Our big rainstorm last night turned out to be a minimal .04 inches. July was the 2nd driest July ever in our state’s history. .04 inches total for July. No wonder why everyone’s yards are brown! Frankly, whether we’re in a drought or not, one should always respect our precious water source. Cowboy showers and not running the water constantly while doing the dishes, for example. I learned that from my mom who was an environmentalist before it was cool. Tree huggin’ momma!
Our temps continue in the 90s and 100s, only 4 days below the 90s since June. With no end in sight. yea summer.
At the same time, I am happy to report that 5:00-7:00am still provide the best time of day for workouts! Today? Swimming. Yesterday? Cycling. Wednesday? Running.
My run Wednesday turned out to be a little bit of a challenge. Last week my total miles were only 4 miles running, which isn’t much–but that’s what the build schedule called for. Wednesday my 2 mile run took a while longer than expected. I had loaded Dulce in the car and we headed over to the park (so we wouldn’t have to “sit” at every street corner and every time someone passed us on the sidewalk as she is trained to do). Lovely day, a bit humid. The lake? Gross and green and very low. It’s always fun running with my busy girl though.
13 minute miles with HR at 147 ave and 160 max. Not good. I wonder what happened. Maybe it was the heat, the fact that I had a tinge of heat exhaustion from playing golf for several hours the night before in 100 degree weather, and not sleeping well? Probably.
The next day, hubby and I took off for a bike ride along our “rails to trails” (150+ miles of them in and around town). Unfortunately, our favorite path had barricades due to crews repainting a bridge, so we took the route through neighborhoods, which meant a lot of slowing down at roads, big bumps at street crossings (not good on our road bikes!), and meeting other bikers and pedestrians. Annoying. He has his first triathlon ever on Sunday in the next big town over, so this is his taper week. I suggested he should only go 6 or 7, and I should have gone 8 miles (not far) but I got tired of the path so we turned around and just did 7.2 or so. It took us what seemed like forever though.
The cool thing? Along the way, we get to enjoy the “Tour de Art 1993″ project where artists could get the same iron skeleton of a bike and turn it into an art project. The city auctioned them off and they sit outside all over town in front of businesses, libraries (as below), and in parks as a tribute to art, cycling, and our beautiful city.
This is one of my favorites. Maybe I’ll start posting the images on my blog as I see them.
Anyway, we averaged a whopping 13.4mph on the way out and just a 14mph on the way back. Like I said, lots of slowing down, sharp turns, bumps, and stopping for traffic. After heading home, we loaded up my kevlar Wenonah Prism canoe, my Perception Carolina kayak, and our little Sunfish sailboat and headed over to the lake for a paddle/sail with a friend. We stayed out til almost noon, when it already hit over 90 degrees. Can you tell I’m tired of the heat? We got to talk about some not great things happening at work and between that, the heat, and menopause, it put me in a super foul mood. I warned my hubby that it would be best to give me berth today, so he found headed over to the next town to get another rudder/tiller assembly for another sailboat we are giving to a student and to hit an art store and the camping store. He’s a sweetheart for giving me that time.
Luckily, today’s a new day. Today I got to swim. 4x25WU, 500, then a 2×50 CD. Hubby finished early, so I just did 50 CD. My workout actually called for a mere 300, which I had overridden to a 400. Needless to say, I now enjoy swimming. As long as I focus on my form not going to heck, I’ll keep adding more yards to my workouts.
Tomorrow I’m happy to report is an off day. Saturday I either run or bike, then Sunday I’ll spend all day at my hubby’s triathlon! I’m so excited for him!