This summer really took a toll on me. It was the hottest summer I can remember since I moved to California, and most homes in this area don't have air conditioning. We just don't need it. Typically once a month it would get really hot (90s) and stay that way for three days, then the fog would roll in and cool things off. This year it seemed to get into the 90s nearly every week. I would come home from work and the thermostat in my house would read 88 degrees.
|This would be the temperature after work.|
|And this is what I'd come home to.|
Sleeping was nearly impossible and I missed so many workouts because of it. Honestly, it was too hot to workout when I got home. Believe me I tried. I decided to suck it up and go for a bike ride one day and lasted seven minutes. SEVEN! I felt like I was in hell. And because I was barely sleeping I couldn't get up in the morning to workout when it was cooler.
So...I took my first ever voluntary DNS (did not start) at the See Jane Run triathlon in September. I knew I was under prepared, but I could have finished at least. But I didn't want to go out and put myself through a sufferfest and possibly get injured. Triathlon is supposed to be fun, after all, not miserable.
So, my triathlon season is officially over. At first I was going to label it a complete bust, but looking back it really wasn't. I did one triathlon, one splah & dash, and a 1.2 mile open water swim. I also did a couple of 5k's and one 10k, so I guess I'm still moving. I also have a 5k scheduled for November 1 with some friends - and at least one of them is a walker like me. I think in the past everything was so new and exciting, so maybe that made it more memorable for me. I also figured out that I prefer to do more "training" in the fall/winter/spring. In the summer I want to workout just for the sake of working out. I like to play a lot of golf in the summer and tend to do a lot more socializing, and it makes it harder to follow a training schedule. Knowing this now, I'll just have to plan my races based on this - in other words, no September races!
I'm looking forward to more strength training between now and the end of the year - once we get past our bathroom remodel project - and then it's time to start planning next year. I'm sure I'll toss in another 5k before the end of the year, too.