any super powers. I feel totally jipped.

I have no idea what my sweat rate is but I have to do what Danny explained then that sounds complicated. How do you figure it?

P.S. I forgot to answer you about my indoor trainer, sorry! It is a CycleOps Fluid 2. I ordered it off of Amizon. But if you look around you can find some good deals. I like it, so far no issues!