Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Winter Storm

It's November and we've been hit by our first 'winter storm'. It cracked me up listening to a promo for the local Hawaii news last night as the weather man came on and was like, "Get ready for a BIG drop in temperatures! Find out what's in store as the winter storm approaches on the 6:00 news..." On the actual weather report he said that we should all dig out our blankets and sweaters because there's going to be A 5 DEGREE DROP IN TEMPERATURES as this cold front approaches. The high today is only supposed to be 76. Brrr... Lol. It's not like we're going to need one of these.

It made me laugh because our 'winter storms' are so unlike winter storms on the mainland... I posted something on FB, making fun of ourselves for such weather wimpiness... then I was promptly accused of 'trolling' for comments from mainlanders. Whatever. I was making fun of us. See? Funny? Maybe not I guess.

Anyway, besides digging out the long sleeve shirts, the issue with our winter storms is that they tend to bring a lot of rain. Which isn't a problem unless you've got a key run workout planned on a dirt track. Remember what happens to dirt when you add a lot of water? Yep. It turns to MUD. For the record, it's really hard to run mile repeats at 10K pace through mud. Nalani and I tried this morning. We did 2, and of course couldn't hit the pace because our feet were slipping and sliding and you just couldn't confidently push off the ground because of all the sliding. We opted to finish off the last 2 on the road, so we left and headed to a neighborhood for a 1.1 mile loop. We actually thought it would be easier on the road, but turned out is was harder. Only because we could push so much harder. I'm pretty convinced that we were running 5K pace on those last 2 because that sure wasn't a pace I could have held for a whole 10K. Or, I'm just slow right now, which is also a very real possibility. Anyway, the jury is still out on whether or not I'm going to attempt the marathon. Today's workout was not one that made me think I could run it like I own it.

On the other hand though, the swim training for the Double RoughWater has been going well! We've been ramping up our swimming to the neighborhood of 15K/week with 4 swims- one of which has been an ocean swim on the weekend. Wednesdays are our long swim days so that's been fun... Except that Nalani is getting so crazy fast these days- I have to kill myself to keep up with her now! Tomorrow should be a good one though... we're going to do a 1500 WU, descend by 500's, then a 2000M main set of some sort, then finish up with another 1500 swim, descend the 500's. Sweet. I oughtta be flat out on my couch for a good bit after that one.

16 comments:

Regina said...

At 76˚F we are whipping out our shorts and putting the long sleeves away!

Winter is one time I am glad I live in the city; I don't have to shovel snow, it's someone else responsibility. I like that.

Nice you have someone to keep your runs honest.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I agree with Regina, 76 degrees = POOL PARTY!!!! At least out here in the mainland, if you posted this in January, we wouldnt be laughing as much.

Clare said...

i want a nalani.

Running and living said...

Thanks for the recommendation about getting Newtons. I did some research, they seem great! The price, not so much...
Hope the rain stops so you can get those track workouts in. One of these weeks you'll have a breakthrough run and feel ready for the marathon! Good luck!

Sara said...

Love it! HA! I'm actually thrilled to have a change in the weather...it makes me appreciate the sunny days :-) Although, tonight I actually have a sweat shirt on!

GoBigGreen said...

Omg..you know I have to refrain from sending you a picture of my riding "get up" yesterday @ 28 degrees!
My sister lives in TX tho so I respect the weather wimp factor:)
and trust me being all weather bold is our only defense mechanism or we'd all sit around all day watching Rachel Ray and baking.

IronMatron said...

76 is soooooo warm!
:)
I'm jealous you can OW swim year round.

Angela said...

I have to say I love that "in the 70's " weather. Although the first time it hits that temp after the summer 100's I feel like I'm freezing and walk around with my sweats on and wanting hot chocolate.

Heck, I think 80 degree water temp is freezing though. Go figure.

Beth said...

Oh your swim workout sounds fun!! (well, in that hard fun sort of way :) Glad the training is going so well. You guys need some "all-weather" tracks!!

DC Running Mama said...

Wow. 76 is cold?

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

I can't help but laugh at the Hawaii weatherpeople! Ha ha ha ha ha! Thanks for the tip on that wovel, or snow shovel thingy. You know what? That might be a good gift for my parents who live in MN and are too stubborn to get a snow blower.

AWESOME job with the swimming! Have fun with it - what killer workouts - WOW! It would be fun to join you. Except for that OW swim thingy. ;) You got the full force effect of my OW swim 'joy'. Just keep the options open for the marathon... I don't think you're going to feel 'fast' less than a month after an Ironman.... just be patient. Whatever you choose, I know you'll do GREAT though! :)

Angela and David Kidd said...

I almost had to stop reading after the first paragraph because I was so annoyed with you. 76 degrees. That was our high in the summer.

Amazing swim work you are doing. December is the month of the swim for me. I'm going to try and channel you.

Charisa said...

I always wondered how cold it ever got where you live :)

Katie A. said...

Hawaii people I think are like Bay Area people in CA. They freak out anytime we get ANY rain always call it the Storm of the Century! We are rain whimps and you guys are temp whimps. We all have our crosses to bare. Hahaha! Good luck with the swim! :)

Ange said...

yes, your weather is funny. we are seeing overnight lows in the 20s right now. snow tomorrow p.m. I want to do those swims wiht you!!! That stuff sounds like a blast!
Enjoy!

X-Country2 said...

I ran in shorts in 46 degrees tonight. Best run I've had in awhile too. I'd probably melt in Hawaii. I'm willing to test my theory though.