Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The monster wasn't grumbling about the bike

Normally I'm not one to complain about weather. I understand living in Wisconsin summer is short, so I should enjoy it while it's here.

And most of the time I can handle the weather. But the combination of high temperatures and humidity? Not so fun. It's uncomfortable. And I just have a little tiny window air conditioning unit that kinda of works (hey, I got spoiled with the central air conditioning at my parents' house growing up).

But my biggest problem? The monster that tends to take up residence in my head? He really doesn't like the heat and humidity combination. And then he gets a little angry and cranky. And the head starts to hurt. And that's not good.

So the last few days I've been dealing with a bit of a headache on and off. But I've managed. Since it was nasty outside yesterday, what with the rain and the mugginess, I opted for the YMCA where I hit the treadmill, pounded out 2.5 miles and sweat so much it felt like someone poured a bucket of water over me. Of course, it didn't feel so bad when I jumped in the pool for a quick swim.

But by the time I left work today, the humidity had broken a bit. So I hopped on my bike, pressed play on my iPod and listened to some John Mayer as I pedaled for 12 miles. It was a good ride. I enjoyed it, except for the 5 minutes I spent waiting for a train to go through. The only bad part? Towards the very end, the monster in my head started getting a bit cranky, probably due to the weather and the fact that I should have drank a bit more water.

He's calming down now. Just an occasional grumble. And if he doesn't disappear in a few hours, I'll just remember to drug myself up before going to sleep. That'll teach him a lesson.

And besides, it was too nice, minus the lingering humidity, to skip an opportunity for a good bike ride.


Iron Jayhawk said...

The heat and humidity 'round these parts has pretty much made outdoor training nonexistent.

Sounds like you're doing great! This Sunday is going to rock. :)

Nat said...

Good luck at your tri this weekend! You're going to do great, have fun!