Tuesday, April 5, 2011

There's no such thing as bad weather...

"There's no such thing as bad weather, only weak runners."
~ Chelsea Neville

I woke up this morning and decided semi-spontaneously that I should either swim or bike before I go for my run.  I debated the pros and cons of each and well, my lazy economically aware self decided that I should stay home and hop on the trainer instead of driving to the gym to hop in the pool.  I put Jack Black's Gulliver's Travels on and jumped on the bike.


The movie was good; nothing spectacular, but it was entertaining enough to keep me riding for over an hour, just over 25 miles.  I cycled for a straight 40 minutes and then took a breather.  I hopped back on, kicked up the gear, and rode for another 28 minutes.  When I was done, I was drenched!  I may very well have to setup one of my standing fans early this year.  

After the bike, I figured "Ok, time for my run."  That's when I became aware of what was going on outside of the confines of my room's four walls; a lot of this...


Rain is one of few forms of weather that will stop me from exercising outdoors.  Something about rain just gets to me.  Unless I'm at home with a good book, a back porch and a comfy chair, I really don't like rain.  I'll take snow instead any day of the week.  But today, I looked at it differently and ran anyways.  No weak runners here!  Knocked off three miles in 23 minutes. 

Now I am about to eat some dinner (it is cooking while I type this, yay multitasking!).  Then hopefully it's back over for another attempt at 3:10 to Yuma; no promises though. 



PS: If you remember, I mentioned last Thursday that I'd have some reviews early this week.  I'll have a short-term review of the CEP All Sport Compression Calf Sleeve tomorrow.  I may push the short term review of my bike trainer to next week in order to give myself some more time to get rides in on it and form a fuller opinion. 



Questions
1.  How did your training week start off?  Wrong side of the bed?, or like a rocket?

2.  Are you a weak runner?  Is there a type of weather (precipitation or temp) that will stop you from going outdoors?
Rain normally stops me.  I presume hail, sleet, tornadoes, and hurricanes would stop me.  Temps over 90 F are too much, and anything around 0 F gets a bit cold.

3.  How are you at multitasking?  Do you own it?, or are you a one-thing-at-a-time type person?
On a grand scale, I am the worst multitasker EVER - I go from one project to another, but once I switch, that last one is lost.  On a minor scale, I always tend to be cooking and blogging, eating and organizing, cleaning and brainstorming for work, working and writing workout schedules, etc.  I'm odd.


Stay fit.  Stay healthy. 

12 comments:

Caroline said...

1. Started yesterday with a terrible 5 milers...did not bring water, it was 90F...no good.

2. Over 100 I go to the gym unless I have more then 6 miles then I stay out and suffer. Strong winds will send me to the gym also. So a little weak...

3. Multitasking Queen here. That is one things that helps when your job is stay at home parent. :)

JohnP said...

There's no such thing as bad weather, only soft people.

I may be overdoing my training this week. The doctor took one look at my blood work and told me to stop cold turkey lol. I translate this to: Yes, my training is exactly where it needs to be. I'll rest when I'm dead. lol

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

@ John - One part of me wants to know what about the bloodwork made the doctor react that way, but the other side of me knows EXACTLY where your head is at! Doctors and Athletes don't always see eye-to-eye.

Absolutely made me laugh!!

Maddy said...

Congrats on not being a week runner! :-D My training week started out alright with some late night hill sprint/ recovery loops, but my knees are being lame today.

The only time I avoid running outside is when the roads are covered in ice. I'm not coordinated enough to ice skate.

Is getting distracted and forgetting what you are doing then starting something else the same as multitasking? If so, I'm awesome at that... oh look something shiny...

Chelsea said...

haha, sorry I am at Maddy's, she wants me to clarify she was not doing hill sprints.

Samantha said...

I'm usually okay with some light rain as long as it's not too cold. I'm super nervous about this summer b/c it will be my first summer training without a gym membership. Even though I'm from FL i'm still worried that high temps will kill me.

Congrats to you for not letting the rain keep you indoors!

mtanner said...

Love your blog Kurt! Here is to you becoming an Ironman. I am following along!

CupCake said...

My training week started off with a bang! I ran a 41min 5k which was amazing (for me anyway). Then, today, I did two runs for a total of 5.6 miles. Woot!

I am not a weak runner! And, honestly, despite my first 5k in the cold rain where I complained the entire run.... I actually rater enjoy running in the rain. Weird, right?

I can generally multi-task pretty well. In my opinion anyway....

Megan said...

Living in Seattle, rain is an issue. It never really bothered me for all these years until this past weekend. I literally wanted to yell "F YOU RAIN!" but figured that wouldn't do any good...

It was sprinkling/breezy on my run tonight, but I didn't let that stop me. :)

Richelle said...

1. My week started off pretty low-key. I had some tough strength-training workouts this week, so my muscles are pretty sore.

2. Temps below 5-10 degrees F keep me inside!

3. I'm an administrative assistant, so I have to multitask all the time. Sometimes, I totally fail at it.

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