Monday, July 24, 2006

Can I sleep now?

Thank heavens the tour is over.

I'm going to miss the tour.


In preparation for Livermore Hills, I did a few easy sprints on Friday afternoon. I have been working out fairly regularly in the 90+ temps of Morgan Hill. I thought I had acclimatized.

But those Friday sprints in 107 degree heat told me another story. I was overheated and ill from a mere few moments of high efforts. How in the word could I possibly race in it?

107 is too god damn hot to be exercising in. Exercising in that kind of heat is just plain irresponsible.

So when I came home I told Michael of my 107 experience and how I thought that racing in high heat was foolish. I had hoped he would caution me against racing in such silly conditions. Instead, his response was an unsympathetic, "yeah its going to be hot"

Uh...thanks for that.

In the morning I tried one last time to squirm out of it. But Michael threw out the ploy he knew would get me out of bed and to the races. "Bunny wants to race it".


So as the boys sipped coffee while watching the tour and generally lounging about all lazy like under the temperate redwoods, Bunny and I loaded a cooler of water and ice into the Toaster and headed straight for the furnace of hell.

Somewhere in the drive Bunny revealed that she too admitted her concerns about the race to Jeff, and that he too was unsympathetic and encouraged her to race. But by now we were almost in Livermore in a car loaded with bikes and ice, so we resigned ourselves to our fate.

We registered, we changed, and we sat in the air conditioned car until race start. No need to warm up when you are about to jump into a furnace.

I lasted two laps before calling it quits. I didn't feel bad, or dizzy, or dehydrated. I just felt really really hot and a bit silly for thinking I would feel otherwise.

Bunny succumbed to the heat too. And within an hour of starting our race, we were where we were before the race: sitting in the car with the AC blasting wondering what the hell we were doing there.

As we were wondering this, my phone rang. The caller id said it was Michael. Why would he call when we were supposed to be out racing?

"honey", I told him. "Its too hot."
"I knowwww" he replied ever so sympathetically, "you two are crazy for racing in this kind of heat"

Excuse me?
We're what?

(Livermore reached 114 degrees on Saturday, breaking a record of 109 set way back in 1906.)


At 4:33 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger ginmtb said...

I'm sure he didn't get any action that night... bad oV.

At 4:36 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger Velo Bella said...

something about a parking lot.....

At 4:57 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

action ... mmmm

At 5:10 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

Yeesh, what the hell were any of us thinking? I think even my boy got heat stroke & he spent all day in the feedzone.

For some reason I have a hankering for an animal-face popsicle...

At 5:22 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger PAB said...


At 6:15 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger velogirl said...

It's comforting to know I'm not the only one to succumb to the heat. I thought about doing an AC cool-down instead of a road warm-up. And then I thought about the environment and felt guilty.

I think we're the smart ones. But I sure felt like a lame-ass for pulling out when other folks kept racing.

At 7:31 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger Lula-La Lula-Hula said...

This is just such a man thing...

At 8:52 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

my honey said he was just trying to let me make my own decision....

as i look back on this adventure with the monday evening retrospectoscope, it seems stupider and stupider

and my only conclusion:
we were tricked

but, i think we'll be ready for them next time

At 10:12 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

look at it this way ... we were tricked just like you when we first started.

so, we're just payin' it forward.

and enjoying every moment of it.


At 10:35 PM, July 24, 2006, Blogger X Bunny said...

you are cross country skiing this winter

vb and i will watch from the warming hut as we sip on hot cider

At 8:28 AM, July 25, 2006, Blogger marscat said...

i remember a race i definitely didn't want to do and
got urged with "i think you should do it" urgings in the wee hours of the morning

so i dragged my ass to the race. did it. did it terribly. suffered and was dropped unglamourously within
15 mins of the whistle only to hear later:

"i was so suprised to see you out there."


At 3:39 PM, July 25, 2006, Blogger Lilly Bella said...

Hey Hot Chicas that is about as crazzee as wearing a gorilla suit during a 100 degree weather cross race!

At 4:06 PM, July 25, 2006, Blogger Miss Mary said...

i guess vb takes after "only the best" huh lilly?

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